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

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

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    • Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC - Westwater Advocates β€˜Very well known for his expertise in judicial reviews.’
    • Dorothy Bain QC - Ampersand β€˜Her practice covers the purview of civil and public law matters.’
    • Jonathan Barne QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜He is unafraid to tackle difficult and complex cases.’
    • Mungo Bovey QC - Hastie Stable β€˜He has notable expertise in cases involving human rights matters.’
    • Lynda Brabender QC - Westwater Advocates β€˜A superb advocate, who puts clients at ease while leaving them in no doubt that she has their back.’
    • Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜She has expertise across a wide range of public law matters.’
    • James Findlay QC (silk in England, Scotland and Wales) Terra Firma Chambers β€˜He works incredibly hard and clients like his personable manner.’
    • David Johnston QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Very experienced in public law matters.’
    • Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜His engaging demeanour wins clients’ trust.’
    • Roy Martin QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Dynamic, confident, knowledgeable and compelling.’
    • Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜He has a clear, concise and persuasive manner.’
    • Jonathan Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson Advocates β€˜Experienced across a wide range of civil law matters.’
    • James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜A star performer.’
    • Aidan O’Neill QC (silk in England, Scotland and Wales) Ampersand β€˜Immensely intelligent and tremendous on his feet.’
    • Stephen O’Rourke QC - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Stalwart and fearless.’
    • Douglas Ross QC - Ampersand β€˜Intellectual, analytical, perceptive and thorough.’
    • Morag Ross QC - Axiom Advocates β€˜Very impressive in court.’
    • Janys Scott QC - Westwater Advocates β€˜She has an assured presence in court.’

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

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    • Alasdair Burnet - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Highly recommended for major public inquiries and judicial reviews.’
    • Dan Byrne - Axiom Advocates β€˜His practice includes human rights and immigration cases.’
    • Ewen Campbell - Axiom Advocates β€˜He marries a keen intellect with an approachable and calm manner.’
    • Alan Caskie - Hastie Stable β€˜Very well known for his expertise in welfare law.’
    • Lesley Irvine - Axiom Advocates β€˜A bright advocate who can argue technical points with ease.’
    • Julius Komorowski - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Noted for his expertise in human rights matters.’
    • John MacGregor - Axiom Advocates β€˜Hardworking and responsive.’
    • Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen - Ampersand β€˜She is diligent and industrious.’
    • Andrew Webster - Hastie Stable β€˜Recommended for social security and immigration matters.’
    • Stephen Winter - Terra Firma Chambers β€˜Very experienced in judicial reviews pertaining to immigration matters.’

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Practitioners at Ampersand report an uptick in cases involving human rights matters, alongside public inquiry work and EU law cases. Members of the stable continue to act in the long-running Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Past work for members of Arnot Manderson Advocates includes human rights matters, mental health cases and asylum and refugee issues.

With a reputation as β€˜the pre-eminent stable at the Scottish Bar for public law’, Axiom Advocates is well known for handling judicial reviews, with recent instructions including human rights and immigration cases. Case highlights include members acting in the Advocate General for Scotland v Romein case before the UK Supreme Court, which confirmed the right of British women to pass their nationality on to their children born abroad. In 2018 Jonathan Barne QC took silk and Anna Poole QC was appointed a judge of the Upper Tribunal.

At Hastie Stable, practitioners are instructed in cases involving EU law, immigration, mental health and human rights matters, among other areas; judicial reviews are another area of expertise.

Terra Firma Chambers has established strength in public and administrative law. Key areas of instruction for the team include judicial reviews and cases involving human rights, homelessness and immigration issues. In 2018 Stephen O’Rourke QC took silk, and England and Wales silk James Findlay QC was appointed a silk in Scotland.

Recent instructions for Westwater Advocates’ practitioners include judicial reviews and matters involving immigration, asylum and refugee, education and human rights issues. Lynda Brabender QC took silk in 2017.

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