Ten new Queen’s Counsel appointed

Christine O’Neill QC

Ten new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The appointments take the number of practising QCs at the Scottish bar to 133.

The Faculty of Advocates’ new QCs are: Kevin McCallum, Ruth Charteris, Paul O’Brien, James Dawson, Barry Smith, Lisa Gillespie, Amber Galbraith, Alasdair Burnet and John MacGregor.

One solicitor-advocate, Christine O’Neill, has also been approved by Her Majesty for “the rank and dignity of Queen’s Counsel”.

The group will be welcomed by Lord Carloway, the Lord President, at a ceremony to open the legal year on 28 September.

The Scottish bar has 428 practising members, of whom 133 are QCs. The number of female silks is 32.