The speakers at SA WBC 2018 include:
|Chief Justice Mogoeng Thomas Reetsang Mogoeng (SA)
Mogoeng CJ is the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Mogoeng CJ started his professional career as a Supreme Court prosecutor in Mafikeng in 1986, before becoming a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa in October 2009. Less than two years later, in mid-2011, Mogoeng CJ was nominated for appointment as Chief Justice. His appointment was recommended by the JSC and confirmed by President Zuma on 8 September 2011. In 2013, Mogoeng CJ was awarded an honorary doctorate by North-West University.
Mogoeng CJ has regularly championed judicial independence and deplored interference by the executive in the judiciary.
In 2012, Mogoeng CJ upheld a constitutional challenge by Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, of the minority Inkatha Freedom Party, to rules of Parliament that allowed an individual MP to introduce a Bill only if he or she first obtained the majority’s approval. Mogoeng CJ also held against the government in the high-profile litigation in Helen Suzman Foundation v President. His majority judgment struck down several sections of the South African Police Service Amendment Act of 2012 (the so-called Hawks Act) on the basis that they did not constitute an “adequately independent” anti-corruption unit. Mogoeng CJ’s Court also found against the government in Democratic Alliance v President (per Yacoob ADCJ), setting aside President Zuma’s highly controversial appointment of Menzi Simelane as National Director of Public Prosecutions. And in October 2014 his Court handed down judgment in National Commissioner of the SAPS v SALC (per Majiedt AJ) and ordered the South African Police Service to investigate allegations of torture in Zimbabwe committed by and against Zimbabwean nationals. This judgment was hailed as a victory for universal jurisdiction. Finally, in 2016, Mogoeng CJ wrote the Court’s judgment in Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly, which declared that President Zuma had violated the South African Constitution by failing to act on the Public Protector’s Nkandla report. A year later, Mogoeng CJ delivered the unanimous judgment in UDM v Speaker of the National Assembly, in which he granted an application brought by opposition parties to set aside the refusal by Speaker Baleka Mbete, a close Zuma ally, to have a vote of no confidence in the President conducted by secret ballot.
Much more significant and high-profile was his dissent in Economic Freedom Fighters v Speaker of the National Assembly (No. 2), in which opposition parties had argued that Parliament had not taken adequate steps to hold Zuma to account in terms of the order issued by the Court in the first EFF judgment. On this occasion Mogoeng CJ was strongly opposed to finding against Parliament; he described the majority judgment, which upheld the opposition parties’ complaints, as “a textbook case of judicial overreach” and criticised his colleagues for overstepping the separation of powers. The majority judgment, authored by Jafta J, describes this “unprecedented” allegation as “misplaced and unfortunate”; and Froneman J was motivated to write a judgment of his own, saying that Mogoeng CJ’s characterisation of the majority’s position “does nothing to further the debate”. Although one leading commentator said Mogoeng CJ’s “very serious” attack on the majority judgment was “difficult to comprehend” others, however, defended his right to dissent. (See link for more information).
Justice Malcolm Wallis, Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SA)
Wallis J was admitted to the Bar in 1973, he took silk in 1985 and was counsel in over 100 cases in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) and the Constitutional Court involving both public and private law. He was Chair of the General Council of the Bar (GCB) (1994-1997); co-chair of the Barristers’ Forum of the IBA (1998-2002); and held numerous offices in the IBA from 1998 to 2008. He is an honorary member of the Australian Bar and honorary bencher of the Honourable Society of Kings’ Inns in Dublin. He introduced advocacy training for all advocates in South Africa and continues to train advocates and new trainers. He was appointed a judge of the High Court (January 2009); the Labour and Competition Appeal Courts (2010) and the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2011 and acted in the Constitutional Court in 2015. He has also been an honorary professor in the School of Law at UKZN since 2011 lecturing and supervising LLM and Ph D students.
