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13 January, 2022

Trio of Ampersand Advocates appointed part-time sheriffs

Ampersand is delighted to announce that Chris Marney, Graham Primrose QC and Paul Reid are amongst fifteen newly appointed part-time sheriffs. They will all maintain their existing practices alongside their new role.

The Scottish Ministers agreed to the appointments on the basis of a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland is an independent advisory public body with the role of recommending individuals for appointment to judicial offices within the Board’s remit including judge of the Court of Session, chair of the Scottish Land Court, sheriff principal, sheriff, and summary sheriff.

The Scottish Ministers are required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making their recommendation.

Christian Marney graduated LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Strathclyde in 1987. He qualified as a solicitor in Glasgow and continued in private practice there until 1997, latterly with Biggart Baille. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1998 and to Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2019. He has a wide ranging civil practice at the bar with a particular interest in commercial and construction disputes, professional negligence and personal injury.

Graham Primrose Q.C. obtained an LLB and a Diploma in Legal Practice from Aberdeen University. He commenced a traineeship with Balfour and Manson, Edinburgh in 1990, qualifying as a solicitor two years later. He was called to the bar in 1993 and initially undertook a varied civil practice before specialising in reparation and clinical negligence. He took silk in 2008. He was appointed as an ad-hoc Advocate Depute in 2008, and as an Arbiter to the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in 2017

Paul Reid was educated at Arbroath High School before studying law at Edinburgh University, which included a year at Lund University, Sweden under the ERASMUS programme. He graduated with an LLB (Honours) degree in 2004 and after a traineeship worked as solicitor until calling to the Bar in 2011. In 2015, he was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and then in 2020 was appointed First Standing Junior. He has been an ad hoc Advocate Depute since 2017. He has also taught public law at Edinburgh University since 2004 and is the author of a leading textbook on the subject.

Ampersand congratulates and wishes Chris, Graham and Paul well in their new role.

The full announcement can be viewed here.

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