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Sixteen new King's Counsel appointed


Oct 6, 2022

Sixteen new King’s Counsel have been appointed by His Majesty The King on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The new appointees are:

Gavin Anderson, Advocate;
Michael Anderson, Advocate;
Louise Arrol, Advocate;
Steven Borthwick, Advocate;
Isabella Ennis, Advocate;
Lorraine Glancy, Advocate;
Gareth Jones, Advocate;
Anthony Lenehan, Advocate;
John McElroy, Advocate;
Alasdair McKenzie, Advocate;
Paul Nelson, Advocate;
Christopher Pirie, Advocate;
Richard Pugh, Advocate;
Calum Wilson, Advocate;
Christopher Fyffe, Solicitor Advocate;
John Keenan, Solicitor Advocate.



[Please note prior to the publication of the Independent Observer’s Report, Her Majesty The Queen sadly passed away on 8 September 2022, and prior to the appointments being finalised, most references have now been changed to King’s Counsel.]   

The rank of King’s Counsel is generally reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in practice in the Supreme Courts. Advocates and Solicitors with Rights of Audience in the Supreme Courts are eligible to apply to the Lord Justice General, Scotland’s senior judge. Before making nominations to the First Minister, the Lord Justice General consults other judges, the Lord Advocate, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the President of the Law Society of Scotland.

The independent observer of the process, Bill Thomson, was appointed with the agreement of the Lord Justice General, Lord Carloway and approval from the First Minister. Mr Thomson provided the First Minster with a separate report on his findings, which is available here -  King’s Counsel Independent Observer’s Report 2022.