Jonathan Deans

Year of Call
Devil Masters
Martin Crawford
David Anderson
Stephen Winter
Tony Lenehan

Contact 07749 264154

Practice Profile

Jonathan 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.

Education & Professional Career to Date

Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Legal Practice with Distinction (University of Aberdeen 2018)
Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours (University of Aberdeen 2017)

Solicitor - NewLaw Scotland LLP (2021)
Trainee Solicitor - NewLaw Scotland LLP (2019 - 2021)
Case Manager - NewLaw Scotland LLP (2018 - 2019)
Legal Assistant - NHS Tayside (2016 - 2018)


  • Standing junior counsel to the Faculty of Advocates Complaints Committee (2022–present)
  • Standing “junior junior” counsel to the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland (2022–present)
  • Associate Writer to the Signet.
  • Member of the Stair Society
  • Lord Reid Scholar - Faculty of Advocates (2021–2022)
  • Tutor - University of Edinburgh Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Mooting Team (2021–2022)
  • Treasurer - Dennistoun Community Council (2018–2021)

Selected Cases

  • Charles Jamieson v. Liverpool Victoria Insurance Company Limited (2022) [unreported]

    Successful summary cause personal injury action where causation was disputed following injuries sustained by a low-speed collision.

  • HMA v. Peter Harley [July 2022]

    Crown Junior in the successful prosecution of historical sex abuse committed against multiple residents of Merkland Children's Home in the late 1970s to early 1980s.

  • Rachel Marie Foy v. Secretary of State for the Home Department HU/52618/2021

    First-tier Immigration Tribunal decision on Appendix Family Member-Specified Evidence

  • As solicitor:
  • Bruce McKinlay v. Aviva Insurance Ltd [2021] SC Fal 26

    Expenses hearing. Statutory interpretation of s81(5)(a)(ii) of the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. Determined that a literal interpretation applies

  • Kirsten MacFarlane v. HDI Global SE [unreported]

    Preliminary proof on prescription. Statutory interpretation of Schedule 4 of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020. Determined that the prescriptive period had not been interrupted

  • Alan Sim v. Aviva Insurance UK Limited trading as Quote Me Happy [unreported]

    Expenses hearing. Successfully argued against junior counsel that the litigation had not been premature and the Pursuer was entitled to expenses

Publications & Seminars

The New States of Abortion Politics Book Review, Aberdeen Student Law Review Volume 8 (2018), 81-87

A v NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, Juridical Review 2018 2, 115-121

Smoking Bans in Psychiatric Hospitals: A Matter for the Scottish Government? - University of Aberdeen School of Law (Online Blog) <>

'Child Spies': Juvenile Covert Human Intelligence Sources and Public Scrutiny, Juridical Review 2019 2, 198-206

Compensation for Breach of Data Protection, Independent Federation of Nursing in Scotland (Online Blog) <>

Comprehending Competence, Juridical Review 2020 2, 87-95

The Internal Market Bill: a specific and limited controversy?, Juridical Review 2021 1, 48-58

Civil court hearings: seeking common ground, Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, 16 August 2021

Duthie v HMA: Clarification on Corroboration, Edinburgh Law Review, 2021 (Volume 25), 377-385

Parachute Regiment Charity v Hay, Juridical Review 2022 2, 106-114.