Wallis J has published books on labour and employment law (1992) and maritime law (2011), the latter the published version of his Ph D from the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) (2010). He has published widely in legal journals around the world and spoken at conferences, both in and outside South Africa. (See link).
|Justice Dennis Davis, Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SA)
Judge Dennis Davis was educated at Herzlia School, Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and Cambridge. He began teaching at UCT in 1977 and was appointed to a personal chair of Commercial Law, in 1989. Between 1991 and 1997 he was Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand. He held joint appointment at Wits and UCT 1995 – 1997. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1998 and as President of the Competition Appeal Court in 2000.
Since his appointment to the Bench, he has continued to teach constitutional law and tax law at UCT where he is an Hon. Professor of law. Davis J is a member of the Commission of Enquiry into Tax Structure of South Africa and was a Technical Advisor to the Constitutional Assembly where the negotiations for South Africa’s interim and final constitutions were formulated and concluded. He hosted a TV programme, Future Imperfect which was an award winning current affairs programme between 1993-1998. He has been a visiting lecturer/professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Florida, Toronto and Harvard. He has also authored various chapters in books and more than 100 articles in academic journals in the fields of Constitutional Law, Tax, Law, Insurance Law, and South African political history. (See link).
|Justice Sharise Weiner, Judge of the High Court (SA)
Judge Weiner was called to the Bar in 1978, and since then she practised as a member of the Johannesburg Bar specialising in commercial law, competition law and matrimonial and family law. In 1993, she was admitted as an advocate of the Lesotho High Court. In 1985 she was appointed a commissioner of the Small Claims Court. She took silk in October 1995. From November 1995 to 2010 she acted periodically as a judge of the High Court.
In March 1999, Weiner J was called to the Bar of England and Wales and, in September 2007, she became an Accredited Commercial Mediator by the Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR, UK)
In July 2011, Wiener J was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of South Africa and in June 2016 she was short listed for appointment as the Public Protector of SA. (See link).
|Thuli Madonsela (SA) – Former Public Protector of South Africa
Thulisile Madonsela is a South African advocate and served as the Public Protector of South Africa from 19 October 2009 to 14 October 2016. In 1996, she helped draft the final constitution of South Africa promulgated by then President Nelson Mandela.
Madonsela was, until 2007, an ordinary member of the Pretoria branch of the African National Congress (ANC). During the apartheid era Madonsela served in the ANC and in the United Democratic Front anti-apartheid organisation. In 1994 she declined the position of ANC MP in South Africa’s first post-apartheid Parliament.
Madonsela was appointed Public Protector by President Jacob Zuma for a non-renewable seven-year term commencing 19 October 2009, with unanimous support from the multi-party National Assembly. (See link for more information).
|Magda Wierzycka (SA) – Columnist and CEO of Sygnia Group
Magda studied actuarial science at UCT and began her career in 1993 as a product development and investment actuary at Southern Life. This was followed by two years as an investment consultant at Alexander Forbes. In 1997 she joined Coronation as a director and Head of Institutional Business. She left in 2003 to assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of the African Harvest Group. After negotiating the sales of African Harvest Fund Managers to Cadiz in 2006, Magda led the management acquisition of the remainder of the group, which resulted in the formation of Sygnia, a specialist fin-tech company based in South Africa. She grew its assets from R2 billion to R162 billion in ten years, leading Sygnia to become the second largest multi-management company on South Africa. Sygnia listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on 14 October 2015.
Magda has headed Sygnia as its Chief Executive Officer since 2006. In addition to her corporate responsibilities, Magda has served a council member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa. Magda is also currently a board member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Africa at Harvard University in the US. (See link for more information).
|Thandeka Gqubule (SA) – Journalist and author
Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki is a journalist specialising in Economics, Finance and Business journalism. She is an author and Freedom of Expression activist. She holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University New York. A Diploma in Public Leadership (SLD- Honours Degree Level) from Wits University, several Business certificate programs from the Wits Business School (WBS), a certificate in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics and a certificate in Business Leadership from Oxford University, Said Business School. Thandeka trained at the Mail&Guardian and then the Weekly Mail Training program. She completed internships on the Lagos Guardian, Nigeria and Liberation, the French Daily Newspaper in Paris.
