Mairi practices in both family law and crime.


Prior to becoming a barrister, Mairi worked in child protection, private family and domestic abuse law as a paralegal for 5 years.

Child Protection

Mairi has broad experience in child protection cases. She regularly represents local authorities, mothers, fathers and children in public law cases involving issues of:

  • Neglect
  • Child abuse
  • Vulnerable witnesses
  • Special Guardianship carers
  • Non-accidental injury
  • Deprivation of liberty

Private Law

Mairi is regularly instructed by parents in private disputes about children’s residence and contact, non-molestation orders, prohibited steps and specific issue orders.

Mairi has experience in contested fact-finding hearings and final hearings involving issues such as:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Rape
  • Parental alienation
  • Change of a child’s name

Mairi has developed a particular strength in working with vulnerable clients such as domestic abuse survivors as well as those with:

  • Learning difficulties
  • Severe trauma
  • Substance misuse issues
  • Mental health issues
  • An offending background


Mairi has successfully prosecuted several cases instructed by the Crown Prosecution Service including:

  • R v D: secured convictions for common assault, ABH and criminal damage for a sustained and violent attack against a former female partner.
  • R v L & M: conviction of two defendants for homophobically motivated harassment. A hate crime uplift was applied to the sentence.
  • R v A: successful prosecution of a convicted sex offender for breaching the terms of a sexual harm prevention order.
  • R v C: successful prosecution of a convicted murder for a serious assault on two prison officers.


Mairi successfully appealed a Football Banning Order imposed following an incident at the Newcastle v Chelsea match in 2022.


Mairi also has experience defending in the Crown Court and the Magistrates.

  • Mairi successfully mitigated for a client who had pleaded guilty to a driving offence, persuading the court away from the guidelines to avoid a custodial sentence.


Mairi regularly represents Police forces in applications for:

  • Sexual Harm Prevention Orders
  • Sexual Risk Orders
  • Domestic Violence Protection Orders


  • CPS Prosecutor, Level 2


  • Northumbria University Bar Training Course (Distinction)
  • Northumbria University Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction)
  • Newcastle University Masters in Professional Translation (Merit)
  • Newcastle University Government & European Union Studies with Spanish (2:1)
  • Ascentis Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting


  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn Prince of Wales Scholarship
  • The Northumbria University Bar Training Course Scholarship


  • The Family Law Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn


Mairi speaks Spanish fluently.

Mairi has completed 6 marathons including New York and Boston. She is an animal lover and has two cocker spaniels and a cat. Mairi is a supporter of Heart of Midlothian FC.

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Family & Immigration Clerk

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Family Clerk

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