Fortis Chambers, headed by James Keegan QC, has 18 members including both senior and junior solicitor advocates, all of whom have been involved in some of the most significant cases heard in the High Court of Justiciary in recent years.
This is a major development for solicitors who, until now, could only make contact with solicitor advocates on an individual basis.
Solicitor advocates present cases before the High Court of Justiciary, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. They also enjoy rights of audience before the European Court of Justice and the Court of Human Rights.
Apart from representation in these arenas, Fortis Chambers will also provide an extensive support network for court solicitors who need urgent advice about complex matters in criminal trials.
One of the founding members, Jim Stephenson, a partner in Edinburgh firm Thorley Stephenson - winners last week of The Law Awards Scotland's High Street Firm of the Year - said: "We will be operating in the same we way always have. We will only take instructions from solicitors, not directly from clients.
"Like the Faculty of Advocates we will be available from a central contact point. We will focus on criminal law but will also be able to assist solicitors in areas like health and safety, and professional misconduct.
"In addition we will hold continuous professional development events to assist solicitors with new legislation, such as the abolition of corroboration.
"Any solicitor who requires advice will be able to receive it over the phone."