The Inquiry team

The Chairman of the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry is The Right Honourable The Lord Hardie. He is responsible for directing the work of the Inquiry and for deciding how it should operate. He has a duty to be impartial and independent. His role is to analyse the evidence, determine facts and reach conclusions.

Lord Hardie is supported in this work by a team drawn from various areas of expertise.  These include Counsel to the Inquiry, instructed by the Solicitor to the Inquiry, who leads the legal team, and the Secretariat led by the Secretary to the Inquiry. Staff include statement takers, document reviewers, document managers, researchers and office administrators.

The Right Honourable The Lord Hardie – Chair of the Inquiry

The Lord Hardie was appointed as a Court of Session Judge in 2000. He retired in 2012. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh, he qualified as a solicitor in 1971. In 1973 he was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates and was subsequently appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1985. Between 1979 and 1983 he served […]

Gordon McNicoll – Solicitor to the Inquiry

Gordon McNicoll is a government lawyer who has been assigned by the Scottish Government to the Inquiry. He joined the Scottish Office in 1986 after working in private practice. Throughout his career he has been involved in the full range of Government legal work, including property law, contracts, inquiries and litigation, instructing and drafting legislation […]

Jonathan Lake – Senior Counsel

Jonathan Lake qualified as an advocate in 1994 and became a QC in 2008. He has practised throughout this period, with a specialisation in recent years in the field of commercial law, construction contracts and intellectual property. During his career he has been instructed in a number of long running cases. He was junior counsel […]