Corporate, Commercial and Taxation
- Liquidator of Premier Housewares (Scotland) LLP v Naeem Rashid  CSOH 23, 2018 SLT 386 - Acted successfully for a former member of an LLP in a note by its liquidator, seeking to claw back distributions under section 214A of the Insolvency Act 1986.
- Promontoria (Henrico) Limited v Friel  CSOH 2;  CSIH 1 - enforcement of a personal guarantee by assignee of bank loan book, including reclaiming motion in relation to requirements of proving the tenor, certification of documents and construction of an assignation.
- Centric Community Projects Ltd v Aberdeen City Council 2019 SLT 1318 - A decision by a local authority to refuse an application by a charity for charitable rates relief in relation to the property it rented reduced where the focus had been on the extent to which the property had been in active use but had failed to take account of the fact that the extent of use was attributable to the applicant's charitable activities and purposes in advertising and making available the property for use by other charities and community interest groups.
- HMRC v DCM (Optical Holdings) 2019 SLT 1369 - Discussion relating to divergence in procedure between Upper Tribunal and Court of Session when determining applications for leave to appeal.
- DCM (Optical Holdings) v HMRC 2020 SLT 1131 - Reclaiming motion relating to HMRC's powers under VATA to withhold repayment claims without express statutpry authority and relating to the applicable time limits. Currently on appeal to the UKSC.
- Promontoria (Chestnut) Limited v Ballantyne Property Services  CSOH 91 - Commercial court debate in relation to a plea of lis alibi pendens where there is a commercial action for payment in dependence at the same time as a summary application for the calling up of standard securities.
- McMahon v Grant Thornton  CSOH 50 - Defending accountancy firm accused of professional negligence for failing to provide advice about entrepreneurs' relief from CGT.
- AB v Transform Medical Group  PNLR 20 - Represented insurer of insolvent insured in a lead case to determine the extent to which the insurer could be liable under the Third Party (Rights Against Insurers) Act 1930, having entered into an agreement with the insurerd prior to its administration.
- Provided advice in relation to LBTT penalties legislation to a national chain of restaurants.
- Provided advice in relation to the LBTT treatment of a proposed transaction where the transaction was being effected by a judicial factor on behalf of a partnership.
- Provided advice in relation to the appropriate Capital Gains Tax treatment of a proposed transaction between a number of parties.
Private Client and Trusts
- Acted for a residuary beneficiary of an estate in an action against the executor of the estate and the former attorney of the deceased in relation to breaches of fiduciary duties resulting in a loss to the estate.
- Acted for the executors of the estate of a deceased former Lloyd's name in a petition to the Inner House for permission to be able to wind up the estate.
- Halvorson v Persimmon Homes  SC EDIN 40 - Acted for a homeowner in a dispute with a national housebuilder about concurrent delictual liability and unfair contract terms.
- W v W's Executors - Acted for the defenders in long-running private client dispute in relation to a dispute over the validity of a will, the implementation of an agreement reached between the parties, disputes as to res judicata, including proceedings in the Inner House and responding to an application for leave to appeal to the UKSC.
Judicial Review and Public Law
- Andrew Wightman MSP (and others) v The Advocate General  CSIH 18, 2018 SLT 356,  CSIH 62 and  3 WLR 1965 - Junior Counsel for the petitioners, seeking clarification on whether the Article 50 Brexit Notification could unilaterally be revoked by the UK prior to "Exit Day", including a hearing before a full bench of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
- Cherry and others v The Advocate General 2019 SLT 1097;  UKSC 41 - Junior Counsel for the petitioners, seeking a declarator that the Prime Minister's attempt to prorogue Parliament was unlawful and therefore void and of no effect, including a hearing before a full bench of the United Kingdom Supreme Court.
- Vince and others v The Advocate General 2019 SLT 1306; 2019 SLT 1201- Junior Counsel for the petitioners, seeking orders compelling the Prime Minister to send the letter to the President of the European Council required by the European Union (Withdrawal) No 2) Act 2019 and orders preventing him from seeking to frustrate the purposes of that Act. Also seeking, by way of application to the nobile officium, an order substituting another individual to send the letter in the event that the Prime Minister refused to do so.
- Beggs v SLAB and Information Commissioner 2020 CSOH 71 - counsel for the second respondent, resisting a petition for judicial review of a decision not to grant legal aid to a party seeking to appeal a decision of the Inner House to the UK Supreme Court. The case involved discussion of domestic grounds of judicial review as well as access to courts on the basis of fundamental commonlaw rights and Convention rights.
- O'Leary v Scottish Ministers  CSOH 81/ Hutton v Parole Board for Scotland  CSOH 34 - Counsel for interested parties (the Risk Management Authority) in two disputes about the respective roles of various public authorities within the statutory framework governing orders for lifelong restriction.