Lord Summers installed as a Senator of the College of Justice

Alan Summers QC has been installed as a Senator of the College of Justice, taking his place on the bench with the judicial title, Lord Summers.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway presided over the installation ceremony in the First Division courtroom in Parliament House today, Tuesday 25 April 2017.

Welcoming Lord Summers to the bench, the Lord President said: “You are the fifth Treasurer of Faculty to be appointed in recent years and follow an interesting, if not diverse, group including Lords Johnston, Hardie and Brailsford as well as myself. Your experience from that office and as Chairman of Faculty Services will prove useful in dealing with the day to day practicalities of work in the Outer House.

“You have degrees from Dundee and Oxford Universities and spent some time as a lecturer at Edinburgh too. You passed advocate 23 years ago and have had a distinguished career at the civil bar which has encompassed a very wide range of topics from company law, securities, employment, defamation and reparation.

“Once again this breadth of experience will stand you in good stead when dealing with cases in the Outer House as will your work as an ad hoc Advocate Depute for cases in the High Court. I am sure that we all wish you and your family well in this new chapter of your legal career.”

Alan Summers QC is a graduate of the Universities of Dundee, Oxford and Edinburgh. He was called to the bar in 1994 and acquired a mixed civil practice. He was appointed a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government in 2000. In 2007 became Special Counsel to the UK Government. In 2008 he "took silk" and became Queens Counsel. At the senior bar he has specialised in insolvency, property and commercial law. Between 2008 and 2012 he was Chairman of Faculty Services Ltd. In 2012 he was elected Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates.