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Board of Trustees

Gerald Murphy

Chairman

Gerald Murphy

Born and educated in New Zealand. Gerald was the founder of this project and involved from inception. He is involved in commercial debt litigation both in Scotland and England through his role as Director of Chamberlain McBain. Gerald is the secretary for the Institute of Credit Management, East of Scotland Branch. He has a son (30) in New Zealand and a daughter aged 15 - going on 30! During his free time he likes to travel and DIY.

Jennifer Thomson

Secretary

Jennifer Thomson

Jennifer qualified as a solicitor in 2008 after completing her 2 year traineeship with a Scottish legal firm. She specialises in civil litigation, in particular personal injury claims. Jennifer is experienced in advocacy and regularly represents clients in Courts across Scotland. She is so enthusiastic about advocacy that she even obtained a Masters Degree in Advocacy in 2015! Jennifer works primarily on the Seniors Project and joined the Board in 2015. In her spare time, Jennifer can be found dreaming of taking holidays to exotic places, entertaining her pet cat and chasing after her toddler.

Kerry Trewern

Treasurer

Kerry Trewern

Kerry practised as a solicitor for over ten years, before entering the world of education. As a solicitor, she worked for Balfour + Manson LLP and Morton Fraser LLP and specialised in civil litigation. She joined the University of Edinburgh as Deputy Director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in 2014 and subsequently moved to the University of Glasgow as the Director of the Diploma in 2016. Kerry has been involved in the School Mock Court Project for a couple of years and joined the Board in 2017. In her spare time Kerry likes to travel, although is conscious that she has made more effort to visit places in Asia rather than in Scotland, so is keen to remedy this.

Thomas Munro

Director of Education

Thomas Munro

Thomas E. Munro, MEd, Phil. with Children, is a Modern Studies teacher at Ross High School, Tranent, East Lothian. Thomas has been a supporter and promoter of the Mock Court Project for the past 5 years. He is an active trade union member of the Education Institute of Scotland (EIS) in East Lothian serving as LA President for over 4 years. Thomas previously served as a Sergeant in Lothian and Borders Police and brings over 30 years of knowledge of criminal law and learning and teaching experience, to the post of Director of Education. He is keen to help promote the benefits of the Mock Court Project experience to as many school pupils as possible throughout Scotland

The Rt. Hon Lady Leeona Dorrian

 

Lady Dorrian

Lady Dorrian is the first female Lord Justice Clerk (second most senior judge in Scotland) and a Senator in the Supreme Court of Scotland. She was also the first female Advocate Depute (High Court prosecutor). Lady Dorrian was born in Edinburgh and became an advocate in 1981. She was appointed Queen's Counsel (QC) in 1994 and was called to the English Bar in 1991. In 2002 she assumed her first post as a Judge. During her free time she has a love for sailing and owns a 35' sailing boat on the West of Scotland where she enjoys visiting remote bays, spotting puffins and dolphins and hiding from strong winds.

Non-Board Management Members

Iain Dalglish

Director of Examinations

Iain Dalgleish

Iain lives in Musselburgh. He is married to Susan and they have two grown up children, Ruairidh and Mhairi. Prior to retirement he had been Headteacher of King’s Park Primary School in Dalkeith for 16 years. Iain has been Lead Examiner for the Mock Court Case project for the past 6 years and his other interests include chairing Education Appeals’ Committee meetings. For his leisure time he enjoys hillwalking and cycle touring – most recently the NC 500 and the Hebridean Way.

Stephen Waclawski

Director of Writings

Stephen Waclawski

Stephen Waclawski qualified as a solicitor in 2007 and became a solicitor advocate in 2016. He has been a court practitioner since he qualified, representing clients before the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. He is experienced in Personal Injury litigation, Clinical Negligence litigation and Professional Discipline and Regulation. He works for BTO Solicitors LLP. Stephen has been working with the School Mock Court Case Project since 2014/15. He has assisted rewriting the Seniors project from 2016/17, the juniors project from 2017/18 and in 2017/18 was part of the team which wrote the problem question for the Transatlantic Mock Court Competition in New York. He has tutored seniors teams every year in the Seniors Competition. He was part of the team which gave the advanced advocacy course to selected pupils in 2017/18. He tutored the Scotland team which competed at the International Moot at The Hague and the Scotland Team for the Transatlantic Mock Court Competition in New York in 2017/18. He assists in training the tutors for the Seniors project. Stephen is also a co-conspirator with Mr Murphy for ideas to develop and improve the Projects.

