SILK OF THE YEAR 2018
Silk of the Year - The Law Awards of Scotland, November 2018. Silk of the Year Finalist in 2017 and 2019.
The Firm Magazine’s Criminal Lawyer of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013 (there was no award in this category in 2012 and it has not been awarded since 2013). No other lawyer has received this award on 4 consecutive occasions.
Leading Individual and Top Tier Firm - 2020 Edition of Legal 500.
Instructed by leading firms across Scotland in the most serious, difficult and demanding criminal cases.
Particularly experienced and able in cases involving all aspects of expert evidence.
Over thirty years of court experience at all levels, including three appearances as leader at the UK Supreme Court.
Instructed since 2017 by main survivors group, INCAS, at Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.
Over 25 years involvement in human rights, particularly in criminal cases.
Independent chair of four reviews for the Scottish Government - stop and search, biometrics in policing, the impact on communities of the policing of the Miners' Strike of 1984/85 - and, currently, a major review of Mental Health legislation.
Also, during the Coronavirus Crisis, asked to chair an Independent Advisory Group looking at the use by Police Scotland of temporary emergency powers.