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Litigation — Scotland


Brodies LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 24 partners
- 81 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Strong litigation group that is highly respected for its involvement in some of Scotland's most high-profile disputes. Expert group of solicitor advocates whose deep expertise extends to areas such as banking, insolvency and commercial property litigation. Acts for private sector clients, with significant experience in oil and gas disputes.

Strengths Clients state: "The teams are expert in their fields of law and combine this with a genuine commitment to customer service. They want to be good to work with and clearly want us to succeed."

Sources also comment: "They have very good depth of experience and we like their responsiveness."

Work highlights Represented Bell Contracts in preventing a breach of contract by a contractor in relation to the completion of works at a Scottish airport.

Significant clients Scotch Whisky Association, RBS, Institute & Faculty of Actuaries, NVT Group, Interserve.

Notable practitioners

Joyce Cullen is praised for her "depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and her calm, authoritative approach." She is held in high esteem by market sources due to her extensive litigation experience. One client says: "Her legal knowledge and tactical advice in litigation have been first class."

Iain Rutherford is an accomplished commercial litigator with substantial experience acting for banks and financial institutions. Clients describe him as "energetic, very smart and user-friendly."

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CMS - Litigation Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 13 partners
- 36 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Respected litigation group particularly noted for its expertise in disputes in the energy and financial services sectors. Frequently engaged by blue-chip international clients in major litigation. Draws on extensive global dispute resolution capabilities. Impressive commercial experience spanning contractual claims and shareholder disputes. In May 2017 CMS merged with Nabarro and Olswang.

Strengths One client states: "They were good on detail and pragmatic with strategic options at the various stages of litigation."

Another interviewee comments: "They gave timely and commercially focused advice and provided valuable guidance through complex legal processes."

Work highlights Represented Huntaven Properties in a contractual dispute arising from the degradation of the concrete slab following the redevelopment of a pipe storage yard facility.

Represented the directors and shareholders of an international logistics company in a seven-week proof and the subsequent appeal. The underlying dispute concerned the interaction between corrupt practices and unfair prejudice remedies.

Significant clients Braid Group Shareholders, Standard Life, Nucana Biomed, Atos, Land Securities.

Notable practitioners

Colin Hutton impresses interviewees with his "straightforward" approach and ability to provide "long-term strategic views" on disputes. He is well known for representing prominent financial institutions, energy companies and other corporates. One source notes: "He fights hard for his clients."

Robert Wilson is experienced in a wide array of contentious issues and has particular expertise in matters pertaining to the energy and infrastructure sectors. He handles cases throughout the UK and abroad. One interviewee comments: "He's very efficient, calm and collected, and also brings a practical sense."

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Please visit the CMS website for more details about the practice and our work:
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Pinsent Masons LLP - Litigation Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 2 legal directors
- 29 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

What the team is known for A dominant force in the market, noted for its highly experienced litigation team and expertise spanning an impressive range of disciplines. Well placed to handle cross-border matters, leveraging its extensive international network. Clients include major corporates, banks and financial institutions.

Strengths Clients state: "They are on top of their game and really into the detail."

Sources say: "They have strength in depth and can cover litigation cases in Scotland and England, which is important."

Work highlights Defended Bowleven Kenya in a Commercial Court claim concerning Adamantine Energy Kenya's entitlement to seek an assignation of Bowleven's interest in a production sharing contract with the government of Kenya.

Represented David MacBrayne in a breach of contract action against ATOS concerning the provision of a new ticketing and reservation IT system for the Calmac ferry network.

Significant clients News Corporation, BP, Balfour Beatty, KCA Deutag, Imperial Tobacco.

Notable practitioners

Sources describe Jim Cormack as an "exceptional" and "tenacious" litigator. He is a well-known solicitor advocate with significant experience representing high-profile clients in contractual and commercial disputes. One client states: "He has a good cross-border practice and he brings that extra breadth to his advice."

Jacqueline Harris is a well-regarded litigator with vast experience acting in a wide span of commercial disputes, including before the Supreme Court and the Scottish Appeal Court. Interviewees consider her to be "very personable and pragmatic."

Solicitor advocate Craig Connal QC is highly regarded for his broad experience across commercial litigation, which encompasses contract, insolvency and product liability claims.

