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  1. Professional negligence – Leading silks
  2. Professional negligence – Leading juniors

Professional negligence – Leading silks

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    • Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom AdvocatesA first-class silk for professional negligence matters.
    • Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom AdvocatesExtremely diligent and judicious in his approach to cases.
    • Douglas Fairley QC - Westwater AdvocatesInnovative and pugnacious.
    • Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom AdvocatesA top-class silk.
    • Gavin Walker QC - Axiom AdvocatesHe demonstrates sound judgement.

Professional negligence – Leading juniors

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    • Gordon Balfour - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesExperienced across a range of professional negligence matters.
    • Jonathan Brown - Axiom AdvocatesHe has particular expertise in solicitors’ liability cases.
    • Paul O’Brien - Axiom AdvocatesClients like his candid and amiable demeanour.
    • Chris Paterson - Axiom AdvocatesSharp and excellent on his feet.
    • Helen Watts - Axiom AdvocatesVery intelligent with a great client manner.

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Arnot Manderson Advocates’ members act in a broad range of professional negligence cases involving allegations made against, for example, architects, surveyors and accountants.

In the words of one solicitor, Axiom Advocates is the ‘best stable for professional negligence’ with ‘strength in depth’ in its team. Instructions involving allegations of professional negligence against solicitors are prominent in the practitioners’ caseloads, however, the group also has expertise representing surveyors, financial advisers and building professionals, among others. Case highlights include acting for the defence in Trustees of Johnston Press Pension Plan and others v Mercer, which involved allegations that the retirement age for men and women had not been equalised in four pension schemes due to negligence; the Court of Session found the plans had been validly equalised. Gavin Walker QC took silk in 2018.

Past instructions for the team at Westwater Advocates include cases involving allegations against architects and surveyors.

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