Professional information

• 2022 – 2023: Lord Hope Scholar, Faculty of Advocates.• Devilmasters: Tim Young, Adam McKinlay, Ewen Campbell, Wendy Culross.• 2019 – 2022: Solicitor Advocate, Brodies LLP.• 2013 – 2022: Brodies LLP – Solicitor and latterly as Associate.• 2022 to date: Tutor in Contract Law and Public Law, The University of Edinburgh.• 2013: Tutor in International Private Law, the University of Glasgow.• 2008 – 2013: University of Glasgow: LLB (Hons) (First Class) (2012); Diploma in Professional Legal Practice, Merit (2013).

Professional experience

Ross specialises in a broad range of commercial disputes including contractual, construction and professional negligence disputes. His other areas of practice are company law and public law.

Prior to calling to the Bar, Ross practiced as a Solicitor Advocate with Brodies LLP in the commercial litigation team. Ross is experienced in conducting proofs and debates, both as sole counsel, and alongside senior counsel. Ross has appeared in the Outer and Inner House of the Court of Session and Sheriff Appeal Court. As a solicitor, and latterly Solicitor Advocate, Ross also gained experience in professional negligence claims against solicitors, insurance brokers, architects and other construction professionals. Ross also gained broad experience in company law disputes including unfair prejudice petitions, breaches of directors’ duties and disputes arising from share purchase agreements.

Ross also has a keen interest in public law, having gained valuable experience during devilling of judicial review and appeals from the Upper Tribunal. Ross is currently a tutor at the University of Edinburgh on the Public Law of the UK and Scotland, and Public Law and Individual Rights courses.Ross was called to the Bar as a Lord Hope Scholar.

Notable cases

Ross is best known for his work in commercial matters, with a particular interest in contractual disputes.  Cases noted below acting as Solicitor Advocate.Commercial• Tomatin Distillery Co v Tomatin Trading Co [2022] CSIH 28 (led by Lord Lake) (and at proof [2021] CSOH 100). Acted for the pursuer who sought interdict against the defender regarding the use of trade marks. The case concerned unusual issues under the Trade Marks Act 1994 including the honest use defence and bad faith registration.• Eastern Motor Company Limited v Colin David Grassick & others: [2021] CSIH 67 (led by Phillip Simpson KC and by Tony Jones KC at proof [2021] CSOH 5). Acted for the defenders in a case concering the validity of a challenge to an expert determination under a share purchase agreement.• Fife Resource Solutions LLP v Robertsons Metals Recycling Limited [2020] CSOH 99. Acted for the pursuer at debate on the correct interpretation of section 27 of the Landfill Tax (Scotland) Act 2014.• Scottish Water Business Stream Limited v GSL Property Management Limited [2017] SC GLA 54. Acted for the pursuer at debate on correct interpretation on definition of “eligible premises” contained within the Water Services (Scotland) Act 2005.


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