Kenneth Campbell QC

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Practice Profile

Kenneth has appeared in courts and tribunals at all levels across Scotland as well as on a number of occasions before the UK Supreme Court. His varied practice covers a range of areas of civil work. Kenneth's public law practice includes judicial review, immigration and education cases. He has appeared in a number of important appeals about permanence orders relating to children. In his wide-ranging mental health litigation work he has acted for the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland as well as patients and health boards. Kenneth has also regularly been involved in professional negligence cases (usually involving medical professionals) and commercial disputes of all kinds. In addition, he has experience of some areas of tax.

As a Standing Junior to the Advocate General from 2002 to 2012, Kenneth conducted a range of public law, reparation and other cases, largely for the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and HMRC.

Kenneth is also a practising member of the English Bar. His chambers are at Lamb Building ( In addition to practice at the Bar, Kenneth is an experienced advocacy skills trainer.

Kenneth has experience of non-judicial dispute resolution. He is a CEDR-accredited mediator, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He is currently convenor of the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service (FDRS).

Education & Professional Career to Date

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FICArb)
Solicitor, Litigation, Brodies WS, Edinburgh (1991–95)
Trainee Solicitor, Dickson Minto, Edinburgh and London (1989–91)

LLB (Hons) (Glasgow); LLM (London)


  • Legal Member of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (2016–present)
  • Member of the Scottish First Tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) (2015–present)
  • Ad hoc Advocate Depute (2011–present)
  • Standing Junior to the Advocate General’s Office (MOD and Home Office) (2002–2012)
  • Director of Training & Education, Faculty of Advocates (2002–2005)
  • Chairman of the Scottish Council of Law Reporting (2017–2019)
  • Member of th Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) (2017–present)
  • Course Leader & Senior Tutor in Civil Court Practice, Edinburgh University (2009–2017)

Selected Cases

Publications & Seminars

Regular blogger on public law and constitutional law topics

Author of chapters in Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice, Joanna Cherry QC and Professor Lindsay Thomson (Eds.), Sweet & Maxwell, (second edition 2014)

Author of chapters ‘The Court of Session’, 'Civil Jury Trial' and 'The Procedure Roll' in Court of Session Practice, Bloomsbury Publishing, loose-leaf, 2005–date

'Protective expenses orders: where have we got to?' 2014 SLT (News) 19

'Security for costs from insolvent companies', Journal of Business Law, 2000

'Access to European Community Official Information', International & Comparative Law Quarterly, 46, 1997

'Additional damages for breach of copyright: the approaches of Scotland and England compared', European Intellectual Property Review, 9, 1997