Advocates of the Hastie Stable

Ximena Vengoechea

Year of Call: 2013

Ximena is a Scottish advocate with a busy practice in the areas of criminal law, immigration and human rights.

She obtained professional experience at various Scottish legal firms before calling to the bar in 2013. Prior to coming to the UK she was a prosecutor in cases of alleged violations of human rights by members of the Colombian armed forces. She also worked at the Ministry of Interior Affairs, at the Ministry of Law and Justice and the Advocate General’s Office in Colombia in the areas of constitutional law, military justice, criminal law and human rights.

Doubly qualified, Ximena holds an LLB (Ord) (Acc) in Scots Law from Edinburgh University and Law 1st class degree from the National University of Colombia. She has various postgraduate qualifications including a degree in Constitutional Law & Human Rights (Los Andes University), a Master’s degree in Peace Studies (Distinction; Lancaster University), and various other qualifications in human rights, including an advanced diploma in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the prestigious Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden and a certificate of studies from the the René Cassin International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She is also a qualified arbitrator (University of Aberdeen; Distinction) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). She has been awarded several international and national scholarships.

She is currently the clerk to the Human Rights and Rule of Law Committee of the Faculty of Advocates, a member of the Scottish Criminal Bar Association, the Director of the Eurodevils Programme at the Faculty of Advocates, an Associate Member of the Society of Writers to the Signet and has been invited to join the Stair Society. She is regularly invited as a speaker at professional events.

Quotes from Instructing Agents:

"very professional, easy to work with, always available to discuss matters and great with deadlines and high pressure situations. Court room manner is exceptional and carries great confidence with clients and agents."

"thorough and diligent, exceptionally dedicated, goes above and beyond for those instructed to act on behalf of, warm, friendly and approachable yet professional at all times, has an ability to put clients at ease with her down to earth and focused approach."

"both wholly dedicated and committed to every instruction that you take on in such a unique way. You go the extra mile to consult with the clients regarding their cases in every instance regardless of the time or the deadline. Above all, you consult in such a way that clients are left feeling clear about both the legal and factual matters but with an injection of personality that relaxes them. You are patient and provide a great aid to the instructing agent – there is never a day that I do not learn something new from you. You don’t blink twice when it comes to assisting with matters that are not necessarily within you instruction but are areas where you could bolster the clients case such as arranging bundles, adjournments and feedback on statements."

"For me personally, you are a breath of fresh air to work with. It is not often you meet someone who after 24 years still has a flare and a passion for each and every client as you do. As a result, it is more than clear that this is not just a ‘job’ for you. I view it as an aspiration to have your attitude and dedication to putting your own mark on every life that you come across within the immigration field. As an instructing agent, this is what sets you above others for me. I know my clients are in safe hands and you care to a degree that their lives are just as important as if it were your own immigration matter yourself."

General Information

  • Accelerated LLB (Ord), University of Edinburgh
  • MA in Peace Studies (Distinction), University of Lancaster
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Adv), Lund University, Sweden
  • Post Graduate Diploma, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Universidad del Rosario, Colombia
  • Post Graduate Degree, Specialist in Constitutional Law, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
  • LLB (Hons), Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  • Faculty Scholarship, 2012
  • Chevening Scholarship, 1999
  • SIDA (Sweden) Scholarship, 1998
  • National University of Colombia Scholarship, 1989-1993