Sheriff Principal James A. Taylor

Sheriff Principal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Born in Inverness on 21 February 1951 thereafter attended Nairn Academy and Aberdeen University where he graduated BSc and LLB in 1972 and 1975 respectively.

After an apprenticeship with Brander & Cruickshank and Frank Lefevre he became a partner in AC Morrison & Richards in 1980.  All the practices are Aberdeen based.

In 1987 he joined McGrigor Donald's Glasgow office which was then Scotland's largest legal practice.  He became a partner the following year and Head of the Litigation Department in 1992.

He developed a reputation for being involved in major public inquiries including Lord Cullen's Piper Alpha Inquiry, Ocean Odyssey Fatal Accident Inquiry, Lord Clyde's Orkney Inquiry and Lord Cullen's Dunblane Inquiry.

In 1993 he was among the first solicitors to attain rights of audience in the Court of Session, Scotland's Supreme Court, and worked in Edinburgh from that time.  Much of his practice was in conducting litigations under the Court of Session commercial rules which were introduced in 1994.

He became a Sheriff of Lothian & Borders in December 1998 and transferred to Glasgow in August 1999 when the concept of a commercial action was introduced to that court.  He was a designated Commercial Sheriff.

On 3 October 2005 he was appointed the Sheriff Principal of the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin.

His publications include contributing the Scottish section to an encyclopaedia entitled "International Intellectual Property Litigation".  He also contributed to "Sentencing Practice" and to the third edition of Macphail.  He was a member of the Project Board of the Scottish Civil Courts Review which reported in September 2009.

His interests include golf, jazz, good food and fine wine.


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