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Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Proceeds of Crime
  • Human Rights and Compatibility Issues
  • Civil litigation
  • Appeals
  • Extradition
  • Fatal Accident Enquiries
  • Health and Safety Prosecutions
  • Children's Referrals
  • Offences under drugs legislation
  • Offences under firearms legislation
  • Offences under road traffic legislation
  • Sexual Offences
  • Contractual Disputes

 

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Selected cases
 

Her Majesty's Advocate v RD (2017)

Defence counsel in High Court jury trial for rape. Accused found not guilty.

 

P v P (2016)

Counsel for the pursuer in debate concerning prescription of a family law action. Pursuer's submissions upheld.

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Her Majesty's Advocate v LB (2016)

Defence counsel in complex jury trial involving allegations of historical abuse.

 

S v Greater Glasgow Health Board (2015)

Acted for pursuer and respondent in Minute and Answers procedure in the Outer House to decide whether the pursuer's medical negligence action had been settled by his former representatives. Pursuer's submissions successful.

 

Avondale Coaches Ltd v Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (2015)

Proof before answer and subsequent appeal in a dispute regarding the termination of a contract for services.Acted as Counsel for the pursuers.

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Jean McGovern v Scottish Ministers (2014)

Proceeds of Crime. Counsel for the Petitioner in an action seeking suspension of a decree for a Recovery Order under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Also acted as Counsel in an associated summons.

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Fazli Rahim v Her Majesty's Advocate (2014)

Murder. Appeals. Junior Counsel for an appellant who argued that the punishment part of his life sentence for murder was excessive. Sentence quashed on appeal. 

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MA v Her Majesty's Advocate (2013)

Appeals. DNA, sexual assault. Evidence of children. Junior Counsel for the defence in successful appeal against conviction. 

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Duncan v Her Majesty's Advocate (2013)

Appeals. Human Rights/Compatibility issues. Right to a reasoned judgement. Extension of time. Counsel for the appellant in application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence out of time. 

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Carlin v Her Majesty's Advocate (2013)

Appeals. Human Rights/Compatibility issues. Extension of time. Counsel for the appellant in application for leave to appeal against conviction and sentence out of time.

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Her Majesty's Advocate v Singh (2013)

Jury trials. Counsel for the accused in rape case involving interpreters. 

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Kane & Feeney v Lord Advocate (2013)

Extradition, Portugal. Junior Counsel for the appellant. Extradition case concerning Article 8 of the European Convention where both parents of dependent children are to be extradited. Acted for mother who was not extradited. 

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Benat Ordonez v Lord Advocate (2013)

Extradition, Spain/France. Junior Counsel for the appellant in Extradition case concerning historical allegations of terrorist offences. 

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BH & KAH v Lord Advocate (2012) UKSC 24

Appeals. United Kingdom Supreme Court. Extradition, United States of America. Junior Counsel for the appellant in Supreme Court Extradition case concerning Article 8 of the European Convention (also involved as junior counsel in the original appeal to the High Court - 2010 SLT 337).

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Fatjon Kapri v Lord Advocate (2012)

Extradition, Albania. Junior Counsel for the appellant in Extradition case concerning Article 6 of the European Convention and allegations of widespread corruption in the requesting country.

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Neal Todd v Her Majesty's Advocate (2012)

Appeals. Defence Counsel in appeal against conviction and sentence for possession of an imitation firearm. Sentence appeal successful.

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HMA v Thomas Thomson (2012, unreported)
Jury trials. Attempted murder. Acted as defence counsel for accused charged with attempted murder of a fellow inmate at Saughton Prison, defence of self defence, accused acquitted.

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Ross Masson v HMA (2012, unreported)
Appeals. Sentencing guidelines and discount for guilty plea, downloading indecent images of children, Counsel for the appellant, appeal successful.

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Ambrose v Harris (2011) UKSC 43
Appeals. Supreme Court. The 'Sons of Cadder' case, the devolution issue was originally identified and argued by Andrew as defence counsel for appellant in the Appeal Court; junior counsel for the appellant in the Supreme Court and also Junior Counsel for the appellant when the case returned to Scotland and the conviction was quashed. 

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HMA v Jude, Hodgson and Birnie (2011) UKSC 55
Appeals. Supreme Court. Grandsons of Cadder cases on waiver and s.100 of the Scotland Act 1998. Junior Counsel for the appellants.

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Petch and Foye v HMA (full bench) 2011 JC 210
Appeals. Statutory interpretation, sentencing guidance, s.2(2) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993. Full bench of the High Court of Justiciary - 7 Judges. Junior Counsel for the appellants.

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Petto v HMA (full bench) 2011 SCCR 519
Appeals. Definition of murder, fireraising, mens rea, setting fire to ground floor of tenement block. Junior Counsel for the appellant (see also HMA v Purcell 2008 JC 131, junior counsel for the Crown).

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PF Edinburgh v Mick Napier (2010)
Devolution/Compatibility issues. Right to a fair trial. Freedom of speech. Relevancy, charges of racially aggravated conduct arising from political protest during festival performance, charges dismissed. Defence Counsel for the accused.

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Her Majesty's Advocate v Douglas Harris (2010)

Jury trials. Counsel for the defence. Downloading indecent images. Defence of alibi. Also, acting as defence counsel in the associated Appeal against conviction.

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Her Majesty's Advocate v David Lilburn (2010)

Murder. Jury trials. Junior Counsel for the defence. Defence of diminished responsibility to charge of murder. Also, acting as defence counsel in the Appeal against conviction.

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Iain Murray v Her Majesty's Advocate (2009)

Murder. Appeals, SCCRC referral on historical charges of murder. Fresh evidence. Junior Counsel for the defence.

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MM v. HMA (2009)
Bail appeals, exceptional circumstances, devolution minutes, convention compliance of section 23D of the 1995 Act (bail). Counsel for the defence. Bail granted.

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Seyed Naghibzadeh v. HM Advocate (2009) Admissibility of evidence, intimidation of defence witness. Counsel for the appellant. Conviction quashed.

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HMA v. Anne Hart (2009)
Crown appeal against acquittal by stated case, prosecution of Procurator Fiscal Depute. Counsel for the defence. Crown appeal refused.

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HMA v. Edward Flaherty (2008)
Murder/culpable homicide, killing of wife, accused with advanced dementia. Junior counsel for the defence.

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HMA v. Robert Taggart (2008)
Murder. Jury Trials. Junior counsel for the defence.

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Michael Murphy v HMA (2008)
Appeals. Sentence appeal. Human Rights/Delay. Junior counsel for the defence. Appeal successful.

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Letter from Solicitors' Firm

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Letter from Solicitors' Firm

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Court Shorts, Scotsman

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