Cat MacQueen

Year of Call
Devil Masters
Helen Watts
Grant Markie
Wendy Hay

Contact 07891 803412

Practice Profile

Cat called to the bar in 2021 as the recipient of the Lord Reid scholarship.

Prior to calling, she was a Procurator Fiscal Depute with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, having completed her traineeship there.

Cat has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases and has considerable experience in handling complex cases and in leading evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses.

Since calling, Cat has been instructed in a range of criminal appeals and Fatal Accident Inquiries. She has acted on behalf of both the Crown and defence in a number of criminal cases, and in the areas of public law, personal injury, and clinical negligence.

She completed an LLM in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Edinburgh, for which she was awarded the TB Smith Prize for the most distinguished scholar.

Education & Professional Career to Date

The University of Aberdeen, Law LLB (Honours) (First class)
The University of Edinburgh, Criminal Law & Criminal Justice LLM (Distinction)
The University of Edinburgh, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice


  • Ad hoc Advocate Depute (2022–present)
  • Standing “junior junior” counsel to the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland (2021–present)
  • University Tutor, LLB, Criminal Law and Evidence at The University of Edinburgh (2021–present)

Selected Cases

Publications & Seminars

"Special Measures for Vulnerable Witnesses”, The Smeal Review, Issue 2 (2021)

“Special Measures and the Principle of Orality in the Scots Criminal Trial: Ensuring Fairness to the Accused” (2017) 3(2) Edin SLR, 3