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  1. Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading silks
  2. Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading juniors

Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading silks

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    • Heriot Currie QC - Axiom AdvocatesA skilful cross-examiner with a great command of the courtroom.
    • Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom AdvocatesNoted for his expertise in defamation cases.
    • Roisin Higgins QC - Axiom AdvocatesAn excellent silk who is great on strategy and on her feet in court.
    • Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom AdvocatesHe combines technical expertise with tactical nous and a commercial outlook.
    • Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom AdvocatesHe can seamlessly adapt his style in order to develop rapport with clients.
    • Iain Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is unafraid to take an unconventional approach to cases.
    • Craig Sandison QC - AmpersandHis practice includes trade mark disputes and defamation matters.
    • Gavin Walker QC - Axiom AdvocatesWell known for handling copyright infringement cases.

Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading juniors

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    • Duncan Hamilton - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe is always willing to go the extra mile in cases.
    • Paul O’Brien - Axiom AdvocatesHe has a meticulous eye and provides practical advice.
    • Kathryn Pickard - Axiom AdvocatesVery bright, responsive and tough in court.
    • Usman Tariq - AmpersandHe has the ear of the court.

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In 2017, Usman Tariq at Ampersand successfully represented the respondents in CCHG Ltd (t/a Vaporized) v Vapouriz, an appeal resulting from a dispute between two prominent UK e-cigarette retailers over their respective trade marks; this case marked the first time the Court of Session heard an appeal from the UK Intellectual Property Office under the Trade Marks Act 1994.

Practitioners at Arnot Manderson Advocates handle, among other areas, cases of defamation, data protection, contempt of court and privacy for broadcasters, newspapers, companies and individuals; Iain Mitchell QC has niche expertise in IT-related intellectual property matters. Recent work highlights include Duncan Hamilton successfully representing BBC Scotland in a challenge to a ban on journalists sending live Twitter messages from the courtroom during the high-profile HMA v Craig Whyte trial.

According to one solicitor, Axiom Advocates is ‘the pre-eminent stable in Scotland for intellectual property matters’. The team has ‘excellent strength in depth’ and are instructed across a full spectrum of intellectual property and media disputes; recent work includes copyright and trade mark infringement cases. Gavin Walker QC was appointed silk in 2018.

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