Private prosecutions should be easier and more accessible

The procedure for bringing a private prosecution in Scotland should be made easier and more accessible, according to litigation specialist Cameron Fyfe.

A unique business venture has been formed by a solicitor in partnership with two barristers who have begun trading as a firm dedicated to bringing private prosecutions in England.

Fyfe believes there is a market sufficiently strong to enable such a venture to operate in Scotland, and says that he is approached “continually” by clients wishing to raise private actions. Only two such cases have ever proceeded in modern times.

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