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Shona Haldane QC appointed Senator

Photo of Shona Haldane

Arnot Manderson Advocates is proud to report that Shona Haldane QC, pictured above, is one of three new Senators to the College of Justice.


Her Majesty the Queen has appointed three new Senators to the College of Justice on the recommendation of the First Minister.  Besides Shona Haldane QC Martin Richardson QC and Craig Sandison QC will also sit as judges in the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary and they will take up their appointments on 22nd February.  The judges will deal with Scotland’s most important criminal and civil cases.


Ms Haldane graduated with a law degree from the University of Edinburgh in 1987.  Ms Haldane was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1996, and took silk in 2010.  She was appointed by the Advocate General for Scotland as Standing Junior Counsel firstly to the Forestry Commission in 2001, and then to the Home Office (2008-2011).  Between 2010 and 2016 she served as an ad hoc Advocate Depute with the Crown Office. She is highly rated by solicitors and clients alike and it was noted in the Chambers and Partners legal directory that she is “An excellent negotiator. She is superbly able and achieves excellent outcomes for clients.” and that she is “Extremely clever and very persuasive.”.


“As Stable Director, I will much miss Shona’s contribution to the running of the Stable.  She has been a strong support, bringing warmth, good humour and most importantly good judgment.  Those traits will benefit both the Bench and those who appear before her.  Anyone who has witnessed her during advocacy training will have seen an excellent judicial manner in the making.  We all send our warmest congratulations and good wishes.”  Jonathan Brodie QC, Stable Director


Practice Manager Andrew Sutherland commented “This is such a well-deserved appointment and everyone at the stable is rightly proud and happy to see Shona recognised in this way.  We will of course be sad to lose her from our ranks but as the old adage goes our loss will undoubtedly be the Judiciary’s gain.”