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Shahid Latif – Advocate

Shahid Latif

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 MacColl


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 and has a vast amount of experience in all areas of criminal defence work. John defends our clients in both the Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts on a daily basis, appearing at all stages of a case from custody appearances to Summary Trials.

 
 

Rory Gowans

Rory Gowans

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 qualified Notary Public.Rory 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.