The Hon Lord Matthews (Hugh Matthews)

Lord Matthews was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2007, having served as a Temporary Judge since February 2004

After graduating LL.B (Hons) from the University of Glasgow, Lord Matthews undertook a legal apprenticeship with Messrs Jas Campbell and Co WS of Saltcoats. 

He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in July 1979, taking silk in 1992 and practised at the Bar until his appointment as a sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin in January 1997.  He was standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Employment in Scotland from June 1984 until March 1988, and served as an Advocate Depute from April 1988 until January 1993.  Lord Matthews sat as a temporary sheriff from January 1993 until December 1996.

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