The People behind RGM
Carla joined the firm as an assistant in October 2014, she is a valued member of the team and was promoted to associate in 2016.
Carla’s main area of practice and interest is in family law, she has extensive experience in dealing with all areas of family law, including divorce, contact and residence disputes, children’s hearings, adoption and permanence orders. Carla is committed to achieving good outcomes for her clients and their families; she regularly conducts child welfare hearings, proofs and social work referrals at sheriff courts throughout Scotland.
Well known in Glasgow sheriff court, Carla appears there most days on behalf of her own clients and as local agent for many solicitor firms. Carla has general experience in all areas of civil litigation and is developing a private client practice which allows her to offer a well rounded service to her clients.
Carla has served as a committee member on the Glasgow Bar Association.
Nicola has been a partner since 2008 and is now the firm’s managing partner.
A highly skilled court practitioner, Nicola enjoys a well deserved reputation as one of the most skilled civil litigators of her generation. She is best known for her expertise in dealing with commercial and contract disputes; debt recovery; housing disputes; sequestrations and liquidations; and personal injury. Nicola also has an interest in criminal defence and regulatory work. She is held in high esteem by her peers, who frequently rely on her advice and help, not just on an informal basis, Nicola has successfully represented a number of solicitors at the Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal.
Nicola is frequently appointed by sheriffs as safeguarder in guardianship cases, in order to protect the interests of vulnerable adults.
In June 2017, Nicola was elected as the Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators a role which she excelled in. Her abilities were also recognised when she was appointed at a legal member of the First Tier Tribunal. Nicola manages to find time to sit on the Law Society’s Civil Justice Sub Committee and to tutor trainees in civil litigation.
Along with Frank Moore, James joined the firm as a partner in October 2014; he is well known and generally regarded as one of the most skilled and dedicated criminal defence agents in practice. James is a Solicitor Advocate, with rights of audience in the High Court of Justiciary. He brings an enthusiasm to his cases that is much admired by instructing solicitors and clients alike, his legal knowledge and ability is well recognised and he is frequently instructed to defend clients in courts throughout Scotland and at all levels. James has conducted numerous trials in the high court and has experience of defending clients facing charges of murder and other crimes of violence, drug trafficking, and financial crime. He has also represented clients at fatal accident inquiries and other public inquiries.
James also has an interest in regulatory work, he has successfully represented clients before the Traffic Commissioner, Nursing and Midwifery Council and other disciplinary bodies; he is a legal assessor to the General Teaching Council in Scotland.
Nicola is a trainee solicitor, she joined the firm in June 2017 having graduated from Strathclyde University.
Nicola’s interests lie in private client work and family law and she has already established herself as an important member of that team. Nicola is gaining experience in advising clients on all aspects of family law and has represented clients at children’s hearings and in the simple procedure court with good outcomes. Although she sees her future in this area of work, Nicola is also enjoying assisting the criminal team in the investigation of cases and preparation of trials.
Along with James Mulgrew, Frank joined the firm in October 2014, like James, Frank is a solicitor advocate and is a skilled criminal defence agent. With over 20 years experience in criminal law, Frank is well established as an excellent court practitioner who is dedicated to representing his clients at the highest level and achieving the best possible outcome for them. He is tenacious in his investigation of cases and will leave no stone unturned in identifying all lines of enquiry and exhausting them.
Frank practices in all areas criminal law and in particular has experience dealing with road traffic, sexual and drug offences, he has an excellent record in achieving acquittals and, where appropriate, negotiating fair outcomes with crown office.
JAMES M CARMICHAEL
James joined the firm as a consultant following a successful practice as a sole practitioner. He has been in practice for over 50 years and is a solicitor advocate. In recent years, he has concentrated his work on private client, rather than litigation. James is a true general practitioner, able to represent clients in civil and criminal courts, deal with house purchases and sales and advise on wills, powers or attorney and estate planning.
The firm’s senior partner having joined the firm in 1993 and being assumed as a partner in 2001.
Clair is a well rounded and highly regarded general practitioner with particular interest in all areas of Family Law and private client work.
Her areas of practice include, financial provision on divorce, civil litigation, domestic and commercial conveyancing and leasing, preparation of wills and powers of attorney and executry work.
She is committed to providing clients with common sense advice at times of need and supporting them through the more difficult periods of their lives such as divorce, or losing a loved one. She is also on hand to assist with the happier events such as buying their dream home, or securing a good business opportunity.
Held in high regard by the sheriffs in Glasgow, Clair is frequently appointed a Commissioner in civil and criminal cases; she is also often approached by her peers for guidance and advice on a range of matters and on occasion to provide expert opinion in professional negligence cases.
Clair is currently the convener of the Law Society’s Civil Legal Aid Quality Assurance Committee and along with Nicola Irvine she regularly tutors trainees in civil litigation. In the past, she has served as president of the Glasgow Bar Association and was one of the last members of the Sheriff Court Rules Council before it was disbanded.
Taylor is a trainee solicitor, he joined the firm in July 2017 having graduated from Strathclyde University.
Taylor interests lie in criminal defence work and he has already become a valued member of the criminal team; he regularly prepares high court trials and has instructed counsel on a number of occasions. Not wanting to limit his options, or opportunities, Taylor is also gaining experience in civil litigation and private client work; he has represented clients at children’s hearings and in the simple procedure court at Glasgow Sheriff Court.
One of the founding partners of the firm, Desmond is now a consultant and continues to play a vital role. He has been a practising solicitor for over 50 years and has a wealth of experience across all areas of law. In recent years, he has concentrated on criminal defence work; as a solicitor advocate he has represented clients in the High Court and has been instructed in many high profile cases.
John is a Solicitor practising primarily in criminal law with experience in dealing with a wide variety of cases. He joined the firm in 2016 and has represented clients at all levels of criminal cases in Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland. In addition, John has considerable experience in representing clients in the children’s hearing system and regularly appears in civil hearings at Court.
Recently he was appointed as a Curator by the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland whereby he represents the interests of persons detained in hospitals under mental health laws/the Mental Health Act. Clients like him for his straightforward, approachable manner and he is developing a good reputation as a skilled court practitioner who achieves good outcomes for his clients.
Ioan is a dual qualified legal professional, Scottish Solicitor and Romanian Legal Advisor, he joined the firm in March 2019. He has a Master Degree in European and International law and his areas of practice include, commercial and contract matters, criminal defence, immigration and personal injury.
His dual-nationality skills have so far proved to be a much valued, additional service for our clients seeking legal advice.
Ioan advises national and international businesses and individual clients across a wide range of industries and sectors.
He regularly acts in complex cross-border cases. Due to his dual qualification and his professionalism, Ioan is held in high regards by his peers, who frequently rely on his advice.
He always goes the extra mile to ensure his clients interests are best protected and has highly regarded by clients.
Ioan is a member of The Law Society of Scotland, and a member of The Union of The Judicial Counsellors Colleges of Romania.