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  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Jonathan Barne QC - Axiom AdvocatesHe is quietly combative and can meticulously unpick a witness in cross-examination.
    • Alan Dewar QC - Ampersand AdvocatesHugely experienced, completely unflappable and always fights his client's corner.
    • Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom AdvocatesA master of the courtroom.
    • Robert Howie QC - Ampersand AdvocatesHis depth of knowledge in commercial matters is unparalleled.
    • Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom AdvocatesThe breadth of his knowledge of commercial litigation is astounding.
    • Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom AdvocatesThe Lionel Messi of the Scottish bar.
    • Iain Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesParticularly recommended for banking matters.
    • Stephen O'Rourke QC - Terra Firma ChambersHe maintains a cool head under pressure and is extremely diligent.
    • Morag Ross QC - Axiom AdvocatesVery able and has the ear of the court.
    • David Thomson QC - Axiom AdvocatesEasy to work with and provides well-reasoned opinions.
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    • Andrew Bowen QC - Terra Firma ChambersParticularly recommended for cases with complex factual backgrounds.
    • Heriot Currie QC - Axiom AdvocatesCombines a formidable brain with presence and gravitas.
    • Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC - Axiom AdvocatesInstructed on a wide range of commercial cases.
    • Michael Howlin QC - Terra Firma ChambersIntellectually rigorous and approachable.
    • Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom AdvocatesQuick to identify issues and seeks out pragmatic solutions.
    • Gavin MacColl QC - Hastie StableVery bright and first-class on his feet.
    • Calum MacNeill QC - Westwater AdvocatesVery bright and a pleasure to work with.
    • James Mure QC - Axiom AdvocatesCuts through complex cases to get to the heart of the matter
    • Martin Richardson QC - Axiom AdvocatesAn experienced commercial advocate.
    • Andrew Smith QC - Compass ChambersHis practice includes banking and directors' disqualification cases.
    • Gavin Walker QC - Axiom AdvocatesHis advice is always succinct, considered and commercially-minded.

Leading Juniors

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    • Ross Anderson - Ampersand AdvocatesNever afraid to take on even the largest of legal challenges.
    • Jonathan Brown - Axiom AdvocatesA clear thinker and a master strategist.
    • Euan Duthie - Axiom AdvocatesOn his feet he is very calm and measured.
    • Paul O'Brien - Axiom AdvocatesHighly intelligent and provides excellent niche opinion work.
    • Susan Ower - Axiom AdvocatesVery good with clients and provides excellent advice.
    • Giles Reid - Ampersand AdvocatesA legal encyclopaedia.
    • Usman Tariq - Ampersand AdvocatesHis advice and knowledge is consistently of the highest standard.
    • Gordon Watt - Terra Firma ChambersA thorough and reliable junior with a special aptitude for cases involving analysis of large amounts of complex financial data.
    • Laura-Anne Van Der Westhuizen - Ampersand AdvocatesParticularly recommended for shipping and infrastructure work.
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    • Gordon Balfour - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe adds value to every step of a case.
    • Jonathan Broome - Axiom AdvocatesCombines forensic preparation with clear advice and a positive approach.
    • William Frain-Bell - Terra Firma ChambersAn extremely good advocate who instills confidence in his clients.
    • David Logan - Terra Firma ChambersHis practice covers a wide range of commercial work.
    • Eoghainn MacLean - Ampersand AdvocatesEnthusiastic and conscientious.
    • Scott Manson - Axiom AdvocatesVery responsive and goes the extra mile for clients.
    • Fergus Thomson - Terra Firma ChambersA banking and finance litigation specialist.

Ampersand Advocates is home to a strong contingent of commercial litigators, with experience in a wide range of commercial cases. Notable recent highlights include Take-Two Interactive Software Inc and Rockstar Games Inc v Aaron Renicks, in which Usman Tariq acts, as junior to Roddy Dunlop QC for the developers of Grand Theft Auto who are pursuing a claim against the developer of a modification for the game. Giles Reid recently acted for the borrower in a case concerning the oral variation of a loan agreement, as well as interim orders preventing the lender from commencing bankruptcy.

Arnot Manderson Advocates is home to Iain Mitchell QC and Gordon Balfour, who are recommended for their broad commercial practices. Mitchell QC is particularly knowledgeable on banking and financial cases as well as alternative dispute resolution.

Axiom Advocates is, according to several clients, 'the pre-eminent commercial litigation stable in Scotland' and is 'always able to provide the right counsel for the job' at both the junior and senior level.

Compass Chambers houses Andrew Smith, who maintains a broad commercial litigation practice, with particular experience in product liability cases.

At Hastie Stable, Gavin MacColl QC engages in a wide range of commercial work, recently acting for the latter in The Coal Authority v Pegasus Fire Protection Company, which concerned the potential indemnity owed to the pursuing mine owner by the defenders after a development built over a disused mine experienced subsidence issues.

Terra Firma Chambers handles a wide range of commercial work, including banking and finance cases and large scale breach of contract claims.

Westwater Advocates handles a wide range of commercial work including civil fraud cases and other contractual disputes.

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