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Fred Mackintosh

Fred Mackintosh


Professional Information:

Year of Call:
Devil Masters: Laurence Murphy QC, Robert B Anthony QC
Qualifications: LLB (University of Edinburgh); MA (Hons.) Geography (University of Edinburgh); Dip. LP. (University of Edinburgh)


Fred studied Geography at the University of Edinburgh with a particular interest in the planning system and how it interacted with environmental protection policy and the potential for widespread growth of renewable energy.  After taking the postgraduate LLB at Edinburgh he trained as a solicitor at Dundas & Wilson CS in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

From 1999 to 2007 Fred served as a City of Edinburgh Councillor with a particular interest in transport and development planning, environmental protection, licensing and community safety.  He served as a non executive director of Edinburgh property company EDI Group Limited from 2001-2006.

Fred is regularly instructed in the High Court of Judiciary Criminal Appeal Court, and has appeared in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts across Scotland.  He has a particular interest in the application of human rights principals to the criminal procedure.

From 2010 to 2014 Fred was a Senior Teaching Fellow in Legal Studies and Skills at the Centre for Professional Legal Studies at the Edinburgh University School of Law.  In summer 2014 he reduced his commitment to teaching on the Diploma that of the Senior Tutor for Criminal Court Practice. He continues to run the Criminal Advocacy and Criminal Court Practice Course for students on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.


  • Fee Paid Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)
  • Law Society of Scotland Examiner in Procedure
  • Senior Tutor, Criminal Court Practice, The University of Edinburgh
  • Senior Teaching Fellow - Legal Practice and Skills, The University of Edinburgh (2010-2014)

Representative Cases:

  • PF Peterhead v SB [2014] HCJAC 82 - Successful defence against a Crown Sentence Appeal on the question of whether an absolute discharge is competent if sentence is adjourned for the preparation of a Criminal Justice Social Work Report.
  • Lin & others v HMA [2012] HCJAC 151 -   It is competent to oppose Full Committal by a Sheriff on the grounds that there is no prima facie case against the accused.
  • George v HMA 2011 HCJAC 88 -  Can delay by the High Court in producing its opinion in a conviction appeal amount to a Breach of the Article 6 rights of the appellant?
  • Whitham v v HMA [2013] HCJAC 154Does arrest from the home amount to a ‘reasonable excuse' for the breach of a Restriction of Liberty Order?
  • Anwar v PF Dumfries [2013] HCJAC 134 - Proportionality and property rights when a accused's car is seized before trial under Section 23(1) of the Proceeds of Crime (Scotland) Act 1995



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