“What I like best about my job is making a difference for my clients who are often in difficult situations.”

Gail Goodfellow Solicitor Advocate

My History

Born and educated in Aberdeen I was admitted as a solicitor in 1985. I have specialised in criminal court work and have been successfully representing clients for over 30 years.

Following a rigorous assessment process I was admitted as a Solicitor Advocate in 2008 by the Law Society of Scotland which conferred upon me extended rights of audience to represent clients charged with the most serious of crimes in the High Court of Justiciary.

I am a former tutor in Criminal Advocacy at Aberdeen University and was an advisor to the Criminal Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.

I am registered to provide criminal legal assistance by the Scottish Legal Aid Board and can provide advice on  eligibility for legal aid and alternative payment arrangements.

Areas of Expertise

Road Traffic Offences

Losing your driving licence could result in the loss of your employment, your home, and your family.


Assault is a common offence and can arise unexpectedly and uncharacteristically.

Drug Related Offences

Drugs are amongst the most common offences before the Scottish courts.

Sexual Offences

There have been many changes in the law on rape and sexual offences recently.


Fraud can range from low value fraud such as avoiding a taxi fare to high level complex business transactions.

Theft and Robbery

Convictions for crimes of dishonesty can have a significant impact on your employment.

Internet Crime

The use of the Internet has been subject to increasing scrutiny by the law, covering both of the type of material distributed and accessed via the Internet, and the use of social media sites.


Possession of an air pistol can lead to prosecution.

Murder and Culpable Homicide

Murder carries a sentence of life imprisonment and is prosecuted exclusively in the High Court.

Breach of Peace

Shouting, swearing aggressive or racist behaviour or fighting can all be classed as a breach of the peace depending on the circumstances.