Professional information

  • 2021: Appointed Standing Junior Counsel to UK Government
  • 2019: Called to the bar (Devilmasters: John MacGregor QC; Paul Reid; Claire Mitchell QC)
  • 2018: Awarded Lord Reid Scholarship
  • 2015-2018: Law Clerk to the Lord President (Lord Carloway), Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
  • 2012-2015: Solicitor, Simpson & Marwick (including traineeship)
  • 2011: Bachelor of Civil Law with Distinction, University of Oxford (New College)
  • 2010: LLB (Hons) (First Class), University of Edinburgh (Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize (Joint) – Honours student of outstanding distinction)
Professional experience

Since calling to the bar, Megan has been instructed in a variety of commercial and public law cases. She has also been instructed in cases which raise aspects of International Private Law, an area of particular academic interest to her. Megan has appeared on behalf of clients in the Court of Session, Sheriff Appeal Court and the Sheriff Court. In October 2021, Megan was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the UK Government.

Prior to calling, Megan worked for three years as Law Clerk to the Lord President, Lord Carloway. During that time, she assisted Lord Carloway with all aspects of his work as an appellate judge, and acquired experience of both the procedures and workings of the Inner House and Criminal Appeal Court. She assisted Lord Carloway with cases across a very broad spectrum of areas, including many commercial and public law appeals.

Megan previously trained and practised as a solicitor in the public authority team at Simpson & Marwick in Edinburgh, dealing primarily with public body and insurer clients.

Megan has a keen interest in legal education and has edited two student textbooks on the Scottish legal system. She has tutored on a variety of courses at the University of Edinburgh, including in her areas of particular interest, Contract and International Private Law.

In addition to her academic interests, Megan is a law reporter for Session Cases.

Notable cases

Dafaalla v City of Edinburgh Council [2022] CSIH 30; Inner House, as junior to Morag Ross QC acted for successful petitioner, challenge to decision of local authority to refuse to accept further application under the Housing (Scotland) Act 1987.

Select publications
  • The Scottish Legal System, 6th edn, 2019 (Dewart)
  • Studying Scots Law, 4th edn, 2016 (MacQueen and Dewart)