Current Rules Rewrite Committee Members

Chair

Lord President and Lord Justice General

The Rt. Hon. Lord Carloway (Colin John MacLean Sutherland)

Lord Carloway was appointed Lord President and Lord Justice General in December 2015 having held the position of Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House from August 2012. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1977, served as an advocate depute from 1986 to 1989, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1990. From 1994 until his appointment as a judge in 2000, he was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates. He edited “Green’s Litigation Styles”, and contributed the chapters on “Court of Session Practice” to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia. He led a review of the law and practice in light of the United Kingdom Supreme Court's decision in the case of Cadder v HM Advocate, while his report into criminal law and practice was published in November 2011.

Members

Kenneth Campbell QC

Kenneth Campbell QC was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1996, having previously worked as a solicitor, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011.  He is also a member of the English Bar (admitted 2013). He was Standing Junior Counsel to the Ministry of Defence from 2002 to 2012, and to the Home Office from 2009 to 2012.  He served as Director of Training and Education at the Faculty of Advocates from 2002 to 2005.  He is the Vice Chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting, and a legal member of the Tax Tribunals for Scotland (First Tier) and of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland.

Joel Conn

Mr Conn graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1996 and was admitted as a solicitor in 1998. He is a director of Mitchells Roberton in their litigation department, based in Glasgow.  He specialises in commercial litigation and debt recovery and has particular expertise in insolvency, factoring and finance leasing, complex secured debt recovery and all aspects of contract disputes. He was the first solicitor to be awarded accreditation by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Debt & Asset Recovery Law and frequently provides training on these issues to members of the legal and other professions as well as to clients.  Mr Conn also now sit part-time as a Legal Member of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (Housing and Property Chamber).

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 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).  

Kenneth Forrest

Ken Forrest was a solicitor in private practice for over 20 years. He  has been a member of the Faculty of Advocates since 2000. He specialises in Immigration and Asylum law and practice. He also sits as a Justice of the Peace in the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde Dumfries and Galloway.

Jacqueline Harris

Jacqueline is a partner in the Litigation and Compliance team of the commercial law firm Pinsent Masons which is one of the largest legal practices in Scotland.  Jacqueline has over 25 years experience of litigation practice acting predominantly for commercial clients.  She has represented clients in litigation before the Sheriff Court, Court of Session and Supreme Court.

Ian Shanks

Ian is a Parliamentary Counsel in the Scottish Government’s Parliamentary Counsel Office.  In that role he drafts Bills for the Government’s legislative programmes and advises the Government on legislative matters and on parliamentary procedure.  He has previous experience as a solicitor in other roles in the Scottish Government, in the Scottish Parliament and in private practice.

Sheriff Principal Craig Turnbull

Sheriff Principal Turnbull is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde. He was admitted as a solicitor in 1988, working for A.C.White in Ayr and Levy & McRae in Glasgow before joining MacRoberts in 1993. He became a partner there in 1997, specialising in commercial and construction disputes and health and safety and environmental prosecutions, and served as the managing partner from 2011 to 2014. He was appointed as a part-time sheriff in 2011 and became a full-time sheriff in 2014. He was appointed Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin with effect from 1 September 2016.

Sheriff Thornton

Sheriff Thornton is a resident sheriff at Kirkcaldy sheriff court.

The Hon Lady ​Wolffe (Sarah Wolffe Q.C)

The Hon Lady Wolffe was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2014.

Further information about Lady Wolffe can be found here.

Scottish Government representative

 

The Scottish Government holds a standing appointment on each Council committee. The current representative is Walter Drummond-Murray, Justice Directorate.

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 Rules Rewrite Committee members, the following observers attend Committee meetings:

Nicola Anderson, Head of Legislation Implementation Team, Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Craig Anderson, Court of Session Clerking Service Manager (Civil), Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service