Dominic Scullion

Year of Call 2020

Dominic called to the Bar in 2020, having qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and as a solicitor advocate in 2016. His principal areas of practice are public law, health and safety, and reparation.

Dominic is experienced in advising on statutory interpretation, regulatory law, human rights, data protection and freedom of information. He has also acted for insurers, public authorities, private companies and individuals in reparation actions (including ‘stress at work’ claims and damages for compensation as a result of data protection breaches). He has conducted numerous fatal accident inquiries and has experience of health and safety enforcement notice appeals.

Since passing Advocate, Dominic has been instructed in judicial reviews (including as a public interest intervener), reparation actions (for pursuers and defenders), a placing request appeal, statutory appeals / reclaiming motions, and in connection with two public inquiries.

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 is a Law Reporter for Session Cases, a member of the Advisory Board to the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, and his update to the Health and Safety at Work volume of the Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia was published in print and online in November 2020.

In December 2020, Dominic was appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government.

Representative Cases

Public Law

Avaaz Foundation v Scottish Ministers [2021] CSOH 81 (junior counsel for the Scottish Ministers in ongoing judicial review – unexplained wealth orders under Proceeds of Crime Act 2002)

R & Others v Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland [2021] CSOH 73 (junior counsel for Chief Constable in judicial review – disciplinary proceedings)

McCue’s Guardian v Glasgow City Council 2021 SC 107 (counsel for the public interest intervener, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, in a reclaiming motion before the Second Division– judicial review – alternative remedy – whether petition for judicial review competent)

Complaint concerning Councillor Gregor Murray (appeared for the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland in a hearing before the Standards Commission for Scotland, Dundee, 2019)

Beggs v Scottish Information Commissioner 2019 SC 247 (solicitor advocate for respondent in appeal to First Division – freedom of information – vexatious requests)

ABC v Principal Reporter and the Lord Advocate 2019 SC 186 (junior to Gerry Moynihan QC in reclaiming motion before the First Division – compatibility of relevant person status in the Children’s Hearings system)

Health & Safety

HM Inspector of Health & Safety v Chevron North Sea Ltd 2018 SC (UKSC) 132 (instructing solicitor – health and safety – prohibition notices – admissibility of evidence)

Fatal Accident Inquiries

Inquiry into the death of Raygen Merchant (6 day FAI, Sheriff Mundy, Falkirk, 2018 – death in custody – allegations of inappropriate behaviour by prison officer - whistle blower)

Inquiry into the death of Colin Penrose (14 day FAI, Sheriff Principal Turnbull, Glasgow, 2017 – murder in custody – cell sharing risk assessments)

Inquiry into the death of Jason Jackson (9 day FAI, Sheriff Foulis, Perth, 2016/2017 – death in custody – adequacy of observations)


Ramsay v Lord Advocate (junior counsel for the Lord Advocate in ongoing reparation action)

McCann  v Dumfries & Galloway Council 2021 SC EDIN 36 (counsel for the pursuer in occupiers’ liability case against local authority)

Daniel Kaizer v Scottish Ministers 2018 SC 491 (instructing solicitor – liability of prison authorities for assault by one prisoner on another)

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