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Two more arrivals & one departure for Stable





AM 2022 Devils

pic. Jonathan Deans, Sarah Loosemore, Gareth Reid, Megan Davidson, Thomas Mulhall


24th June 2020


Arnot Manderson Advocates has today welcomed Jonathan Deans and Megan Davidson to the stable following their admission to the Faculty of Advocates in two further calling ceremonies held earlier in the Reading Room of the historic Advocate Library.


Megan Davidson was awarded a Lord Hope scholarship.  She specialises in child law, criminal law and family law, and has a particular interest in human rights.  As a solicitor Megan gained considerable experience of appearing in court over a period of five years, regularly appearing at all stages of criminal and civil proceedings. She frequently conducted her own trials and proofs in Sheriff Courts, and has substantial experience of instructing counsel in the High Court.  Megan acted as instructing solicitor for a child client throughout all stages of a Children’s appeal which was ultimately heard in the UK Supreme Court.  She regularly appeared at Children’s Hearings, and in Children’s referral and appeal proceedings in the Sheriff Court.  Throughout her devilling she continued to expand her experience of dealing with complex and sensitive matters, both in the civil and criminal courts.


Jonathan Deans arrives at the Bar as this year’s Lord Reid Scholar and can be instructed in a wide variety of areas of law, but has particular interests in public law and judicial review, professional and clinical negligence, and public inquiries, including fatal accident inquiries. He has experience in niche areas of law including animal welfare, homelessness and housing, and immigration. He is also keen to be instructed in commercial cases, personal injury, and regulatory law.  He has undertaken pro bono work in employment and clinical negligence cases.


Arnot Manderson Practice Manager Elizabeth Manderson who is about to retire at the end of June after a remarkable 42 years of service said “We are delighted to welcome Jonathan and Megan to the Stable today, their presence compliments our other recent additions Sarah Loosemore, Gareth Reid and Thomas Mulhall who called yesterday.  As I am about to bring to an end my career with the Faculty it is lovely to see the brightest new talent coming through and it’s nice to know that with these five new members the future success of the stable is secured for years to come.”


Liz’s fellow Practice Manager Andrew Sutherland said “We are delighted to welcome these five new members to the stable.  With these new Counsel in our ranks we continue to boast an enviably strong presence at the junior end of the Bar.  They each bring invaluable experience in Scotland’s highest courts and beyond and the complete range of work they undertake makes them a perfect fit for our stable.  A wide range of Solicitors and their clients stand to benefit from their availability and all these additions further enhance our reputation as the largest full service stable at the Scottish Bar.

At the same time Liz’s retirement feel like the end of an era and whilst we are all pleased for her she will certainly be missed by counsel, solicitors and all the members of the Justiciary whom she has served over her long career.  Everyone in Parliament House wishes her a long and healthy retirement, her presence around this place will certainly be missed.”


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