M MacLeod

Murdo A. Macleod Q.C.

Year of Call: 1994

Year of Silk: 2008


LL.B (Hons) University of Aberdeen

Dip. L.P. University of Aberdeen

Dip Trial Advocacy - NITA, Colorado

Special interests


Health & Safety

Public and fatal accident inquiries


Murdo Macleod QC practises in the field of criminal law, where he specialises in corporate and health and safety cases, and in fatal accident and public inquiries. He is regularly instructed by commercial and institutional clients.

He has considerable experience in criminal law having served as Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel. In 2015 he defended former newspaper editor Andy Coulson in his trial for perjury. He also specialises in fatal accident and public inquiries. In 2014 he represented Eurocopter in the Super Puma fatal accident inquiry. Between 2005 and 2010 he served as Counsel to the Billy Wright Inquiry, a major public inquiry into the murder of a prominent terrorist and the management of HMP Maze. He is a practising member of the English Bar (Temple Garden Chambers) and sits as a part-time Sheriff. In 2012 he was appointed UK delegate to the criminal law committee of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE).



Crown Counsel (Ad-hoc) : 1998

Crown Counsel: 2001 - 2003

Senior Crown Counsel: 2004 - 2005

Counsel to the Billy Wright Inquiry: 2005 - 2010

Part-time Sheriff: 2011 -

Special Counsel: 2011 -

UK Delegate CCBE Criminal Committee: 2012 -

Criminal Court Rules Council: 2013 -

Bonomy Review Group: 2014 - 2015