Cameron Smith

Year of Call 2020

Cameron was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2020. He called to the Bar as the Lord Reid Scholar.

Prior to joining Compass Chambers, Cameron trained with a leading firm of solicitors in Glasgow where he gained extensive experience in crime and reputational matters. Cameron also has experience in Public Inquiries and has conducted numerous hearings before the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland. Since calling to the Bar, Cameron has continued to develop his criminal law practice and has received instructions to act in a wide range of civil actions, patricularly in relation to reparation (both for pursuers and defenders) and commercial dispute resolution. 

Between 2015-16, Cameron assisted defence teams representing individuals facing appellate proceedings before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes arising during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s. Cameron holds an LLB awarded by the University of Strathclyde and a Diploma in Professional Legal Practice from the University of Glasgow. He is a graduate of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, with an LLM in Public International Law. He is a tutor in the Scots Law of Evidence.

Representative Cases


Junior counsel instructed for the pursuer in a seven-figure action seeking reparation following an accident at work in the North Sea involving complex issues of liability and causation (with Steve Love QC) 


Junior counsel in four conjoined commercial actions concerning complex averments of breach of duty arising out of activities in the Black Sea offshore energy market (with Roddy Dunlop QC & Ross Anderson, Advocate).

2019: HMA v Scott McGaw and others
Instructing agent in the first prosecution leading to a trial under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

2017 – 18: Edinburgh Tram Inquiry
As a solicitor, involved in the representation of a core participant before the Inquiry. 


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