Leading Silks

James Findlay KC - Terra Firma Chambers 'The top planning silk in Scotland. He is an incredibly effective advocate in court who gets to the heart of the issues quickly. He understands the nuances of crofting law. He is a pleasure to work with and clients like his easy manner.'
Robert Howie KC - Ampersand Advocates 'A superbly analytical and utterly top drawer silk who is excellent in court.'
Marcus McKay KCAmpersand AdvocatesMarcus is a very pragmatic silk, and he is extremely easy to work with. He presents cases in a clear and logical manner and is good at seeing the bigger picture.'
Malcolm Thomson KC - Ampersand Advocates 'He is an exceptional advocate.'
Ailsa Wilson KC - Ampersand Advocates 'A silk with a very strong planning law practice.'
Nick Ellis KC - Westwater Advocates 'He is well prepared, very knowledgeable, always accessible, reassuring to lawyers and clients alike, and calm under fire. '
Douglas Armstrong KC - Terra Firma Chambers 'He is strategically astute, responsive, clear, detailed and constructive.'
Alasdair Burnet KC - Terra Firma Chambers 'A first-class planning silk. He is very persuasive and commands authority in court.'

Leading Juniors

Denis GarrityTerra Firma ChambersAn excellent and supportive advocate.'
Maurice O’Carroll - Terra Firma Chambers 'Maurice is always well organised and prepared. He finds good angles on cases and pursues them with vigour.'
Timothy Young - Ampersand Advocates 'He is a fierce advocate who you want on your side in a contentious matter.'
Nicholas McAndrew - Ampersand Advocates 'An incredibly able junior with a very calm, measured and methodical way of approaching cases. He is conscientious, and clear and concise in his advocacy.'
Ross AndersonAmpersand Advocates 'He is an impressive court performer and provides solid commercial advice.'
Ewen Brown  - Terra Firma Chambers 'He is an astute tactician and valuable asset for complex litigations. Ewen is confident on his feet and persuasive in his advocacy.'
Giles Reid – Ampersand AdvocatesGiles has an exceptional knowledge of Scottish property law. He is diligent, attentive and very user-friendly.'

Property, planning and construction in Scottish Bar

Ampersand Advocates

Ampersand Advocates 'has a wide offering of quality advocates' and an excellent reputation for its expertise in planning and construction law matters. Laura-Anne Van Der Westhuizen KC is 'a very impressive advocate' who provides 'clear, considered and strategic advice' across a wide range of planning matters. Marcus McKay KC is viewed as 'one of the best at the senior Bar in planning and environmental matters'. Timothy Young is sought after for his solid track record in advising on construction contractual disputes and contentious property work, including crofting and agricultural issues. Nicholas McAndrew is 'a first class junior, particularly when it comes to construction and engineering disputes'.

Testimonials

Stable

Ampersand is very responsive and easy to work with.’

Ampersand is a strong stable with a fantastic choice of advocates.’

The offering for planning is particularly strong.’

A solid stable.’

Clerking

Alan Moffat is a pleasure to work with.’

Kathryn Ferguson goes above and beyond.’

The stable provides a consistent and reliable service.’

Alan Moffat and Sheena Hume are very responsive and great with detail.’

Ampersand’s clerks are excellent. They are all responsive, knowledgeable, friendly and keen to help in any way they can.’

Terra Firma Chambers

Terra Firma Chambers is 'peerless for planning law', according to instructing solicitors, and members are equally strong in advising on a range of property law issues. James Findlay KC, who shares dual tenancy with English set Cornerstone Barristers, is 'tremendous in court'; Alasdair Burnet KC acted for the City of Edinburgh Council in a case concerning the contractual interpretation of a Section 75 Agreement and title to sue. At the junior end of the stable, Graham Dunlop is representing the Highland Council in Woodlands Renewables v Ramblers Association and The Highland Council, involving a challenge to statutory access rights brought by a landowner under the the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

Testimonials

Stable

Excellent stable with top planning counsel.’

Terra Firma is a reliable, well informed stable that consistently delivers excellent service.’

Good strength and depth.’

Excellent availability of specialist counsel.’

Terra Firma is the go-to chambers in Scotland for planning-related work.’

Clerking

Terra Firma’s clerks are excellent at communicating and a pleasure to deal with.’

The clerks are excellent – first class service. Emma Caskie-Potter makes sure things go to plan.’

Andrew Veitch and Emma Caskie-Potter are a pleasure to work with.’

Emma Caskie-Potter is professional, effective and efficient, a good communicator and very pleasant to deal with.’

Emma Caskie-Potter is very user friendly and always identifies the best person for the particular matter.’