Dr Kirsty Hood, QC

Advocate, Themis Advocates
Kirsty J Hood QC is an Advocate at the Scottish Bar. She has been in practice at the Bar since 2001, and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2015. While she maintains a varied civil practice, her particular expertise is in conflict of laws (i.e., questions of jurisdiction, choice of law, and the recognition of judgments), both intra-UK and international. She is the author of Conflict of Laws within the UK (OUP, 2007). In October 2014, Kirsty became the first woman to be elected as Clerk of Faculty at the Faculty of Advocates – a position which she held until April 2019. 
Contributed to


Jurisdiction in Scottish civil litigation
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides an overview of the jurisdiction rules which determine circumstances in which the Scottish civil courts may hear an action which has international and/or or intra-UK aspects. It includes guidance on intra-UK jurisdiction (under Schedule 4, Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (CJJA 1982)) as well as international jurisdiction (under Brussels I (recast), the Lugano Convention and the Hague Convention) and the residual rules (under Schedule 8, CJJA 1982). It also provides guidance on the position where multiple proceedings are begun in different jurisdictions, considering concepts including lis pendens, forum non conveniens and sisting proceedings. Finally, this Practice Note offers practical tips when considering issues of jurisdiction in Scotland.

Other work

Determining jurisdiction in Scottish civil litigation—checklist

This Checklist offers guidance on how to determine whether a Scottish court has jurisdiction to deal with the specific civil dispute. In doing so, it considers provisions under Brussels I (recast), the Lugano Convention, the Hague Convention and the Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982.

Practice areas


  • LLB
  • DipLP
  • PhD


  • Contributing Author


  • University of Glasgow

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