Colin McLaughlin

Colin graduated from Glasgow University in 1999 with his LLB (Hons) and the following year completed his Diploma in Legal Practice at Strathclyde University. From there, he completed his traineeship in Ayr before working for five years in Kilmarnock. In July 2008 he joined the team at Matthew Brown Solicitors. Coming from Ardrossan and working the last fifteen years or so throughout Ayrshire, Colin has a strong local connection and knowledge which assist in representing our client’s needs.

Criminal defence has been his main field of expertise during that period. From Justice of the Peace, Sheriff to High Court, he has represented and assisted clients accused of a range of offences, of all levels of severity. Road traffic, public disorder and drug offences traditionally form the bulk of cases he has been involved with. However, thanks to changes in Crown Office and Police Scotland policy, a broader range of crimes are more commonly prosecuted. Cases involving social media, cybercrime and domestic violence now take up much more of his time. As a consequence, more and more “ordinary” people are being questioned, detained and arrested on allegations in these areas than ever before – and thus require our representation.

In addition, Colin also represents clients requiring advice and representation on licensing matters. He has found that in this area meeting clients as soon as an issue arises can greatly improve both the outcome and time involved resolving any potential dispute. Equally, he is also happy to prepare clients for and represent them at Licensing Hearings.

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