Solicitor advocate Joanne Gillies is described by commentators as "very dynamic and down-to-earth." She is well known for her expertise in insolvency matters and frequently acts for well-known corporates. Clients say: "When it comes to strategy, she has a very commercial and practical approach."

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Burness Paull - Litigation Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 32 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Highly regarded litigation team with broad-based expertise covering a range of sectors, including telecoms, oil and gas and financial services. Handles significant disputes for an impressive roster of high-profile clients, including frequent engagements on multi-jurisdictional matters. Has capacity to handle a wide range of contentious issues, including insolvency, product liability and contract disputes.

Strengths One interviewee comments: "They've done a very good job of managing a complex piece of litigation with a highly technical factual background, and they're good at identifying the key issues."

Work highlights Represented Ion Beam Services in the Court of Session in a contract dispute concerning the supply of a refurbished ion implanter.

Continued to act for Ted Jacob Engineering in relation to a dispute arising from an agreement to buy an engineering business in Dubai, which included a substantial fraud claim for recovery of diverted funds.

Significant clients RBS, Insolvency Service, Dana Petroleum, British Sky Broadcasting, Vodafone.

Notable practitioners

Firm chairman Philip Rodney is a well-established commercial litigator with vast experience in high-value product liability and international disputes. One commentator states: "He is a very good litigator and he always acts with the utmost good grace.”

Head of the dispute resolution group Colin Hulme engages in a range of disputes in the commercial and corporate spheres. A source comments: "He is just a delight to work with and great with clients.”

Head of the property litigation team Alan McMillan also has a strong record in high-profile commercial disputes. One client describes him as a "switched-on and excellent litigator."

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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 16 partners
- 16 associates
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee

What the team is known for Respected team that is frequently instructed on high-profile mandates by a loyal roster of clients. Acknowledged for its specialist expertise in areas such as IP, real estate and competition disputes. Clients include major accounting firms, financial services organisations and energy companies.

Strengths Interviewees comment: "They are extremely flexible, diligent and great to work with. All work is turned around in a timely manner."

Clients say: "We are extremely happy with the level of service and especially the cross-border capability."

Work highlights Acted for EY as liquidator of three offshore companies in relation to a suspected fraud and a related professional negligence claim against KPMG.

Represented Tor in a claim against China National Star Petroleum for damages arising from the alleged breach of a contract for the repair and management of an oil rig.

Significant clients Neart na Gaoithe Offshore Wind, Capital Document Solutions, TROUW, UK Asset Resolution, National House Building Council.

Notable practitioners

Solicitor advocate John Mackenzie is distinguished for his far-reaching experience representing clients in industries as diverse as energy, IT, banking and manufacturing. Clients are "extremely impressed with John's ability to grasp and understand complex subject matter."

Elaine Brailsford is a well-known commercial litigator, with extensive experience in property, financial and contractual disputes. One commentator notes: "She's very experienced and commercially sensible."

About the Team (content provided by Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP)

We are a leading commercial disputes and regulation practice of some 40 lawyers working across the UK. Led by seven partners, Chambers remark that we ‘excel in finding creative answers to thorny problems’ in high value, complex and significant cases, across both public and private sectors. Through our considered advice, we also look to prevent disputes from arising in the first place.



Our clients appreciate our frank approach, as we look to assess their risk – both financially and in terms of business reputation – and find solutions that will work. We are experienced advocates and our lawyers appear throughout the court and tribunal system in the UK, including arbitrations. Our mediation expertise is second to none, be it in negligence claims or highly complex technical commercial disputes.



All our lawyers are adept at managing the costs of disputes, so that our clients always have all the information they need to assess this crucial, but regularly overlooked, aspect of disputes. We are specialists in securing third party funding for our clients; indeed, our expertise in this regard is so respected that Burford Capital, the world’s largest funder, has provided us with a portfolio facility.



We are experts in all forms of international arbitration, including both commercial arbitration and arbitration between investors and states under bilateral and multilateral investment treaties, on the basis of both institutional and ad hoc arbitration rules.



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Anderson Strathern - Litigation Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 9 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Haddington

What the team is known for Strong reputation for banking litigation and professional negligence disputes as part of a broad commercial practice. Also known for handling cross-border disputes and appellate cases. Recent mandates include disputes arising in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

Strengths One client states: "They're excellent to deal with and they give you straight answers in a timely manner."

