14 December, 2021
Susanne Tanner QC has been commissioned as Assistant Principal Crown Counsel
Susanne Tanner QC has been commissioned by the Lord Advocate as Assistant Principal Crown Counsel. Ms Tanner, whose appointment has been planned for some time, called to the Scottish Bar in 2000 and took silk in 2016. From 2019 to 2021, she held the office of Director of Ampersand Advocates. She has a practice spanning civil, criminal and regulatory matters in Scotland, as well as England, where she is dual qualified as a barrister and is a door tenant of Crown Office Chambers.
She served as an advocate depute from 2011 to 2014 and, since that time, she has continued to prosecute for the Crown on an ad hoc basis, specialising throughout in cases involving in serious sexual offences. She is highly experienced in dealing with cases involving children and other vulnerable witnesses.
She holds judicial appointments as a tribunal chair in the First-tier Tribunal, Housing & Property, and Health & Education, chambers; and a regulatory appointment as chair in cases involving the SSSC.
She is a qualified arbitrator and certified mediator and is a panel member on a number of national and international alternative dispute resolution bodies.
She lectures at the University of Edinburgh, including a postgraduate course in ‘Sexual Offending and the Law’.
Most recently, she has held the position of independent chair for two year-long inquiries: the first a survivor-led inquiry into allegations of abuse and the way in which they were handled by City of Edinburgh Council; and a wider review to consider whether the authority’s whistleblowing and organisational culture is positive, open, safe and supportive.
Of her new role, Ms Tanner stated: “Despite re-joining Crown Office at an extremely difficult time following the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Stephen O’Rourke QC, I am looking forward to working together with the law officers and the Crown Counsel team to develop ideas and practices to make a significant contribution to the prosecution service in Scotland”.
During her period of appointment, Ms Tanner will continue to take instructions in some civil matters, as well as appointments as arbitrator or mediator. Any enquiries about availability should be made through the Ampersand clerking team.