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Scottish Bar

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

At Arnot Manderson Stable, Jonathan Mitchell QC has expertise in information law and international public law.

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Within Commercial litigation,

Jonathan Mitchell QC and Iain Mitchell QC recently joined Arnot Manderson Stable following the closure of Murray Stable in 2013. Members of the stable regularly advise on disputes at all levels.

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Within Crime,

Arnot Manderson Stable’s advocates act on a range of matters including fatal accident inquiries and regulatory crime.

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Within Family and childcare,

Arnot Manderson Stable’s advocates are regularly instructed in a range of cases at all levels, and was strengthened by the arrival of Jonathan Mitchell QC from Murray Stable.

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Within Health and safety, and regulatory,

Arnot Manderson Stable’s advocates have expertise in fatal accident inquiries. Colin MacAulay QC is highly regarded.

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Within Intellectual property and information technology,

At Arnot Manderson StableIain Mitchell QC handles copyright trade mark and patent disputes in the maritime and pharmaceuticals sectors.

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Within Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence,

Arnot Manderson Stable is noted for its advocates’ ‘quality and varied expertise.' The stable is also praised for its strength in high-value personal injury and negligence cases, and for its specialism in professional indemnity matters.

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Within Property, construction and agriculture Property, construction and agriculture - Leading juniors

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Within Scottish Stables, Arnot Manderson Stable is a first tier stables,

‘Solid across a range of areas', Arnot Manderson Stable’s members consist of criminal and civil law practitioners, and the set strengthened its commercial litigation offering in 2013 with the arrival of Jonathan Mitchell QC and Iain Mitchell QC from Murray Stable. The clerking team provides ‘a very good, reliable and friendly service', and names to note include Andrew Sutherland and Elizabeth Manderson.

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Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to

    How to build an investment fraud defence case that disproves prosecution allegations of dishonesty.

    With a town council now officially facing a fraud investigation, we examine what individuals in such a large body should do if they come under suspicion.
  • The risks of liberation

    The dangers that pension liberation and money laundering pose to those involved in pension funds and management.

    What has been achieved since the introduction of the Act that was intended to tackle bribery in business?

    Five banks being fined £3.6 billion in the US for manipulating forex is a stark reminder of the legal risks involved in currency trading. Here, Aziz Rahman of Rahman Ravelli examines how the brokers and the traders in forex can avoid legal problems.
  • Foreign Intercepts

  • Finding the 
right words

    In the recent case of Newbury v Sun Microsystems [2013], the defendant argued that an offer to settle proceedings was ‘in principle' only and that a binding contract could not be formed until further terms had been agreed and a formal contract had been signed. It supported this argument by referring to a statement, in the offer letter, that the settlement was to be ‘recorded in a suitably worded agreement'. 

  • Behind the corporate veil: is that all there is?

    That companies have an existence entirely separate to that of their shareholders and directors is a foundational principle of English law and commerce.

  • Restoring environmental damage: putting a price on ecosystem services

    On 7 August 2009 a 40-inch pipeline ruptured, spilling 5,400 cubic metres of crude oil into the soil and groundwater of La Crau nature reserve in southern France, a habitat protected under French and European law. The operator had to excavate and replace 60,000 tons of soil, install 70 wells to pump and treat groundwater and 25 pumps to skim oil from surface water, at a cost in the region of €50m. However, this was just the primary remediation (that is, restoring the site to the state it would have been if the damage had not occurred). The operator was also required to compensate for the damage to the habitats and the loss of the ecosystem services that would otherwise have been provided by La Crau nature reserve. Measures included purchasing land outside of the nature reserve and contributing to its management for a period of 30 years (over €1m), monitoring the water table for 20 years (over €500,000), monitoring fauna over three years (€150,000) and rehabilitation in accordance with best available ecological techniques (nearly €2m). Overall, the compensatory restoration (to compensate for the amount of time that the ecosystem was impacted) and complimentary restoration (to compensate for elements of the ecosystem that had been permanently lost) came to more than €6.5m. 

  • The role of arbitrators in EU antitrust law

    In May 2014, it will be ten years since Regulation No 1/2003 entered into force. When the legislator of the European Union adopted this Regulation on 16 December 2002, its main objective was to decentralise the enforcement of the two main provisions of EU antitrust law, Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (now Articles 101 and 102 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)). Where do the arbitrators fit in this picture?