Work highlights Acted for Rangers International FC in a variety of high-profile actions, including in defence of the former chairman's claim that the club was due to meet the costs of criminal proceedings brought against him.

Represented SSE in its action to recover costs incurred during damage to a high-voltage electricity cable during the refurbishment of a care home.

Significant clients INEOS Manufacturing Scotland, Scottish Midland Co-operative Society, Buccleuch Estates.

Notable practitioners

Head of the dispute resolution department Fraser Geddes is a well-respected commercial litigator, with noteworthy experience in professional negligence disputes. One client reports: "He dealt with a complex factual matrix efficiently, effectively and accurately."

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BTO Solicitors LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 29 partners
- 50 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh

What the team is known for Widely recognised for its strength in professional negligence and insurance litigation. Handles an increasing volume of referral work from firms in other jurisdictions. Growing prominence in other specialist areas, including banking and property litigation. Clients include financial services and energy companies.

Strengths One client comments: "Their expert knowledge of court procedures has been exceptionally valuable. Their approachability, commitment and knowledge have together meant that the firm is an excellent resource for us."

Interviewees say: "They have a very strong approach to marshalling a lot of material and doing it in an effective way."

Work highlights Represented ELB Securities in an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning the status of property disclaimed by The Crown during a period of time in which a company has been struck off the register of companies.

Represented Community Windpower in litigation alleging that Storey Construction failed to construct wind turbine foundations to a sufficient standard to survive the design life.

Significant clients AIG Europe, Stena Line Ports, Chubb Insurance, Cigna UK, Lloyds Banking Group.

Notable practitioners

Solicitor advocate Anthony Jones is highlighted for his regular appearances in court and his strong trial record. He is well versed in a wide range of commercial matters, including partnership, corporate and construction disputes. One client comments: "He has excellent strategic and commercial awareness and is great at identifying the key issues and arguments."

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Clyde & Co LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 23 partners
- 48 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee

What the team is known for Widely acknowledged as a dominant force in all aspects of contentious insurance, as well as handling commercial, professional liability and personal injury matters. Represents numerous leading insurers and also has experience acting for clients in the construction sector.

Work highlights Acted for RIAS Insurance Services, the professional indemnity insurers of Halliday Fraser Munro, to defend against an action raised by Stewart Milne Westhill concerning flood damages at a large construction project.

Significant clients Zurich, Gallagher Bassett International, Esure, Transportation Claims, RSA.

Notable practitioners

Esteemed practitioner Peter Anderson is described by market sources as a "very impressive and quite tenacious" litigator. He has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation, with particular expertise in insurance claims.

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Dentons - Litigation Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 11 partners
- 27 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen

What the team is known for Handles a wide range of domestic and cross-border disputes. Broad-based litigation offering with particular expertise in real estate and professional negligence disputes. Increasingly active in areas such as media disputes, white-collar defence and energy litigation. Also offers a team of solicitor advocates and mediators for commercial disputes.

Strengths Sources praise the team for its "very commercial" approach.

Work highlights Acted for Chris Anderson and his companies in various disputes with a joint venture partner, Interfish, over their mutual investment in the fish processing business Northbay Pelagic.

Represented BDO UK as administrators of Energy Environment Ltd, pursuing a claim for payment of a deferred consideration and defending a warranty claim in the Commercial Court.

Significant clients RSA, Esso Petroleum, BBC, Bernard Hertz Bejot, Hammerson.

Notable practitioners

Head of the commercial dispute resolution team Tim Edward is well respected in the industry for his vast experience in commercial litigation. He is particularly adept at handling professional negligence, insolvency and company law claims.

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Harper Macleod LLP - Litigation Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 22 partners
- 26 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Lerwick

What the team is known for Active on a range of disputes, including property, insolvency and sports-related litigation. Experienced handling breach of contract, breach of duties and negligence claims.

Strengths Sources say: "They are always focused on what the customer wants and they are always reliable and a pleasure to work with."

One client comments: "They are very helpful, responsive and keen to assist us."

Work highlights Represented Peter Gordon in an appeal to the Supreme Court concerning whether the director of a company may be held liable for damages to a third party for failure to arrange adequate insurance on behalf of the company.

Significant clients Scottish Professional Football League, AIB Group, Direct Line Group, Norbord Europe.

