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Advocate, principally practising in public law with a particular interest in judicial review, human rights and public law. Five significant cases in which she has acted are: 1. Imperial Tobacco v Lord Advocate [2012] UKSC 61 (legislative competence of tobacco display and vending machine bans); 2. Eba v Advocate General for Scotland [2011] UKSC 29 (availability of judicial review of Upper Tribunal decisions); 3. Pairc Crofters Ltd v Scottish Ministers [2012] CSIH 96 (legislative competence of crofting community right to buy); 4. Scottish Ministers v Mental Health Tribunal 2009 SLT 273 (interpretation of new mental health legislation); 5. F and R v UK, ECtHR, Application 35748/05 (convention compatibility of Gender Recognition Act). A fuller list of cases she has been involved in can be found at


Advocate 1998. QC 2012. Ad Hoc Advocate Depute 2013. Member of Preferred Counsel List for EHRC 2013. First standing junior counsel to the Scottish government 2010-12 (Second standing junior 2009-10, standing junior 2002-12). Tutor at Edinburgh University 1997-2002. Solicitor in Scotland 1997 (Brodies). Solicitor in England and Wales 1996 (Linklaters). Publications include articles in Juridical Review, SLT, SLPQ, Int ILR, IJPICL, JLSS, Judicial Review. Contributor to Court of Session Practice, ed MacFadyen.


The Preferred Counsel list for the Equality and Human Rights Commission.


Madras College, St Andrews (1982-88); University of Oxford (1991 BA and MA Jurisprudence); Guildford College of Law (1992 Law Society final examinations); University of Oxford (1993 MSt).


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