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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 one of the bedrocks at Terra Firma Chambers, where advocates have recently been instructed in Court of Session and Supreme Court appeals, as well as public inquiries. Various members are representing Edinburgh Council at an inquiry into the Edinburgh Trams project.

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

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Experienced in administrative and constitutional law, as well as local government matters.’

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€˜He has a lot of experience in inquiry work and is a lateral thinker.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC (silk in England and Wales) Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a charming manner that puts clients at ease.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen O’Rourke - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜His recent work included handling immigration and asylum cases for the Home Office.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation

Terra Firma Chambers’ diverse workload includes cases involving banking and financial services, insurance, and the sale and supply of products and commercial services. In addition to court litigation, members handle commercial arbitration, undertaking cases (as counsel and arbitrators) both domestically and abroad.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alan Summers QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Up there with the very best in oral advocacy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roddy McIlvride QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He does not waste a single word in his written pleadings.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He is approachable, communicative and knowledgeable.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Logan - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Pragmatic and commercial in his advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Stephen O’Rourke - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a first-rate reputation in high-value cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and insolvency

In addition to handling company law cases, Terra Firma Chambers’ advocates are instructed in bankruptcy and insolvency matters, such as unfair preference payments and issues concerning administrators’ appointments.

Company and insolvency – Leading silks

Alan Summers QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Possesses gravitas when on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1
Company and insolvency – Leading juniors

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He is meticulous and flexible.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Terra Firma Chambers attracts instructions in a broad array of employment matters, including those involving equal pay, disciplinary and grievance procedures, constructive dismissal and trade union law.

Employment – Leading juniors

Maurice O’Carroll - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Well regarded for his expertise in handling a wide range of employment disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Grant-Hutchison - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜A reassuring presence to clients/witnesses.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Planning, environmental and licensing

Terra Firma Chambers is β€˜the go-to stable for planning and environmental law matters’. Practitioners represent a wide range of parties in planning and environmental inquiries, hearings and challenges. In 2015, a highlight included the stable’s role in Gibson v Scottish Ministers. Elsewhere, members appear at licensing board hearings and appeals.

Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading silks

Douglas Armstrong QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He provides incredible insight and is brilliant on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gordon Steele QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Not limited to sticking with convention to get the best results.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has the ear of the court.’

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

Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜One of the top planning juniors at the Scottish Bar – a genuine specialist.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Dunlop - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜His practice includes planning hearings, inquiries and appeals.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Findlay QC (silk in England and Wales) Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has a great manner with clients and is good in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Skinner - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜One of the leading advocates of any stable for Scottish licensing.’

Ranked: tier 1

Scott Blair - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of licensing laws and jurisprudence.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property, construction and agriculture

Terra Firma Chambers houses a number of advocates with agricultural law expertise and is β€˜a centre of excellence’ in this space. It is also β€˜an excellent choice’ for property disputes, while construction is another strong suit. One of Roy Martin QC’s standout cases in 2015 was Esso Petroleum Co v Scottish Ministers and others.

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading silks

J Gordon Reid QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Recommended for commercial and agricultural landlord and tenant disputes and building contract cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Experienced in property litigation, including landlord and tenant matters.’

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

Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He is thorough and highly user-friendly from a client’s perspective.’

Ranked: tier 1

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Painstaking in his attention to detail.’

Ranked: tier 1

Iain Maclean - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜An expert in agricultural and crofting law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Sutherland - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Excellent attention to detail, and a comprehensive knowledge of agricultural and rural law.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Terra Firma Chambers

Terra Firma Chambers is β€˜the premier stable for planning work’ and its members regularly feature in high-profile matters of a public interest, such as the Trump International Supreme Court appeal. Public law and administrative work – including human rights and immigration cases – is another cornerstone of the stable, while it also has β€˜well-known’ commercial litigation advocates and reaps praise for its β€˜great property practice’. Practice manager Emma Potter is β€˜responsive and well organised’.

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Tax, trusts and pensions

Advocates at Terra Firma Chambers are knowledgeable about a wide range of tax issues, including VAT, corporation tax and Stamp Duty Land Tax. The stable also receives instructions in trusts and pensions matters.

Tax, trusts and pensions – Leading silks

Philip Simpson QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He speaks on tax matters with tremendous authority.’

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

David Bartos - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Cases concerning wills, trusts and succession issues are an important part of his practice.’

Ranked: tier 1

Derek Francis - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜A qualified chartered tax adviser with particular expertise in tax issues related to trusts and succession.’

Ranked: tier 1

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