The Rt Hon Lord Turnbull (Alan Turnbull)

Lord Turnbull was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2006 and appointed to the Inner House in September, 2016.

He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982 and took silk in 1996. Initially he was in general practice at the Bar, instructed in a range of civil matters and employment cases before the Industrial Tribunals. By 1988 he had come to be instructed as defence counsel in criminal cases and from then on he appeared mainly in the High Court of Justiciary or in the Court of Appeal.  From January 1995 to December 1997 he served as an Advocate Depute. In September of 1998 he was engaged as one of the two senior counsel leading the Crown team in the preparation for, and conduct of, the Lockerbie bombing trial. He also appeared for the Crown in the subsequent appeal proceedings. In February 2001 he was appointed as Principal Advocate Depute, a position he held until his return to private practice in January 2006.


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