LL.B (Hons) University of Edinburgh

Dip. L.P. University of Edinburgh

Special interests

Company and commercial


Planning and Environmental

Public law, including judicial review and human rights


Maurice O'Carroll called to the Scottish Bar in 1995 where he specialises in Employment, Commercial, Public and Planning Law. 

He is dual qualified as a Barrister having called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2019 through The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Maurice studied law at Edinburgh University, graduating with an Honours degree in 1988.  He qualified as a solicitor in 1991 with a commercial law firm and thereafter worked in Brussels for two years after a period of training with the European Commission before calling to the Scottish Bar.

Maurice is a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Secretary of the Faculty of Advocates Employment Law Group, which he founded in 2010, and is the Vice-Chairman of the Faculty of Advocates Planning Group.


Ad hoc Advocate Depute since 2002

Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government 2003-2012

Legal Chair and Board Member of the Scottish Legal Complaints

Commission 2011-2016

Legal Chair of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

(Housing and Property Chamber) since 2012