Professional information

  • 2018 – Feb 2022: Appointed Standing Junior to the Scottish Government
  • 2007: Called to the Bar
  • 2000 – 2006: Solicitor, Maclay Murray & Spens (including traineeship)
  • 2000: LLB Ordinary & Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh
  • 1997: M.A. (Hons), Classics, University of St. Andrews
Professional experience

Miranda has extensive experience in the field of construction and engineering law. Her practice includes claims for and against construction professionals.

In recent years, Miranda has undertaken a significant amount of public sector work. She has acted for the Lord Advocate in the Rangers cases and on behalf of Transport Scotland in relation to two major road disputes.

In addition to her public and commercial law experience, Miranda has experience acting on behalf of various Health Boards in clinical negligence disputes and for insurers in relation to property damage claims.

Notable cases

Construction and Engineering

  • Loretto Housing Association Ltd v Cruden Building and Renewals Ltd and Others, [2019] CSOH 78; 2019 G.W.D. 35-556: Multi-party dispute arising from the refurbishment of an old hospital building in Glasgow, including Outer House decision in relation to prescription.
  • Loretto Housing Association Ltd v Zenith: Professional negligence claim arising from investigations into defects in a refurbished hospital building in Glasgow.
  • SP Power Systems Ltd v Prysmian Cables and Systems Ltd: Action for damages arising from the laying of electricity circuits and cables in Edinburgh.
  • Prospect Healthcare (Hairmyres) Ltd v Keir Build Ltd, 2018 S.C. 569 and [2017] CSOH 112: £10m dispute arising from the development of Hairmyres hospital, including Inner House decision relating to the application of expenses in third party proceedings.
  • Hochtief Solutions AG v Andritz Hydro GmbH: Commercial proceedings arising out of collapse of a tunnel forming part of a hydro-electric scheme.

Public Law

  • David Grier v The Lord Advocate 2021 SLT 371, 2021SLT 833 and [2022] CSOH 2; David Whitehouse v Chief Constable and the Lord Advocate [2021] CSOH 33; Paul Clark v Chief Constable and the Lord Advocate (2020); Charles Green v Lord Advocate; Imran Ahmad v Lord Advocate: Cases of malicious prosecution in relation to the arrest and prosecution of individuals in connection with the takeover of Rangers Football club
  • Duff & Phelps v Lord Advocate: Case of misfeasance in public office in relation to the arrest and prosecution of individuals in connection with the takeover or Rangers FC.
  • BDL Shetland Operations Ltd against a Decision of the Scottish Ministers: Statutory appeal in relation to a planning decision of the Scottish Ministers’ Reporter (2020)
  • Transport Scotland: Dispute with Aberdeen Roads Ltd arising out of a DBFO Agreement for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (2019)
  • Transport Scotland: Dispute with Scot Roads Ltd arising out of the expansion of the M8, M73 and M74 (2019)

Commercial Law

  • Transport Scotland: Dispute with Aberdeen Roads Ltd arising out of a DBFO Agreement for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (2019)
  • Transport Scotland: Dispute with Scot Roads Ltd arising out of the expansion of the M8, M73 and M74 (2019)
Directories
  • Chambers UK Bar – Recommended as leading junior in Construction (Band 2)