Leading Silks

Fred Mackintosh KC - Terra Firma Chambers 'Fred has a very calm but authoritative style of advocacy. He is very persuasive, thorough and organised. He is not afraid to make difficult arguments.'
Barry Smith KC - Compass Chambers 'A true specialist in health and safety, with a formidable intellect. Superbly focused on his feet in court. An excellent communicator. Highly intelligent.'
Murdo MacLeod KC - Compass Chambers 'A consummate silk whose style is to engage in a calm and measured dialogue with the bench. Razor sharp but with a warmth clients appreciate. A class act.'
Peter Gray KC - Compass Chambers 'A stand out advocate in the health and safety field. He combines enormous experience with a calm and friendly manner. He has the ear of the court at all times.'

Crime and regulatory in Scottish Bar

Compass Chambers

Compass Chambers stands out as ‘the go-to stable for regulatory crime and health and safety matters‘. Barry Smith KC is ‘effortlessly cool under pressure‘ and has an excellent reputation for his expertise in health and safety work; he regularly acts for clients in the maritime, retail, oil and gas, aviation, engineering and construction sectors. According to instructing solicitors, Peter Gray KC is ‘the pre-eminent senior counsel for complex regulatory matters - his oral advocacy is of the very highest standard and he commands great respect from the bench‘. Murdo MacLeod KC is representing the owner of a transport company, who is being prosecuted for health and safety breaches and culpable homicide following a fatal road traffic accident involving one of the company’s vehicles.



Very friendly and reliable.’

Compass Chambers is the principal stable for private and regulatory crime in Scotland.’

Compass has an extremely strong regulatory offering.’

A very well organised stable with an array of excellent advocates.’

Within the stable there is a wealth of talent.’


Gavin Herd is an excellent clerk.’

Gavin Herd and his team are incredibly helpful and provide first class support.’

Gavin Herd is very personable and well organised.’

Always proactive, helpful and friendly.’

The clerks are always very approachable, responsive and keen to assist.’