The Court of Session in Edinburgh where Christine O’Neill has been appointed to be a QC.

By Democrat reporter

A Dumbarton woman is one of ten new Queen’s Counsel who have been appointed by Her Majesty The Queen on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.  The appointments take the number of practising QCs at the Scottish bar to 133.

The Faculty of Advocates’ new QCs include one solicitor-advocate, Christine O’Neill, pictured right, who has been approved by Her Majesty for “the rank and dignity of Queen’s Counsel”.

The others are advocates Kevin McCallum, Ruth Charteris, Paul O’Brien, James Dawson, Barry Smith, Lisa Gillespie, Amber Galbraith, Alasdair Burnet and John MacGregor.

Christine O’Neill QC will be in the group which will be welcomed by Lord Carloway, the Lord President, at a ceremony in Edinburgh to open the legal year on 28 September.

Ms O’Neill is the daughter of Tom and Mary O’Neill, who live at Woodyard Road, Dumbarton, overlooking the River Leven near Dumbarton Bridge and Levengrove Park.

Christine was educated locally and at the University of Glasgow and Harvard University, an Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States and among the most prestigious in the world.

Her mother is from Belfast and her father, who for many years until his retirement,  worked in the Scotch whisky industry with Allied Distillers in Dumbarton.

The Scottish bar has 428 practising members, of whom 133 are QCs. The number of female silks is 32.

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