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Shahid Latif

Solicitor Advocate – Shahid has experience in all types of criminal matters ranging from first instance trials to appeals against conviction and appeals against sentence heard within the High Court. In 2001 he became an Advocate and has been involved in a number of cases that have been widely reported and have contributed to the development of Scots Criminal Law. Amongst the more unusual prosecutions he has defended are those involving cybercrime and terrorism. Shahid was part of the team that secured the conviction of Abdelbaset Ali al Megrahi for the Lockerbie bombing. He also acted as Junior Counsel for the defence in HMA v Mohammed Atif Siddique, the first prosecution in Scotland of Islamic Terrorism. Shahid fronts our Sheriff & Jury Trials team and also represents our clients in the High Court.

John MacColl

John is local to Inverness and graduated from Aberdeen University in 1992, gaining his LLB qualification. He then completed his Diploma in Legal Practice at the same University the following year. John has worked for the firm since completing his traineeship. John has extensive experience in all criminal prosecutions ranging from Justice of the Peace matters to more serious and complex prosecutions at Sheriff Court, Sheriff & Jury and High Court level.

Rory Gowans

Rory is also a local to Inverness and has followed in his late father’s footsteps in pursuing a career in Criminal Defence. He gained his LLB from the University of Strathclyde in 2005 and thereafter completed his Diploma in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law the following year. Rory trained with a large commercial firm before specialising in Criminal Defence work and became a partner of the firm in 2013. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Management from the Robert Gordon University and is a Notary Public. Rory has extensive experience dealing with cases at all criminal court levels.

Clare Russell

Clare graduated from Edinburgh University in 2011, gaining her LLB (Hons) qualification. She then completed her Diploma in Legal Practice at the same University in 2012. Clare thereafter completed her traineeship in a general practice firm, before specialising in Criminal Defence. Clare defends our clients in the Sheriff Court, in both Summary and Solemn proceedings, and the Justice of the Peace Courts on a daily basis. Clare is also a Notary Public.

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