ALEX Salmond’s trial lawyer is facing a five-month suspension from practicing law after he named the former first minister’s accusers on a train. 

Salmond was acquitted at the High Court in 2020 of charges which included an allegation of attempted rape.

Outside the court, the former first minster paid tribute to his “brilliant” and “absolutely exceptional” legal team. 

Footage then emerged of Gordon Jackson KC naming some of the female complainers on public transport, despite strict rules surrounding anonymity. 

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He said of one accuser: “We thought that eventually people might think she’s a flake and not like her. All I need to do is put a smell on her.”

Former Labour MSP Jackson had quit as dean of the Faculty of Advocates (FoA) committee and an investigation was launched. 

The faculty’s complaints committee concluded his behaviour had been “reprehensible” and added: “We are satisfied this constitutes professional misconduct.”

It found Jackson had undermined public confidence in the administration of justice by naming complainers and discussing details which could identify a complainer. 

The Daily Record reports the committee has imposed a five-month suspension but that Jackson has been given permission to appeal. 

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It could be well into next year before the case is resolved. Jackson said: “I’ve no comment at all.”

Scottish Green MSP Maggie Chapman has hit out at Jackson for his behaviour. She said: “It is totally inappropriate for anyone to name complainants in a public setting. 

“These kind of allegations and events can only add to a chilling effect that deters people from coming forward.”

An FoA spokesperson said: "This process remains ongoing, therefore it would not be appropriate for the Faculty to comment on this matter, beyond confirming that a right of appeal exists."