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  1. Commercial litigation – Leading silks
  2. Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

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    • Jonathan Barne QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜An intellectual silk.’
    • Andrew Bowen QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very approachable; he puts clients and solicitors at ease.’
    • Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜A heavyweight commercial silk.’
    • Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜He is pragmatic and accessible.’
    • Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜She provides creative insights into cases.’
    • Alan Dewar QC - Ampersand β€˜Highly experienced across a range of commercial disputes.’
    • Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜A very gifted silk.’
    • Nick Ellis QC - Westwater Advocates β€˜Thorough and intuitive.’
    • Robert Howie QC - Ampersand β€˜Exceptionally persuasive on his feet.’
    • Michael Howlin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜An advocate who holds the ear of the court.’
    • Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜He has a great bedside manner with clients.’
    • Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Calm and concise in court.’
    • Gavin MacColl QC - Hastie Stable β€˜He holds the ear of the court.’
    • Calum MacNeill QC - Westwater Advocates β€˜Very experienced across the spectrum of contentious commercial cases.’
    • Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Very bright with brilliant advocacy skills.’
    • Iain Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson Advocates β€˜A very knowledgeable silk.’
    • James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜A silk who holds the ear of the court.’
    • Stephen O’Rourke QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Proactive and impressive in court.’
    • Martin Richardson QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Very approachable, with a confident court demeanour.’
    • Morag Ross QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Serene and meticulous.’
    • Craig Sandison QC - Ampersand β€˜A brilliant commercial silk.’
    • Andrew Smith QC - Compass Chambers β€˜A silk who is unafraid to fight in court.’
    • David Thomson QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Very user-friendly.’
    • Gavin Walker QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜His oral advocacy is clear, concise and forceful.’

Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

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    • Gordon Balfour - Arnot Manderson Advocates β€˜Technically able, pragmatic, commercial and approachable.’
    • Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates β€˜Highly intelligent and innovative.’
    • Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates β€˜Experienced across a wide range of commercial litigation matters.’
    • Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates β€˜He has a very analytical eye.’
    • William Frain-Bell - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Excellent in court; a joy to work with.’
    • David Logan - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Recommended for a broad spectrum of commercial cases.’
    • Eoghainn MacLean - Ampersand β€˜Enthusiastic and conscientious.’
    • Scott Manson - Axiom Advocates β€˜Very bright, technically astute and good on his feet.’
    • Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates β€˜He has fantastic attention to detail yet does not lose sight of the bigger picture.’
    • Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates β€˜She is very user friendly.’
    • Giles Reid - Ampersand β€˜He has remarkable oral advocacy skills.’
    • Usman Tariq - Ampersand β€˜Very good on his feet.’
    • Fergus Thomson - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a great analytical approach to cases.’
    • Gordon Watt - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very conscientious, with a strong work ethic.’

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Ampersand’s practitioners are instructed across a broad spectrum of commercial disputes. Recent case highlights include up-and-coming junior Giles Reid appearing in the Court of Session in a matter relating to the enforcement of a judgment made in a Belgian court; the Court of Session found the enforcement of a demand for payment could not take place due to a lacunae in the law.

Arnot Manderson Advocates’ practitioners are adept at handling instructions in commercial and banking litigation, with additional proficiency in expert determinations, arbitrations, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. In 2017 Iain Mitchell QC appeared in a case regarding the validity of a verbal agreement to lease commercial property.

With a reputation for being β€˜the go-to stable for commercial disputes’, Axiom Advocates’ practitioners handle a full range of matters pertaining to commercial litigation. The senior level was bolstered in 2018 when Jonathan Barne QC, Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC, Martin Richardson QC, David Thomson QC and Gavin Walker QC were all appointed to silk.

Andrew Smith QC is the key name at Compass Chambers for commercial litigation cases.

Hastie Stable’s key contact for contractual disputes and shareholder cases is the β€˜extremely bright’ Gavin MacColl QC, who took silk in 2018.

The recent workload for members at Terra Firma Chambers includes contractual disputes, banking cases and directors’ disqualification matters. The stable also has recognised expertise in the field of commercial arbitration, where advocates handle local and international cases as counsel and arbitrators. In 2018 Stephen O’Rourke QC was appointed to silk.

Westwater Advocates’ commercial group has solid experience in handling contractual disputes, among other areas.

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