Current Council Members

Information about individual Council members can be found below.


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The Rt. Hon. Lord Carloway (Colin John MacLean Sutherland)

Lord President and Lord Justice General

Lord Carloway was appointed Lord President and Lord Justice General in December 2015 having held the position of Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House from August 2012.

He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977, served as an advocate depute from 1986 to 1989, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. From 1994 until his appointment as a judge in 2000, he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates. 

He edited “Green’s Litigation Styles”, and contributed the chapters on “Court of Session Practice” to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia. He led a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate, while his report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011.

Ex officio members

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Eric McQueen

Chief Executive, Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

Eric was appointed as Chief Executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) on 1 January 2013.  The SCTS supports justice by providing the people, buildings and services needed for the work of Scotland’s courts and tribunals, members of the judiciary, and the Office of the Public Guardian.  The SCTS has over 1400 staff and an annual expenditure of more than £100 million.

Eric joined the SCTS in 2003 as Director for Grampian, Highland and Islands, before being appointed in 2006 as Executive Director Field Services with over-arching responsibility for all operational services throughout the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service.  He has been heavily involved in reforms of the justice system in Scotland in recent years, including unification of summary criminal courts and the wide-ranging changes to summary criminal justice.

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Colin Lancaster

Chief Executive, Scottish Legal Aid Board

Colin Lancaster was appointed Chief Executive of SLAB with effect from 1 September 2015.  Joining SLAB in 1997, he was previously Director of Policy and Development.  His responsibilities as Director focused on improving the availability, quality and cost-effectiveness of publicly funded legal assistance, both civil and criminal.  He was responsible for compliance and solicitor investigations, SLAB's research and management information departments, equalities, the Civil Legal Assistance Office (CLAO) and SLAB's substantial grant funding programme.

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Gavin Henderson

Scottish Ministers’ appointee

Gavin Henderson is the Deputy Director for Civil Law and Legal System Division within the Scottish Government.  He joined the Civil Service as a trainee solicitor in the (then) Scottish Executive in 2003.  In his early career he worked as a solicitor and then Parliamentary Counsel.  He moves into policy roles in 2010, first on secondment to Registers of Scotland, before advising on constitutional policy (including a short period working with other UK civil servants to support the Smith Commission negotiations) and later leading the Scottish Government’s Performance and Priorities Division.

Judicial members

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The Hon. Lady Carmichael (Ailsa Carmichael QC)

Lady Carmichael was appointed as a Senator of the College of Justice in 2016.  She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and called to the Bar in 1993, taking silk in 2008.  In practice, she specialised in public and administrative law.  She served as standing Junior Counsel to the Home Department between 2000 and 2008.  She acted as counsel to the Fingerprint Inquiry Scotland.  She was appointed as a legal member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland in 2005; a part-time sheriff in 2007; and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) in 2014.

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The Right Hon. Lord Boyd of Duncansby (Colin Boyd) 

Lord Boyd was appointed a judge of the Supreme Courts in June 2012.

More information is available on the Judicial Office for Scotland website

Sheriff Principal Abercrombie

Sheriff Principal Abercrombie QC

Sheriff Principal Abercrombie was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 and was appointed as a QC in 1994.  He has been a Sheriff since 2009 and was appointed to his present office as Sheriff Principal of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway in January 2015. 

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Sheriff Thomas Hughes (Dundee)

Sheriff Hughes graduated from the University of Strathclyde. He was a partner of the firm of McAuley McCarthy and Co from 1980 until 2003 and practiced principally in the field of civil litigation. Sheriff Hughes tutored on the Diploma for Legal Studies at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law from 1990 to 2004 and from 2000 was the Head Tutor in Civil Court Practice and Advocacy. In 2003 Sheriff Hughes was appointed as a part time sheriff and in 2004 he was appointed as a resident sheriff at Dundee Sheriff Court. A contributor to the latest edition of Macphail – Sheriff Court Practice, Sheriff Hughes also has a great interest in Education and from 2000-2003 served as a Director on the Scottish School Boards Association for East Renfrewshire.


Sheriff George Way

Sheriff Way has been a civil law practitioner since 1978 and served on the Sheriff Court Rules Council from 2006-2009.  He has been a Sheriff in Dundee Sheriff Court for ten years and case manages all Permanence and Adoption processes. 

