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AMPERSAND, ADVOCATES LIBRARY, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, EDINBURGH, EH1 1RF, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 260 5674
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Fax 0131 225 3642
Email:
Web:
www.ampersandadvocates.com

Scottish Bar

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

Ampersand has seen an uptick in public inquiry work, alongside cases involving EU law and human rights. Case highlights included the R (Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union case before the UK Supreme Court, and acting in the long-running Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

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

Aidan O’Neill QC - Ampersand β€˜A natural orator.’

Ranked: tier 1

Dorothy Bain QC - Ampersand β€˜Hardworking, determined and confident in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Douglas Ross QC - Ampersand β€˜Very intelligent and personable.’

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

Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen - Ampersand β€˜Very bright and a pleasure to work with.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation

Members at Ampersand have expertise in a wide range of commercial disputes, and have appeared at all court levels from the sheriff courts to the UK Supreme Court.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Alan Dewar QC - Ampersand β€˜A formidable practitioner.’

Ranked: tier 1

Craig Sandison QC - Ampersand β€˜A standout silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Howie QC - Ampersand β€˜An incredibly bright and extremely talented silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ronald Clancy QC - Ampersand β€˜Highly recommended for a broad spectrum of commercial cases.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Eoghainn MacLean - Ampersand β€˜Determined in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Company and insolvency

Particular expertise at Ampersand includes liquidation and insolvency issues, shareholder actions and directors’ disqualification matters.

Company and insolvency – Leading silks

David Sellar QC - Ampersand β€˜A first-choice silk for complex company and insolvency matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

The workload for members of Ampersand’s employment group includes discrimination matters, unfair dismissal, restrictive covenants and breach of contract cases, among other areas.

Employment – Leading juniors

Russell Bradley - Ampersand β€˜Very experienced in TUPE, restrictive covenants and whistleblowing cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Intellectual property, information technology and media

Usman Tariq at Ampersand is well known for regularly appearing in Court of Session intellectual property cases, and has experience in enforcement work for Phonographic Performance, Sky and PRS for Music, among others.

Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading silks

Craig Sandison QC - Ampersand β€˜Brilliantly clever and tenacious in court.’

Ranked: tier 1
Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading juniors

Usman Tariq - Ampersand β€˜He has considerable experience on his feet.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Personal injury and medical negligence

Ampersand has β€˜strength and depth’ across the personal injury and medical negligence space. The senior level, in particular, was bolstered in 2016, when Lisa Henderson QC and Lauren Sutherland QC were appointed to silk.

Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading silks

David Stephenson QC - Ampersand β€˜He is great to work with due to his unflappable demeanour.’

Ranked: tier 1

Euan Mackenzie QC - Ampersand β€˜A meticulous silk with a first-class intellect.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graham Primrose QC - Ampersand β€˜He has impressive technical knowledge.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Campbell QC - Ampersand β€˜Very experienced across the spectrum of disease and injury cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lisa Henderson QC - Ampersand β€˜She has fantastic attention to detail and notable client empathy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lauren Sutherland QC - Ampersand β€˜A highly dedicated silk.’

Ranked: tier 1

Maria Maguire QC - Ampersand β€˜Her remarkable grasp of the facts enhances her focus on a case’s most salient issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Simon Di Rollo QC - Ampersand β€˜A very effective court performer.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading juniors

Archie MacSporran - Ampersand β€˜Very experienced in complex and high-value clinical negligence cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Christian Marney - Ampersand β€˜Well known for acting in personal injury matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Fiona Drysdale - Ampersand β€˜Hardworking with a very detailed approach.’

Ranked: tier 1

James Dawson - Ampersand β€˜He has a sound understanding of complex scientific material.’

Ranked: tier 1

Una Doherty - Ampersand β€˜Reliable and well organised.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Planning, environmental and licensing

Ampersand is well known for members’ expertise in planning and environmental law, particularly in relation to energy and infrastructure projects. Marcus McKay QC was appointed silk in 2016.

Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading silks

Ailsa Wilson QC - Ampersand β€˜Highly experienced in regulatory environmental disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm Thomson QC - Ampersand β€˜A patrician of planning law.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marcus McKay QC - Ampersand β€˜Recommended for cases involving renewable energy.’

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

Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen - Ampersand β€˜Painstaking and great with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property, construction and agriculture

Ampersand houses advocates with experience in a range of property issues, including landlord and tenant disputes, high-value dilapidation claims, and contractual cases.

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading silks

Christopher Haddow QC - Ampersand β€˜Recommended for a broad range of property matters.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Howie QC - Ampersand β€˜A go-to silk for construction law matters.’

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

Eoghainn MacLean - Ampersand β€˜Willing to explore every possibility to assist his clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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

Ampersand

Ampersand houses β€˜an excellent group’ of advocates, who handle a broad spectrum of practice areas, including commercial, planning, property and public law. The stable is particularly noted, however, for its very strong personal injury and clinical negligence team. A significant recent development saw Lisa Henderson QC, Marcus McKay QC and Lauren Sutherland QC all take silk in 2016. Practice manager Alan Moffat provides β€˜a first-class service’ and leads the β€˜extremely helpful’ clerking team.

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