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Susan Duff

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Compass Chambers (Compass Chambers)


Susan receives a significant volume of instructions in mainstream criminal cases but specialises in defending corporate clients and individuals charged in regulatory and enforcement proceedings. She appears regularly in the High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and in the Employment Tribunal in Health and Safety enforcement proceedings. She also appears in the Court of Session in civil proceedings related to Proceeds of Crime and confiscation cases and in the Sheriff Court in civil proceedings relating to regulatory enforcement.

Her regulatory practice includes financial and computer crime as well as complex food safety and environmental offences. She is regularly instructed in criminal prosecutions, both in the High and Sheriff Courts, arising from fatal road traffic accidents. She specialises is in the defence of charges under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related Regulations. Susan is highly experienced in conducting trials and evidential hearings contesting, on average, in excess of 15 per year. Susan also appears regularly in Fatal Accident Inquiries arising out of a range of circumstances including deaths in prison and accidents at work. Representative cases include: FAI re deaths at the Jim Clark Rally 2014; PF v Combe (RTA s.3); PF v Gordon (Alleged contravention of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981) ; HMA v Waculicz (POCA s.327); HMA v Blair (POCA s.327 and 329); FAI re the death of Rachel Cassels (representing her employer, The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited); PF v McMaster (prosecution of a company director for alleged Environmental Protection Act breach); Representation of a national distribution company in proceedings before the Traffic Commissioner; PF v The Edinburgh Woollen Mill Limited (prosecution for alleged breaches of product labelling regulations); HMA v Woodman (RTA s.2B); HMA v Flynn (RTA s.2B); HMA v Coveris (HSWA s.2); Burke v Procurator Fiscal (RTA s.1A); HMA v Mitchell (POCA s.329); HMA v Ahmed (Immigration Act offences); Procurator Fiscal V Stewart and Shields (HSWA s.2); Provision of advice to a national restaurant chain on a Food Safety Issue; HMA v Downie (RTA s.1); HMA v Blyth (RTA s.2B); HMA v Merit Projects Ltd (Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and HSWA s.3); HMA v John Sisk & Sons and Hemsec Ltd (HSWA s.3); PF v Wilson (RTA s.2); PF v Tinto (Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.34); Provision of advice to food supplier and distributor (re ongoing HSE investigation into alleged HSWA s.2); PF v British Telecom plc (HSWA s.3); Herron v Poundland plc (Civil proceedings re Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006); GSR Distributions Ltd v South Lanarkshire Council (Civil proceedings re Food Safety Act s.9); Mumford v Berry (HSWA Appeal against an Improvement Notice); Provision of advice to a major housing organisation (HSWA: Fee For Intervention Regulations); PF v Meikle & MBS Bankwood (EPA s.33); HMA v Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd (HSWA s.2); FAI re death of Brasilio Brazao (representing Dekra Exam GmbH); Provision of advice to a major Healthcare Provider (HSWA s24)


Called 2003; Formerly a Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute in Crown Office.


Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; UK Environmental Law Association; Scottish Criminal Bar Association; Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association


Dundee (1988 LLB; 1989 Dip LP); Glasgow (1995 Dip FM).

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