Lord Fairley installed as new judge

Douglas Fairley QC was today, 9 January 2020, installed as a senator of the College of Justice at an official ceremony held in Parliament House, Edinburgh.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, welcomed Lord Fairley, saying: It is with great pleasure that today I can, on behalf of the College of Justice, welcome Lord Fairley as its newest senator. A graduate of Glasgow University, Douglas Fairley passed advocate in 1999 following some years with a firm of solicitors specialising in commercial work. He rapidly developed a busy practice in both mercantile and employment law; also working for a time as an employment judge. His skills as an advocate in these areas were complemented by a successful period as an advocate depute from 2011 to 2014, taking silk during that period. With such all-round skills I am confident that he will be a significant asset to both the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary.”


To be appointed, judges go through a rigorous and independent application process which tests the high level of skill, experience and professionalism required. Once appointed, all judges receive training at the Judicial Institute, which keeps them up to date on the latest changes in the law. They regularly attend courses to build on their knowledge and expertise, and receive weekly news updates.

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