Joanna Cherry QC was elected as Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South West in 2015 and re-elected in 2017. She is Justice and Home Affairs Spokesperson for the SNP at Westminster, where she also sits on the Committee on Exiting the European Union and the Joint Committee on Human Rights.
Before entering Parliament, Joanna had practiced as an Advocate for about 20 years and as a QC since 2009. She is ranked by the Legal 500 as one of the leading QCs in Scotland. She previously held the offices of Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and Advocate Depute and was one of the first specialist sex crimes prosecutors in the Crown Office’s pioneering National Sex Crimes Unit. She has appeared at the UK Supreme Court on a number of occasions, including twice on behalf of the Lord Advocate.
Joanna has been a member of the SNP since 2008 and is a long term supporter of independence and home rule. During the Referendum she campainged in Edinburgh and co-founded and led “Lawyers for Yes”, a group of around 200 lawyers who had a high profile during the campaign.
Joanna co-authored the textbook “Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice’.
Chief of Staff
Fraser deals with matters relating to my work in Parliament, handles press and media enquiries, and manages my office in the constituency.
Senior Constituency Caseworker
Lorraine deals with a range of cases on behalf of constituents, including issues with benefits, pensions, child maintenance and employment rights.
Catriona manages my work with community groups and charities in the constituency, and deals with cases on local issues on behalf of constituents.
Caitlin handles correspondence from constituents and assists with campaigns and policy enquiries.