She is author of Semane Queen of the Peaceful Crocodile – the Story of the Bafokeng people (2007); and No Longer Whispering to Power – The Story of Thuli Madonsela (2017).
She is a member of the SABC 8 a group of journalists who challenged unconstitutional editorial policies in the courts and testified before the Ad-Hoc Parliamentary Committee on the Crisis at the SABC. (See link for more information).
|Vuyani Ngalwana SC (SA) – Chair of the GCB
Vuyani is the Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of South Africa.
He obtained a BA LLB PostGradDipTax LLM (Tax) from the University of Cape Town and is a member of the Johannesburg Society of Advocates (“the JSA”).
Vuyani took silk in 2007 and has acted intermittently as a Judge of the High Court in Johannesburg and in the Labour Court in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. He has numerous reported judgments in his name as Acting Judge.
Vuyani has served, and continues to serve, in various structures of the JSA including as a member of the JSA Bar Council (2008 & 2009, 2015 & 2016), Chair of the Transformation Committee (2016), Vice Chair of the Professional Committee (2016), Chair of the Professional Committee (2015) and Chair of Advocates for Transformation in Johannesburg (2016). (See link for more information).
| Ishmael Semenya SC (SA) – Past chair of the GCB
Ishmael completed a Bachelor of Laws Degree, LLB, in 1985, served pupillage with Adv. B Spilg SC in 1986 and passed to be admitted to practice at the Johannesburg Bar. Represented a battery of various individuals and groups of individuals in what we call terrorism trial. Represented various political figures in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Chaired a commission of enquiry investigating the procurement of immovable property by the provincial government. Acted as arbitrator in various commercial disputes.
Ishmael has obtained a Diploma in Trial Advocacy from Nova University (Florida), a Diploma in Negotiating International Agreements and was appointed the National Executive Director of the Black Lawyers Association Legal Education Centre in 1996. He is a committed member of Bar Counsel (WLD) and has been appointed to the University of Witwatersrand Local Faculty Board.
Ishmael was conferred the status of Senior Counsel in 1998. Gauteng Gambling Board (Deputy Chairperson) in 1986. Appointed Chairperson of the appeals committee of the Micro Finance Regulatory Council. Admitted as fellow of the International Academy of the Trial Lawyers. Acting Judge of the High Court. Acting Judge of the Labour Court. Assistant Commissioner in the Ellis Park Stampede – 2001. Vice-Chairman – Society of Advocates (WLD) 2001/2002. Chairman of the Johannesburg Bar Council (2004/2005/2006). He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Vaal University of Technology on 20th March 2008, was Vice Chairman of the General Council of the Bar (“GCB”) (2009/2012) and Deputy Chairman of the General Council of the Bar (GCB) (July 2012/2014). (See link for more information).
|Wim Trengove SC (SA)
Wim Trengrove, holds the B Com LLB degrees and was admitted to the Johannesburg Society of Advocates in 1975. He took silk in 1987. Wim’s preferred areas of practice include constitutional, administrative and commercial law. He has appeared in all southern African courts and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University law schools. (See link for more information).
| Greg Harpur SC (SA)
Greg is a member of the Society of Advocates of KwaZulu-Natal. He has obtained a BA (1974) LLB (1976) from the University of Kwazul-Natal, a Diploma in Constitutional Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Maritime Law (1984).
Greg was admitted as an attorney, notary and conveyancer and practiced as an attorney from 1978 to 1986. He joined the Kwazulu-Natal Bar in 1986 and took silk in 1999.
Greg is one of the GCB’s 6 nominees to the National Forum, the interim body established under the Legal Practice Act to propose regulations to be promulgated by the Minister of Justice, prior to the Legal Practice Council – the new statutory body for advocates and attorneys in South Africa – coming into effect in the next 12 months of so. (See link for more information).
|Tembeka Ngcukaitobi (SA)
Tembeka has been a member of the Johannesburg Bar Council since 2011. He is an Advocate of the High Court, specialising in Human Rights and Constitutional Litigation. His role has taken him to the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court on many occasions.
