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.

As a solicitor, Neale had a busy practice dealing with a broad range of commercial disputes. His practice had a particular focus on commercial contracts, banking and finance, insolvency and professional liability litigation. He gained substantial experience of appearing in court and regularly conducted proofs and debates.

Neale won the Mike Jones Excellence in Advocacy Award in 2019.

  • Courts & Tribunals

    Court of Session, Sheriff Appeal Court, sheriff courts.

  • Appointments & Memberships

    2021: Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland
    2020-present: Tutor, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (Civil Litigation), University of Glasgow
    2020-present: Law reporter for Session Cases, Scottish Council of Law Reporting
    2019-present: Ad Hoc Reporter to the Professional Conduct Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland
    2019-present: Associate Member (ACIArb), Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
    2011-2014: Research Assistant to Professor Robin Evans-Jones, University of Aberdeen in relation to the preparation of Unjustified Enrichment: Volume 2 (W. Green, 2013)
    2012: Lecturer and Tutor in Revenue Law, University of Aberdeen
    2011: Tutor in Legal System and Method and Criminal Law, University of Aberdeen

  • Additional Information

    Neale is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.

Professional Career to date

Devilmasters: Chris Paterson, Scott Manson
2018-2019:     Associate and Solicitor Advocate, DWF LLP
2016-2018:     Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP
2014-2016:     Solicitor, Brodies LLP
2012-2014:     Trainee Solicitor, Brodies LLP


Education & Professional Qualifications

Certificate of Proficiency in Insolvency (Scotland) (merit – first place), Insolvency Practitioners Association (2019)
Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (distinction – first place), University of Aberdeen (2012)
LL.B (Hons) with French Language, University of Aberdeen (2011)

Academic prizes

Law Society of Scotland Prize for Best Student on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (2012)
Deloitte Revenue Law Prize (2010)