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Dorothy Bain QC

Year of Call: 1994
Silk: 2007

07917 047162

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She cares about the case... She's incredibly hard-working and excellent with people... She is very strong in court

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Dorothy Bain became an Advocate in 1994 and took silk in 2007. Dorothy undertakes a wide range of civil litigation and much of her work is in cases concerned with judicial review, civil liberties and human rights, personal injury and clinical negligence. She is appointed to the “A” list panel of counsel for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law. Dorothy has been instructed in cases at all levels, including the Court of Session (Inner & Outer House), Court of Criminal Appeal, High Court of Justiciary, United Kingdom Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

From 2002 to 2011 Dorothy moved from civil practice in order to undertake a lengthy and successful period of public service as an Advocate Depute in Crown Office. This culminated in her appointment as the Principal Advocate Depute in 2009; the first woman to be appointed to this post. As Principal Advocate Depute Dorothy was Scotland’s most senior prosecutor and as such conducted many complex and high profile criminal prosecutions and appeals. In light of this high level of experience, Dorothy holds an interest and is frequently instructed in cases concerning sexual abuse, applications for anonymity, orders and directions in criminal proceedings under the Contempt of Court Act 1981, Fatal Accident Inquiries, regulatory criminal matters, Health and Safety prosecutions and corporate financial crime.

Dorothy is a serving Chair of the Police Appeals Tribunal, Scotland and is a Special Counsel, a position appointed by the Lord President. She is ranked by both the leading legal directories. Chambers and Partners says, “She is very strong in court, she cares about the case and is willing to go the extra mile. She’s incredibly hard-working and excellent with people“, whilst the Legal 500 UK says she is a “reliable human rights advocate, dedicated to success” and in 2017 “Hardworking, determined and confident in court“.


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