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Ian Duguid QC

Ian Duguid is one of the most highly regarded Senior Counsel at the Criminal Bar, and is first choice for many agents throughout Scotland.

An experienced and renowned Queens Counsel, Ian has gained a broad range of expertise through a varied career including several years of service with the Attorney-General’s Chambers in Hong Kong, as a standing counsel to the Ministry of Defence and as an adviser to Her Majesty’s Government on offending related matters. He has acted as both prosecution and defence counsel in the High Court and Appeal Court, in some of the country’s most notorious recent prosecutions.

Selected Cases

Regina –v- Lam Kor wan – for the prosecution in notorious Hong Kong multiple murder case known as the “Jars Murderer”

Rosepark Nursing Home Health and Safety Prosecution

Brown v-Stott – landmark Privy Council appeal

HMA-v-Strachan & Ors –defending the only accused acquitted on the charge of conspiracy in the notorious child sexual abuse and pornography trial

HMA-v-Robert Cunningham – killing of Dundee toddler Brandon Muir

HMA-v-Daanish Zahid – the murder of Glasgow teenager Kris Donald

HMA –v- DT – homicide of 15 year old schoolboy in a school gym hall by fellow pupil

HMA –v- Robert Jennings – Helensburgh triple murder of the Sharkey family in a house fire

HMA -v- Clive Carter – murder of pharmaceutical conference delegate at the SECC

HMA –v- Said Fadal – murder of Imam’s son in Edinburgh street shooting by Somali gang

HMA –v- Aldaire Warmington – Rox jewellery store robbery in Edinburgh

HMA –v- Alice Ross – defence of oldest accused to face High Court trial in Scotland (aged 93) for causing death by dangerous driving

HMA-v- Angus Sinclair – Scotland’s first Double Jeopardy application and subsequent double murder trial known as the “World Ends Murders”

Shahid Ramzan –v- HMA – conducting appeal for the appellant convicted of Scotland’s largest VAT “carrousel” or MTIC (Missing trader intra community) fraud

General Medical Council –v- DF –defending prominent doctor at Fitness to Practice Hearing

UK Anti-doping (on behalf of British Boxing Board of Control) –v- CW Jnr – defending professional boxer accused of breaching anti-doping regulations facing suspension of licence

HMA -v- DS – homicide of Bailey Gwynne, Aberdeen schoolboy killed by fellow pupil in school

HMA-v- Gary Withey – alleged corporate conspiracy to defraud, in the acquisition of Rangers FC by Craig White from Sir David Murray. The accused Withey (Craig Whyte’s London-based lawyer in the acquisition) was acquitted of all charges.

HMA -v- Abdulkadir Cirik – UK’s largest ever seizure of controlled drugs (£0.5 billion worth of cocaine) on a Turkish crewed boat sailing between South America and Europe. Cirik (crewman)was acquitted of all charges.

HMA -v- John Leatham – notorious murder of 15 year old teenager, Paige Docherty

HMA -v- Sadia Ahmed – Asian mother acquitted of the murder of her baby after 4 week trial

PF (Glasgow) -v- FES Ltd – defence of one of UK’s largest independent technical services companies in 10-day Health & Safety prosecution. The company was acquitted of all charges.

HMA -v- C B-E – defence of grand-daughter of prominent US composer/songwriter in prosecution for dangerous driving

HMA v-Steven Sidebottom – defence of accused in notorious murder of north-east motor mechanic/handyman Brian McKandie

HMA -v- Avril Jones – notorious case of the murder of Margaret Fleming by her 2 carers, serialised by the BBC in 2020 in “Murder Trial”