LL.B. (Hons) Law with Spanish Aberystwyth University 2001

(including one year spent at the University of Salamanca, Spain)

Diploma in Bar Vocational Course Cardiff University 2002

Awarded the Middle Temple 'Campbell Turner' Prize

Special interests


Health & Safety

Immigration and asylum

Public and fatal accident inquiries


Stable telephone number

0131 260 5829

Lee-Anne Black

Steven Burns


In 2011 Gareth called to the Scottish Bar and since that time he has developed a busy criminal defence practice and is regularly instructed at both first instance and appellate level.

Gareth called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2002 and became a tenant at Lincoln House Chambers in Manchester. Over the course of approaching 10 years he developed a successful practice encompassing all areas of criminal law. He was regularly instructed by defence Solicitors and the Crown Prosecution Service in jury trials involving serious crime and appeared at Crown courts throughout the North of England. He also acted alone as defence counsel in the Court of Appeal (Royal Courts of Justice, London).

In 2014 he was appointed First Tier Tribunal Judge of the Social Entitlement Chamber for Scotland and more recently of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, a UK wide appointment.


HMA v C G (2015) - acting for the defence - complex single accused rape allegation

HMA v Philip Wade & 3 others (2014) - acting for defence - multiple accused murder trial

Thomas Ross Young v HMA (2014) acting for Crown - historic murder conviction appeal involving Case Linkage Evidence

R v Wayne Cook (2007) - acting for the defence - terrorism trial

R v Connor and Others (2006) - acting for the defence - multiple victim murder by arson attack