John Brannigan

John called to the bar in 2021 after a career in private practice as a criminal defence solicitor.

Since calling to the bar John has quickly established a very busy practice dealing with all types of criminal cases at first instance in the High Court and Sheriff Courts, as well as routinely being instructed in Appeal cases.

John has proven extremely popular with instructing agents and senior counsel alike. He has been described by those working with him as an extremely diligent and enthusiastic junior counsel who can be relied upon in any situation.

His interests lie in all areas of criminal law. John also has experience of Children’s Referral proceedings and other types of civil cases in which he also receives instructions.

Selected Cases

Courtenay Drakos v Procurator Fiscal, Perth [2021]
Partly successful appeal against the period of disqualification imposed on a first offender in relation to a charge of s.5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

PF v Callum Williamson [2021]
Successfully argued a plea of oppression bringing an end to the prosecution.

HMA v Morton Eadie & others [2022]
Junior for the Crown in successful prosecution relating to the murder of Kenny Reilly. Case involved extensive preparation and the consideration of thousands of pages of statements and productions.

Rory Scrymgeour v HMA [2022]
Successful appeal directed at the level of discount applied by the Sheriff at first instance.