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Frank Johnstone is a partner in our Commercial Dispute Resolution team focussing on consumer and consumer credit law, volume debt recovery, utilities recoveries, motor finance law, sale, hire purchase and satisfactory quality claims in relation to motor vehicles and other goods. Frank is a director and Council member of the Consumer Credit Trade Association, an Editor of the Scottish sections of "Goode: Consumer Credit Law and Practice" and "Goode: Consumer Credit Reports", Convenor of the Panel of the Law Society of Scotland's Accredited Specialism: Debt and Asset Recovery, Convenor of the Consumer Law Committee of the Law Society of Scotland, Co-Chair of the Money Advice Liaison Group (Scotland), former Chair (2007-2009) of the Consumer Litigation Committee of the International Bar Association, the Cuthbert Scottish Legal Awards Winner: Specialist of the Year 2005 – Consumer Finance and Debt Recovery and was the Law Society of Scotland, Robert Schuman Lecturer on Consumer Law (2000) and (1999).




Law Society of Scotland.


The University of Glasgow: M.A. (Economic History) and LL.B. (Law) 1975-1980.


Sailing; chess; fishing.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Leading individuals

Frank Johnstone - Dentons

Within: Debt recovery

Dentons' practice covers a wide ambit of matters in the commercial and consumer sectors, including utilities recoveries, motor finance and general commercial debt recovery cases, as well as debts arising from employment contracts and property-related debts. A notable strength of the firm is that it has a team in Aberdeen that is experienced in assisting oil and gas sector clients with recovering outstanding debts internationally. Frank Johnstone in Glasgow is the overall head of the practice, which is equally strong in handling bespoke and volume recoveries at all stages from pre-litigation to enforcement. Also recommended is solicitor advocate Douglas Blyth, who represents pursuers and defenders at the Sheriff Court and Court of Session in a range of commercial debt recovery matters. A recent highlight saw Blyth and senior associate Marianne Griffin successfully represent car park operator Indigo Park Services UK Limited in the highly-publicised, landmark case of Indigo Park Services UK Limited v Conor Watson, which arose from student nurses accruing unpaid parking fines at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee. Blyth is also working with members of the London office to advise RBS Invoice Finance on recovering debts under an asset-based finance facility. Julie Devlin is another key figure in the team, as is Craig Kennedy, who is particularly strong in debt and asset recovery cases where there is an insolvency-related component. Clydesdale Bank, RCI Financial Services and Network Rail are among the firm's many clients.

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