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ARNOT MANDERSON ADVOCATES, ADVOCATES LIBRARY, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, EDINBURGH, EH1 1RF, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 260 5824
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Fax 0131 225 3642
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ED 549302 EDINBURGH 36
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Web:
www.amadvocates.co.uk

Scottish Bar

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

At Arnot Manderson Advocates, expertise includes immigration, human rights, mental health and asylum. Counsel recently appeared in a number of high-profile public inquiries, including the Penrose Inquiry. Jonathan Mitchell QC appeared in Stewart v Scottish Government, concerning the implementation of appeal rights for mental health detainees.

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

Jonathan Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is a brilliant advocate and master tactician.’

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

Hugh Olson - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe has an excellent grasp of practicalities and a sound understanding of legal principles.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation

Arnot Manderson Advocates’ Iain Mitchell QC represented the pursuer at the Court of Session in financial mis-selling case John Glare v Clydesdale Bank. Members of the set undertake litigation at the Sheriff Court and commercial court of the Court of Session, as well as arbitrations, expert determinations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks

Iain Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe understands the key issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is a heavyweight courtroom performer.’

Ranked: tier 1

Laurence Murphy QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesExperienced in commercial contracts, insurance and matters related to competition law.’

Ranked: tier 1
Commercial litigation – Leading juniors

Gordon Balfour - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is very easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Employment

Practitioners at Arnot Manderson Advocates handle cases at all levels, from the Employment Tribunal to the UK Supreme Court. In 2015, Hugh Olson appeared in the Supreme Court case University and College Union v University of Stirling, which involved an alleged breach of an obligation to consult the Union about possible redundancies.

Employment – Leading juniors

Hugh Olson - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is measured, immensely hardworking and good with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Family and childcare

Cases involving cross-border issues are a particular strength at Arnot Manderson Advocates, where members handle a range of children and family finance matters.

Family and childcare – Leading silks

Jonathan Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe proactively tries to settle a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kate Dowdalls QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHer involvement delivers a sense of security and structure.’

Ranked: tier 1
Family and childcare – Leading juniors

Frank Burr - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesAble to extract pertinent details from extensive papers in a very short timeframe.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Health and safety, and regulatory

In 2015, members of Arnot Manderson Advocates appeared in high-profile public inquiries, including the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry into the occurrence of the C difficile infection. Fatal accident inquiries are another pillar of the practice.

Health and safety, and regulatory – Leading silks

Colin MacAulay QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesExperienced in the criminal aspects of health and safety cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Intellectual property, information technology and media

Arnot Manderson Advocates advises on and provides representation in media-related cases involving issues such as defamation, contempt of court and privacy; Duncan Hamilton is recommended. Iain Mitchell QC focuses on IT-related intellectual property matters.

Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading silks

Iain Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesRecommended for IT-related intellectual property matters.’

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

Duncan Hamilton - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe wears his considerable intellect with remarkable humility.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence

Arnot Manderson Advocates has ‘outstanding practitioners at all levels of qualification’. Gordon Balfour represented the pursuer in a case in which it was alleged that firemen had negligently failed to completely extinguish a fire at a farmhouse.

Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew Young QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesAn extremely bright, able and user-friendly advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gerald Hanretty QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesExperienced in catastrophic personal injury and professional negligence cases.’

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

Gordon Balfour - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is truly of senior counsel quality and ability.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Olson - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesProfessional, approachable and easy to deal with.’

Ranked: tier 1

Nick Gardiner - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe will leave no stone unturned in researching cases.’

Ranked: tier 1

Neil Mackenzie - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesVery quick turnaround of work and very good with details.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ruth Charteris - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesTotally reliable in producing work of high quality.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property, construction and agriculture

Instructions at Arnot Manderson Advocates are varied and include landlord and tenant, construction, and specialist crofting and other agricultural law disputes.

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading juniors

Frank Burr - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesStrong in property matters that have a family law component.’

Ranked: tier 1

Hugh Olson - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesExperienced in property and construction disputes.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Stables overview
Stables – both civil and criminal law - ranked: tier 1

Arnot Manderson Advocates

Well-established and versatile’ stable Arnot Manderson Advocates covers an extensive scope of civil law disciplines, including employment, family, personal injury and property law. It also has a notable criminal law offering. Andrew Stewart QC was recently appointed a Senator of the College of Justice. Andrew Sutherland and Elizabeth Manderson lead the ‘very responsive’ clerking team.

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