John Moir

Junior (Called for over seven years)

Year of call: 1993

General information

John was in private practice as a solicitor for 7 years before joining the Bar in 1993.

His primary area of practice is Family Law. He is experienced in all aspects of divorce and cohabitation including financial provision and contact and residence disputes. He has acted for private individuals, public authorities and curators ad litem in cases involving children including Adoptions, Freeing for Adoption, Permanence Orders and Referrals from the Children’s Hearing.

John is also experienced in Regulatory Law. He acts as independent Legal Assessor for both the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Teaching Council for Scotland but is available for instruction before other regulators.

A skilled trial litigator, John is always well prepared. He is a formidable cross-examiner, who also has a reputation for getting the best evidence from both lay and professional witnesses in examination in chief. John has a good way about him with clients. He also works inclusively with instructing agents.

John has experience of litigating complex and lengthy cases, including 4 cases with over 100 days of evidence; 2 without a leader.

Reference from Agent:

I have instructed John Moir for 25 years, he has been my go to Advocate since I first instructed him in 1998 in a particularly difficult and complex Freeing for Adoption case. We were successful, to the extent of being awarded expenses in our favour (against a local authority) with a significant uplift! Since then I have instructed Mr. Moir in numerous cases, from Divorce, Contact/Residence, Mental Health, Children’s Hearing, Disability, Fatal Accident Inquiry and Adoption cases. I’ve found him to be always well prepared, he builds a good relationship with the client and is clear in the approach he intends to take in the case. In court Mr Moir is particularly adept at both examination in chief and cross examination, I was always content that my case was in informed and safe hands.

General Information

  • LL.B – University of Aberdeen

Areas of expertise


T: 0131 260 5654

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Commercial / Land & Property Seminar

Friday 21st April 2023

1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT

Themis are delighted to invite you to attend our Inaugural Glasgow Conference on Friday 21st April at the Hilton from 1pm-5pm.  Talks will be provided on Commercial and Land & Property.  The event is free to attend, however a donation to our charity of the year Andys Man Club would be appreciated.  You will be accredited 3 hours CPD and is open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals. 

To register please complete the undernoted registration form.

1:00 – Registration & Refreshments

1:30Andys Man Club (Charity of the Year)

1:45Michael Upton – If Personal Bar is Personal can it also be Real?

2:30Alan McLean KC – The Law of Prescription

3:15 – Refreshment Break

3:30Catherine MacColl – How bright a light at the end of the tunnel? How to consider director’s duties in the face of insolvency following the case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA.

4:15Julie McKinley – Case law update

5:00 – Conclusion

5:15 – Drinks and Canapes for which all attendees are invited.