LLB (Hons) (First Class) University of Edinburgh

DipLP University of Edinburgh

Special interests


Personal Injury

Professional liability and regulation

Public and fatal accident inquiries


Barney has a busy and varied practice with a particular focus on reparation, regulatory and criminal law.

He frequently appears in the Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary (at first instance and appeal) and in the Sheriff Courts across Scotland.In his civil practice Barney is primarily instructed in litigation relating to personal injury and professional negligence, for pursuers and defenders. He is regularly instructed in fatal claims, including those relating to industrial disease and clinical negligence. In 2015, he appeared for the defender at proof in an action for damages for
malicious falsehood involving two elected politicians.In his criminal and regulatory practice, Barney is regularly instructed in matters of complexity, including cases relating to environmental, fisheries protection, food hygiene, terrorism, road traffic and proceeds of crime legislation. He is experienced in conducting trials and has appeared in a complex multiple-party fatal accident enquiry.


De Vink v Milligan 2015

Procurator Fiscal, Greenock v Stephen McPhail 2014

Mark Herron, Senior Environmental Health Officer -v -Poundland Limited, 30th July 2015