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Engage with Donald Findlay


Donald is one of the busiest and most sought after defence counsel in Scotland with a focus on defending accused persons charged with the most serious of crimes. In tandem he is a regular public speaker, speaking to fellow members of the legal profession and organisations of all descriptions. He is a recognised authority on the history of the criminal justice system and conducts talks on historic cases of note such as those of Oscar Slater, Madeleine Smith and Peter Manuel.


Instruction as counsel -

solicitors seeking to instruct Donald can contact his Clerk at Optimum Advocates

Instruction as counsel
Monthly updates

Monthly updates -

Donald is a regular contributor to The Scottish Criminal Law Channel where he provides expert insight for lawyers on the key legal topics of the day.

Talks for law firms -

either conducted remotely or in person. The opportunity to bring the experience and expertise of DRF in to your law firm is unique. Donald can deliver presentations and training to groups and individual lawyers covering matters such as court craft, presentation of arguments, preparation of cases and navigating a legal career. Bespoke workshops can also be created on request. Contact to discuss your law firm's needs.

Public speaking events -

Donald has spoken at public events throughout his career. If you wish to find out more about Donald leading or speaking at one of your events enquire through

Public speaking events
Online masterclass course

Online masterclass course -

currently under construction with Hey Legal

Media enquiries -

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