Notable practitioners

Head of the firm's Court of Session practice Sandy Hastie attracts praise for his "switched-on and commercial" approach. He is experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes including directors' liability and breach of contract claims. One interviewee comments: "He's always well prepared, good in difficult situations and has a good manner for explaining things."

About the Team (content provided by Harper Macleod LLP)

We have one of the largest teams of dispute resolution solicitors in Scotland. More than half of our solicitors are involved regularly in contentious work - giving us an real breadth of litigation expertise.

We are known for the range and quality of our dispute resolution expertise, which is as wide as the firm’s full service offering, and our team includes some of the country’s most talented practitioners who represent clients in every sector including insurance, banking, real estate & construction, energy & natural resources, retail, sport and the public sector.

We have one of the most prominent teams in the Commercial Court in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court and have been involved in a number of the most complex litigations in Scottish courts in recent years.

We also have extensive expertise in representing the firm’s clients, in both the public and private sectors, in proceedings for judicial review, statutory appeals and public enquiries involving issues of administrative, planning and environmental law.

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MacRoberts LLP - Litigation Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 12 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee

What the team is known for Notably active in insolvency proceedings and commercial actions in the sheriff courts. Frequently acts in shareholder and contractual disputes, with particular know-how in matters arising in the energy sector. Also fields a dedicated construction team with significant experience in litigation.

Strengths Clients report: "The team was hugely knowledgeable, supportive and efficient in its communications and preparation of our case."

One commentator states: "They are very good at understanding the detail of their cases and they apply themselves hard to their clients' interests."

Work highlights Defended Towergate Underwriting Group and Carillion against an employers' and public liability insurance action.

Significant clients Stewart Milne Construction, Scottish Salmon Company, European Metal Recycling, Boston Scientific, Denholm.

Notable practitioners

Solicitor advocate Julie Hamilton "has excellent interpersonal skills and is very customer-focused," according to interviewees. She frequently handles partnership and shareholder disputes as well as contractual and product liability claims. One client reports: "She has exceptional technical knowledge and is both customer-aware and commercially aware."

About the Team (content provided by MacRoberts LLP)

We are highly regarded for our specialist litigation and dispute resolution work with a full spectrum of
commercial clients.

Key strengths include:

  • Court of Session Commercial Actions & Sheriff Court Commercial Court. We have
    vast, results-driven experience of the Commercial Court - both in terms of procedure and substantive hearings - and are highly respected among our peers, Counsel and by the Commercial Judges

  • Professional Negligence/Insurance Litigation. Act for numerous professional indemnity insurers in disputes and claims across the full range of business professionals drawing on our broad construction experience in disputes concerning architects, engineers, accountants and surveyors

  • Company Restructuring/Reductions of Capital. Acted for a multimedia company in obtaining Court approval for a reduction of capital. This required close liaison with the client's secretariat department and finance team, Court Reporter and Court working to tight time frames

  • Energy. We have particular expertise and act for a number of key players in this sector

  • Insolvency Litigation. Acting primarily on behalf of insolvency practitioners, funders and company directors. We undertake a wide range of litigation, particularly in the context of administrations,
    liquidations and sequestrations  

  • Procurement Litigation. We have extensive experience in this complex area

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Addleshaw Goddard LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 6 partners
- 8 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow

What the team is known for Well-respected practice with an impressive client roster featuring several major banks and insolvency firms. Litigation experience spans complex contractual, insolvency and fraud claims. Frequently acts on high-value cross-border mandates. HBJ Gateley merged with Addleshaw Goddard on 1st June 2017.

Strengths Sources say: "They are commercially minded and give sensible, pragmatic advice."

One interviewee reports: "They're a very driven team and are extremely helpful and commercial."

Work highlights Acted for Ensco 374 in relation to a breach of warranty claim following the purchase of the entire share capital of Screw Conveyor.

Represented FRP Advisory as administrators of Impact Trading by interdicting a purchaser from disposing of any of the company's assets in order to reduce the asset purchase agreement.

Notable practitioners

Head of the dispute resolution department Simon Catto is well regarded for his expertise in the energy, sports and financial services industries. His commercial litigation experience encompasses insolvency and contractual disputes.

