Louise Cockburn

Year of Call: 2022

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Louise Cockburn called to the Bar in 2022 having qualified as a solicitor in 2004.

She was a partner in a mid-sized firm in Edinburgh and Head of Planning in Scotland for a global firm before setting up her own practice in 2014.

She specialised in planning and environmental law and regularly appeared at inquiries and hearings, many into large scale renewable energy and infrastructure projects including the proposed redevelopment of the former Royal High School in Edinburgh, the Trump Organisation’s golf course at Menie and the Rosyth international container terminal. She was also the instructing solicitor in a successful legal challenge to a local plan. She is a member of the Scottish Planning, Local Government and Environmental Law Bar Group.

Whilst devilling Louise focused on clinical negligence. She was involved in complex and high value cases for pursuers and for defenders, often health boards. Since calling to the Bar, Louise has been regularly instructed in both non-substantive and substantive hearings for the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Selected cases

Angus Council v Guild Homes (Tayside) Limited & Ors [2023] SAC (Civ) 32

While devilling

Henderson v. Benarty Medical Practice [2022] CSOH 28

SD v. Grampian Health Board – cerebral palsy proof

Downie v. Fife Health Board ­– clinical negligence case involving questions of ex turpi causa and scope of duty, presently at avizandum before the Sheriff Appeal Court

O’Grady v. Greater Glasgow Health Board and another, unreported, Sheriff Campbell QC, 5 May 2022 – preliminary proof on time bar

As instructing solicitor in private practice

Eadie Cairns Limited v. Fife Council [2013] CSIH 109

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Alan Moffat

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Jennifer Dunn

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Shawn McArthur

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Kathryn Ferguson

Deputy Advocates' Clerk

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Emma Busby

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  • B (2:1) and Dip. LP from the University of Edinburgh.
  • Traineeship with Drummond Miller: 2002 – 2004.
  • Solicitor at Archibald Campbell & Harley WS (now Shoosmiths): 2005 –2012. Partner in 2009.
  • Head of Planning in Scotland at Eversheds: 2012 – 2014.
  • Owner of DC2 Planning: 2014 – 2021.
  • Devil at Faculty of Advocates: 2021 – 2022.
  • Called to Scottish Bar: 2022
  • Primavera Associates v Hertsmere Borough Council EWHC [2022] 2685 (Ch) for SPEL issue 216, April 2023
  • ARDL (Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers)
  • UKELA (UK Environmental Law Association).