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The Legal 500 Hall of Fame Icon The Legal 500 Hall of Fame highlights individuals who have received constant praise by their clients for continued excellence. The Hall of Fame highlights, to clients, the law firm partners who are at the pinnacle of the profession. In the United Kingdon, the criteria for entry is to have been recognised by The Legal 500 as one of the elite leading lawyers for eight years. These partners are highlighted below and throughout the editorial.
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Anderson Strathern's ‘excellent’ practice has a range of expertise spanning drafting primary and secondary legislation, statutory interpretation, amendments to Government bills and the implications of legislation in the Scottish and UK parliaments and at the European level. Clients include a mixture of public and regulatory bodies, UK and Scottish Government agencies and departments. With ‘a wealth of experience throughout public law’, practice head Fiona Killen is noted for her ‘unsurpassed attention to detail’. She continues to act for the Scottish Information Commissioner (SIC) in matters concerning statutory interpretation in defence of decisions and with respect to statutory appeals to the Court of Session and UK Supreme Court and judicial reviews. Killen and Alastair McKie is advising the Pow of Inchaffray Commissioners on all aspects of drafting a Private Bill to amend the 1846 Act of Parliament which established statutory commissioners with responsibility for maintaining land in rural Perthshire. McKie advised Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority on the statutory interpretation of EU law in connection with the right to access environmental information. Other clients include The Crown Estate and Audit Scotland. Robert Carr is another key contact.

‘A market leader’, Brodies LLP handles the full range of parliamentary and public affairs issues, including in relation to legislation, parliamentary advice, judicial review, public inquiries, local government and public procurement. ‘Extremely skilful’ firm chairman Christine O’Neill exercises ‘acute political sensitivity’ and is representing the Scottish government as sole counsel before the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry. She was also instructed by the Scottish parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee to review the Westminster parliament’s European Union Withdrawal Bill and its impact on the powers of the Scottish parliament.  Jackie McGuire leads the government, regulatory and competition division and is advising Lerwick Port Authority on a harbour revision order (HRO) that introduces a number of changes to the constitution of the authority, reflecting Scottish government good practice. Charles Livingstone specialises in constitutional issues and represented the Scotch Whiskey Association, alongside other alcohol industry bodies, in a challenge to the Scottish government’s Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Act 2012 at the Supreme Court.

DLA Piper Scotland LLP’s ‘hardworking, diligent and knowledgeable’ team advises corporations, in addition to regulatory authorities, government departments and commissioners, on the full range of public and parliamentary issues. Hazel Moffat leads the team and has considerable experience in drafting interpretation and opposition bills going through the Scottish and UK Parliaments.  She is currently advising The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy on its involvement in the Magnox Inquiry, which is looking into the award of the Magnox decommissioning contract by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and its subsequent termination. She continues to advise Heineken in relation to the potential implications of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015, in addition to representing the client before government in order to address policy issues and drafting errors in the statutory Pubs Code before it goes live. Legal director James McGachie is also recommended for his expertise in information law.

The team at CMS specialises in public law as it applies to the energy and transport sectors. It advises a variety of local authority clients, as well as corporations, in relation to public law, UK and Scottish Parliament legislation and elections. It also has a strong contentious practice that handles judicial reviews and public inquiries. The group continues to advise Renfrewshire Council on its Glasgow Airport Investment area (GAIA) and Clyde Waterfront and Renfrew Riverside (CWRR) projects. Robin Hutchison advised Inch Cape Offshore on all consenting matters and represented the client in relation to a successful judicial review challenge by the RSPB and the subsequent appeal to the Inner House, which overturned the initial decision. The team is led by Ann Faulds.

Harper Macleod LLP handles judicial reviews and statutory appeal cases for public sector clients as well as contentious and non-contentious planning law matters, including in relation to public inquiries and litigation. Public procurement, state aid and competition law expert James McMorrow and experienced public sector disputes lawyer Jennifer Jack co-lead the team, which includes Sandy Hastie, who often advises on judicial review. The group is advising Wheatley Group on Scottish government proposals to make Scottish housing associations subject to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests in April 2019. In another highlight, it is advising Loch Lomond and The Tronachs National Park Authority on proposed camping bylaws which are intended to target perceived anti-social behaviour issues within the park. On the contentious front, David Kerr is instructed by Scottish Natural Heritage as respondents to a petition for judicial review of a decision to restrict the use of Scottish-wide general licences for killing wild birds for pest control purposes on land operated by the petitioner, Raeshaw Estates.

MacRoberts LLP handles the spectrum of public law issues, including monitoring legislation proposals and advising on their legal implications, drafting and vetting briefing papers and advising on parliamentary and judicial procedures for challenges to proposed legislation. The group is led by Duncan Osler who advised NHS Orkney on Scottish Government issued guidance on the application of the ESA10 accounting standards in relation to project finance. He also advised ReadyForBusiness on new developments in Scottish procurement legislation in relation to mechanisms through which public and third sector bodies work together. David Flint is recommended for his experience in lobbying, FOI requests and experience in appearing before the Public Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament.

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