LL.B (Hons) University of Edinburgh
Health & Safety
Professional liability and regulation
Public and fatal accident inquiries
He has appeared in numerous Fatal Accident Inquiries and led the team for the relatives in the Penrose Public Inquiry (2011-2012)
Admitted 1987 - Crown Counsel 1997 -2000- Appointed Queen’s Counsel February 2002
As Junior Counsel an extensive and broad civil practice in reparation, commercial and criminal cases. He appeared for the pursuer in Smith v Bank of Scotland (1997) and the accused in Brown v Stott (2000) and the Crown in Lord Advocates Reference No 1 (2000). After taking silk as well as successfully representing the Crown in numerous high profile criminal appeals he developed a practice in high value reparation, professional negligence and health and safety cases.
Member of Faculty Council 1995 – 1998 and 2014 to date - Director of Ampersand 2007 – 2010; Member of Sheriff Court Rules Council 2002 – 2011. Curator of Advocates Library 2010 -2012; Lecturer in Civil Procedure 2000 -2012