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Please visit the Addleshaw Goddard website to find out more about our work in this area: 
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DWF LLP - Litigation Department

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Band 4

第四等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Basic facts about the department
- 1 partner
- 7 other qualified lawyers
- Office locations: Edinburgh, Glasgow

What the team is known for Dynamic team that is increasingly active on cross-border matters, drawing on the firm's deep resources and network. Offers expertise in a broad range of contractual and commercial matters, ranging from corporate operations to shareholder rights. Diverse client roster includes several household names in the retail, energy and pharmaceutical sectors.

Strengths Clients report: "The firm's approach is to manage cases in a timely manner and to seek a suitable resolution. Responses are always quick, offering a good level of detail and based on in-depth investigation at their end."

One commentator describes the group as "a very helpful and intelligent team that can be relied on to add value to any case."

Work highlights Represented Braid Group in a dispute before the Court of Session in which a minority shareholder sought orders requiring the company to purchase his shares.

Acted for Jaguar Land Rover on product liability claims arising in Scotland.

Significant clients ScottishPower, Marks & Spencer, Telefónica, JD Sports, Morrisons.

Notable practitioners

Solicitor advocate Euan McSherry is described by clients as "a strong commercial lawyer with a hands-on approach." He regularly appears in the Court of Session on a range of commercial and contractual disputes, as well as fraud matters. One client states: "He looks at it from my perspective and does what is commercially right for us. His energy and turnaround are impressive. He's enthusiastic about our business and looks out for our best interests."

Kenneth Campbell attracts praise for his "approachable" style and his "good sense of what is worth pursuing." He has considerable experience in commercial and product liability claims and is well known for representing energy and retail companies. Clients note that "his commercial acumen is spot-on."

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Senior Statesperson

Clyde & Co LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Esteemed practitioner Peter Anderson is described by market sources as a "very impressive and quite tenacious" litigator. He has a wealth of experience in commercial litigation, with particular expertise in insurance claims.

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Eminent Practitioner

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Firm chairman Philip Rodney is a well-established commercial litigator with vast experience in high-value product liability and international disputes. One commentator states: "He is a very good litigator and he always acts with the utmost good grace.”

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Band 1

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Sources describe Jim Cormack as an "exceptional" and "tenacious" litigator. He is a well-known solicitor advocate with significant experience representing high-profile clients in contractual and commercial disputes. One client states: "He has a good cross-border practice and he brings that extra breadth to his advice." 

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Band 1

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Joyce Cullen is praised for her "depth of knowledge, breadth of experience and her calm, authoritative approach." She is held in high esteem by market sources due to her extensive litigation experience. One client says: "Her legal knowledge and tactical advice in litigation have been first class."

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Band 2

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Craig Connal QC is highly regarded for his broad experience across commercial litigation, which encompasses contract, insolvency and product liability claims. 

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Band 2

Dentons

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the commercial dispute resolution team Tim Edward is well respected in the industry for his vast experience in commercial litigation. He is particularly adept at handling professional negligence, insolvency and company law claims.

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Band 2

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Colin Hutton impresses interviewees with his "straightforward" approach and ability to provide "long-term strategic views" on disputes. He is well known for representing prominent financial institutions, energy companies and other corporates. One source notes: "He fights hard for his clients." 

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate John Mackenzie is distinguished for his far-reaching experience representing clients in industries as diverse as energy, IT, banking and manufacturing. Clients are "extremely impressed with John's ability to grasp and understand complex subject matter."

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Band 3

Elaine Brailsford

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Elaine Brailsford is a well-known commercial litigator, with extensive experience in property, financial and contractual disputes. One commentator notes: "She's very experienced and commercially sensible."

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Band 3

MacRoberts LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Julie Hamilton "has excellent interpersonal skills and is very customer-focused," according to interviewees. She frequently handles partnership and shareholder disputes as well as contractual and product liability claims. One client reports: "She has exceptional technical knowledge and is both customer-aware and commercially aware."

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Band 3

Jacqueline Harris

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Jacqueline Harris is a well-regarded litigator with vast experience acting in a wide span of commercial disputes, including before the Supreme Court and the Scottish Appeal Court. Interviewees consider her to be "very personable and pragmatic." 

