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Death announced of Gordon Coutts QC

20 August 2019

The death has been announced of T Gordon Coutts QC, a leading silk who also served as a temporary judge of theh Court of Session. He was 86.

Born and educated in Aberdeen, Mr Coutts was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1959, and took silk in 1973.

In a career that spanned almost 50 years, in 1991 he was one of the four senior advocates and sheriffs appointed to the newly-created position of temporary judge. He sat in the Court of Session until 2004.

Among other posts he also served as chairman of industrial tribunals (1972-2003), chairman of the Medical Appeal Tribunals (1984-2005), Vice President (Scotland) of the VAT & Duties Tribunals (1996-2008), and chairman of the Financial Services & Markets Tribunal (2001-08).

In addition Mr Coutts was a chairman of Faculty Services Ltd, was called to the English Bar, and became a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, sitting as an international arbitrator in relation to the Piper Alpha disaster.

Gordon Jackson QC, Dean of Faculty, said: “It is with deep sadness that we have learned of the death of Gordon Coutts. He was a great servant to the law and to the Faculty, and was a respected and recognised figure in Parliament House for many years. Our thoughts go to his family and many friends.”

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