L Dunlop

Laura J. Dunlop Q.C.

Year of Call: 1989

Year of Silk: 2002


LL.B (Hons) University of Edinburgh

Dip. L.P. University of Edinburgh

Special interests

Planning and Environmental

Professional liability and regulation

Public and fatal accident inquiries

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Since calling, she has practised in civil law, gaining a broad range of experience, with particular emphasis on delict and public law, and taking silk in 2002.

Laura Dunlop graduated with first class honours in law from Edinburgh University in 1983.  She completed a traineeship with Balfour and Manson, and then worked as a Reporter to the Children’s Panel.  She was admitted to the Faculty in 1989, and appointed a Standing Junior to the government in 1993.  She was a co-editor of three editions of Gloag and Henderson: the Law of Scotland.  Since 2005, she has held office as Procurator to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.  Between 2009 and 2014, she served part-time on the Scottish Law Commission, the first female commissioner in Scotland.  Between 2009 and 2015, she was Senior Counsel to the Penrose Inquiry into transmission of viral infection by blood and blood products.


Convener of Scottish Executive Appeal Body regarding vocational

training for general medical practice