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Duncan Hamilton QC appointed Part-time Sheriff


Photo of Duncan Hamilton


Arnot Manderson Advocates is proud to report that Duncan Hamilton QC, pictured above, is one of fifteen new part-time sheriffs appointed by the Scottish Ministers.  Scottish Ministers agreed to these appointments on the basis of a report by the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.


Duncan is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh and was a Kennedy Scholar to Harvard University. He called at the Bar in 2006 and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2021. He was appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government in 2013 and has served as a Legal Convener of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland since 2018. His practice has been predominantly in civil law, notably in public law, media law, clinical negligence and personal injury work. He was appointed ad hoc Advocate Depute in 2018. From 1999-2003 he served as a Member of the Scottish Parliament.


Practice Manager Andrew Sutherland commented “This is such a well-deserved appointment and everyone at the stable is rightly proud and happy to see Duncan recognised in this way.  I am particularly pleased that he will be able to serve on the Bench and still maintain his enviable private practice.”.