Fiona Drysdale KC

Year of Call: 2002
Silk: 2023

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an experienced and extremely capable advocate with a thorough and practical approach to cases

Chambers & Partners UK Bar 2023

Fiona Drysdale specialises in reparation, clinical negligence and public inquiries.  She has considerable experience in catastrophic injury, fatal cases and cases involving children and young people. She is an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute and was a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government. She is a Faculty Skills Instructor and Quality Assurance Assessor. Her regulatory work includes acting as a Legal Assessor for the General Teaching Council for Scotland and as clerk to the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates.  She is a member of both the Scottish Civil Justice Council and its Access to Justice Committee. She has served as acting Clerk of Faculty, Deputy Clerk of Faculty and Clerk to the Board of Examiners. Before calling to the bar, she worked as a solicitor in a large commercial firm, having trained there in Edinburgh and London.  She has also worked as a legal translator for the European Court of Justice. She is described in Chambers UK Bar 2023 as ”an experienced and extremely capable advocate with a thorough and practical approach to cases” and Legal 500 UK Bar 2023 “Fiona is very precise. She has the ear of the court, and is well respected by the bench.”

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Recent Cases

James McGraw v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2022] CSOH 83
For defender in procedure roll debate in a clinical negligence case under Ch42A on Hunter v Hanley.

AW v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2015] CSOH 99 , AW v Greater Glasgow Health Board [2017] CSIH 58
For pursuer. Multimillion pound cerebral palsy case arising from birth injuries. Complex causation issues and longest-running clinical negligence proof in Scotland. Further Opinion issued after hearing in the Inner House in October 2016.

CD v Lanarkshire Acute Hospitals Trust [2015] CSOH
For pursuer. A birth injuries case against midwives involving shoulder dystocia where the child was born with a severe brachial plexus injury and permanent disability.

D’s Parent and Guardian v Greater Glasgow Health Board 2011 SLT 1137
For defenders. First Scottish case which settled with a periodic payment order approved by the Court. Structured settlement. Obstetric negligence claim arising from failed McClellan’s forceps rotation leading to spinal injury at birth.

Practice Areas

Contact our clerks

Normal business hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
+44 (0)131 260 5674 (9am to 5pm)

Alan Moffat

Advocates' Clerk

Working Remotely

Jennifer Dunn

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

(working days Mondays to Thursdays)


Sheena Hume

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office

Shawn McArthur

Deputy Advocates' Clerk


Kathryn Ferguson

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working in Office

Emma Busby

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

Working Remotely

Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh 1996

LLB and French (Joint Hons), University of Edinburgh 1995

Diplôme de Droit Français, Université de Paris-Sud 1994



Quality Assurance Assessor, Faculty of Advocates, 2024

Appointed King’s Counsel, 2023

Acting Clerk of Faculty, 2023

Member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council: 2023 to date

Appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government, 2022

Ad hoc Advocate Depute: 2015 to 2017; 2021 to date

Legal Assessor to the General Teaching Council for Scotland: 2021 to date

Member of the Access to Justice Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council: 2020 to date

Clerk to the Examiners and Deputy Clerk of Faculty of Advocates: 2019 to 2023

Advocacy Skills Instructor on the Advocates Training Course

Tutor, University of Edinburgh , Civil Court Practice: 2011 to 2021

Legal Translator, Court of Justice of the European Communities 2000 – 2001


Court and Tribunal Experience

She regularly appear in the Inner and Outer House of Court of Session, sheriff court, High Court of Justiciary, Fatal Accident Inquiries and Public Inquiries.


Fiona has contributed to drafting materials for use in the Faculty of Advocates Training Course and the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh.

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