New summary sheriffs’ biographies



Details of some of the new summary sheriffs appointed under the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 to deal with some types of civil and criminal cases in the sheriff court have become available.

Brian Cameron, sitting at Glasgow Sheriff Court, is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. He was a partner in the commercial litigation division at Morton Fraser and has served as a part-time sheriff since 2011. Mr Cameron is the past Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow and a former tutor in civil litigation at the University of Strathclyde.

Margaret Hodge, sitting at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, is a graduate of Jesus College, Oxford and the University of Edinburgh. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1986 and became an advocate in 1996.

Tony Kelly, sitting at Glasgow Sheriff Court, is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1991 and has been in private practice since. Mr Kelly is a visiting professor in human rights at the University of Strathclyde, a legal member of the Parole Board for Scotland, a judge of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber (SSCS) Scotland and of the First-Tier Tribunal, Immigration and asylum chamber. He is a dual qualified solicitor advocate.

Derek Livingston, sitting at Falkirk Sheriff Court, is a graduate of theUniversity of Glasgow and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981. Mr Livingston is a managing partner in a Glasgow firm of solicitors and has served as a part-time sheriff since 2008.

Mhari Mactaggart, sitting at Airdrie, Ayr and Hamilton sheriff courts, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and was admitted as a solicitor in 1985. She has been a partner in a number of firms and has served as a part-time sheriff since 2005. Ms Mactaggart is also the shrieval convener of restricted patient cases for the Mental Health Tribunal.

Sara Matheson, also sitting at Airdrie, Ayr and Hamilton sheriff courts is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and was admitted as a solicitor in 1992. She is a founding partner of MTM Family Law and is a convener of the Additional Support Needs Tribunal for Scotland. Ms Matheson is an accredited specialist in family and in child law, a tutor in family law at the University of Glasgow and was president of the Glasgow Bar Association in 2007-08.

Mary McCrory, sitting at Glasgow Sheriff Court, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and was admitted as a solicitor in 1981. She is chair of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service for the General Medical Council, a judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber, convener of fitness to practice panel of theGeneral Teaching Council for Scotland, chair of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants and a member of the admissions sub committee of the Law Society of Scotland. She has also served as a part-time stipendiary magistrate since 2010. Ms McCrory is a lecturer and tutor for courses on the Diploma in Legal Education at the University of Glasgow.

Christine McCrossan, sitting at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, is a graduate of the University of Aberdeen. Following a legal traineeship with Crown Office she was admitted as a solicitor in 1986 and served as a procurator fiscal depute in Aberdeen. She established her own practice in 2001, specialising in employment law and personal injury. Ms McCrossan was admitted as a solicitor advocate in 2005 and is a teaching fellow at the University of Aberdeen Law School.

Andrew McIntyre, sitting at Airdrie, Ayr and Hamilton sheriff courts, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and was admitted as a solicitor in 2001. Mr McIntyre has held a number of roles in the Crown Office and is currently the procurator fiscal with responsibility for sheriff and jury proceedings across the north of Scotland.

Allan Mckay, sitting at Airdrie, Ayr and Hamilton sheriff courts, is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde universities. He graduated LLB( Hons) from Glasgow in 1982 and LLM from Strathclyde in 2005. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and became an advocate in 2007.

Morag McLaughlin, sitting at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, is a graduate of the University of Glasgow. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1987. Ms McLaughlin held a number of roles in the Crown Office between 1990 and 2011, including area procurator fiscal for Grampian and Lothian and Borders. She is a member of the Scotland committee of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a board member for the Scottish Policy Authority and a legal member for the Parole Board for Scotland.