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Stuart Macdonald was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2001 by the Honourable Society of Grays Inn. He has 11 years seniority and specialises in general civil law, family law and regulatory law to include liquor licensing. Employed as a Magistrates Clerk for 29 years prior to commencement of a career at the Bar.
Stuart advised both lay Justices and District Judges on all aspects of Magisterial law to include family law in both private and public children act cases. He would also advise in adoption proceedings and all aspects of regulatory work to include trading standards, health and hygiene(food regulations). One of his key area's of work and advise was liquor licensing in respect of Justices on and off licences, registered clubs, casino's and night clubs, as well as betting,gaming and lotteries.
In 1995 he was the clerk of the court sitting in the old style committal of the “infamous “Rose West sitting with the Chief Metropolitan Stipendiary Magistrate Sir Peter Badge for 9 days in Gloucestershire.For the twelve months prior to the committal Stuart would sit in the remand court dealing with Frederick West.
Stuart is a keen golfer and fly fisherman and his other interests include natural history and not surprisingly Scottish clans and the Jacobite uprising of 1745.