Professional information

  • Devilmasters: Chris Paterson, Scott Manson
  • 2021: Appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland
  • 2020: Called to the Bar
  • 2019: Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (Scotland) (merit – first place)
  • 2018-2019: Solicitor Advocate, DWF LLP
  • 2014-2018: Solicitor, Brodies LLP
  • 2007-2012 University of Aberdeen: LLB (Hons), DPLP (distinction – first place)
Professional experience

Neale called to the Bar in 2020 after practising as a solicitor for five years. He qualified as a solicitor advocate in 2018. Neale deals with a broad range of commercial disputes. His practice is focused on commercial , property, insolvency and professional liability litigation. He has particular experience in banking disputes and appears regularly in the commercial court.

Neale has been appointed as standing junior counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland. He acts mainly for HMRC in tax tribunal and insolvency litigation. He also has experience in handling applications for judicial review, mainly in immigration cases.

Neale is a reporter for Session Cases. He teaches on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow. He is an Associate Member (ACIArb) of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3). Neale won the Mike Jones Excellence in Advocacy Award in 2019.

Notable cases


  • Parkash v The Royal Bank of Scotland plc [2023] CSOH 33
  • Ward v ADR Network [2022] SAC (Civ) 35
  • Scott v Scottish Water [2022] SAC (Civ) 30 (led by Simon Di Rollo KC)
  • Deas v Park’s of Hamilton (Townhead Garage) Ltd 2022 SCLR 292
  • Apex Resources Ltd v Macdougall 2021 SLT 781 (led by Paul O’Brien KC)


  • Former Joint Administrators of Future Renewables ECO plc [2023] CSOH 27
  • Kingston Park House Ltd v Granton Commercial Industrial Properties Ltd 2023 SLT 238 (led by Roddy McIlvride KC)
  • King’s Trustees v King [2020] CSOH 101 (led by David Thomson KC)


  • Langskaill v Black [2023] SC EDIN 7; [2023] SAC (Civ) 17
  • Logan v Irons [2023] SAC (Civ) 9
  • EE Ltd v Service LTS/ECC/2022/0006
  • Woro v Brown 2022 GWD 37-537
  • W v W 2022 SLT (Sh Ct) 64
  • Brownrigg’s Executor 2021 SLT 1145

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