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TERRA FIRMA CHAMBERS, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, HIGH STREET, EDINBURGH, EH1 1RF, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 260 5830
Fax:
Fax 0131 225 3642
DX:
549302 Edinburgh 36
Web:
www.terrafirmachambers.com

Scottish Bar

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government)

Public and administrative law is a key practice area at Terra Firma Chambers; advocates frequently appear in judicial reviews and handle cases involving human rights, immigration and homelessness issues. The stable continues to represent Edinburgh Council in the Edinburgh Trams inquiry.

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government) – Leading silks

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜His commanding presence reassures clients.’

Ranked: tier 1
Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government) – Leading juniors

Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Known for acting in major public inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC (silk in England and Wales) Terra Firma Chambers β€˜A highly experienced advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen O’Rourke - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Recommended for public inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen Winter - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Recommended for immigration cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation

Terra Firma Chambers’ advocates act in a range of cases including banking and commercial contract matters. Commercial arbitration is a niche area of practice for the stable, where members undertake cases (as counsel and arbitrators) both in Scotland and abroad. Alan Summers QC was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in March 2017.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Andrew Bowen QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜A concise communicator, who unpicks complex scenarios.’

Ranked: tier 1

Michael Howlin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Highly intelligent with an analytical mind.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roddy McIlvride QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very persuasive with a great client manner.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He is incisive and conscientious.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Logan - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Quick-witted, focused and very persuasive.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen O’Rourke - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜A very thorough advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and insolvency

Terra Firma Chambers has seen an uptick in insolvency and liquidation matters. Members are also experienced in company law cases involving directors’ disqualifications and shareholder disputes. Alan Summers QC was appointed a Senator of the College of Justice in March 2017.

Company and insolvency – Leading silks

Michael Howlin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very experienced across a range of company and insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company and insolvency – Leading juniors

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has acute analytical abilities.’

Ranked: tier 1

Fergus Thomson - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Highly experienced and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Terra Firma Chambers’ advocates represent employers and employees, including in unfair/wrongful/constructive dismissal claims, TUPE transfers, breach of contract issues, restrictive covenants and discrimination matters, to name but a few.

Employment – Leading juniors

Maurice O’Carroll - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very experienced in employment disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Grant-Hutchison - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜His knowledge of employment law is astonishing.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Planning, environmental and licensing

Terra Firma Chambers β€˜has some of the most knowledgeable and highly regarded advocates’ in the area of planning and environmental law. Members represent a range of parties in relation to a variety of developments, including proposals for wind farms and other energy projects. Practitioners also appear at licensing board hearings and appeals.

Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading silks

Douglas Armstrong QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has excellent oral advocacy skills.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gordon Steele QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very experienced in planning and environmental law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He assimilates highly detailed technical information without losing focus on key issues.’

Ranked: tier 1
Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading juniors

Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a thorough approach to cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunlop - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Acts for authorities and organisations in environmental matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC (silk in England and Wales) Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Known for acting in wind farm and quarry inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Skinner - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very experienced in licensing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Scott Blair - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Highly regarded for environmental and licensing matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property, construction and agriculture

Terra Firma Chambers is noted for its strength across property, construction and agricultural law. Members are instructed in a panoply of cases including property damage claims. J Gordon Reid QC retired in 2017.

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading silks

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very impressive on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1
Property, construction and agriculture – Leading juniors

Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Highly user-friendly.’

Ranked: tier 1

Alasdair Sutherland - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜A very safe pair of hands, who is excellent with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Denis Garrity - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜His extensive experience in transactional property matters gives him brilliant insight.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Known for acting in boundary and access disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Sutherland - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Known for his agricultural expertise.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Stables overview
Stables – mainly civil practitioners - ranked: tier 1

Terra Firma Chambers

Terra Firma Chambers has notable expertise in planning and environmental law, but other key areas include insolvency, commercial and tax matters, with Roy Martin QC possessing a niche practice in pensions litigation. In 2017, Alan Summers QC was appointed a senator of the College of Justice and J Gordon Reid QC retired. On the clerking side, practice manager Emma Potter is β€˜a pleasure to work with’ and β€˜extremely helpful’, going β€˜above and beyond for clients’. Her β€˜exceptional’ team is β€˜reactive, proactive, and always available and willing to assist’. Furthermore, individuals provide β€˜transparent fee structures for complex cases and always with a smile’.

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Tax, trusts and pensions

Advocates’ areas of expertise at Terra Firma Chambers include inheritance tax, Stamp Duty Land Tax, corporation tax, VAT, and tax matters relating to European law. Roy Martin QC has a niche practice in Scottish pensions litigation.

Tax, trusts and pensions – Leading silks

Philip Simpson QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Incredibly bright; a major tax specialist at the Scottish Bar.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for pensions cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Tax, trusts and pensions – Leading juniors

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Painstaking and diligent on the details.’

Ranked: tier 1

Derek Francis - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very experienced and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

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