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    Meet The Covid Inquiry Team

    Aamer Anwar:

    Senior Consultant. For over three decades Aamer has been a tireless advocate of civil liberties, building a fearsome reputation in criminal law and cutting-edge civil liberties law, The best description of Aamer Anwar given by an ex-Guantánamo prisoner:- “In times of fear, hatred and violence it is often very difficult to find people with the courage and the fortitude to fight for the rights of the demonised, downtrodden and marginalised but Aamer Anwar, is one of those people, an avid defender of other’s rights.”

    Dr Claire Mitchell KC:

    Dr. Claire Mitchell, Kings Counsel was admitted as a solicitor in 1996. She thereafter called at the bar in 2003 and was then appointed Kings Counsel in 2019. Claire has attended the Privy Council and Supreme Court on numerous occasions in cases of public importance to Scottish law. She is one of Scotland’s leading Appeal Court Advocates, specifically in relation to constitutional, human rights or sentencing related cases. Claire has extensive experience of Public Inquiries, instructed at present in three of the UK’s major public inquiries, both in Edinburgh and London. She has been a leading counsel also in major Corporate Criminal Trials.

    Kevin McCaffrey:

    Kevin McCaffrey, Advocate was called to the bar in 2003 after practicing as a solicitor in private practice in Edinburgh. Kevin has a wealth of experience in personal injury, including workplace accidents and medical negligence. He has also worked as the sole counsel instructed and works regularly with senior counsel. Since joining Faculty, Kevin has appeared in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court.

    Shelby McQuade:

    Shelby joined Aamer Anwar & Co as a trainee solicitor in January 2023 after completing her Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh in 2022. Prior to this, Shelby obtained her LLB from the University of Strathclyde. As a Diploma student Shelby excelled in Criminal Advocacy building extensive experience consulting with and advising clients within the University of Edinburgh’s Free Legal Advice Clinic.

    Rhiannon Spear:

    Trainee Solicitor.

    Lynn Hoey:

    Lynn joined Aamer Anwar & Co. in September 2022 and will be working as April Meechan’s PA in the Personal Injury, Civil Action and Public Inquiries Department. She will be dealing with court administration on complex high-value civil cases.  Lynn will also be providing administrative support on public inquiries. Lynn specialises in civil court litigation administration, with knowledge and experience with Court of Session and All-Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court cases and procedures.

    April Meechan:

    Senior Consultant. April heads up our Personal Injury, Civil Action and Public Inquiries Department. She is one of the most experienced personal injury solicitors in Scotland, having worked on behalf of hundreds of accident victims and their families over the past 30 years as well as clinical negligence. Her fields of practice include Fatal Accident Inquiries and Public Inquiries. This includes the Sheku Bayoh Inquiry which is currently ongoing. She is acting for our clients in relation to the forthcoming Scottish and UK Covid Public Inquiry, but also the suicide cases of Katie Allan and William Lindsay at Polmont YOI.

    Sarah Murray:

    Senior Associate. Sarah is a senior associate in Aamer Anwar and Co. She has over ten years’ experience dealing with high profile criminal cases and Inquiries.

    Rebecca Lyle:

    Rebecca joined Aamer Anwar & Company as a Trainee Solicitor in November 2022 having completed the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Strathclyde earlier in the year. Previously, Rebecca also obtained from Strathclyde an LLB in Scots and English Law with First Class Honours.

    Amanjit Uppal:

    Paralegal with the firm. She has a law degree, is currently doing the Diploma in Legal Practice and will be a trainee solicitor in June 2023. She has experience in public inquiries as she is also paralegal for the Sheku Bayoh public inquiry. She is also highly proficient with all things IT.

    Nicola Crielly:

    Nicola Crielly joined Aamer Anwar & Co in August 2022 as a Paralegal to primarily work alongside Senior Civil Litigation Specialist April Meechan in the Civil Actions and Public Inquiries Department. She currently works supporting the COVID team, primarily taking statements from bereaved family members and assisting with complex personal injury cases the firm is handling at any given moment.

    Stacey Taylor McSkimming:

    Stacey Taylor McSkimming joined Aamer Anwar & Co in January 2023 as a paralegal during the exciting expansion of the Civil Litigation Team, primarily working alongside Senior Civil Litigation Specialist April Meechan in the Civil actions and Public Inquiries Department. Stacey has joined the UK and Scottish Covid 19 Team assisting the lead team and bereaved family members. Stacey has 17 years experience of dealing with complex personal injury cases and has achieved many great pre litigation settlements for her clients.