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, – 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!
Charlie McCusker is the founding partner of our firm and a highly experienced road traffic lawyer. As a consultant, Charlie provides valuable input to our operation 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.