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  1. Leading Silks
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Leading Silks

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    • Roisin Higgins QC - Axiom AdvocatesA top-drawer advocate; pragmatic and really knows her stuff.
    • Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom AdvocatesRecommended for applications for anonymity orders.
    • Iain Mitchell QC - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesGreat at getting to the nub of complex issues.

Leading Juniors

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    • Duncan Hamilton - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesExtremely knowledgeable in all areas of media law.
    • Paul O'Brien - Axiom AdvocatesAlways responsive and provides well thought-out advice.
    • Kathryn Pickard - Axiom AdvocatesThe leading patent specialist in Scotland.
    • Usman Tariq - Ampersand AdvocatesThe best all-round IP junior in Scotland.

Usman Tariq at Ampersand Advocates is highly recommended for contentious intellectual property matters, as well as maintaining a substantial presence in the IT sector, particularly in matters concerning gaming and digital applications. Recent instructions include a substantial trade mark infringement and passing off dispute between two manufacturers of electronic cigarettes, where Tariq acted for the pursuers, as well as conducting breach of interdict cases on behalf of large rights-holders such as Sky and the Performing Right Society.

Arnot Manderson Advocates is home to experienced IP litigator Iain Mitchell QC, who is particularly focused on the technology sector, and Duncan Hamilton, who recently acted as a junior for the defence in the Campbell v Dugdale defamation case, in which the operator of the pro-Scottish independence blog Wings Over Scotland sued the former Scottish Labour leader after she labelled as homophobic a tweet by Campbell that the father of another Scottish politician 'should have embraced his homosexuality sooner'.

Axiom Advocates are, according to one client, 'the go-to stable for IT and IP disputes in Scotland', with counsel undertaking a range of work from patent and trade mark litigation, to privacy and press regulation.

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