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Lesley Shand QC

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Compass Chambers (Compass Chambers)


An accomplished civil litigator, Lesley has considerable experience in a range of areas of civil litigation acting for both pursuers and defenders. Her work has taken her most often to the Court of Session (Inner and Outer House) and to Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland, but she has also appeared before a variety of tribunals. A substantial proportion of Lesley’s practice consists of personal injury litigation, including medical negligence cases. She has particular expertise in catastrophic injury claims, including brain damage and spinal injury cases, claims in respect of industrial diseases and psychiatric injury and fatal claims. Lesley is experienced in advising on and litigating property damage reparation claims. Also well respected for her work in professional negligence disputes, Lesley has acted in claims implicating architects, surveyors, lawyers and social workers. Lesley has frequently represented parties in fatal accident inquiries, including inquiries into deaths in hospital and prison, and arising from road traffic accidents. Whilst serving as a Senior Advocate Depute in the Crown Office she was appointed the dedicated advocate depute to the Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit, a specialist unit incorporating recommendations made by Lord Cullen’s 2009 review of fatal accident inquiry legislation. The unit was established to provide expertise and specialist advice for procurators fiscal from the early stages of non-criminal deaths investigations. Lesley was a Senior Advocate Depute in Crown Office from January 2010 to February 2013. During this time she conducted many High Court jury trials and solemn conviction appeals on behalf of the Crown, including trials and appeals in high-profile and complex cases. Her workload as Senior Advocate Depute included prosecutions involving murder and attempted murder cases involving complex factual and medical evidence, and also contraventions of health and safety legislation and road traffic offences. Lesley has significant public law experience arising from her time as a standing junior to the Department of Transport, when she was also instructed to represent other UK government departments.


Solicitor in private practice 1985-89; called 1990; Standing Junior to the Department for Transport 1995-2005; Silk 2005; Ad Hoc Advocate Depute 2004-09, and 2013 to date; Senior Advocate Depute 2010-13; member of the Court of Session Rules Council 2000-11; Convenor of the Standing Sub-Committee on Reparation of the Faculty of Advocates’ Law Reform Committee 2013 to date; Fee-Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) 2014 to date; Fee-Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration & Asylum Chamber) 2014 to date.


Edinburgh University (1982 LLB Hons; 1983 Dip LP).

Scottish Bar

Personal injury and medical negligence

Within: Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading silks

Lesley Shand QC - Compass Chambers β€˜She has a consummate work ethic.’

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