M MacLeod

Murdo A. Macleod K.C.

Year of Call: 1994

Year of Silk: 2008


LL.B (Hons) University of Aberdeen

Dip. L.P. University of Aberdeen

Dip Trial Advocacy - NITA, Colorado

Special interests


Health & Safety

Public and fatal accident inquiries


Murdo MacLeod QC specialises in corporate financial, health and safety, and environmental prosecutions, where he is instructed for trials and in an advisory capacity. He regularly acts for major clients in the aviation, oil & gas, construction, engineering, distilling and marine industries. He is also instructed by numerous organisations, including: COPFS, the Scottish Prison Service and various police forces and local authorities. In the legal directories he is listed as a Band 1 leading individual in the fields of criminal law and Health and Safety.

Alongside his regulatory practice, he has appeared in numerous significant Inquiries, such as: the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry (for Siemens), the Superpuma Inquiry (for Eurocopter) the Queensferry Crossing Inquiry (for Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors), and the ‘Billy Wright' Inquiry (as Counsel to the Inquiry). He also accepts instruction in civil matters.

Notable acquittals in criminal trials include Andy Coulson in his trial for perjury and Yousif Badri, a doctor charged with terrorism offences. He has served as Crown Counsel and Senior Crown Counsel and, as junior counsel, represented Lamin Fhimah (the second accused) in the Lockerbie trial in the Netherlands. He is the UK delegate to the CCBE’s criminal law committee, sits as a part-time Sheriff and is also a practising barrister (Temple Garden Chambers).





Crown Counsel (Ad-hoc) : 1998

Crown Counsel: 2001 - 2003

Senior Crown Counsel: 2004 - 2005

Counsel to the Billy Wright Inquiry: 2005 - 2010

Part-time Sheriff: 2011 -

Special Counsel: 2011 -

UK Delegate CCBE Criminal Committee: 2012 -

Criminal Court Rules Council: 2013 -

Bonomy Review Group: 2014 - 2015