Advocate members

Lynda Brabender

Lynda Brabender QC

Lynda has been a member of the Faculty of Advocates since 2005 and specialises in Family and Child Law and Public Law as it relates to children. She took silk in 2017.  Lynda is a member of the Faculty of Advocates Disciplinary Tribunals and was a member of the Faculty Council from 2010 to 2013. She is Vice Chair of the Advocates Family Law Association and is the Faculty of Advocates representative on the Scottish Government working group on bar reporters. Lynda was a Convener of the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland from 2005 to 2010. Further information about Lynda can be found here.

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Kenneth Campbell QC

Kenneth Campbell QC was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1996, having previously worked as a solicitor, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011.  He is also a member of the English Bar (admitted 2013). He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Ministry of Defence from 2002 to 2012, and to the Home Office from 2009 to 2012.  He served as Director of Training and Education at the Faculty of Advocates from 2002 to 2005.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting, and a legal member of the Tax Tribunals for Scotland (First Tier) and of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.                               

Solicitor members

Jacqueline Harris

Jacqueline Harris

Jacqueline is a partner in the Litigation and Compliance team of the commercial law firm Pinsent Masons which is one of the largest legal practices in Scotland.  Jacqueline has over 25 years experience of litigation practice acting predominantly for commercial clients.  She has represented clients in litigation before the Sheriff Court, Court of Session and Supreme Court. 


Elena Fry

Elena is a partner in Brodies LLP and heads the firm’s Insurance and Risk team.  She is accredited as a specialist in personal injury law by the Law Society of Scotland and has been helping a broad range of clients manage the defence of Scottish litigation for more than 20 years. Elena has a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of civil liability claims and conducts litigation in courts throughout Scotland.

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Joel Conn

Mr Conn graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1998. He is a director of Mitchells Roberton in their litigation department, based in Glasgow.  He specialises in commercial litigation and debt recovery and has particular expertise in insolvency, factoring and finance leasing, complex secured debt recovery and all aspects of contract disputes. He was the first solicitor to be awarded accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Debt & Asset Recovery Law and frequently provides training on these issues to members of the legal and other professions as well as to clients.  Mr Conn also now sit part-time as a Legal Member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber).

Consumer representative members

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Thomas Docherty

Mr Docherty’s professional background is in press and public relations, in which he has had extensive experience.  He was Member of Parliament for five years from May 2010 to May 2015.

He is currently Head of Public Affairs, Nations and Regions at Which?.  He is responsible for leading on all engagement with key external audiences across the nations and regions of the UK, including establishing new relationships with external stakeholders in Wales, Northern Ireland and the regions of England.  He leads on work to position Which?  as a key consumer voice across governments and with key political influencers, with a brief to shape national and local government thinking on key consumer issues.  He also acts as primary spokesperson to devolved administrations, engaging directly with Ministers and parliamentary committees.  

Lord President members

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Employment Judge Joseph d'Inverno

Judge d’Inverno is currently (since 2002) an Employment Judge, sitting in Employment Tribunal (Scotland) and, since 2015 a Judge of the County Court in England & Wales sitting on the North East Circuit.  Before assuming full time judicial appointment in 2005, he practiced as a Solicitor Advocate (since 1993) and as a Solicitor since 1983 He currently functions as one of fifteen “Judge Mediators” in Scotland. Judge d’Inverno is a former member of the Sheriff Court Rules Council and, until 2016, was a serving member of the Territorial Army and Army Reserve.

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Brandon Malone

Mr Malone is a solicitor advocate with over 25 years’ experience in dispute resolution.  He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Construction Law and as a specialist in Arbitration Law, and convenes the Society’s Arbitration Accreditation Committee.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an Honorary Lecturer at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee.

Mr Malone is Chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre’s Board and is also Co-Director of the International Centre for Energy Arbitration.

He is regularly appointed as an arbitrator in domestic and international cases and he is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the ICDR, CIETAC, SIAC, DIAC, AIAC, and BCDR-AAA.  


The Council has nominated a number of observers to attend Council and committee meetings in order to assist in the carrying out of its functions.  In addition to Council members, the following observers attend Council meetings:
Cameron Stewart, Director of Development and Innovation, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Nicola Anderson, Legislation Implementation Team, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Diane Machin, Deputy Principal Clerk of Session, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service