Terry Gallanagh

LLB(Hons), DipLP, DipFMSc, NP
Director

Terry Gallanagh

Terry Gallanagh studied Law at Strathclyde University achieving a LLB 2:1 Honours Degree and subsequent Diploma in Legal Practice. He was also awarded The Diploma in Forensic Medical Science by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London and is a Notary Public. Terry also served as Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Paisley and played an active role in representing the Legal Profession in Governmental Discussion on issues of Criminal Legal Aid. He is also a Peer Reviewer of other Criminal Defence Practioners on behalf of the Scottish Legal Aid Board to ensure their standard of work is appropriate.

He joined McCusker McElroy & Co in December 1997, having elected to specialise in Criminal Defence work, and rose to become the youngest partner in the firm’s history in April 2000.

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. He has appeared in cases from Lerwick to Dumfries and successfully represented people accused of Organised Crime, Murder, Rape, Drug Supply and Importation through to Drug possession, Assault and Road traffic cases.

Terry Gallanagh 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.

This success has not gone unnoticed. The press have described Terry Gallanagh as “a pugnacious litigator” and the “Speeding Loophole Lawyer.” He has represented many High Profile Alleged Criminals, Celebrities, Sporting Stars and most telling other members of the Legal Profession, including many lawyers, who have been impressed with his preparation and court presence.

Terry Gallanagh has been instrumental, along with his partner Charlie McCusker, in growing McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh into one of the largest, most successful and high profile Criminal Defence firms in Scotland.

David Nicholson

LLB, GDL, DipLP, NP
Director

David Nicholson

Another graduate from Strathclyde University, David originally joined McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh as a trainee in 2009. Having completed his traineeship with our firm, he qualified in 2011 and became a partner in 2015.

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.

David is a Notary Public and also presently sits on the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Glasgow’s TANQ committee.

Charlie McCusker

BA, LLB, DipLP, NP
Consultant

Charlie McCusker

Charlie graduated from Strathclyde University in 1983. He was a trainee with Tilston MacLaurin in Glasgow from 1983 to 1985. He qualified as a solicitor in 1985. After a year as an assistant solicitor with the same firm he moved to Cockburn & Co in Bridge of Weir as an associate solicitor in 1986. He quickly excelled in this role and was made a partner in 1987. 1987 was the year that Charlie set up in Johnstone, initially based at 8 Rankine Street. The Johnstone based operation grew quickly and soon became the offices of McCusker, Mackie & Co.

In 1997 Charlie joined forces with John McElroy and founded McCusker, McElroy & Co. The firm was immensely successful and quickly moved into two new offices at 61 High Street, Johnstone and 9 St James Street, Paisley where the firm remains to date.

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 29 years of practice. He is a former Dean of the Royal Faculty of Procurators of Paisley and is a tutor to post graduate students of the Diploma in legal practice at Glasgow University. He has been a tutor since August 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 childrens charities including CHAS, Barnardos, Scottish Society for Autism, Task Brazil and Yorkhill Children’s Hospice to name a few. Charlie has personally raised a lot of that sum through various endurance challenges. He has run the Marathon des Sables, the Amazonian Jungle Marathon and swam from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. He has completed the Norseman (reputedly the hardest Iron Man in the world) and Iron Man Austria. He has completed the West Highland Way Race ( 96 miles ) twice for charity as well as completing various Olympic length triathlons. He is a keen cyclist and is heavily involved in the Scottish Road Racing circuit.

Charlie moved from Director to Consultant in 2018 and remains based in our Johnstone office.

Waqqas Ashraf

MA(Hons), LLB, DipPLP
Senior Solicitor

Waqqas Ashraf

Waqqas graduated with a MA (Hons) in Management with Business Law from Heriot Watt University and went on to complete the accelerated Law degree at The University of Edinburgh in 2011. He completed the Diploma in Legal Practice at The University of Glasgow in 2012 and joined McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh shortly after.

 

Waqqas specialises in all types of Criminal Defence work. He prepares, researches and carries out investigations for clients. He appears in court on a daily basis conducting both Summary and Solemn proceedings.

 

Waqqas is multilingual and can speak Urdu and Punjabi. He therefore has a number of clients who originate from South Asia.

 

Waqqas’ achievements have been recognised by the wider community. He was a winner at the Law Awards of Scotland in 2013 and the Scottish Asian and Business Awards in 2017. His peers and colleagues elected Waqqas in 2018 as a Council Member for Paisley, Kilmarnock and Greenock at the Law Society of Scotland, where he represents their interests. Waqqas has previously appeared as guest on national television discussing matters relating to the legal profession and has written for legal publications.

 

Waqqas is able to meet those who require advice and assistance in a number of areas across Scotland. He attends courts from Wick to Dumfries and is extremely accessible.

 

Away from his work as a Solicitor he enjoys following Football and Cricket.

Jackie Jobson

BA, LLB, DipLP, NP
Assistant Solicitor

Jackie Jobson

Jackie joined the firm in 2013 and appears daily in all courts in Scotland. She has prepared the defence in several High Court trials since joining and regularly conducts road traffic pleas, debates and trials in all courts across Scotland.

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 here 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.

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