BJ Gill KC

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Devil Masters
Ruth Crawford KC
Thomas L Ross KC

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Practice Profile

BJ Gill is currently a full-time Advocate Depute.

Before his appointment as an Advocate Depute in 2021, he had a general practice in public and administrative law and valuation for rating.

He has acted in many judicial reviews and statutory appeals to the Court of Session, principally in relation to immigration/asylum and planning matters. He appeared for the UK Government Law Officers in their reference to the Supreme Court under section 33 of the Scotland Act 1998 for a ruling on the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament’s UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, the first such reference to be made. He was previously Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland and the Home Office.

He also has a particular interest in valuation for rating, acting for both Assessors and ratepayers, in the Lands Valuation Appeal Court, local valuation appeal committees and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. He has regularly spoken at IRRV and RICS events on the subject.

Other matters of note include appearing as junior counsel for the applicants in public inquiries on applications under section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 for consent for the Gills Bay and Beauly-Denny overhead electricity transmission lines (2017 and 2007-2008, respectively); appearing for the MoD in a public inquiry on an application under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 for an extension to the Hill of Towie windfarm (2015-2016); drafting the statutory instrument granting a development consent order for the Ferrybridge Multifuel (FM2) Power Station (an English “nationally significant infrastructure project” under the Planning Act 2008) (2015-2016); and appearing as junior counsel for Greater Glasgow Health Board in the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry (2010-2014).

Education & Professional Career to Date

Assistant Parliamentary Counsel, London (2003-2005)
Associate, Corporate Department, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, London (2002-2003)
Vice President, Aircraft Principal Finance Group, Morgan Stanley, London (2000-2002)
Associate, Corporate Department, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York and London (1995-2000)
BA (Hons) in England and French, University of Oxford (1992)
LLB, University of Edinburgh (1994)
LLM, University of Pennsylvania (1995)


  • Advocate Depute (2021–present)
  • Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland (Aug 2012–2021)
  • Standing Junior Counsel to the Home Office (Aug 2012–Jul 2018)
  • Clerk to the Examiners and Depute Clerk of Faculty (2015–2019)
  • Attorney and Counsellor at Law and Member of the New York State Bar (1995–present)

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