Sheriff Principal Mhairi M. Stephen QC

Sheriff Principal of Lothian and Borders

Based at Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Mhairi Stephen was educated at George Watson’s Ladies’ College and attended the University of Edinburgh. She was a solicitor and subsequently partner with Allan McDougall & Co from 1976 to 1997, engaged mainly in civil litigation, and represented bereaved families following the Piper Alpha disaster in both the Inquiry and subsequent negotiation of damages.

She was appointed a temporary Sheriff in 1995 and became a resident sheriff in Edinburgh in 2000. She was a member of the Board of the Scottish Civil Courts Review (Gill Review) from 2007 -2009.

On 9 May 2011.she was appointed Sheriff Principal for Lothian and Borders .

Her interests include curling; golf; walking; travelling and music