Louise M. Arrol

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Louise M. Arrol

Year of Call: 2005

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Children's Referrals, Criminal Appeal Court, Criminal Trial, Disciplinary Tribunals, Fatal Accident Inquiries, Firearms, Health & Safety, Proceeds of Crime, Regulatory Law, Road Traffic, Terrorism


Dip L.P. University of Strathclyde
LL.B (Hons) University of Dundee

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About Louise M. Arrol

Louise Arrol called to the Bar in 2005. Since then she has become one of the most frequently instructed Advocates at the criminal Bar. Louise has been instructed as junior counsel in the longest and most high profile murder trials in recent years. She is extremely well versed in the preparation of cases with complex evidence such as cell site analysis, firearms discharge residue, surveillance and DNA.

Louise has also built up an extensive practice defending sexual crimes. It is without doubt that she is one of the most instructed counsel in this area, having defended numerous rape trials.  In particular, she has specialism dealing with complicated psychiatric and psychological evidence in sexual abuse cases. Furthermore, she regularly cross examines persons with vulnerabilities and represents accused persons with psychiatric and psychological issues.

Louise has also been instructed as leader with junior counsel in a number of cases, including a high profile drug prosecution.

Given Louise’s expertise, she has been instructed on behalf of police officers  and foster carers through insurers.  Recently she successfully defended Amanda Daly, a serving police officer being prosecuted under Data Protection legislation.  She also regularly defends cases such as attempt murder, abduction, robbery, firearms, fraud,  misuse of drugs, proceeds of crime, computer crime and possession/distribution of indecent images.

Prior to calling to the Bar, Louise was a solicitor for 8 years, prosecuting and defending in the criminal courts at solemn and summary  level. In 2002, she was assumed as a partner in a busy city centre firm in Glasgow. She appeared daily in the lower courts and regularly conducted Sheriff and Jury trials and prepared High Court trials, including instructing counsel.  Louise also conducted numerous fatal accident enquiries and children’s referrals whilst a solicitor.

Louise was instructed as junior counsel on behalf of David Montgomery (death of Surjit Singh Chhokar)  in relation to  the unsuccessful Crown application to prosecute again under the Double Jeopardy Act.

By the nature of her work, Louise has also conducted Fatal Accident Inquiries and proceeds of crime hearings.


Drugs Trials:

HMA v Anthony O’Hare and others (large scale prosecution of drugs including covert surveillance, expert opinion, legal arguments about lawfulness of search)
HMA v Peter Gordon and others (biggest ever drugs prosecution in Scotland)
HMA v Colin Wilson  (surveillance)

Sexual offences:

HMA v David Montgomery (former accused in Coulter murder trial, complicated S. 275 application)
HMA v John Mabey (foster carer acquitted of sexual abuse of foster children)


HMA v Ross Monaghan (Gerbil murder, legal objection to FDR)
HMA  v Colin Coats (death of financial advisor Lynda Spence)
HMA v Mohammed Siddique (accused hired hitman to murder his brother, complicated cell site analysis)