Donna is an established and experienced advocate and has a varied practice encompassing both criminal and civil cases.  She has a busy criminal practice and deals with all aspects of defence and appeal work.  Donna regularly conducts trials on her own in addition to junioring to senior in the most serious cases found in the High Court.   Her range of experience includes serious and organised crime, fraud, sex offences and regulatory crime.   She has been instructed in high profile and complex cases throughout her legal career spanning over 20 years.  This has gained her experience in both prosecution and defence work during that period.

Donna is adept at dealing with vulnerable witnesses and all evidential points that arise including S275 applications and commission hearings.

Donna also enjoys child law work and has conducted many adoption, permanence and referral proofs during her 6 years at the Bar.  Donna has significant experience in complex medical evidence including neuroradiology, paediatrics and radiology.


Additional Information

Procurator Fiscal Depute, Glasgow 2001 – 2007
Principal, Armstrong and Co, Criminal Defence, Glasgow 2007-2013


Ad Hoc Advocate Depute


Lundy v HMA 2018 HCJAC 46  – murder conviction quashed

Green and others v HMA 2019 HCJAC 76  – judicial intervention and sentence appeal

Ahmed v HMA 2020 HCJAC 37 – all convictions quashed due to judicial intervention and insufficiency of evidence