Themis Advocates

Kirsty Hood QC

Year of Call: 2001

Year of Silk: 2015

Areas of Practice: Varied civil practice (e.g., reparation, contentious property and executry, commercial)

Particular expertise in cross-border issues, i.e., questions of jurisdiction, choice of law, and the recognition of judgments (this being the field in which Kirsty obtained her PhD, and has published, led seminars, and given talks) 

Available for both appearance (Court of Session, Sheriff Court) and opinion work 

Hard working, good judgment and problem-solving ability, approachable

Publications: Kirsty’s publications are in the area of international private law (and its interaction with the UK’s constitutional structure) and court procedure. In particular: 

Author of Conflict of Laws within the UK (OUP, 2007) • Contributor to Wilkinson & Norrie, The Law Relating to Parent and Child in Scotland (3rd edn., W Green, 2013) • Author of “'International' Rules in an Internal Setting” in Ruiz Abou-Nigm, McCall-Smith & French (eds), Linkages and Boundaries in Private and Public International Law (Hart, 2018) • LexisNexis Lexis PSL Public Law (online service) - provided material for Practice Notes on: 'The Mechanics of Devolution: an overview', 'Structure and operation of the Scottish Parliament: overview', 'Structure and operation of the Welsh Assembly: overview', 'The process of decision making in Northern Ireland', and 'Structure and operation of the Northern Ireland Assembly: overview’ • Contributor of the `Cross-border Jurisdiction' section in Scottish Family Law Service (looseleaf, LexisNexis, 2015 to date) • Contributor of the ‘Court of Session’ chapter in Greens Scottish Lawyer’s Factbook (looseleaf, W Green, 2002 to date) • Author of 'Drawing Inspiration? Reconsidering the Procedural Treatment of Foreign Law' (2006) 1 J Priv Int L 181. Teaching/training Kirsty’s teaching interests also lie in the fields of international private law, and court procedure. In particular, she has: • led seminars on the international private law aspects of family law as part of the International Private Law Honours course at Edinburgh University (Session 2006/07 to 2015/16, & Session 2017/18 to date), and on conflict of laws within the UK (Session 2014/15) • led seminars on certain international private law aspects of family law as part of the International Family Law Honours course at Glasgow University (Session 2014/15 to 2015/16 & Session 2017/18 to date) • led the seminar on international private law aspects of family law on the European Young Lawyers Programme at Edinburgh University (2004 – 2006). • lectured on ‘Evidence, the Process of Litigation and Diligence’ on the Civil Jurisdiction and Evidence course at Glasgow University (Session 2005/06 to Session 2011/12, Session 2013/14). • trained Instructor (Faculty of Advocates).

Other Information • Clerk of Faculty, Faculty of Advocates (Oct. 2014 to April 2019) • Clerk to the Examiners & Depute Clerk, Faculty of Advocates (2009 – 2014) • Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service Board: Advocate Member (Jan. 2014 to date) • Civil Courts Review: was a Member of the Policy Group (2007 – 2009) • Member of the Franco-British Lawyers Society (Secretary of Scottish Committee: 2006 – 2014). • Appointed to Guernsey Financial Services Commission's Panel of Senior Decision Makers (Aug. 2016)

General Information

  • LL.B (First Class Hons) (University of Glasgow)
  • Dip LP (with Distinction) (University of Glasgow)
  • PhD (University of Glasgow)