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Catherine Smith appointed to SCJC

Catherine Smith Appointed to Scottish Civil Justice Council


Arnot Manderson are pleased to congratulate Catherine Smith, below, as the new Advocate Member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.  Her appointment runs for three years from 3rd December and fills one of the Advocate posts recently vacated by former Arnot Manderson silk Kenneth Campbell QC following his appointment as a Sheriff.


Catherine’s principal areas of work are reparation and public law. She specialises in personal injury, judicial review and clinical negligence cases. Other areas in which she has acquired experience whilst an advocate include commercial contracts and criminal trials and appeals.


She has been Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General since 2012 and on the Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel since 2015. In 2017 she was appointed as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute.


Catherine is a founding member and the Deputy Chair of JUSTICE Scotland, the Scottish arm of the London based NGO, and Co-Founder and Chair of the John Smith Centre for Public Service based at the University of Glasgow.


Her appointment to the SCJC was made by the Lord President following an open and competitive recruitment exercise in consultation with the Dean of Faculty.


The Chair of the Council, the Lord President, Lord Carloway, said: “I would like to welcome Catherine to the Council. I am confident that the Council will benefit from her wealth of knowledge and expertise”.  The full announcement can be found here.


Photo of Catherine Smith