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Axiom Advocates receives highest number of rankings in Scotland


11 October 2017

Axiom Advocates is delighted to receive the highest number of rankings at the Scottish bar in the recent Legal 500 publication.

Scottish Bar: Stables overview

Viewed as a ‘top-quality stable’, with ‘market-leading strength in depth at both senior and junior level’, Axiom Advocates has a first-rate reputation for commercial law matters. Other predominant areas of strength include professional negligence, public law, insolvency, tax and personal injury. In 2016, Morag Ross QC took silk and James Wolffe QC was appointed to the position of Lord Advocate. On the support side, practice manager Lesley Flynn is ‘very effective and understands the needs of solicitors’. Her team is ‘always willing to help and takes the time to get to know clients’ likes and dislikes in terms of counsel so as to be able to provide a tailored selection for a particular matter’.

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government)

Axiom Advocates ‘has a very strong reputation in relation to public law matters’. Members frequently appear in judicial reviews, particularly in relation to human rights cases. Morag Ross QC took silk in 2016.

Leading silks

Anna Poole QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in judicial reviews, EU law and human rights matters.
Ranked: tier 1

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An estimable silk.’
Ranked: tier 1

Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His oral advocacy skills are excellent.’
Ranked: tier 1

Morag Ross QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A highly intellectual and very user-friendly silk.’
Ranked: tier 1

Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A very pragmatic, user-friendly and approachable silk.’
Ranked: tier 1

Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A fine analytical mind.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

Dan Byrne - Axiom Advocates ‘He has great depth of knowledge in administrative and public law.’
Ranked: tier 1

Ewen Campbell - Axiom Advocates ‘Very approachable with absolute attention to detail.’
Ranked: tier 1

John MacGregor - Axiom Advocates ‘Insightful, pragmatic and efficient.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Barne - Axiom Advocates ‘A very decisive advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1

Commercial litigation

Viewed as a ‘top commercial stable’ by instructing parties, Axiom Advocates’ members are experienced across a gamut of commercial disputes. In 2016, for example, Roddy Dunlop QC successfully defended in Worbey & Farrell v Campbell, a dispute over the ownership of a gay dating app.

Leading silks

Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in contractual disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Highly experienced in commercial litigation.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Recommended for commercial contracts matters.’
Ranked: tier 1

Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a first-rate intellect and a very persuasive manner.’
Ranked: tier 1

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in all aspects of commercial law.’
Ranked: tier 1

Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is congenial, robust and incisive.’
Ranked: tier 1

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An excellent silk.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

Almira Delibegovic-Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Recent cases include breach of contract disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘Unafraid to fight his corner.’
Ranked: tier 1

Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘Enthusiastic, dedicated, and calm under pressure.’
Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘He builds good rapport with clients.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Barne - Axiom Advocates ‘Diligent and approachable with a pragmatic outlook.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a sharp analytical mind and a great client manner.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘A very good communicator; he speaks the client’s language.’
Ranked: tier 1

Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘He instils confidence in clients.’
Ranked: tier 1

Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely bright and very good on his feet.’
Ranked: tier 1

Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘An excellent advocate, who holds the ear of the court.’
Ranked: tier 1

Company and insolvency

Axiom Advocates is noted for its ‘very good depth in the area of insolvency’; members are instructed in high-value insolvency cases and restructuring matters. David Thomson is a key contact for directors’ disqualification matters.

Leading silks

Garry Borland QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has the respect of the court.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

Almira Delibegovic-Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Noted for her experience in insolvency cases.’
Ranked: tier 1

David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘He has very good technical knowledge.’
Ranked: tier 1

Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘A very pleasant yet determined advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1

Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘Very knowledgeable and good with clients.’
Ranked: tier 1

Health and safety, and regulatory

Leading silks

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a pre-eminent reputation for professional regulatory matters.’
Ranked: tier 1

Intellectual property, information technology and media

Members of Axiom Advocates have expertise across the entire intellectual property spectrum as well as in media matters; Roddy Dunlop QC is well known for defamation cases.

