The Right Hon Lord Gill (Brian Gill)
Lord President and Lord Justice General
Lord Gill was appointed Lord President and Lord Justice General in June 2012 having held the position of Lord Justice Clerk and President of the Second Division of the Inner House from November 2001
He was appointed a Judge in 1994. Lord Gill is Chairman of the Lands Valuation Appeal Court and was Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission from 1996 to 2001.
He is Scotland’s longest serving judge.
Lord Gill is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (MA, LLB) and Edinburgh (PhD). He has been awarded the honorary degree of LLD by the Universities of Glasgow (1998), Strathclyde (2003), St Andrews (2006) Edinburgh (2007) and Abertay (2008). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Lord Gill lectured in the Faculty of Law of Edinburgh University before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1967. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1981. He is a member of the English Bar (Lincoln’s Inn, 1991; Bencher 2002).
He was an advocate depute 1977-1979; Standing Junior Counsel to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (1974-1977), the Home Office (1979-1981) and the Scottish Education Department (1979-1981); and Deputy Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal (1989-1994). He was Keeper of the Advocates Library 1987-1994.
He is the author of The Law of Agricultural Holdings in Scotland (3rd ed, 1997) and founder and General Editor of the Scottish Planning Encyclopaedia.
In 2008, he was appointed by the UK and Scottish Governments to Chair the Public Inquiry into the fatal explosion in 2004 at the ICL factory in Glasgow.
Lord Gill was Chairman of the Scottish Civil Courts Review (2007-2009). He is Chairman of the Council of the Royal School of Church Music.