Professional Experience

Adam called to the Bar in 2018 as the Lord Reid Scholar 2017-18.

Prior to calling to the Bar, Adam practiced in Brodies LLP’s Dispute Resolution department for seven years. He qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in July 2015. He has appeared regularly in that capacity in the Court of Session (Outer House, Inner House and Commercial Court) and Sheriff Courts. He has also appeared in the Supreme Court. Adam’s instructions as Solicitor Advocate covered a wide range of practice areas including: professional negligence, construction, commercial contracts and commercial property. He also has experience of urgent instructions to obtain interim orders.

As a solicitor, Adam gained extensive experience of acting in professional negligence claims on behalf of solicitors, surveyors, accountants, IFAs, brokers, architects and construction professionals. Completing the CII Diploma in Insurance in 2014 enhanced Adam’s insurance industry knowledge. He has considerable experience as a solicitor of high value and complex disputes and mediation.

  • Case History

    As solicitor-advocate:

    Professional Liability

    Gordon’s Trustees v Campbell Riddell Breeze Paterson LLP 2017 SLT 1287 (as solicitor-advocate in Inner House and Supreme Court) – application of s11(3) of the Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 to a claim for economic loss


    MP Burke Transport Limited v Charles Scott & Partners [2017] CSOH 67 (as solicitor-advocate) – Commercial Court proof regarding scope of duties owed by structural engineer.

  • Courts & Tribunals

    Supreme Court
    Court of Session (Inner and Outer House, including Commercial Court)
    Sheriff Courts

  • Appointments & Memberships

    2015 to present: Tutor, Civil Court Practice, Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh
    2009-2014: Tutor, Contract Law (Honours), University of Edinburgh
    2009-2012: Tutor, Contract and Unjustified Enrichment (Ordinary), Delict (Ordinary) and Commercial Law (Ordinary), University of Edinburgh

Professional Career to date

Devil Masters: Chris Paterson, Dan Byrne, Sarah Livingstone

2017-2018: Devil, Faculty of Advocates
2015-2017: Solicitor Advocate & Associate, Brodies LLP
2012-2015: Senior Solicitor, Brodies LLP
2010-2012: Solicitor, Brodies LLP
2008-2010: Trainee, Brodies LLP

Education & Professional Qualifications

Lord Reid Scholarship, Faculty of Advocates (2017-2018)
Chartered Insurance Institute, Diploma in Insurance (2014)
Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Edinburgh (2008)
LLB (Hons) (First Class), University of Edinburgh (2007)

Academic Prizes:
Lord President Cooper Memorial Prize  (2007) – Honours Student of Outstanding Distinction
John Hastie Scholarship (2007) – best performance in Ordinary courses by an LLB graduate
Miller Prize (2005) – class prize for Commercial Law
Tods Murray Scholarship (2005) – combined prize for Commercial and Property Law
James Craig Howie Memorial Prize (2005) – combined prize for private law subjects
McGrigors Prize (2005) – combined prize for Commercial Law, Property and Taxation
Margaret Balfour Keith Prize (2004) – class prize for Public Law
Thow Scholarship (2004) – class prize for Obligations