He read his undergraduate studies at the University of Transkei, now the Walter Sisulu University, on a bursary, his LLB at Rhodes University and his LLM at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He has co-authored several books on labour law and constitutional law and has contributed to various magazines. He is publishing his own book that combines his passions for history and law. (See link for more information).
|Ron Paschke (SA)
After graduating from the University of Natal, Durban (BSc LLB) in 1994, Ron did articles in the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre, a public interest law firm. As an attorney, he served as the first Legal Officer & Western Cape Provincial Coordinator of the South African Human Rights Commission, the constitutional structure responsible for the promotion and protection of human rights. Ron worked in government from 1997 to 1999, as the Director of Research and Technology in a joint project between South African Ministry of Justice and the Vera Institute of Justice, focusing on reforms to the criminal justice system. He joined the Cape Bar in 1999 where he currently practices in public law with a particular focus on administrative law involving environmental and land use planning matters.
Ron has served on the Cape Bar Council and is active in a number of its committees. Ron has lectured the law of delict, published academic articles in the fields of biology, constitutional law, environmental law, criminology and procedural law, and drafted planning statutory law. (See link for more information).
|Patrick Lane SC (SA)
Prior to being called to the Bar in 1977, Patrick Lane SC served his articles of clerkship at a leading Johannesburg firm of Attorneys during which time he passed the Attorney’s admission examinations and qualified and was admitted as an Attorney.
Fields of practice comprehend a specialization of Construction, Arbitration Law and Adjudication and generally in Contract, Commercial Insolvency, Professional Negligence, Banking, Insurance, IT, Landlord and Tenant and Mining Law.
A specialisation in Construction Law has involved all aspects of Construction Claims and Contracts for both Employers and Contractors including disputes in relation to dams, roads, power stations, airports, air force bases, harbours, pipelines (offshore and onshore), buildings, bridges, aluminium refractories, hospitals, railway lines, cement filtration plants, sports stadiums, hotels, conveyors, heap leach pads, electrical installations, acid plants, crushing plants, paving, tunneling, water reticulation, water proofing, geotechnical and geological issues, mechanical engineering contracts, sulphuric acid plants, trains, dredging, issues relating to concrete, piping and instrumentation, elevators, reinforcement, post-tension slabs, foundations, factories, multi project terminals and design.
He has received numerous appointments to act as arbitrator in relation to both domestic and international arbitrations both in South Africa and abroad and has chaired and been a member of a number of Dispute Adjudication Boards. He has been counsel in and a member of the tribunal under EU, ICC, DIAC, LCIA and UNCITRAL rules. He is presently chairing the Dispute Adjudication Boards on the Berg River Dam, Nampula (Mozambique) Water Reticulation Upgrades, Kusile and Medupi Power Stations and the SANRAL Road Upgrading.
He has published a number of articles in The International Construction Law Review, Construction Law Journal, DIAC Journal and Arbitration and has given papers at numerous conferences at the invitation of, amongst others, the ICC, the CIArb, LCIA, DIAC, Association of Arbitrators (Southern Africa) and AFSA. He has also tutored in construction and arbitration law at the invitation of Kings College London, CIArb and AFSA.
He has lectured on Arbitration and the FIDIC suite of documents for the Dubai International Arbitration Centre and Kings College, London and runs a course on Construction Arbitration for the Arbitration Foundation of South Africa. (See link for more information).
|Lord David Neuberger (E&W)
Lord Neuberger was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1974 where he became a Bencher in 1993. He became a Queen’s Counsel in 1987. He was a Recorder from 1990 to 1 October 1996, when he was appointed a High Court Judge in the Chancery Division and received the customary knighthood.
In 2001, he was made Supervisory Chancery Judge of Midland, Wales and Chester, and of the Western Circuits, a post he held until 12 January 2004, when he was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal and a member of the Privy Council. Since 2005 he has been co-chair (with Richard Susskind) of ITAC (Lord Chancellor’s Information Technology and Courts Committee).