Leading silks

Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has extensive experience in patent infringement cases.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Highly experienced in complex intellectual property cases.’
Ranked: tier 1

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He approaches his cases with passion.’
Ranked: tier 1

Roisin Higgins QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She has an excellent manner with clients.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘A fearless advocate, who comes into his own on his feet.’
Ranked: tier 1

Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘A go-to advocate for intellectual property disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

Personal injury and medical negligence

Axiom Advocates is noted for its expertise in clinical negligence. Multiple members of the stable continue to act for the defence in the ongoing multi-party transvaginal mesh litigation for the NHS in Scotland. The caseload also includes involvement in the multiple claims against dentist Alan Morrison, potentially Scotland’s largest mass litigation to date.

Leading silks

Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very intelligent, authoritative, down to earth and great with clients.’
Ranked: tier 1

Iain Ferguson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Meticulous and direct.’
Ranked: tier 1

Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His composed manner belies his first-rate intellectual ability.’
Ranked: tier 1

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Always fights his corner in court.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

Chris Paterson - Axiom Advocates ‘A great analyst.’
Ranked: tier 1

Ewen Campbell - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in negligence disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Very thorough, experienced and knowledgeable.’
Ranked: tier 1

Helen Watts - Axiom Advocates ‘User-friendly with meticulous attention to detail.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates ‘A great advocate, who is unafraid to fight a difficult corner.’
Ranked: tier 1

Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘A very conscientious advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1

Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Robust in court and capable of holding his own against silks.’
Ranked: tier 1

Planning, environmental and licensing

Members of Axiom Advocates have been frequently instructed by the Scottish government in cases regarding challenges to major windfarm developments. The advocates have also received instructions from local planning authorities in connection with the needs of the Gypsy Traveller community regarding development work.

Leading silks

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in wind farm disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in planning permission disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

Professional negligence

Viewed as a stable with ‘first-class’ professional negligence advocates, Axiom Advocates attracts instructions in high-profile and high-value cases, where members act for and against solicitors, surveyors and building professionals, among others. Case highlights include appearing in City of Edinburgh Council v DLA Piper, a £20m claim brought by the local authority regarding allegedly negligent advice on the Edinburgh Trams project.

Leading silks

Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A leading professional negligence silk.’
Ranked: tier 1

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Well known for defending in professional negligence claims.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in high-value negligence claims.’
Ranked: tier 1

Helen Watts - Axiom Advocates ‘She shows great commercial awareness.’
Ranked: tier 1

Property, construction and agriculture

For one solicitor, Axiom Advocates has particularly ‘good strength in depth on the construction side’. Members’ expertise includes multimillion-pound construction defect and dilapidation claims, and landlord and tenant disputes.

Leading silks

Garry Borland QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has the respect of the court.’
Ranked: tier 1

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Recent cases include wind farm development disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

Leading juniors

David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘Recommended for commercial leases disputes.’Ranked: tier 1

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Very intelligent and willing to conceive and run difficult and novel arguments.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Barne - Axiom Advocates ‘A first-class mind.’
Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘A very experienced and knowledgeable advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1

Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘He has excellent analytical skills and provides commercial advice.’
Ranked: tier 1

Miranda Hamilton - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in complex construction and engineering disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1

Ross McClelland - Axiom Advocates ‘Meticulous with a sharp intellect.’
Ranked: tier 1

Tax, trusts and pensions

Members at Axiom Advocates are extensively experienced in corporate tax matters. For example, Julian Ghosh QC frequently acts for HMRC and is known for appearing in cases involving European tax issues.

Leading silks

James McNeill QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in trusts and occupational pension cases.’Ranked: tier 1

Julian Ghosh QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has expertise in all areas of taxation.’
Ranked: tier 1

Sean Smith QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Well known for his tax practice.’
Ranked: tier 1

 

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