The Hon Lady Poole (Anna Poole)


Lady Poole was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Courts in January 2020.

She graduated with first class honours from Oxford University in Law in 1991 (BA Jurisprudence, MA). She completed a postgraduate Masters in 1993 (M.St, Oxon), and went on to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales in London in 1996. After returning to Scotland, she became a Scottish solicitor in 1997 and an advocate in 1998. She was appointed as a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government in 2002, Second Standing Junior in 2009, and First Standing Junior in 2010. In 2012, she became a Queen's Counsel. She served as an ad hoc advocate depute in 2013.

In 2014 she was appointed as a part-time UK First tier Tribunal Judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber which she combined with practice at the bar. She was elevated to a salaried judge of the UK Upper Tribunal in 2018. She was appointed to sit in the Upper Tribunal for Scotland in 2020.

In addition to her legal career, Lady Poole worked at the universities of Dundee and Edinburgh as a research assistant and a tutor respectively, and serves as Chancellor for the Diocese of Edinburgh. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, after completing a course in arbitration at the University of Aberdeen.

She is a co-author of a book on judicial review with Sheriff Frances McCartney and Sheriff Lorna Drummond (A Practical Guide to Public Law Litigation in Scotland Drummond, McCartney and Poole, 2019) and is a contributor to Court of Session Practice edited by Lord Donald MacFadyen.