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MacRoberts LLP

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Work 0141 303 1100
Fax 0141 332 8886
Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow

Leon Breakey

Work 0141 303 1251
MacRoberts LLP

Work Department

Commercial, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Corporate Recovery




Leon is Head of our Debt Recovery Group and has particular experience and focus on insolvency and company law matters, advising clients on commercial and personal insolvency disputes. He deals with a wide range of commercial disputes and debt recovery and regularly acts for clients in court proceedings in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Commercial litigation

MacRoberts LLP is recognised for its 'long and distinguished track record' in commercial litigation. With solicitor advocate Julie Hamilton ('outstanding, extremely able, hardworking and conscientious') at the helm as practice head, the firm garners praise for 'the quality of its work and ability of its lawyers'. A hallmark of the practice is its 'coverage of the full spectrum of commercial subject matters'. Hamilton's wide-ranging litigation experience includes cases involving contentious IP and IT, company law, shareholder and partnership disputes, as well as professional negligence matters. Hamilton was also the lead partner in the advice to an executive agency of the Scottish government on a £6m Court of Session claim against a global IT contractor; this matter represented the first time the Scottish government has sued a commercial contractor. Gillian Craig  also has a varied practice, with her workload spanning areas such as banking and pensions, fishing and crofting, and shareholder disputes, among others. Leon Breakey is a go-to for corporate and personal insolvency, as well as debt recovery matters, and he also handles various other types of commercial disputes. In 2017, Hamilton and Euan Duncan acted for CCHG (trading as Vaporized) at the Court of Session in a landmark appeal against the decision of a UK Intellectual Property Office hearing officer to declare its trademark invalid. Craig and senior associate Angus Wood acted for The Football Company (Scotland) Limited as the pursuer in a circa £1m damages action against Glasgow City Council arising from the destruction of the client's digital advertising hoarding following a pitch invasion at the Scottish Cup Final in 2016. Another name to note is senior associate Lynsay Cargill, who is an accredited mediator, a member of the Young Mediators Group and is also a member of the Property Litigation Association.

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Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

MacRoberts LLP significantly expanded its offering by acquiring the business of specialist debt recovery and credit control firm Yuill & Kyle in December 2017. This significant development saw Stephen Cowan and Helen McWilliams move across. Further illustrative of the growth of the practice, it has had a notable increase in referral work from law firms based in England and Wales. The team, which is led by Leon Breakey, is particularly active in the food and drink, construction and real estate sectors. It has a notably strong specialism in recovering mis-sold PPI claims. Breakey, who has a wealth of experience in insolvency litigation, is experienced in potential claims arising from the insolvency of a debtor. Debt Collect UK Limited, Cemex UK Operations Limited and Sealeco Limited are among the firm's clients.

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Scotland: Finance

Insolvency and corporate recovery

Within: Insolvency and corporate recovery

MacRoberts LLP's Leon Breakey is recommended for his insolvency litigation experience, which spans both corporate and personal insolvency. In 2017, Breakey acted for the joint liquidators of S&M Livestock Limited in a dispute with a court reporter, which had arisen from the reporter going beyond his remit, which was to report on the reasonableness of the fee sought by the clients. Ian Bowie advises insolvency practitioners (and other clients) on property-related issues arising from insolvencies. Mazars, Begbies Traynor and Campbell Dallas are among the firm's clients. Alan Meek departed for Morton Fraser.

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Scotland: Real estate

Property litigation

Within: Property litigation

MacRoberts LLP's team is led by Gillian Craig, who is the chair of the Scottish branch of the Property Litigation Association. In her addition, her particular strengths in extra-judicial settlements (particularly property-related mediations) have led to her appointment on The Law Society of Scotland's commercial mediation accreditation panel. Craig assisted a Scottish Property Group Limited, as the landlord of a property in Glasgow city centre, with settling at mediation a dilapidations dispute with outgoing tenant Pizza Hut (UK) Limited. Craig is also working with senior associate Angus Wood, Leon Breakey and others to advise a college, as the landlord of a student halls of residence, on handling the breach by an operating company in administration (as the tenant) of an obligation to keep the premises in good repair, among other matters. Other recent highlights have involved wayleave and servitude issues, and also title and boundary disputes. Solicitor advocate Julie Hamilton and senior associate Lynsay Cargill are other practitioners who are recommended for their property litigation experience.

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