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.

Cameron’s principal area of practice is in civil litigation. Since calling, Cameron has been instructed in a wide variety of actions, including reparation (both for pursuers and defenders), commercial dispute resolution and company law. Cameron also continues to develop a busy criminal law practice appearing on a regular basis in the High Court of Justiciary. 

Prior to joining Compass Chambers, Cameron worked with a leading firm of solicitors in Glasgow where he gained extensive experience in crime and reputational matters. During this period, he was also involved in the representation of a number of core-participants in a long running public inquiry. 

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 instructed by the defenders in relation to a complex and high value medical negligence claim (with Malcolm McGregor, Advocate).


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).

HMA v Scott McGaw and others (2019)

As solicitor, instructing counsel in the first prosecution leading to a trial under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

Edinburgh Tram Inquiry (2017 – 18)

As solicitor, involved as part of an in-house team representing seven core participants in the long-running Edinburgh Tram Inquiry. 


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