Dr Marshall Garratt

Director of Medicine

Marshall Garratt

When not trying to produce complex, yet totally believable, fictitious scenarios and medical evidence for the Scottish Mock Court Project, Doctor Garrett is the Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medicolegal Medicine at Glasgow University and has been a Medical Expert Witness for nearly 30 years. With a background in trauma, both civilian and military, his principal role is to provide a complex and demanding medicolegal scenario for use in each Mock Court project. This is supplemented by provision of expert medicolegal guidance to participants with scheduled teaching and mentoring sessions throughout project schedule. He particularly enjoys interacting with the students and encouraging them to explore different tactical approaches to each individual scenario, explaining the pros and cons of their argument and encouraging logical thinking. His particular pleasure is watching the students expand their ability to take complex information out-with their normal level of experience and developed an ability to formulate cogent arguments based on evidence. He prefers an informal and collaborative approach with all students, believing that the new experience of Mock Court helps all participants realise undiscovered potential and gain confidence going forward.

Sheriff Frank Crowe

Director of Judiciary

Frank Crowe

Frank sits as a sheriff at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and has done so since 2008. A previous student at Edinburgh Royal High, he describes himself as “a very undistinguished pupil who hated team games!”. He undertook a law degree at the University of Dundee and joined Procurator Fiscal Service becoming Deputy Crown Agent and a solicitor advocate. Frank became a sheriff at Dundee in 2001 and was Director of Judicial Training 2004-8. Frank would like to help pupils interested in a law career or the work of the court.

Regional Representatives

Regional representatives work with The Board to help administer the programme (Juniors and Seniors) in their locality. This will include recruiting and assigning tutors and liaising with the courts. * Also includes a Seniors programme

Joanna Lang

Aberdeen *

Joanna Lang

On completion of her undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen, Joanna joined a law firm in Aberdeen where she completed her traineeship in September 2012 and qualified as a solicitor within the commercial litigation team. During this time Joanna regularly appeared in sheriff courts throughout Scotland in a wide range of civil matters, including personal injury, debt recovery and building disputes. In November 2017 Joanna decided to move into the field of construction litigation, where she is now an associate in a large international law firm. Outside of work she enjoys visiting new countries, experimenting in the kitchen and relaxing with friends and family. After being a tutor on the Mock Court Project and seeing first-hand how engaged the children were in the Project, Joanna is delighted to represent Aberdeen and to help promote the continued success of the Project

Norman Fraser

Ayr *

Norman Fraser

Norman has been a solicitor in private practice for over 20 years, specialising in Civil Court and executry work. He has been a supporter of the School Mock Court Project since 2016, working with both junior and senior students. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and walking dogs.

Robert Hovey

Lothians (excl West) *

Robert Hovey

Rob completed his 2 year traineeship with one of the leading litigation firms in the world before commencing deviling with the Faculty of Advocates. He specialises in all areas of personal injury with a particular interest in fraudulent claims and regulatory crime. Rob has been a supporter of the Mock Court Project for the last 3 years, acting as a tutor on the Seniors Project. In his spare time, Rob can be found walking and climbing throughout Scotland.

Julia Adams

Stirling/Falkirk

Julia Adams

Julia completed her LLB(Hons) and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. She is now a trainee with an inhouse legal team. Currently in a planning seat, she was previously in a commercial property seat, and is due to join the court team in September 2019. She has a keen personal and academic interest in the intersection of human rights and environmental law. Outside of work, Julia enjoys gardening, Munro-bagging, playing the cello, and posing as a semi-decent chess player. Julia has volunteered with the Mock Court Case Project as a tutor since 2018, and is thrilled to now have the opportunity to promote the Project in West Lothian, Stirling/Falkirk, and Selkirk and the Scottish Borders.

Andrew Stevenson

Glasgow 1 & Glasgow Seniors *

Andrew Stevenson

Andrew attended Glasgow University where he graduated in law in 1988. He qualified as a solicitor in 1990 since which time he has practised widely in virtually all areas of civil litigation and has appeared in both the Court of Session and many sheriff courts. Andrew is President of the Glasgow Bar Association, the first civil solicitor advocate to be elected to that office. He was first elected as an office bearer of the GBA in 1999 when he started a three year period as Treasurer. He was a reporter to the Client Relations Office of the Law Society of Scotland between 2004 and 2011. Andrew has been appointed as commissioner to recover evidence in both civil and criminal actions and in various sheriff courts including the All Scotland Personal Injury Court. He is a contributor to Greens Litigation Styles and has written many articles for, amongst others, The Juridical Review, Scottish Law and Practice Quarterly and The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. Also, he has spoken at seminars on civil procedure. Andrew is a partner in the firm of Hennessy Bowie, Glasgow.

