Dominic practises in the fields of public law, health and safety, and reparation. He called to the Bar in 2020, having qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and as a solicitor advocate in 2016.
In his public law practice, Dominic has been instructed in judicial reviews/statutory appeals and has provided opinions on a wide range of areas including human rights; prison law; freedom of information; education law; public law as it relates to the protection of children; statutory interpretation in a healthcare context; challenges to legislation; and many others. He has been instructed by a core participant in an ongoing Scottish public inquiry. He has been on the panel of Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government since 2020.
In his health and safety practice, Dominic has experience of enforcement notice appeals and as a solicitor he was involved in a landmark health and safety appeal to the UK Supreme Court. He authored the revised edition of Health and Safety at Work in the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia (published 2020). He has been instructed by duty holders in health and safety prosecutions and in Fatal Accident Inquiries. In addition, Dominic has appeared as an ad hoc Advocate Depute in appeals against sentence, and he appeared with the Lord Advocate before a Full Bench in Lord Advocate’s Reference (No 1 of 2023).
In his reparation practice, Dominic has acted for insurers, private companies, and individuals in reparation actions (including ‘stress at work’ claims, data-breach claims, and claims with a suspected element of fraud). He has acted for pursuers and defenders. He is particularly experienced in representing public authorities in actions for damages.
Dominic was a lecturer at the University of Dundee, has tutored at the universities of Aberdeen and Edinburgh, and has had articles and notes published in professional and academic journals. He was a Law Reporter for Session Cases from 2017 to 2022; and is a member of the Advisory Board to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia. He is in the process of co-authoring the second edition of Professor Robert Black KC’s An Introduction to Written Pleading.