Professional information

  • July 2020 – date: Dean of Faculty
  • Jan 2020 – June 2020: Vice Dean of Faculty
  • 2017-2020: Treasurer of Faculty
  • 2014 – date: Part Time Chairman, Police Appeals Tribunal
  • 2019 – date: Barrister in England and Wales
Professional experience

Dean of Faculty Roddy Dunlop KC has a wide and varied practice. He is the only Scottish silk to be ranked in seven separate practice areas by Chambers UK, who place him as a “Star Individual” for commercial dispute resolution, and a Band 1 Silk in the areas of professional discipline, professional negligence, media law,  product liability and clinical negligence. He is also ranked in administrative and public law. He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (Gray’s Inn) in 2019, and is a tenant at 4 Pump Court.

Notable cases

The bulk of Roddy’s work is undertaken in the commercial court. He is also frequently instructed in media matters, and professional regulation.


  • Kidd v Lime Rock Management LLP 2021 SLT 35
  • Glasgow City Council v VFS Financial Services Ltd 2020 SLT 1227
  • Young v Royal and Sun Alliance Insurance Plc 2020 SC 467
  • Promontoria (Henrico) Ltd v Friel 2020 SC 230
  • Whitehouse v Chief Constable of Scotland 2020 SC 133


  • Campbell v Dugdale 2020 SC 481
  • Wildcat Haven Enterprises CIC v Wightman 2020 SLT 473
  • Swinson v Scottish National Party [2019] CSOH 98
  • McAnulty v McCulloch 2019 SLT 449

Professional regulation

  • McLennan v General Medical Council 2020 SC 305
  • Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care v Nursing and Midwifery Council 2017 SC 542
  • Hood v Council of the Law Society of Scotland 2017 SC 386
  • Fyfe v Council of the Law Society of Scotland 2017 SC 283
  • Chambers UK Bar – Roddy is ranked as a “Star at the Bar” by Chambers UK
  • Chambers UK Bar – Recommended as leading silk in Commercial Dispute Resolution (Star Individual); Professional Discipline (Band 1); Professional Negligence (Band 1); Product Liability (Band 1); Clinical Negligence (Band 1); Administrative and Public Law (Band 2); and Media Law (Band 1).
  • Chambers reports: ““The real big hitter in Scotland,” Roddy Dunlop QC is held to be “probably the most sought after QC at the Bar.” His appointment to the prestigious office of Dean of Faculty of Advocates attests to his standing in the profession. He is “superb on his feet,” say clients, and “has a very good way of telling the story in the case, along with a great style which he adjusts based on the client.” Others dub him a “truly impressive operator, who has a quick grasp of the issues, and who is aggressive and strategically sound.” All of these strengths are demonstrated in the context of a markedly broad practice centring on commercial litigation, where he appears for the second year as a star individual.”