Professional Experience

Alasdair has a busy civil practice, mainly in the field of professional liability. He acts for both pursers and defenders in cases concerning accountants, surveyors and solicitors but his construction background means that the bulk of his work is in cases concerning architects and engineers. In addition to his professional liability work, Alasdair is regularly instructed in construction cases as well as general commercial contract disputes, property matters and insolvency cases. Alasdair has represented clients in the Supreme Court, the Court of Session (both Inner House and Outer House) and the Sheriff Court and is experienced in arbitration, adjudication and mediation. Alasdair also appears for the Home Office in immigration and asylum cases before the first tier tribunal, from time to time.

  • Case History

    Credential Jersey Limited v DLA Piper Scotland LLP [2012] CSOH 96
    Application of the rule against recovery of reflective losses.

    Percy v Govan Initiative Ltd [2012] CSIH 22; 2012 SCLR 476
    Civil procedure - whether grounds of appeal were adequate.

    Clark v Argyle Consulting Ltd [2010] GWD 40-819; [2010] CSOH 154
    Prescription - whether a claim made in Financial Ombudsman proceedings is sufficient to interrupt prescription.

    Sheltered Housing Management Ltd v Bon Accord Bonding Company Ltd 2010 SC 16
    Community Burdens under the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 - whether a community burden can be imposed on a previously unburdened property.


Professional Career to date

Devil Masters: Sean C Smith QC, Lorenzo Alonzi.

2009: Year of call
2006 - 2008: Legal Manager (in-house), J. Ray McDermott, Azerbaijan
2004 - 2006: Solicitor, CMS Cameron McKenna, London
2005: Qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales
2000 - 2004: Solicitor, MacRoberts, Edinburgh
1998 - 2000: Trainee Solicitor, Ledingham Chalmers, Inverness

Education & Professional Qualifications

Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Aberdeen (1997)
LLB, University of Aberdeen (1996)