Catriona Smith

Glasgow 2 & Glasgow Seniors *

Catriona Smith

Catriona has always taken an active role in social mobility within the legal profession. She completed her LLB(Hons) at the University of Glasgow and was appointed as Irwin Mitchell’s IM ‘Aspiring Representative’, being responsible for providing valuable and varied work experience to pupils from less privileged backgrounds to encourage them to enter the legal profession and to study Law. Since 2014 she has been actively engaged with the Law Society of Scotland delivering lessons in basic legal principals to high school pupils across Scotland as a ‘Street Law Trainer’ and judging in the Donald Dewar Debating Tournament. Catriona became involved with the School Mock Court Project in 2018 as a tutor. She found the experience deeply rewarding and valuable, by assisting the pupils on how to decipher evidence, draft court proceedings, and cross examine witnesses. In her spare time Catriona enjoys craft and design and a good book, that is, when she is not entertaining her two young children. Catriona is keen for a challenge and never shies away from a new opportunity to enhance herself. Catriona cannot wait to utilise her passion for social mobility as Glasgow’s Regional Representative.

Daryle Dickson

Hamilton

Daryle Dickinson

Daryle qualified as a solicitor in 2015 having completed her traineeship with North Lanarkshire Council. She now works in the Litigation Team with South Lanarkshire Council and regularly appears at Lanark, Glasgow and Hamilton Sheriff Court. In her spare time, Daryle enjoys spending time with her husband and their two daughters. She also enjoys walking her dog, Molly. Daryle first became involved in the School Mock Court Project in 2018 as a tutor and is very much delighted to be the representative for the Hamilton Region.

Eve Cooper

Inverness *

Eve Cooper

Eve was born in Kent, England and moved to the Highlands of Scotland at age 9. Eve studied at the University of Aberdeen where she obtained a Master of Arts in History. Following on from this, Eve commenced her law exams with the Law Society of Scotland whilst working as a Trainee Solicitor. Eve predominantly works in the Private Client department dealing with all aspects of wills, powers of attorney, trusts, executries and guardianships. In her spare time, Eve enjoys walking her dogs, travelling the world and has a particular soft spot for musical theatre. Eve is delighted to be the regional representative for Inverness and is looking forward to bringing law into local schools and encouraging young people to become involved in an interactive legal environment.

Julia Adams

Selkirk

Julia Adams

Julia completed her LLB(Hons) and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. She is now a trainee with an inhouse legal team. Currently in a planning seat, she was previously in a commercial property seat, and is due to join the court team in September 2019. She has a keen personal and academic interest in the intersection of human rights and environmental law. Outside of work, Julia enjoys gardening, Munro-bagging, playing the cello, and posing as a semi-decent chess player. Julia has volunteered with the Mock Court Case Project as a tutor since 2018, and is thrilled to now have the opportunity to promote the Project in West Lothian, Stirling/Falkirk, and Selkirk and the Scottish Borders.

Kirsty Waughman

Tayside & Fife

Kirsty Waughman

Kirsty is originally from East Ayrshire and has always had an interest in court work, regularly shadowing solicitors in criminal courts throughout school. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Dundee and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde, Kirsty joined Thorntons Law LLP where she completed her traineeship in 2019. Kirsty is now a Solicitor with Thorntons in their Dundee Commercial Litigation team. Kirsty regularly appears in sheriff courts in a wide range of matters including debt recovery actions, landlord and tenant disputes, evictions, contractual disputes and actions concerning professional negligence. Kirsty is also a board member of Young Enterprise Scotland and takes a keen interest encouraging creativity and enterprise in the students involved. Kirsty became involved in the School Mock Court Project in 2019 and is excited to take on the roll of Tayside Regional Representative.

Sheriff MacRitchie

West Lothian (jointly)

Sheriff MacRitchie

Sheriff MacRitchie is a Solicitor in the Supreme Courts and an Advocate in Aberdeen, who graduated in law from the University of Aberdeen in 1984. He was Dean of Faculty in Peterhead and Fraserburgh from 2001-2011. From 2012 he was Acting Chief Justice, Chief Magistrate, Chief Coroner, Registrar of Lands, President of the Land Development Appeals Tribunal, President of the Media Commission, Chair of the Immigration Appeal Court, Chair of the Mental Health Tribunal and The Labour Regulating Authority, for the UK overseas territories of St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. In 2017 he was appointed as Summary Sheriff of Lothian & Borders, based at Edinburgh & Livingston.

Julie Adams

West Lothian (jointly)

Julie Adams

Julia completed her LLB(Hons) and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh. She is now a trainee with an inhouse legal team. Currently in a planning seat, she was previously in a commercial property seat, and is due to join the court team in September 2019. She has a keen personal and academic interest in the intersection of human rights and environmental law. Outside of work, Julia enjoys gardening, Munro-bagging, playing the cello, and posing as a semi-decent chess player. Julia has volunteered with the Mock Court Case Project as a tutor since 2018, and is thrilled to now have the opportunity to promote the Project in West Lothian, Stirling/Falkirk, and Selkirk and the Scottish Borders.

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