Professional information

  • 2024: Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
  • Devilmasters: Ewen Campbell, Barney Ross and Frances Connor
  • 2023-2024: Faculty Scholar, Faculty of Advocates
  • 2020-2023: Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian
  • 2014-2020: Solicitor in private practice specialising in professional liability and regulatory matters (Clyde & Co and DWF LLP)
  • 2013-2014: Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow
  • 2009-2013: LL.B(Hons) in Scots Law at the University of Glasgow
Professional experience

Alannah has experience in a wide variety of civil matters. She has particular knowledge in the areas of commercial disputes, professional liability, public law and media law. As a solicitor in private practice, she specialised in professional negligence, representing a variety of professionals including solicitors, architects and accountants in complex and often high-value actions. Alannah has experience of litigating in the Commercial Court, the Outer and Inner Houses of the Court of Session and the Sheriff Courts, appearing frequently in the latter as a solicitor.

Prior to calling to the bar, Alannah was Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian. In that role, she assisted Inner House judges in appellate matters across civil law. In particular, Alannah worked on a number of high-profile cases concerning commercial disputes, public law, product liability and clinical negligence. During her time as Law Clerk she also acquired a knowledge of and interest in media law and contempt. This is something she further developed during her time devilling.

Alannah is a tutor in Civil Litigation on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. She previously assisted in the arrangement of the terms of the Master Policy of Professional Indemnity Insurance whilst a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Insurance Committee.

Notable cases

As Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk, Alannah worked on several notable public law cases, including:

  • Scottish Legal Complaints Commission v Murray [2022] CSIH 46 11 Oct 2022: whether section 17 of the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 waived, either expressly or by necessary implication, the right to legal professional privilege.
  • For Women Scotland Ltd v Lord Advocate [2022] CSIH 4: whether the definition of \”woman\” adopted in the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 impinged on the nature of protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010, which was a reserved matter and therefore outwith the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament.
  • Ryan v Parole Board for Scotland [2022] CSIH 11: three conjoined reclaiming motions concerning interpretation of section 2(5) of the Prisoners and Criminal Proceedings (Scotland) Act 1993, and the test for release of prisoners.