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  1. Stables – mainly civil practitioners
  2. Stables – both civil and criminal law
  3. Stables – mainly criminal law practitioners

Stables – mainly civil practitioners

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    • Ampersand
    • Axiom Advocates
    • Compass Chambers
    • Terra Firma Chambers
    • Westwater Advocates

Stables – both civil and criminal law

  1. 1
    • Arnot Manderson Advocates
    • Hastie Stable

Stables – mainly criminal law practitioners

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    • Black Chambers
    • Mackinnon Stable (Glasgow)
    • *All stables are based in Edinburgh, unless otherwise stated.

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Ampersand’s advocates attract praise for their β€˜excellent depth and breadth of knowledge’ across a range of areas, particularly in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence. Practitioners also have expertise in planning, commercial, property and regulatory law. The β€˜very user-friendly’ and β€˜proactive’ Alan Moffat (β€˜when there are challenges he finds a solution’) leads the β€˜efficient, friendly and helpful’ clerking team.

Arnot Manderson Advocates handles instructions across a broad spectrum of areas, including commercial litigation, family, personal injury and medical negligence, intellectual property and employment law, and also reports an uptick in public law instructions. Crime is another area of strength. The β€˜friendly, approachable and direct’ clerks are β€˜quick to deal with any queries and there is always someone available at short notice to assist if necessary’ – β€˜nothing is too much trouble for them’. Andrew Sutherland and Elizabeth Manderson lead the team; β€˜both are always very helpful and quick to assist’.

Axiom Advocates has a reputation as a β€˜kitemark of quality’ with β€˜excellent strength in depth’, and is viewed by instructing parties as β€˜the strongest commercial stable’ in Scotland. Other cornerstone areas of instruction include public law, intellectual property, insolvency, professional negligence, tax and construction. In 2018, Jonathan Barne QC, Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC, Martin Richardson QC, David Thomson QC and Gavin Walker QC all took silk, while Anna Poole QC was appointed a judge of the Upper Tribunal. On the support side, practice manager Lesley Flynn (β€˜a delight to deal with’) β€˜runs a tight ship’; overall, the clerks are β€˜proactive and responsive’ and β€˜in tune to the requirements of solicitors’.

Criminal law remains Black Chambers’ core strength, however, advocates also have extensive experience handling fatal accident inquiries, defamation matters and environmental crime, among other areas. Advocates’ clerk Lee-Anne Black is the key contact.

Compass Chambers’ core strengths lie in personal injury and clinical negligence and health and safety, and regulatory law; the stable is also noted for its expertise in criminal law. In 2018, Gavin Anderson joined from Westwater Advocates. The β€˜brilliant’ practice manager Gavin Herd leads a team of β€˜knowledgeable and helpful clerks who instructing agents trust and respect’; β€˜you can be confident that when you instruct counsel from this stable your client’s case is in safe hands’.

Hastie Stable’s areas of expertise include employment law, public law and criminal law. In 2018 Gavin MacColl QC took silk. Advocates’ clerk Susan Hastie is the main contact.

Glasgow-based Mackinnon Stable has a solid track record in handling criminal law cases, with its civil practice handling instructions in, among other areas, employment law, family law and commercial law. Banny Mackinnon is the practice manager.

Terra Firma Chambers has a reputation as a very strong stable for planning and environmental law, with other core areas of instruction being property, commercial, public and tax law. In 2018 Stephen O’Rourke QC took silk, and England and Wales silk James Findlay QC was appointed a silk in Scotland. On the clerking side, practice manager Emma Potter is β€˜always keen to assist’ and is β€˜very knowledgeable about the advocates and their areas of practice’. Her β€˜very friendly and approachable’ team is β€˜extremely helpful and accommodating’.

For some, Westwater Advocates is β€˜the pre-eminent stable for family law in Scotland’, with members acting in children law cases, high-profile divorce matters and cross-border residence orders. Practitioners are also instructed in employment, planning, property and public law cases. Lynda Brabender QC took silk and Gavin Anderson moved to Compass Chambers in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The β€˜very approachable’ Sheila Westwater leads the clerking team, who β€˜provide a superb service – they are helpful, responsive and go above and beyond to assist instructing agents’.

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