On 11 January 2007, he succeeded Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary and was made a life peer as Baron Neuberger of Abbotsbury, in the County of Dorset, and introduced in the House of Lords on 15 January 2007 between Lord Bingham of Cornhill and his sister-in-law, Baroness Neuberger. His rise to the Court of Appeal and then to the House of Lords is one of the quickest in recent times. Although Lord Devlin was, at 55, even younger on his own appointment to the House of Lords in 1960, Lord Neuberger was the youngest sitting Law Lord. (See link for more information).
|Andrew Walker QC (E&W)
Andrew is a commercial chancery QC with extensive experience and expertise as both an advocate and an adviser. He acts as an advocate before all courts, tribunals and dispute resolution bodies in his specialist areas (such as property litigation, professional negligence and commercial litigation). He also has extensive experience in many (largely successful) mediations.
He advises and assists clients both within the UK and internationally, including in multi-jurisdictional disputes, and has acted both as an expert witness on English law in Canadian proceedings and as an examiner under US letters of request to the English courts.
Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (where he was awarded a Whittaker Scholarship), Andrew was an Inns of Court Scholar, and a Wigglesworth, Wolfson and Hardwicke Scholar of Lincoln’s Inn. He was an elected member of the Bar Council of England & Wales from 2005 to 2016, was Vice-Chair in 2017, and is currently Chair in 2018. He was formerly the Chair of the Bar Council’s Ethics Committee and Vice-Chair of the Law Reform and Access to the Bar Committees. He is a bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. He is also a Trustee of the Industry and Parliament Trust. (See link for more information).
|Justice Adrian Colton (NI)
Mr Justice Colton [Sir Adrian] was called to the Bar in 1983 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He specialised in high value personal injury claims acting for both plaintiffs and defendants as well as being engaged in a significant number of clinical negligence claims on behalf of plaintiffs. He also was involved in many criminal trials including cases of murder, manslaughter, terrorist cases, significant fraud claims and cases of driving causing death.
He was Chairman of the Bar Council from 2009-2011. It was during this term of office that he established the Advocacy Training Board. He also mentored a significant number of pupil barristers. From 2013 to 2015 he was Co-Chairman of the Forum for Barristers and Advocates within the International Bar Association.
Mr Justice Colton was appointed as a High Court Judge in Northern Ireland on 7 September 2015. From 8 February 2016 until 13 July 2017 he was Presiding Coroner for Northern Ireland and in September 2017 he was appointed Senior Criminal Judge. He has also been Judge in Residence at the University of Ulster since May 2016. (See link for more information).
|Mark Mulholland QC (NI)
Mark studied law at Queens University Belfast (LL.B) and the Institute of Professional Legal Studies Belfast and was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland (Barrister at Law), in the Michaelmas term 1993. As the Edgar Graham memorial scholar for 1993-1994, he graduated with an LL.M (Commercial Law) from University College Dublin and commenced practice in Northern Ireland in 1994. Mark was appointed as Queens Counsel, Michaelmas 2011 and was Chairman of the General Council of the Bar of Northern Ireland and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Inn of Court of Northern Ireland between 2012 -2014, whilst continuing to practise on a daily basis in the areas of white collar crime and terrorist related trials. (See link for more information).
|Liam McCollum QC (NI)
Liam was called to The Bar of Ireland in 1985 and was appointed as Queens Counsel in 2001. His main areas of practice include: personal injury, medical negligence, licensing, criminal law, commercial and chancery law.
Liam was the former Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and the former Chair of the Charity Committee, and, from August 2016 to date serves as the Chairman of the Bar and Executive Councils. (See link for more information).
|Russell Coleman SC (HK)
As an advocate, Russell Coleman has a broad civil and commercial practice, including in general commercial litigation, admiralty and carriage of goods, administrative law, employment law, professional negligence, insurance law and matrimonial finance. He is mainly a trial and appellate advocate, and also advises in writing and in consultation in all areas of his practice.
As an arbitrator, Russell Coleman has significant experience acting as sole arbitrator or as one of a panel of three arbitrators, frequently as Chairman or Presiding Arbitrator.
