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J. Gary McAteer LL.B., Dip. L.P., Solicitor Advocate

Telephone: 01414292262
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Gary graduated from the University of Strathclyde. He Joined Beltrami & Company in 1983 as an apprentice and rose through the ranks to become partner in 1992. Gary specialises in criminal law and has amassed 32 years experience at Sheriff Court & High Court level.

He enjoys a stellar reputation having practised at the very highest level over the past 32 years, litigating in criminal matters of an intricate and novel nature. Ranked in the top 3 criminal practitioners in Scotland, alongside Beltrami & Co. co-partner, Murray Macara.

In 1999 he became a Solicitor Advocate and has appeared as counsel in the High Court of Justiciary, responsible for the direction and presentation of complex evidential cases such as murder and culpable homicide. 

There is no type of criminal case that he has not handled or presented. These include:

  • Murder
  • Attempted murder
  • Culpable homicide
  • Culpable and reckless mis-conduct
  • Serious assault
  • Breach of the peace
  • Public disorder
  • Football violence and disorder
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Robbery
  • Reset
  • Rape
  • Sexual crimes
  • Internet downloading offences
  • Drugs
  • Proceeds of crime
  • Terrorism
  • Criminal appeals

His reputation also extends to areas of civil law and has seen Gary instructed in transport matters on behalf of a number of companies. He has also been instructed in matters of employment law such as issues of age discrimination, Settlement Agreements, disability discrimination, dismissal, employment contracts, gender discrimination (sex discrimination), minimum wage, redundancy, termination of employment, workplace harassment and race discrimination. He has appeared in the civil courts, litigating on matters such as summary cause, ordinary cause, insurance law and personal injury. This additional layer to his work brings an added tier to the work that Beltrami & Co. undertake.

Date Admitted: 1984

Significant Cases include:

Athif Sarwar v HMA
This was a complex fraud case where the client had conviction quashed on appeal.

Abdelbaser Ali mohmed al Megrahi Lockerbie Bombing

Nat Fraser Murder Trial

Fatal Accident Inquiry into the deaths of Sean Scott McCue and Keith Scot Moncrieff

Irene Campbell, case of a Scottish woman jailed for drug trafficking in Venezuela

Case involving Celtic fan who threw coin at Hugh Dallas

Recent Client Testimonials

"The team at Beltrami and Co were sympathetic to the circumstances of my case; carried out an efficient, yet full, analysis of the facts; and swiftly recommended a course of action which I was happy to follow. As a result of thorough preparation and excellent negotiating skills, Gary McAteer and Antonia Crawford achieved the best possible outcome on my behalf. Thanks for your support during a difficult time." – AB, Leeds.

I took a distressing complaint against me to the Beltrami practice and met Gary McAteer. He turned out to be a consummate professional who conducted a very thorough and systematic investigation of the case. In court his advocacy proved particularly well informed in relation to both the law and to the evidence. His logic was admirable and convincing. He was successful on my behalf. But the service went beyond that. Both he and his team were supportive of me and my wife through circumstances and proceedings with which were completely unfamiliar. Restrained and appropriate reassurance, advice and information greatly helped us to manage our emotions and state of mind over what felt like a prolonged period. We will always be grateful to him and his colleagues in the firm. We have no hesitation in recommending them in the strongest possible terms.