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Tim Edward

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Commercial Dispute Resolution.


Partner and solicitor-advocate specialising in professional negligence and insolvency litigation; professional indemnity insurance litigation (appointed to Law Society of Scotland Master Policy Panel for defending claims against solicitors in 2014); shipping litigation.


Articled W&J Burness, 1988-90; qualified 1990; assistant and associate Maclay Murray & Spens 1990-96; partner 1996.


Robert Gordon’s College; Worcester College, Oxford (1985 BA Lit Hum); Edinburgh University (1987 LLB); (1988 Dip LP).


Golf; squash; skiing; classical guitar; member Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society.

Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation

Within: Leading individuals

Tim Edward - Dentons

Within: Commercial litigation

Dentons entered the Scottish market by merging with Maclay Murray & Spens LLP in October 2017. In addition to having a sizeable reach in Scotland, the Scottish group operates as part of a wider UK team of dispute resolution specialists. Tim Edward , Douglas Blyth and Malcolm Gunnyeon jointly head up the practice out of the Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen offices respectively. Edward is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in professional negligence matters, while Gunnyeon assists clients with oil and gas litigation, contentious health and safety and insolvency-related cases. Blyth, who has a particularly first-rate reputation in insolvency litigation, and recently promoted director Craig Kennedy acted for Hooley Limited in the landmark Court of Session case of Hooley Limited v The Victoria Jute Company Limited, which confirmed that the principle of modified universalism should be recognised by Scottish law. Edward is representing Highlands and Islands Enterprise as the defender in Court of Session proceedings brought by LC Services over an alleged breach of state aid rules. Gareth Hale focuses on property litigation, while legal director Susan Snedden heads up the contentious IP and TMT practice. The firm is also active in cases involving media law, corporate crime and public law. Ewan Easton has retired from private practice.

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Scotland: Insurance

Professional negligence

Within: Professional negligence

Dentons' department possesses ‘a depth of knowledge that is difficult to replicate’, and represents a mixture of both claimants and defenders, with particular expertise in claims in the financial services. Its clients include major insurers, including Zurich and Aviva, in addition to individuals and insured businesses. The practice is led by Tim Edward, who is ‘an astute litigator, with a keen grasp of the strategic issues’. ‘Excellent’ senior associate Bruce McCombie predominately represents professionals defending claims of negligence. In a recent highlight, the group successfully defended Pagan Osborne against a claim raised by a former customer in relation to its role in the executory of her late husband’s estate, leading to a full discharge of all claims. It is currently acting for Charles Taylor Insurance Services in defending a claim by liquidators of AGRPA for allegedly negligent advice on a Portfolio Solutions Bond sold under its name.

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