Lady Carmichael installed as a Senator of the College of Justice

Ailsa Carmichael QC has been installed as a Senator of the College of Justice, taking her place on the bench with the judicial title Lady Carmichael.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, presided over the ceremony in the First Division courtroom in Parliament House on Thursday 30 June 2016.

Lord Carloway said: “Lady Carmichael, on behalf of the College of Justice, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the bench of the Court of Session.

“You have had a distinguished career since passing advocate in 1993 and having taken silk in 2008.

“This has included a specialism in public and administrative law, notably in asylum and immigration cases.

“I am sure that your skills in these expanding fields will prove a major asset to the bench.

“We will all wish you a rewarding life as part of our enthusiastic cohort.”

Ms Carmichael is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and called to the Bar in 1993, taking silk in 2008.

She has served as standing Junior Counsel to the Home Department and reporter to the Scottish Legal Aid Board.

She was a tutor at the University of Edinburgh and a member of the Equality and Human Rights Commission panel of counsel.

Ms Carmichael has served as a part-time sheriff since 2007 and a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) since 2014.

Last month it was announced that five new Senators had been appointed, the others being Sheriff John Beckett QC, Alistair Clark QC, Frank Mulholland QC and Andrew Stewart QC.

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