Lord Harrower installed as new judge

Sean Smith QC was today, 18 February 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 Harrower, saying:

“It is a pleasure to welcome Lord Harrower to the Court of Session bench.

Lord Harrower is a graduate of Glasgow University, although his school days were here in Edinburgh. Before passing advocate in 1999, Lord Harrower spent some five years in the world of academia at Cambridge. At the Bar he established a sound practice in tax and related matters. His skills in these areas will, hopefully in early course, be a great asset to the Outer House.

Lord Harrower was, at various times, standing junior to the Scottish Government, HM Revenue and Customs and the Office of the Advocate General. After becoming a QC in 2012, he continued his practice in revenue matters, but also spent some 2 years as an Advocate Depute.”


To be appointed, judges go through a rigorous and holistic 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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