Year of Call: 2005
Areas of practice
- Childrens' Referrals
- Criminal Trials
- Fatal Accident Inquiries
- Health and Safety
- Proceeds of Crime
- Road Traffic Violations
- Sexual Offences
- Child Law
Lorraine called to the Bar in 2005 after 12 years’ experience in private practice and as a prosecutor where, following three years as an Indicter in the High Court Unit in Crown Office, she served as Head of the Child and Vulnerable Witness Unit in Glasgow.
Since calling Lorraine has been extensively instructed as sole counsel in a wide variety of criminal trials, including attempted murder, fraud, computer crime, indecent images and misuse of drugs but with a particular emphasis on cases involving allegations of sexual misconduct and rape, including allegations of historical sexual abuse. Her vast experience in the preparation and conduct of trials involving alleged sexual misconduct has led to her being one of the most frequently instructed counsel in this field.
Over the years Lorraine has also been instructed as junior counsel to a number of eminent senior counsel in numerous high profile prosecutions for murder, fraud, drugs and money laundering. She is now instructed to act as lead counsel (ie with a junior) in her own right.
Lorraine has also developed a significant practice in Children’s Hearing Referrals dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct and significant physical injuries to children, including so called “shaken baby” cases. She has also been instructed in Fatal Accident Inquiries including deaths in custody and deaths where criminal homicide was suspected.
HMA v Caroline Laing – Money laundering prosecution involving complex financial transactions and thousands of documentary productions
HMA v Ashok Kalyangee – Double child murder by their father, involving complex investigations into the accused’s mental health
HMA v Tencho Andonov + 2 – “Hitman” murder, involving complex telephone evidence and cell site analysis
HMA v Ross Webber + 7 – Operation Algebra, largest prosecution for possession and distribution of indecent images
FAI into death of Colin Marr – Suspicious death involving single stab wound, which deceased’s family suspected fiancée inflicted
Referral proceedings re AC – Children’s Hearing Referral where Sheriff rejected evidence of sexual abuse of child after hearing expert evidence from psychologist