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Kevin McCallum QC

Kevin McCallum called in 2000 after 10 years as a solicitor both as a Procurator Fiscal Depute and a defence solicitor in private practice. Having called to the Bar, he specialised in criminal defence work, Fatal Accident Inquiries and Social Work Referral proofs.

He was appointed as an Advocate Depute in February 2004, and was thereafter appointed as a Senior Advocate Depute in November 2006; and was responsible for the preparation and conduct of a significant number of intensive, large scale and high profile prosecutions, often including multiple accused.

Since returning to defence practice in 2010, he has been instructed in a wide variety of cases including multiple accused high value drugs cases, fraud and money laundering offences, confiscation proceedings, firearms offences and serious sexual offences including allegations of historic sexual abuse either acting as junior counsel alone, and latterly prior to his appointment as senior counsel, as junior counsel acting as lead counsel with a junior.

He also continues to be instructed in Social Work Referral proofs.

In 2017 he obtained a Certificate in Regulatory Law & Practice, in relation to discipline proceedings by professional and employment regulatory bodies, from the University of Aberdeen.
In 2018 he obtained a Masters Degree with Distinction in International Commercial Law with Professional Arbitration Skills from the University of Aberdeen.

Selected Cases

HMA-v-Alexander Donnelly & Others – lead counsel in complex drugs & money laundering prosecution involving a very large number of witnesses, extensive surveillance evidence, complex forensic accountancy evidence and evidence obtained from foreign jurisdictions.

HMA-v-Allan Burns & Others – lead counsel in high profile conspiracy to murder and murder case in relation to an underworld contract killing involving a large number of witnesses, complex telephone cell-site analysis evidence and complicated ballistics evidence.

HMA-v-Scott Percy & Others – lead counsel in complex drugs, conspiracy to murder and murder case concerning the contract killing of a rival drug dealer involving a large number of witnesses and novel issues concerning the introduction of unusual hearsay evidence relating to conversations between two deceased parties.

HMA-v-Rhona McKenzie – lead counsel in high profile murder case involving complex road traffic investigation evidence where a female used a motor car to knock down and drove over her “love rival”.

HMA-v-Hoseyin Cobanoglu – lead counsel in case involving multiple rapes and serious sexual assaults of prostitutes. High profile case due to its close connection to the Emma Caldwell murder inquiry.

James Leiser – v- HMA – lead counsel in appeal case involving consideration of requirement of reasonable belief for self-defence in homicide cases.

Isobel Carvill & Gemma Valenti v HMA – lead counsel in inter-related murder conviction appeals involving novel issues as to the tension between the provisions of s. 259 and s. 261 of the Criminal Procedure (Sc) Act 1995 and the common law provisions relating to the evidential status of statements made by one accused in relation to a co-accused.

HMA-v-Maxwell Evans – successful defence of high profile sports celebrity in assault case attracting significant press interest.

HMA v George Anderson – lead counsel in multiple complainer rape and associated sexual offences case.

HMA v Rachel Gordon & Others – lead counsel in multiple accused drugs case resulting from extensive police surveillance operation and where evidence at trial involved extensive use of complex multi-media presentation.

HMA v Lorraine McLaren & Others – lead counsel in mortgage fraud & money laundering case of such size and complexity that the trial lasted for 20 months.

HMA v Mikey Hoc – lead counsel in multiple complainer rape case including a particularly serious or aggravated charge due to the extreme vulnerability of the particular complainer.

HMA v Aaron Dunn & Others – lead counsel in case relating to multiple allegations of rape and neglect involving the taking of evidence on commission from three very young child complainers.