THE SET The Ampersand stable houses some of the most pre-eminent bankruptcy and insolvency experts in Scotland. These individuals are backed up by helpful and professional clerks, who are quick to proffer cost breakdowns when requested. This is much appreciated by solicitors, who also admire the stable's regular provision of social and educational events.
SILKS David Sellar QC has an "impressive intellect and unparalleled knowledge," such that one commentator described him as "the leading QC at the Scottish Bar and the go-to counsel on complex insolvency issues." Sellar primarily works on the advisory side of insolvency and is praised for his "excellent technical and commercial advice."
Robert Howie QC is another immensely experienced silk here, who is "technically brilliant" and knows the law very well."
JUNIORS David Thomson is "a first-class junior who can be trusted to give 100% to any case," according to one instructing solicitor. Others add that "he combines a solid analytical mind with great commitment and diligence."
Since publication, David Thomson has joined Axiom Advocates
THE SET Axiom Advocates advises in relation to all the main insolvency regimes in Scotland, offering counsel on insolvent liquidations, administrations, receiverships and voluntary arrangements. It is a stable of well-regarded and experienced advocates who mesh admirably with clerks that commentators have described as being organised and efficient.
SILKS James McNeill QC is one of the most well-regarded advocates in Scotland and is regularly recommended for his insolvency expertise.
JUNIORS Garry Borland runs an extensive construction and company law practice alongside his restructuring and insolvency law work. He is highly recommended as is the "knowledgeable and impressive" Almira Delibegović-Broome. Commentators say she "is tenacious and is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and fight causes that others will not."
Susan Ower is a promising advocate who is "committed and is really making the effort to become a true restructuring expert."
Michael Howlin QC
of Hastie Stable is considered one of the most respected silks in Scotland, and offers particular expertise in insolvency and company law. His technical ability is universally admired.
At the same set, Gavin MacColl
"has a very broad and successful practice," according to instructing solicitors.
Alan Summers QC
of Murray Stable "has a good sense of when a fight is worth having," according to observers. His "measured but forceful" oral advocacy plays well, and he is applauded for his "consistent ability to deliver pragmatic and commercially driven advice to clients." His recent cases include Fleming Builders v Forrest.
Stablemate Richard Aird
is praised for his "conscientiousness and above all his consideration of outside-of-the-box methods to get a matter settled." He is immensely experienced in a range of insolvency matters and has written texts on the subject of cross-border insolvencies.
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