Lord Hamilton has had a most distinguished career, both in practice at the Bar and as a judge.
He studied at the Universities of Glasgow, Oxford and Edinburgh. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1968, and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1982.
He was appointed as a judge of the Court of Session in 1995, and subsequently served as the principal commercial court judge. In 2002, he was appointed to the Inner House of the Court of Session.
In 2005, he took office as Lord Justice General of Scotland and Lord President of the Court of Session, and served in these roles until 2012. He also currently serves as a Justice of appeal of the Court of Appeal of Botswana (that country's supreme court), is a Justice of the Qatar International Court and is a member of the Supplementary Panel of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
Lord Hamilton has joined Axiom Advocates for the purpose of conducting arbitrations, both domestic and international. He had direct experience in that field while in practice as Queen's Counsel. He is also a member of FLAGS (Family Law Arbitration Group Scotland).