Faculty of Advocates



Faculty launches new scholarship

The Faculty of Advocates has announced a new scholarship as it opens this year’s applications for financial grants.

Published 5 March 2021

New advocates seek their due as pandemic takes its toll

A new advocate has spoken of the difficult position he and his cohort have found themselves in over the past year and has called on government to widen the ambit of financial support schemes.

Published 4 March 2021

Stephen O’Rourke QC appointed Keeper of the Library

Following an election among four candidates, Faculty members have chosen Stephen O’Rourke QC to be the new Keeper of the Library, replacing Mungo Bovey QC, who stepped down as a Faculty office-bearer after serving in the role for more than 12 years.

Published 17 February 2021

Faculty backs new domestic abuse protections

Support has been given by the Faculty of Advocates to planned legislation aimed at improving the protections available for people at risk of domestic abuse.

Published 8 December 2020

Faculty of Advocates defends extension to Jackson inquiry

The Faculty of Advocates has defended the extension granted to Gordon Jackson QC over a probe into his conduct during the Alex Salmond trial.

Published 7 December 2020

Dean of Faculty attacks Home Office’s ‘abuse of process’ claim

The Dean of the Faculty of Advocates, Roddy Dunlop QC, has complained to the UK government about Home Office allegations of abuse of court process by immigration lawyers.

Published 4 December 2020

Faculty Christmas collection: ‘You can’t say to the children that Santa isn’t coming’

The Faculty of Advocates’ Christmas collection is needed more than ever this year to make a difference for vulnerable families left reeling by Covid-19.

Published 2 December 2020

Vice-Dean of Faculty in talk to Myanmar lawyers

A group of lawyers in Myanmar was given a first-hand account of how the Scottish criminal justice system has adapted to Covid-19.

Published 1 December 2020

Edward Kane back in court – and it’s murder!

The popular fictional advocate, Edward Kane, faces some novel difficulties as he takes on his first murder case in a new book.

Published 25 November 2020

Susanne Tanner QC to lead council inquiry

A senior member of the Faculty of Advocates has been appointed to lead an inquiry following the sudden death of an employee of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Published 16 November 2020

Tony Lenehan: Justice will survive Covid-19 intact

Justice will survive the Covid-19 pandemic, Tony Lenehan writes.

Published 9 November 2020

Jog on… and on… for Faculty’s Xmas appeal

Keen runner Malcolm McGregor is going the extra mile to help the Faculty of Advocates’ Christmas appeal on behalf of vulnerable families.

Published 6 November 2020

Faculty: No case for centralised regulation of professions

Leaving the EU should make no difference to devolved regulation of the professions in the UK, the Faculty of Advocates believes.

Published 5 November 2020

New Stair volume edited by Dominic Scullion

An updated volume of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, edited by a member of the Faculty of Advocates, has been published.

Published 3 November 2020

Fergus Whyte: How pro bono work helps plug gap of unmet legal needs

This is National Pro Bono Week which provides a useful opportunity to think about when and how lawyers provide legal services to those in need.

Published 3 November 2020