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.
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 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.
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. Since the summer 2014 he has returned to full time practice at Terra Firma Chambers. He continues to lead and teach the criminal practice and procedure courses 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)
- A Reasonable and Literate Man in the World of Humpty Dumpty - Scottish Planning & Environmental Law 142, December 2010
- Revolution In The Making: The Implications of the Taxation Powers in the Scotland Bill - Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, January 2011
- Hannon v HMA  HCJAC 65 - The cumulative effect of a series of long custodial sentences on a young man in respect of offences committed when he was 16 years old.
- Paterson v Harvie  HCJAC 87; 2014 S.L.T. 857; 2014 S.C.L. 606; 2014 S.C.C.R. 521 - Five judge bench hearing on the question of whether a actual person requires to suffer fear and alarm before an offence is committed under Section 38(1) of the Criminal Justice & Licencing (Scotland) Act 2010.
- Murphy v SB  S.C.C.R. 501 - 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.
- Anwar v Cassidy  S.C.C.R. 575 - 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.
- Whitham v HMA [2013 HCJAC 154 - Does arrest from the home amount to a ‘reasonable excuse' for the breach of a Restriction of Liberty Order?
- Lin & others v HMA  HCJAC 151, reported at 2014 S.C.C.R. 109 - 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  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?