Experience

Murdo practises in the field of regulatory / ‘white collar’ crime, where he specialises in health and safety, environmental, and commercial cases. He is regularly instructed by commercial and institutional clients.

Recent instructions also include the successful defence of Andy Coulson in his trial for perjury in Scotland.

He also specialises in inquests and public inquiries. In 2014, he represented the aircraft manufacturer in the North Sea Super Puma inquiry. Between 2005 and 2010 he served as Counsel to the Billy Wright Inquiry.

Directories

CHAMBERS & PARTNERS
Health and Safety
– Listed as a Leader of the Bar (Silk: Band 1)

“His strengths are his ability to communicate with the Bench and how well he works in a team.” [2017]
“He is really quite superb on his feet.” [2016]
“Very personable and approachable.” [2016]
“He has as a very well-regarded health and safety practice that encompasses prosecutions, Fatal Accident and Public Inquiries.” [2015]
“Very user-friendly and very good on his feet.” [2015]

Appointments

1994: Admitted to Faculty of Advocates
1998: Appointed Ad hoc Crown Counsel
1999 – 2001: Junior Counsel for second accused in Lockerbie trial
2001 – 2003: Appointed Crown Counsel
2004 – 2005: Appointed Senior Crown Counsel
2005 – 2010: Appointed Counsel to Billy Wright Inquiry
2008: Appointed Queen’s Counsel
2011: Called to Bar of England and Wales (Middle Temple)
2011: Appointed Special Counsel
 (PII)
2011: Appointed Part-time Sheriff
 (Recorder)
2012: Appointed UK delegate to CCBE Criminal Law Committee
2013: Appointed to the Criminal Court Rules Council

RECENT LECTURES AND SEMINARS

February, 2013: UK Association of European Lawyers (UKAEL) conference on EU law, Edinburgh. A leap in the dark? The risks of opting out of EU criminal justice
April 2013: Law Society of Ireland, Dublin: The war on terror and the ICC
April, 2014: Scottish Medico-legal Society (SMLS), Glasgow. The murder of Billy Wright
April 2014: Society of Advocates, Aberdeen: Update on Inquiry law and Practice
May, 2014: Four Jurisdictions Conference, Belfast. Public inquiries
August, 2014: Seminar for Chinese prosecutors, Edinburgh. The detention and questioning of suspects in Scotland
November, 2015: Compass chambers annual conference, Edinburgh. Public Inquiries: a new landscape?
October, 2015: Judicial Institute for Scotland, seminar on cybercrime and data protection. Terrorist legislation: a personal view
June, 2016: CLT Health and Safety seminar, Glasgow. Public and fatal inquiries: a common approach

Education

LLB (Hons)
Dip Legal Practice
Dip Trial Advocacy

Professional Memberships

Health and Safety Lawyers Association
Criminal Bar Association

Re Rangers FC

Advising City law firm in ongoing financial inquiry

Re Siemens

Defended multinational company in case involving workplace fatality

Re Super Puma Inquiry

Represented aircraft manufacturer in Inquiry into the deaths of 16 passengers and crew in North Sea helicopter accident

FCL v HMRC

Represented export company in appeal against HMRC decision on customs warehousing facility

Re Billy Wright Inquiry

Public inquiry into the murder of a prominent paramilitary prisoner and the management of the prison