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

Ampersand Advocates

Key areas of work at Ampersand Advocates include EU law, judicial review, and procurement matters. Aidan O’Neill QC recently lead on behalf of the petitioners in Wightman v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, an Court of Justice of the European Union case concerning if it was possible for a member state to revoke its notification of intent to leave the European Union under Article 50.

Arnot Manderson Advocates

Arnot Manderson Advocates is home to Jonathan Mitchell QC, who is regularly instructed on a wide range of civil liberties and judicial review cases.

Axiom Advocates

According to one client, Axiom Advocates is home to 'the strongest collection of expertise at the Scottish Bar in relation to public law,' with particularly strong expertise at the senior level. Ruth Crawford QC and Ewen Campbell recently acted for the Scottish Ministers in a judicial review challenging the proposed subsidy for ferry services to the Northern Isles. Campbell also acts as junior to Morag Ross QC for one of the defenders in a case concerning £35m of alleged state aid awarded to Global Energy Group.

Themis Advocates

Hastie Stable is particularly experienced in immigration and asylum cases, along with judicial review and human rights matters. Andrew Webster QC took silk in 2018.

Terra Firma Chambers

Terra Firma Chambers houses a wide range of advocates specialising in public law cases. Key areas of work include asylum and immigration, judicial review, and public inquiries such as the Edinburgh Tram Inquiry, in which Roy Martin QC and Alasdair Burnet act for City of Edinburgh Council.

Westwater Advocates

Westwater Advocates' public law barristers are particularly specialised in complex judicial review cases, with members appearing in Supreme Court cases. Janys Scott QC represented the anonymised benefit claimant in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions v MM, a case concerning the calculation of Personal Independence Payment when some impairments are caused by mental health issues rather than physical disabilities. In the Inner House of the Court of Session, Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw Bt QC represented six farming limited partnerships in the McMaster v the Scottish Ministers concerning the Human Rights Act compatibility of 2014 changes to land law.