Professional Experience

Jacqueline called to the Bar in 2016 as the Lord Reid Scholar 2015-16, having gained distinct experience of commercial and public law practice during her devilling period. 

Since calling to the Bar, Jacqueline has been instructed in relation to a variety of matters, including public law, judicial review and human rights proceedings, contractual disputes, professional liability, media law and public inquiry.  She has appeared before the sheriff courts, Sheriff Appeal Court, Court of Session (Inner and Outer Houses), and United Kingdom Supreme Court.

Prior to calling to the Bar, Jacqueline worked as Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk (Lord Carloway), in particular acquiring broad experience of the work of the Inner House of the Court of Session, and developing a distinct understanding of effective appellate advocacy and strength in opinion writing.

Jacqueline has a particular interest in public law, and recently spent time working as a part-time lecturer in constitutional and administrative law.  She previously qualified and practised as a litigation solicitor in Edinburgh, appearing in the sheriff courts and instructing counsel in the Court of Session.

  • Case History

    Ross Dickson, Petr [2018] CSOH 19 (junior counsel in judicial review of police disciplinary procedures)

    Brown v The Parole Board for Scotland & Ors  [2017] UKSC 69 (landmark decision on scope of duty under art. 5 ECHR to provide real opportunity for rehabilitation to prisoners serving extended sentences) 

    Kidd v Paull & Williamsons LLP & Anr [2017] CSOH 16 (junior counsel in defence of high value professional negligence and related claims against solicitors)

    McDowall v G4S Care and Justice Services (UK) Limited [2016] SC EDIN 67 (claim for ‘just satisfaction’ damages in respect of alleged breach of prisoner’s human rights under art. 3 and art. 8 ECHR)

  • Appointments & Memberships

    July 2018 - present: Visiting Professional (Chambers), International Criminal Court, The Hague

    January 2018 - July 2018: Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk (Lady Dorrian), Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service (ad hoc appointment) 

    2017 - present: Law Reporter, Session Cases, Scottish Council of Law Reporting

    2013 – 2016: Council Member, The WS Society

    2011 – present: Writer to the Signet

  • Publications

    The plight of the landlocked proprietor 2012 SLT 243
    A complainer's right to litigate – observations on the courts' relationship with the Financial Ombudsman Service and Scottish Legal Complaints Commission 2011 SLT 287
    Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 – pushing the boundaries 2010 JR 263
    Diligence on the dependence – a return to the old regime? 2009 SLT 71

  • Additional Information

    Jacqueline is a member of the Scottish Public Law Group (SPLG), The WS Society, and The Stair Society.

Professional Career to date

Devil Masters: Morag Ross QC, Gavin MacColl QC, Susan Duff

June 2016: Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
January – March 2016: Part-time Lecturer in Constitutional & Administrative Law, Edinburgh Napier University
2015 – 2016: Devil, Faculty of Advocates
2012 – 2015: Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk (Lord Carloway), Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service
2012: Senior Solicitor, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Tods Murray LLP, Edinburgh
2009 – 2012: Solicitor, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Fyfe Ireland LLP, Edinburgh
2009 – 2010: Part-time Tutor, University of Edinburgh
2007 – 2009: Trainee Solicitor, Fyfe Ireland LLP, Edinburgh

Education & Professional Qualifications

Lord Reid Scholarship, Faculty of Advocates (2015-16)
LLM Advocacy (with Distinction), University of Strathclyde (2012-13)
Dip LP Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh (2006-07)
LLB Law (Hons) (First Class), University of Edinburgh (2002-06)