Alastair Gray

LLB(Hons), DipLP, NP
Assistant Solicitor

Alastair Gray

Alastair is an experienced road traffic solicitor and Notary Public. He is the first point of contact for anyone coming to us with a road traffic law query and dispenses detailed legal advice to drivers on a daily basis. He has been with the firm since 2010 and has quickly established himself as one of the most promising young criminal lawyers practicing in Scotland today. He is renowned by his colleagues within the firm and across the country for his meticulous case preparation, encyclopedic knowledge of statutes and forensic attention to detail.

Alastair regularly conducts trials, pleas and proofs in all types of road traffic prosecutions. He has conducted many successful special reasons and exceptional hardship proofs as well as securing countless acquittals in speeding trials. He has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of road traffic law, which he applies daily at court in all forums of Scotland’s judicial system.

David Nicholson

LLB, GDL, DipLP, NP
Director

David Nicholson

A graduate from Strathclyde University, David joined McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh as a trainee in 2009. Having completed his traineeship with our firm, he qualified in 2011, becoming a Director in 2015. He is a Notary Public and also presently sits on the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Glasgow’s TANQ committee.

David specialises in all aspects of Criminal Law. He has extensive experience of appearing daily in jurisdictions throughout Scotland representing clients in all manner of criminal cases. He has considerable experience in road traffic matters, where he regularly uses his technical mind and eye for detail to secure acquittals through novel routes.

Terry Gallanagh

LLB(Hons), DipLP, DipFMSc, NP
Director

Terry Gallanagh

Terry Gallanagh, – dubbed “the speeding loophole lawyer” by the press – joined our firm in December 1997 and rose to become the youngest partner in the firm’s history in April 2000. As a Director he is currently based in our Paisley office. During his career Terry has successfully represented thousands of clients in every forum of Scotland’s courts. He has been instrumental in law changing appeals within the Supreme Court and High Court to the Sheriff and District courts from Lerwick to Dumfries. Terry has gained a reputation as a well-respected court practitioner and audacious orator, a tenacious fighter and forensically fierce cross-examiner. He has always been respected, within the profession, as a tireless worker in his clients’ interest. He has raised numerous novel legal points bringing success for his clients in unexpected and, on the face of it, hopeless cases.

In the course of his career Terry has represented many high profile alleged criminals, celebrities, sports stars and other members of the Legal Profession, including many lawyers. In 2010 Terry took an appeal in a speeding case to the High Court, which many alleged “Road Traffic Solicitors” thought he would lose and end many of the points that they raise. Famously, not only did he win the appeal and have his client’s conviction quashed but he also, very unusually in Scotland, gained his client’s expenses from the Crown! The courage of his conviction was also shown when Terry was faced with a speeding allegation against him! Who would he instruct? Answer: he did it himself and used a very novel route to secure an acquittal! He understands and has first hand experience of your problems!

Gosia Chylinska

LLB, DipLP
Assistant Solicitor

Gosia Chylinska

Gosia has been based in our Paisley office since joining us in 2013. She has conducted many road traffic cases in this time, covering almost all of the courts in Scotland. She regularly conducts road traffic trials and proofs at JP and Sheriff Court levels.

Gosia is fluent in English and Polish as well as speaking several other languages to a high level. She has proved herself to be a determined fighter in the interests of her clients and has had many excellent results in all types of road traffic cases.

Waqqas Ashraf

MA(Hons), LLB, DipPLP
Assistant Solicitor

Waqqas Ashraf

Waqqas has been based in our Paisley office since joining us in 2012. He was a Winner at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2013, which saw both clients and the profession recognise his work. Waqqas has significant skill and expertise in all areas of road traffic law and appears daily in courts all over Scotland. Hailing from the East Coast, Waqqas often reaches out to drivers in need of help in Edinburgh, the Lothians and further afield in the East. He conducts regular surgeries in Edinburgh to save those who value his legal expertise from travelling across the country to see him.

Waqqas was instrumental in the 2013 campaign against the Scottish Government in their plans to cut the legal aid budget. Recognising the potentially grave consequences for the public, Waqqas was a figurehead in the “Protest For Justice” movement, which saw campaigns and protests outside the Scottish Parliament.

Charlie McCusker

BA, LLB, DipLP, NP
Director

Charlie McCusker

Charlie McCusker is the founding partner of our firm and a highly experienced road traffic lawyer. As a director Charlie oversees operations as well as appearing in court on a daily basis. He has over 30 years experience in the Scottish criminal court system. Charlie is renowned for his tenacious approach to court work and his unwavering dedication to clients. He has represented accused in many high profile cases in his time in practice. He is a former Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Paisley and has been a tutor to post graduate students of the Diploma in legal practice at Glasgow University since 2010.

As well as being a skilled lawyer Charlie is a highly regarded philanthropist. He is the founding trustee of the Beanfeast Charity for Children, which has donated over £700,000 to many children’s charities. Charlie himself has raised much of the money through participation in running, swimming and cycling endurance events. His steely determination to succeed in his sporting and charitable pursuits has always been reflected in his performance in court.

Jackie Jobson

BA, LLB, DipLP, NP
Assistant Solicitor

Jackie Jobson

Jackie is an assistant solicitor who has been based in our Johnstone office since joining us in 2012. She has prepared and conducted numerous cases in all forums of the Scottish criminal justice system during this time. She regularly deals with road traffic trials and proofs at JP and Sheriff Court levels.

Jackie has achieved many excellent results in road traffic prosecutions and has been highly recommended to others by her clients. She has an excellent eye for detail, often finding technical points in cases where others may not. She continues to expand her road traffic knowledge and practice by appearing in court on a daily basis.

Gordon Nicol

LLB, NP
Assistant Solicitor

Gordon Nicol

Gordon Nicol graduated from the University of Glasgow in 1976 with a Degree of LL.B. After serving his apprenticeship with Patten & Prentice in Greenock, he qualified as a solicitor in 1978. Gordon also became a Notary Public the same year. Upon qualifying he joined Lyons Laing & Co in Greenock. Gordon rose to become a partner in that firm in 1981, where he remained until setting up his own firm, Gordon Nicol Solicitors in 2001.

Despite being very successful, Gordon closed the firm in 2006 due to personal reasons and joined Blair & Bryden until leaving Scotland to live in the United States between 2008 and 2010. Upon returning home Gordon joined McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh, and has worked with us since.

Throughout his legal career Gordon has worked as a criminal defence lawyer, dealing with cases at District Court (JP Court), Sheriff Summary, Sheriff and Jury and High Court level. Gordon has attended most courts from Wick to Dumfries and from Oban to Aberdeen during his 33 years practising law.

Beatrice Nicholas

BA, LLB, DipPLP
Trainee Solicitor

Beatrice Nicholas

Beatrice joined our team in 2016 and is based in our Paisley office. As our trainee she works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our solicitors have all the materials they require to represent clients in court. She has been instrumental in the preparation of many cases from JP court to High Court levels during her time with us.

Beatrice speaks fluent Romanian as well as speaking Greek, Italian and French to a high degree. She has regularly been instructed by the Scottish Court Service, Police Scotland, the UK Government and the Romanian Government as a Romanian interpreter in the past. This has given her a head start on many trainees in Scots law as she had been party to many trials, police interviews and other legal processes before she started with us.

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