The Hon Lord Brailsford (S Neil Brailsford)

Lord Brailsford was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2006

He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1981 and took Silk in 1994.  His early practice at the junior Bar was almost entirely in the civil courts with a mixed practice for the first three to four years before working mainly in insurance based practice with some general commercial work.

From 1994 he practised at the senior Bar, again mainly in civil but was appointed Advocate Depute from 1999 - 2000.  Again he worked in commercial/insurance law but after 2001 the emphasis was on administrative/constitutional law with some commercial work and a small amount of crime.  Since 2003 he has been a part-time Chairman of the Discipline Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.


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