Scotland’s top legal aid earners named

Scotland's top legal aid earners named

Tony Lenehan KC

Tony Lenehan KC was the top earner on the Scottish legal aid scheme last year, taking in £400,000 in fees – up 16 per cent on the previous year, when he was second to Donald Findlay KC.

The annual figures published today show Ronaldo Renucci KC taking second place with £336,000 in earnings, followed by Mr Findlay with £330,000.

Louise Arrol KC took fourth place with earnings of £310,000, followed by Thomas Ross KC on £286,000, Allan MacLeod on £277,000, Anthony Graham KC on £264,000, Brian McConnachie KC on £262,000, Mark Stewart KC on £233,000 and Frances Connor on £228,000.

In terms of law firms, Motherwell-based Bruce McCormack Solicitors took top spot with £1.9 million in earnings, up 53 per cent on the previous year.

Latta & Co Solicitors earned £1.7 million, followed by Paterson Bell Solicitors and Livingstone Brown each on £1.5m, MJS Solicitors on £1.4m, Maguire Solicitors, Ormistons Law and George Mathers & Co each on £1.3m, Adams Whyte on £1.2m and Thorley Stephenson – which is winding down – on £1.1m.

Among solicitor advocates, Iain Paterson of Paterson Bell Solicitors remained at the top of the table with £265,000 in earnings, an eight per cent decline on his earnings in the previous year.

Iain McSporran KC also remained in second place with £332,000 in earnings, a five per cent decline on the previous year.

Third place went to Ewen Roy with £225,000, followed by Gordon Martin on £207,000 and James Keegan KC on £189,000.

The Scottish Legal Aid Board has published a detailed breakdown of the top 20 highest-earning advocates, firms and solicitor advocates.

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