The Hon Lord Kinclaven (Alexander F. Wylie)

Lord Kinclaven was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2005.

He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh (LL.B Hons) and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1978.  He was Standing Junior Counsel in Scotland to the Accountant of Court from 1986 to 1989.  He served as an Advocate Depute from 1989 to 1992 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991.

Lord Kinclaven became a member of the English Bar (Lincoln's Inn) in 1990.  He was a part time Sheriff from 2000.  He was a member of the Scottish Legal Aid Board from 1994 to 2002; a member of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting from 2001; a part-time Chairman of the Discipline Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 1994; a part-time Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal from 2001; and a member of the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission from 2004.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.


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