Firm History

We frequently represent clients in the most difficult and demanding cases. We regularly appear in all criminal courts throughout Scotland. The quality and commitment of our solicitors is second to none. We combine substantial forensic expertise with specialist knowledge of human rights in the context of every category of criminal defence work. If you find yourself subject to investigation or prosecution in relation to any crime in Scotland then please do not hesitate to contact us for invaluable advice and crucial representation. If you simply wish advice on any matter of criminal law in Scotland our experienced solicitors will be happy to help.

We are based across offices in Paisley and Johnstone. Our practice area covers the whole of Scotland. Our experienced criminal defence lawyers regularly appear in courts in places such as Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr, Kilmarnock, Dumbarton, Dunoon, Airdrie, Hamilton, Stirling, Perth and Oban to name but a few. We have appeared in almost every court in Scotland throughout our 30 years of practice. Our client base has grown and expanded across the country during this time. Our success has come primarily from word of mouth, a fact which is testament to the consistently high level of legal services that our solicitors provide.

McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh is highly regarded in criminal advocacy and litigation work. Our solicitors appear regularly in high profile, complex and important criminal trials and appeals. Our skilled and experienced criminal defence lawyers are frequently instructed in summary and solemn matters. We represent clients daily at all levels of prosecution in Scotland. We regularly secure acquittals in the Justice of the Peace Courts, Sheriff Courts and in the High Court of Justiciary.

Our well respected practitioners assist in the training of the next generation of lawyers and are relied upon to lecture and tutor on criminal law in Glasgow University’s Diploma in Legal Practice.

As one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking firms of criminal defence lawyers in Scotland we are constantly developing new methods of reaching our clients. We make regular use of social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook. We have Polish and Urdu speaking solicitors. We have a dedicated road traffic website – – with a large amount of helpful information about road traffic law.

The breadth of experience, talent and commitment found at McCusker McElroy & Gallanagh is exceptional.  Our knowledge and experience covers all areas ranging from homicide, serious drug trafficking, serious fraud and other serious crime through to financial and regulatory crime, courts martial, money laundering, sexual offences and road traffic offences.