He has conducted arbitrations in areas relating to insurance law, construction law, shipping and carriage of goods, investment disputes, as well as in general commercial disputes.
Russell was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 1986, to the Hong Kong Bar in 1991 and to the Inner Bar in 2006. He was accredited as a mediator by CEDR in 2008, was made an associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 1990 and a Fellow in 1998. He was also made a fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators in 1997 and a Chartered Arbitrator in 2004. (See link for more information).
|Esi Schimming-Chase SC (Nm)
Esi obtained her LLB Honours degree at Coventry University in the UK and was admitted as a Barrister in October 1994. She was a member of Middle Temple Inns of Court. She returned to Namibia in 1995 and commenced employment as a Legal Officer in the Office of the Attorney-General of Namibia (bilateral and multilateral division). In 1997, Esi joined Namibia’s Offshore Development Company as Senior Manager: Investment Promotion, where she spearheaded the establishment and development of Namibia’s Export Processing Zone (EPZ) Industry until 1999. During this period, she authored two articles, namely “Offshore Finance: A concept for Namibia”, and was a contributory author in the work “Offshore Finance in Southern Africa-The Rise of Global Capital,” by Paul Styger and GJ Shyamsunder.
Esi has sat as an acting judge of the Namibian High Court and is the current President of the Society of Advocates of Namibia. (See link for more information).
|Clive Elliott QC (NZ)
Clive is a barrister, patent attorney and arbitrator and is currently President of the New Zealand Bar Association.
He is a past Council Member of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Law Society and the Legal Practice Division of the International Bar Association (IBA). He is also a past co-chair of the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Committee of the IBA and a past president of the Intellectual Property Society of Australia and New Zealand (IPSANZ). He was convenor of the Intellectual Property Committee of the New Zealand Law Society for a period of 10 years and is a co-author of the Lexis Nexis loose-leaf texts: Copyright and Design; and Patents and Trade Marks.
He has in the past been a part time lecturer in the post-graduate Masters course at both the Department of Law and the Department of Commercial Law at Auckland University and has taught the course “Selected Aspects of IP”. He is a frequent writer and commentator on IP and information technology issues and is a member of the Editorial Board of the Intellectual Property Forum. (See link for more information).
|Hugh Mohan SC (RI)
Hugh was called to the Bar in 1985. He was called to the Inner Bar in 2000. Hugh chaired the Legal Advisory Group on Defamation, is Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland and became a member of the Board in August 2004.
While Hugh specialises in arbitration and dispute resolution, his other areas of practices include: tort & personal injury law, commercial/chancery law as well as general common law. Hugh is also a CDER Accredited Mediator. (See link for more information).
|Murdo MacLeod QC (Scot)
Murdo MacLeod QC was called to the Scottish Bar in 1994 and took silk in 2008. Between 1999 and 2001 he was junior counsel for the second accused in the Lockerbie/Pan-Am bombing trial in the Netherlands. In 2001 he was appointed Crown Counsel and in 2004, Senior Crown Counsel. Between 2005 and 2010 he was counsel to the Billy Wright Inquiry in Northern Ireland. He is on the ICC’s list of approved defence counsel and is also a practising member of TG chambers in London – a set specialising in public international law. Since 2012 he has been UK delegate to the criminal law committee of the Council of the Bars of Europe (CCBE). He has co-authored papers by the Faculty of Advocates on various criminal justice aspects of Brexit. (see link for more information).
|Calum MacNeill QC (Scot)
With over 25 years’ experience of practice at the bar, Calum is a litigator, mediator and arbitrator. He has been with the Westwater stable since he called in 1992 and in that time developed a busy practice in a wide range of civil litigation with emphases on commercial law, professional negligence, employment law and construction. He is a mediator accredited with CEDR and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
For three years (1998 – 2001) he was an Advocate Depute prosecuting serious crime in the High Court and for another three years (2003 – 2006) he was Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Ministers. He has been appointed by the Lord President to the panel of chairpersons of the Police Appeals Tribunal which hears appeals in disciplinary cases for the Scottish Police Service. (See link for more information).