The Hon Lord Pentland (Paul Cullen)

Lord Pentland was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Courts in November 2008.

He is a graduate of Edinburgh University (LL.B. Hons. 1979). He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1982. He was Clerk of the Faculty (one of the Faculty’s elected office bearers) between 1986 and 1990. He served as an Advocate Depute (Crown Counsel prosecuting in the High Court) between 1991 and 1994. In 1995 he was appointed as Solicitor General for Scotland and held this office until the General Election in 1997. He then returned to practice at the Scottish Bar, specialising in commercial and public law as well as media law.

Earlier in his career Lord Pentland was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of the Environment in Scotland. He also held appointments as a Chairman of the Police Appeals Tribunal and as a Chairman of the Appeal Committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Between April 2001 and May 2002 he was Chairman of the Public Inquiry into limestone mining subsidence in the Gilmerton area of Edinburgh.

In 2010 Lord Pentland was appointed as a member of the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber).

In January 2014 Lord Pentland was appointed as Chairman of the Scottish Law Commission for a period of five years. Sixty per cent of his time is spent on Law Commission duties with the remainder devoted to his judicial work.


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