Postgraduate taught 

Diploma in Professional Legal Practice PgDip

Academic staff

Academic staff

Our staff strive to deliver excellence in professional legal education and ensure that our students are prepared for practice.  Each of our senior tutors, who are drawn from a diverse range of backgrounds from across the Scottish legal profession, lead a team of experienced, enthusiastic and committed staff, offering expert professional guidance.

Kerry Trewern, Director of Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

Kerry has been Director of the Diploma since December 2016.  Following her traineeship at Balfour + Manson LLP, Kerry specialised in civil litigation, moving to Morton Fraser LLP in 2009 where she was also heavily involved in professional support and client training.  In 2014, Kerry was appointed Deputy Director of the Diploma at the University of Edinburgh, during which time she also taught various subjects on the LLB.  As well as running and teaching on the Diploma at Glasgow, Kerry also teaches on the Common Law LLB and a number of Trainee CPD courses.

Rhona McNair, Deputy Director of Diploma in Professional Legal Practice

Rhona joined the University of Glasgow as Deputy Director of the Diploma in May 2017.  Dual-qualified in Scots and English law, Rhona trained and stayed on with CMS Cameron McKenna (formerly Dundas & Wilson) before moving to Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (formerly Berwin Leighton Paisner) in London.  In 2013, Rhona began providing freelance legal and contract management services to clients including ScottishPower Renewables, as well as later tutoring on the Diploma.  In addition to running and teaching on the Diploma, Rhona also teaches on the Common Law LLB and a number of Trainee CPD courses.

Fiona Macaulay, Diploma Administrator


Donna Lavery, Diploma Administrator

Advanced civil litigation: Catherine Hart, Senior Tutor

Catherine is a Partner and Professional Support Lawyer at Digby Brown LLP. Following her traineeship with Wright Johnston and MacKenzie in Glasgow, she spent two years in their litigation department, dealing with all types of civil litigation.  She then moved to Hamilton Burns and Moore (now BLM) and spent 15 years working largely on the defence of claims for damages on behalf of insurance clients.  In 2007, she joined Biggart Baillie (now DWF) as a Professional Support Lawyer in the Dispute Management department and has been with Digby Brown since 2014.

Advanced criminal litigation: Peter Galletly, Senior Tutor

Peter has worked in the criminal courts in Glasgow and west central Scotland for many years, mostly as a criminal defence lawyer but also as a Procurator Fiscal.  He therefore has extensive experience in both prosecuting and defending at trial. Peter was the managing partner of his own firm, Galletly and Company, based in Glasgow for over 20 years, and presently works as a freelance criminal lawyer.  He has been tutoring in the Diploma at Glasgow since its inception in 2010 and tutors in Commercial awareness, Criminal litigation and Advanced criminal litigation.

Civil litigation: Anne Bennie, Joint Senior Tutor

‌Anne is a member of the Faculty of Advocates with extensive experience of representing private and commercial clients in Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session.  She has acted for clients at Fatal Accident and Public Inquiries and is also experienced in leading negotiations at Arbitration and Mediation.

Civil litigation - Gillian Craig, Joint Senior Tutor

‌Gillian is a partner at MacRoberts.  She has a particular interest in property litigation and insolvency matters.  She has represented clients in the Sheriff Courts, Lands Tribunal and Lands Court and regularly instructs actions in the Court of Session.  Gillian also has a wealth of experience in employing ADR methods, successfully negotiating and settling disputes extra-judicially where possible.

Commercial awareness: Colin Bell‌, Senior Tutor

Colin works at Robert Wilson & Son and specialises in property, wills, trusts and executries.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal.  Colin initially trained as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen & Co and worked in their Tax Division for three years.  After completing the Diploma in Legal Practice, he joined Robert Wilson & Son where he has remained for over 25 years.

Commercial contracts: Alastair Dunn, Senior Tutor

Alastair is a partner at BTO, specialising in corporate and commercial law. He acts for a range of well-established clients, including national and international organisations, owner-managed companies, entrepreneurs, funders, shareholder groups and investors. Alastair’s practice covers sales and acquisitions, investment and banking work, company disputes and ongoing advice and assistance to a number of large-scale concerns.

Commercial conveyancing: Ken Gerber, Senior Tutor

‌Ken is currently a Partner specialising in commercial real estate and family business law at Anderson Strathern LLP.  He has been a partner in three different law firms over the past 26 years, and he specialises in commercial property.  Ken’s main areas of interest are commercial leases, development work, purchase and sale, loan work and opinion work for other law firms and local authorities.  In addition to writing his textbook on commercial leases, he leads the team involved in updating the Lnadlord and Tenant Section of The Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia, and has written various styles for Greens Practice Styles on property law.

