Judith Hutchison

I am a highly professional individual driven to deliver the highest standards of advocacy when representing my clients in courts across Scotland. I am committed to my professional development and strive to increase my legal knowledge and skills through appearances in the criminal courts at all levels, including the High Court. Additionally, I have provided representation to clients in Simple Procedure actions; the Heritable Court, Family proceedings and Fatal Accident Inquiries. I believe passionately in the rule of law and applying this to providing my clients with the best possible advice and representation in preparing their defence.

Before training as a solicitor, I spent 14 years in the construction industry as a surveyor/project manager: 9 of these in Scotland and 5 in Canada. My experience in the construction industry and legal training and practice has meant that I have developed a vast knowledge and practical understanding of health and safety law and of the accidents and incidents that can lead to Fatal Accident Inquiries

My legal career started as a Trainee at Semple Fraser WS focusing on Commercial Property and Litigation.  On completion of my traineeship, I spent one year at Shepherd + Wedderburn in the office-based construction department.  This position made me realise that I did not want to be an office bound lawyer but wanted to appear in the courts and I set about developing my advocacy skills and court craft.

With this in mind, I joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2003 and practised with them for over 8 years, spending the majority of my time in the Glasgow office.  Whilst with COPFS, I took numerous opportunities to expand my knowledge of more complex areas of criminal law including cases involving charges under Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, Trademarks Act, Health & Safety at Work etc Act, Food Safety Act and Environmental Protection Act.  My commitment and dedication to learning, coupled with my attention to detail resulted in me receiving an award from the British Phonographic Industry for my “professionalism and dedication in the preparation and prosecution of the first major bootleg distribution case in Scotland”. Latterly, I gained accreditation as an advocacy skills tutor whilst seconded to the Scottish Prosecution College as a Legal Trainer.

In 2011 I became self-employed as a locum criminal defence lawyer concentrating principally on jury trials – in seven years I defended clients in over 75 Sheriff & Jury trials ranging from simple possession of knives to sexual assault to embezzlement to Environmental Protection to Health and Safety at Work.  Having achieved a very high success rate in these cases and having developed a reputation for being highly skilled in complex legal arguments I undertook and passed my Criminal Rights of Audience exams allowing me to practise in the High Court.

In 2014 I was employed by Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP as Solicitor Advocate in their criminal department dealing with, principally, Health and Safety prosecutions, defence of Road Traffic charges and Fatal Accident Inquiries resulting from Road Traffic incidents.  Having gained as much experience as I could from this position, I returned to agency work specialising in Sheriff and Jury trials – the more complex the better.

Within a few weeks of returning to agency work I was instructed as Junior Counsel for the second of nine accused in the largest Serious and Organised Crime prosecution ever undertaken in Scotland – a case involving attempted murder, arms dealing, drugs dealing and money laundering.  The case resolved before trial with a highly satisfactory, negotiated outcome for the client.

Since then, I have represented clients in some of the most complex and novel jury trials including mortgage fraud, embezzlement, and a romance/catfish fraud.  I am committed to providing the very best for my clients.  This means taking the time to understand the client and the specific circumstances of their case and applying my extensive legal knowledge and skills to the defence of their case.

In my spare time I like cycling, walking, making craft chocolates and am a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. I am also a member of the Scottish Rugby Supporters Club and frequently attend Scotland International games at home and away.

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Judith Hutchison

Judith Hutchison
Senior Associate

I am a highly professional individual driven to deliver the highest standards of advocacy when representing my clients in courts across Scotland. I am committed to my professional development and strive to increase my legal knowledge and skills through appearances in the criminal courts at all levels, including the High Court. Additionally, I have provided representation to clients in Simple Procedure actions; the Heritable Court, Family proceedings and Fatal Accident Inquiries. I believe passionately in the rule of law and applying this to providing my clients with the best possible advice and representation in preparing their defence.

Before training as a solicitor, I spent 14 years in the construction industry as a surveyor/project manager: 9 of these in Scotland and 5 in Canada. My experience in the construction industry and legal training and practice has meant that I have developed a vast knowledge and practical understanding of health and safety law and of the accidents and incidents that can lead to Fatal Accident Inquiries

My legal career started as a Trainee at Semple Fraser WS focusing on Commercial Property and Litigation.  On completion of my traineeship, I spent one year at Shepherd + Wedderburn in the office-based construction department.  This position made me realise that I did not want to be an office bound lawyer but wanted to appear in the courts and I set about developing my advocacy skills and court craft.

With this in mind, I joined the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in 2003 and practised with them for over 8 years, spending the majority of my time in the Glasgow office.  Whilst with COPFS, I took numerous opportunities to expand my knowledge of more complex areas of criminal law including cases involving charges under Copyright, Designs and Patents Act, Trademarks Act, Health & Safety at Work etc Act, Food Safety Act and Environmental Protection Act.  My commitment and dedication to learning, coupled with my attention to detail resulted in me receiving an award from the British Phonographic Industry for my “professionalism and dedication in the preparation and prosecution of the first major bootleg distribution case in Scotland”. Latterly, I gained accreditation as an advocacy skills tutor whilst seconded to the Scottish Prosecution College as a Legal Trainer.

In 2011 I became self-employed as a locum criminal defence lawyer concentrating principally on jury trials – in seven years I defended clients in over 75 Sheriff & Jury trials ranging from simple possession of knives to sexual assault to embezzlement to Environmental Protection to Health and Safety at Work.  Having achieved a very high success rate in these cases and having developed a reputation for being highly skilled in complex legal arguments I undertook and passed my Criminal Rights of Audience exams allowing me to practise in the High Court.

In 2014 I was employed by Berrymans Lace Mawer LLP as Solicitor Advocate in their criminal department dealing with, principally, Health and Safety prosecutions, defence of Road Traffic charges and Fatal Accident Inquiries resulting from Road Traffic incidents.  Having gained as much experience as I could from this position, I returned to agency work specialising in Sheriff and Jury trials – the more complex the better.

Within a few weeks of returning to agency work I was instructed as Junior Counsel for the second of nine accused in the largest Serious and Organised Crime prosecution ever undertaken in Scotland – a case involving attempted murder, arms dealing, drugs dealing and money laundering.  The case resolved before trial with a highly satisfactory, negotiated outcome for the client.

Since then, I have represented clients in some of the most complex and novel jury trials including mortgage fraud, embezzlement, and a romance/catfish fraud.  I am committed to providing the very best for my clients.  This means taking the time to understand the client and the specific circumstances of their case and applying my extensive legal knowledge and skills to the defence of their case.

In my spare time I like cycling, walking, making craft chocolates and am a member of the Scottish Malt Whisky Society. I am also a member of the Scottish Rugby Supporters Club and frequently attend Scotland International games at home and away.

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