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People

Michael Gallen

Michael Gallen

Partner

With over 20 years in private practice Michael has developed an extensive experience in litigation with a particular emphasis on criminal defence.

Over this period, he has built a reputation dealing with complex and high profile cases involving the successful defence of a wide spectrum of clients including professionals and those in the media spotlight.

Having served on the Glasgow Bar Association executive committee for almost a decade Michael has recently been elected as the Vice President. The Association represents and protects the rights and interests of its 400 members in the practice of law across the west of Scotland.

In recognition of the high standards of professionalism for which Michael is widely known he is appointed by the Scottish Legal Aid Board to undertake the trusted role of reviewing the performance of criminal defence solicitors across the country.

Michael was appointed as a curator ad litem by the Mental Health Tribunal For Scotland at the inception of the role. He often appears at hearings representing patients and their nearest relatives. As an acknowledgment of this experience, Michael was invited to sit on the Law Society of Scotland’s Mental Health and Disability Committee.

Michael holds the position of legal advisor to the Scottish Child Law Centre offering advice and assistance on a broad range of legal issues predominantly relating to children and their families.

In his spare time Michael volunteers at a community football club and sports hub providing sporting opportunities for children from all backgrounds in the south side of Glasgow. He has been instrumental in the club recently being awarded an SFA Quality Mark.

 

Brian Cooney

Brian Cooney

Partner

Brian has around ten years’ experience in Civil, Family, Divorce, Children’s, Criminal and Mental Health Law and currently specialises in Family Law and crime. Brian has an interest in dealing with all areas of family law, including divorce, contact, residence disputes and children’s hearings.

Brian regularly conducts child welfare hearings, proofs, and social work referrals at sheriff courts throughout Scotland and recently took part in the first ever virtual family proof in a Scottish Sheriff Court. He has extensive criminal law experience and has represented numerous people in summary and solemn trials.

Brian often receives excellent feedback from clients and enjoys working with them closely to achieve the best outcome for their circumstances.

Outside the office, he is a member of the Glasgow and West of Scotland branch of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending. This involves organising training and events for lawyers, social workers, police officers and other professionals.

He has been appointed Curator ad Litem to the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and has a good understanding of dealing with clients with mental health issues.

Brian enjoys travelling, eating out, football and spending time with his young family.

 

Ciara Bradley

Ciara Bradley

Qualified Assistant

Ciara Bradley is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and was admitted as a Solicitor in 2020. She trained in both criminal defence and family law and has continued to practice in both areas since joining Fleming and Reid in 2021.

Ciara prides herself in her ability to deal with sensitive matters with care and compassion. She frequently appears at Mental Health Tribunals, Parole Hearings, Children’s Hearings as well as regularly appearing in courts across Scotland in both criminal and civil cases.

Ciara is committed to maintaining the highest standard of client care and is dedicated to ensuring an excellent client/solicitor relationship. Her dedication and commitment to every client is invaluable. She is approachable and attuned to the needs and vulnerabilities of each client. This allows her to navigate complex situations and achieve outstanding results.

Ciara regularly volunteers in her local community and is a strong believer in providing support to the most vulnerable in society.

 

Megan McAllister

Megan McAllister

Trainee Solicitor

Megan is a Trainee Solicitor and Notary Public, having previously completed an internship with the firm.

Megan assists within a range of departments in the firm, including Criminal, Civil, Children’s, and Family.

Megan regularly appears in courts across Scotland. Megan’s developing range of experience allows her to relate to her clients with advice tailored to their needs.

 

Atika Azmat

Atika Azmat

Legal assistant

Atika is presently an undergraduate law student at Edinburgh Napier University. During her studies she has been working with Fleming and Reid as a legal assistant.

She provides administrative support and legal research within a number of different fields of law. She is bilingual in Urdu and in the future aspires to be a successful lawyer.

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