Contemporary Scottish public law: Graham Crombie, Senior Tutor

Graham is a graduate of the University of Glasgow.  He undertook his traineeship with the Government Legal Service for Scotland, where he has worked since qualifying in 2008. Graham has gained extensive public law experience in a range of posts with the Scottish Government Legal Directorate (general litigation), the Office of the Solicitor to the Scottish Parliament (legislative scrutiny), the Lord President's Private Office (drafting rules of court and general advisory work), the Office of the Advocate General (tax litigation) and the Scottish Law Commission (review of contract law). Graham has recently taken up a new post as Head of Policy in the Scottish Government's Freedom of Information Unit.

Conveyancing: Marie Canning, Senior Tutor

Marie has recently taken up a post as an in-house solicitor at River Clyde Homes, one of the largest Housing Associations in Scotland. Marie has in excess of 20 years’ experience in private practice and the public sector, having worked in-house for a large local authority and as a Legal Advisor within Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. Marie has practical knowledge in both residential and commercial conveyancing and has been tutoring on the Diploma in a variety of subjects since 2012. 

Corporate: Chloe Cannon, Senior Tutor

Chloe is Head of Strategy, Growth and Improvement at JFD, an international subsea engineering business.  As part of the management team she is responsible for supporting the future growth of a multi-million pound business through advising the board of directors on strategic initiatives, including major customer contracts and acquisitions. Chloe was previously Head of Legal & Commercial at JFD, having joined as an in-house lawyer after qualifying in commercial and corporate work.  Chloe also teaches on the Commercial contracts course and focuses on delivering practical context and real experiences to bring complex concepts to life and emphasise that lawyers make great all-round business people. 

Criminal litigation: Sheriff Alfred Vannet, Senior Tutor

Sheriff Alfred Vannet is Sheriff of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway. Appointed Head of the Appeals section in the Crown Office in 1984, he was in charge of the Crown Office investigation into the Piper Alpha disaster.  He was subsequently appointed Deputy Crown Agent, and between 1997 and 1999 was Regional Procurator Fiscal of Glasgow and Strathkelvin before his appointment as Sheriff in 1999.  Sheriff Vannet is an Honorary Member of the Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and an Honorary Professorial Teaching Fellow of the School of Law.

Employment Law: Lindsey Cartwright, Senior Tutor

Lindsey is a Partner in the Employment Team at Morton Fraser LLP, having previously been a partner in Maclay Murray & Spens LLP and Mackay Simon (now Dentons). She is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and has over 20 years’ experience practicing exclusively in employment law. Lindsey represents both employer and employee clients in the Employment Tribunal and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, acting for private and public sector organisations of all sizes, including one of the UK's largest employers. Lindsey is accredited as a specialist in employment law by the Law Society of Scotland and is currently Secretary of the Employment Law Group in Scotland, and a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and the Association of Regulatory & Disciplinary Lawyers. 

Family law: Bernadette Baxter, Joint Senior Tutor

Bernadette is a partner with Mellicks Solicitors.  She specialises in civil litigation with particular emphasis on family law.  Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1988, Ms Baxter has represented children and parties both in negotiations and in the conduct of cases including Child Welfare Hearings, Children’s Referral Proofs and Ordinary Proofs.  In 1999, she helped found the Family Team at Glasgow Sheriff Court, where she was a solicitor member for the next ten years.  Bernadette is an Executive Committee Member of the Glasgow Bar Association and is a Curator ad Litem in the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. 

Family law: Nicos Scholarios, Joint Senior Tutor

Nicos qualified as a Solicitor in 1983 and is Senior Partner of MSM Solicitors. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in family law and has been an accredited Family Law Mediator by the Law Society of Scotland since 1995.  Nicos has also been registered as a Notary Public since February 1984.  He is currently Secretary of CALM, an association of Lawyer Mediators in Scotland.

Human rights: Craig French, Senior Tutor

Craig is a Divisional Solicitor/Deputy Director in the Scottish Government's Legal Directorate.  He has considerable experience in both the private and public sector, principally as a litigator.  He currently heads up the Criminal Justice, Police & Fire Division in the Scottish Government Legal Directorate, advising Scottish Government Ministers and policy officials on all aspects of criminal justice and community safety. Prior to taking up his current role, Craig headed up the Employment Law & Litigation team in the Scottish Government.

Legal Innovation and Technology: Phil Allenby, Senior Tutor

Private client: Siobhan McGuigan

Siobhan completed a BA Honours Degree in Business Law and Politics in 2003 from Strathclyde University.  She then joined a law firm in Glasgow and worked in their Private Client department, specialising in executries, wills, trusts and powers of attorney, whilst completing her law degree part-time.  Siobhan joined Blackadders Solicitors when they opened their Glasgow office in 2016, having previously worked with them in Dundee.  She also has experience with Guardianships and Conveyancing issues. Siobhan is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and is qualified in Wills and Probate administration (English Estates).