Current Costs and Funding Committee Members

Chair

The Hon Lord Burns

Lord Burns was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in July 2012.

Further information about Lord Burns can be found here.

Members

Sheriff Stoddart

Charles Stoddart was a practising solicitor before being appointed as a Sheriff in 1988. He held that office until 2009, having presided initially in Paisley and thereafter in Edinburgh. In 1997 he became the first Director of Judicial Studies in Scotland, a post he held until 2000. He has served on a number of professional bodies, including the former Sheriff Court Rules Council and the Council of the Sheriffs Association. He was a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Review Policy Group and also presided as a Temporary Sheriff Principal between 2010 and 2011.

Sheriff Hughes (Dundee)

Sheriff Hughes graduated from the University of Strathclyde. He was a partner of the firm of McAuley McCarthy and Co from 1980 until 2003 and practiced principally in the field of civil litigation. Sheriff Hughes tutored on the Diploma for Legal Studies at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law from 1988 to 2004 and from 2000 was the Head Tutor in Civil Court Practice and Advocacy. In 2003 Sheriff Hughes was appointed as a part time sheriff and in 2004 he was appointed as a resident sheriff at Dundee Sheriff Court. A contributor to the latest edition of Macphail – Sheriff Court Practice, Sheriff Hughes also has a great interest in Education and from 2000-2003 served as a Director on the Scottish School Boards Association for East Renfrewshire.

James Mure QC

James Mure is a member of the Faculty of Advocates with wide experience of commercial litigation, planning and environmental law, human rights and judicial review.  He has served as First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government, and on the Advisory Panel to the Commission on a Bill of Rights.  Before coming to the bar, he served in HM Diplomatic Service.

Elena Fry

Elena is a partner in Brodies LLP and heads the firm’s Insurance and Risk team.  She is accredited as a specialist in personal injury law by the Law Society of Scotland and has been helping a broad range of clients manage the defence of Scottish litigation for more than 20 years. Elena has a wealth of experience across the full spectrum of civil liability claims and conducts litigation in courts throughout Scotland.

Alan Rogerson

Alan Rogerson is a Claims Manager with Aviva Insurance specialising in high value and complex Personal Injury, Products and Third Party Property damage claims.  He is also the Chairman of the Forum of Scottish Claims Managers

Andrew Henderson

Andrew is a senior partner in Thompsons Solicitors with particular responsibility for serious injury, fatal injuries and private accident claims.  Andrew has a wealth of experience dealing with varying types and values of cases both as a case handler for more than 25 years and as a solicitor advocate since 2001.  He has appeared at various Fatal Accident Inquiries over the last 15 years..

Kenneth M Cumming W. S.

Kenneth Cumming was appointed Auditor of the Court of Session in September 2008.  A graduate of Edinburgh University, he was admitted as a solicitor in 1982 and was a partner in the firms of Dundas & Wilson (1986 to 1994), Steedman Ramage (1994 to 2001) and Shepherd & Wedderburn (2001 to 2008).  He specialised in commercial litigation and dispute resolution, in particular contentious property and professional negligence work.  He was accredited by the Law Society as a Specialist in Planning Law.  He was an Accredited Mediator, was a member of the RSA/Law Society Policy Panel of Solicitors, and served on the Law Society Accredited Specialism Panel for Professional Negligence.

Yvonne MacDermid OBE 

Yvonne has been involved in credit and debt matters for 27 years.  She has been Chief Executive of Money Advice Scotland since 1997 and is passionate about her work. She is also committed to working with government, regulators, and all parts of the credit and debt collection industries. 
She is a non-Executive Board member of the Office of the Accountant in Bankruptcy, and a Board member of the Credit Services Association. 

A well respected author, Yvonne also broadcasts on national TV and radio.  She is a regular speaker and Conference Chair. In 2002, Yvonne received the OBE for services to disadvantaged communities, and at the Credit Today Awards in April 2013, was recognised with the Martin Williams Award for Contribution to the Credit Industry. 

Stewart Mullan

Stewart Mullan trained as a Law Accountant with the Law Society of Scotland before joining the Edinburgh firm of Nightingale & Bell as ‘in-house’ Law Accountant.  Stewart then formed the firm of Mullans, Law Accountants together with two former Law Society of Scotland colleagues and was Senior Managing Partner for many years.  He now operates independently from an office in Perth offering a specialist fee management and consultancy service for both Pursuer and Defender agencies such as insurers and litigation funders.  Stewart was a member of the Law Society of Scotland Professional Remuneration Committee between 2003 and 2016, a member of Sheriff Principal Taylor’s Review Group and is a founding member of the Association of Independent Law Accountants.
 

Ian Dickson

Ian Dickson is the Principal Legal Adviser to the Scottish Legal Aid Board.  He was admitted as a solicitor in 1984 and was engaged in private practice undertaking both general civil and criminal court work until joining SLAB in 2002.  Previously within SLAB he was Head of Service of the Civil Legal Assistance Office.  He is a solicitor advocate (civil).

Hamish Goodall

The Scottish Government holds a standing appointment on each Council committee.  Hamish Goodall is a Scottish Government representative from the Civil Law and Legal System Division, where he leads the Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings) (Scotland) Bill team.

The Council has nominated a number of observers to attend Council and committee meetings in order to assist in the carrying out of its functions.  In addition to Costs and Funding Committee members, the following observers attend Committee meetings:
 
Nicola Anderson, Head of Legislation and Implementation Team, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Christina Bardsley, Depute in Charge, Court of Session, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.