The Hon Lady Carmichael (Ailsa Carmichael QC)

Lady Carmichael was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in May 2016.

Ailsa 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.

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