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Band 3

Harper Macleod LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the firm's Court of Session practice Sandy Hastie attracts praise for his "switched-on and commercial" approach. He is experienced in a wide range of commercial disputes including directors' liability and breach of contract claims. One interviewee comments: "He's always well prepared, good in difficult situations and has a good manner for explaining things."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Lindsays

From the Chambers UK guide

Brent Haywood is a solicitor advocate at Lindsays. He attracts praise from sources for his "wise, tactful and very effective" approach to commercial litigation. He frequently handles contractual and company disputes, as well as IP and pension claims. One client states: "He was readily accessible, quickly grasped the issues and provided good commercial advice."

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Band 3

BTO Solicitors LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Anthony Jones is highlighted for his regular appearances in court and his strong trial record. He is well versed in a wide range of commercial matters, including partnership, corporate and construction disputes. One client comments: "He has excellent strategic and commercial awareness and is great at identifying the key issues and arguments."

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Band 3

TLT Scotland

From the Chambers UK guide

Tom McEntegart of TLT Scotland is praised for his "very high intellect" and his "friendly, approachable style." As a solicitor advocate, he frequently appears before the Court of Session and the Supreme Court in banking and contractual matters. Interviewees comment: "He has excellent commercial awareness and always engages you in the process."

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Band 3

Davidson Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of Davidson Chalmers LLP's dispute resolution group Sheila Webster is endorsed by market sources for her "sensible and pragmatic" approach to litigation. She is well regarded for her wide-ranging experience encompassing contractual, shareholder and professional negligence disputes.

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Band 3

CMS

From the Chambers UK guide

Robert Wilson is experienced in a wide array of contentious issues and has particular expertise in matters pertaining to the energy and infrastructure sectors. He handles cases throughout the UK and abroad. One interviewee comments: "He's very efficient, calm and collected, and also brings a practical sense." 

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Band 4

Addleshaw Goddard LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the dispute resolution department Simon Catto is well regarded for his expertise in the energy, sports and financial services industries. His commercial litigation experience encompasses insolvency and contractual disputes.

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Band 4

Shoosmiths LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Stuart Clubb leads Shoosmiths LLP's dispute resolution team in Edinburgh. He is an accomplished litigator with vast experience handling corporate, contractual and insolvency matters.

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Band 4

Anderson Strathern

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the dispute resolution department Fraser Geddes is a well-respected commercial litigator, with noteworthy experience in professional negligence disputes. One client reports: "He dealt with a complex factual matrix efficiently, effectively and accurately."

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Band 4

Pinsent Masons LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Joanne Gillies is described by commentators as "very dynamic and down-to-earth." She is well known for her expertise in insolvency matters and frequently acts for well-known corporates. Clients say: "When it comes to strategy, she has a very commercial and practical approach."

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Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the dispute resolution group Colin Hulme engages in a range of disputes in the commercial and corporate spheres. A source comments: "He is just a delight to work with and great with clients.”

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Band 4

Burness Paull

From the Chambers UK guide

Head of the property litigation team Alan McMillan also has a strong record in high-profile commercial disputes. One client describes him as a "switched-on and excellent litigator."

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Band 4

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Solicitor advocate Euan McSherry is described by clients as "a strong commercial lawyer with a hands-on approach." He regularly appears in the Court of Session on a range of commercial and contractual disputes, as well as fraud matters. One client states: "He looks at it from my perspective and does what is commercially right for us. His energy and turnaround are impressive. He's enthusiastic about our business and looks out for our best interests."

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Band 4

Brodies LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Iain Rutherford is an accomplished commercial litigator with substantial experience acting for banks and financial institutions. Clients describe him as "energetic, very smart and user-friendly." 

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Up and Coming

Aberdein Considine

From the Chambers UK guide

Leonie Donald of Aberdein Considine is praised for her "personable" style and is described by sources as a "capable, sensible litigator." She regularly acts for large banks in commercial, insolvency and financial disputes.

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Associates to watch

DWF LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Kenneth Campbell attracts praise for his "approachable" style and his "good sense of what is worth pursuing." He has considerable experience in commercial and product liability claims and is well known for representing energy and retail companies. Clients note that "his commercial acumen is spot-on."

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Associates to watch

Davidson Chalmers LLP

From the Chambers UK guide

Davidson Chalmers LLP's Greg Flett impresses with his client-friendly approach and his experience across a variety of commercial disputes, including shareholder and partnership matters. Clients say: "He has an excellent grasp of the issues and brings a thorough approach with a healthy pragmatism."

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