A Forbes

Alyson Forbes

Year of Call: 2014

Alyson Forbes


MSc University of Edinburgh

LL.B University of Aberdeen

Certificate in Forensic Medicine University of Edinburgh

Special interests


Public and fatal accident inquiries

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Alyson Forbes


Alyson brings to her practice at the Faculty of Advocates considerable advocacy experience  sound judgement and a methodical approach to case preparation gained from her 21 years as a public prosecutor.

Alyson was a member of the Crown Office Lockerbie Team and undertook other specialist posts within Crown Office. She was an Indicter in the High Court Unit and thereafter worked in the Appeals Unit. Alyson spent a period of time in the Office of the Advocate General advising on devolution issues. In both offices Alyson worked on appeals proceeding in the UK Supreme Court.
Since calling in 2014 Alyson has been well instructed as a Crown Junior in cases of murder and in cases of rape and sexual abuse involving vulnerable witnesses. She has been instructed in her own right in a number of sentence appeals. Alyson has recently been appointed as an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute.



Martin and Miller v HMA 2010

McGowan v B 2012

HMA v Garry Lockhart 2014 (murder)

HMA v Jamie Grieve 2014 (murder)

HMA v Brian Mackenzie 2015 (rape and sexual abuse)