Professional Experience

Ewen called to the Bar in 2013 after training and practising as a litigation solicitor.

Since becoming an advocate, Ewen has principally been instructed in commercial, professional negligence, media and procurement related matters. He has provided advice in matters involving commercial contracts, solicitors, architects and clinical negligence, defamation, suspension and interdict, international private law, trademark infringement, nuisance and public procurement. He has been instructed by a number of major media clients and has carried forward his experience as a solicitor in this area to his practise at the Bar. He is ranked in the areas of Media Law (Band 1), Commercial Dispute Resolution and Professional Negligence by Chambers UK and Public Law and Clinical Negligence (both tier 1) by Legal 500. Ewen was appointed Standing Junior Counsel for the Scottish Government in 2018.

Ewen has appeared in actions in both the Court of Session (Commercial Court, Outer House and Inner House) and the Sheriff Court. These appearances have included proofs, debates, appeals, reclaiming motions and successfully obtaining interim orders. He has also appeared in long running Fatal Accident Inquiries.

As a solicitor Ewen had particular experience and interest in commercial and media litigation. He was also involved in cases dealing with the Competition Commission, sports regulation, licensing, crime and FAI’s. As a result of this diverse experience, Ewen has worked with a broad range of clients including high profile individuals and organisations.

Ewen was previously a tutor in commercial law at the University of Glasgow.

  • Case History

    Reported cases as Counsel

    Julie McAnulty v Sheena McCulloch

    2018 CSOH 121: acting for thee pursuer in a successful defamation action

    Tapiwa Zungunde v Glasgow City Integration Joint Board 

    2018 CSOH 100: successful defence of judicial review challenge

    Asim Khan v Scottish Executive Committee of Scottish Labour Party
    [2018] CSOH 68: Sucessful judicial review challenge of Scottish Labour Party decision

    AH v Greater Glasgow Health Board
    [2018] CSOH 57: Debate in four lead cases in clinical negligence actions regarding mesh products

    Sheridan v News Group Newspapers Limited
    [2018] SLT 249: motion for expenses of ten years of litigation

    Thomas Barnes v Chief Constable of Police Service of Scotland
    [2017] SLT 844: Successful judicial review challenge regarding overtime payments for police officers

    Dem-Master Demolition Ltd v Renfrewshire Council
    [2016] CSOH 150: successful defence of a public procurement challenge

    AJ Allan (Blairnyle) Limited v Strathclyde Fire Board
    [2016] CSIH 3: successful reclaiming motion relating to the liability of Strathclyde Fire Board for negligence

    Kenman Holdings Ltd. v Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar & Ors
    [2015] CSOH 170: Plea of mora, taciturnity and acquiescence upheld in public procurement matter.

    Tods Murray WS v Arakin Ltd
    [2014] CSIH 67; 2014 G.W.D. 25-472: successfully opposing a reclaiming motion against the Lord Ordinary's interlocutor awarding expenses in favour of the pursuers.

    Din v Brindging Loans Limited
    [2014] CSIH 49; 2014 G.W.D. 18-332: successfully opposing a reclaiming motion against the Lord Ordinary's interlocutor recalling interim interdict and suspension.

    Gwen Lowden v Chief Constable of Police Scotland
    [2014] S.L.T. (Sh Ct) 97; 2014 G.W.D. 20-381: successful action on behalf of a police officer for damages for wrongful arrest.

    Service Temps Inc v Innes MacLeod & Donald McCorquodale
    [2013] CSOH 162: an action seeking enforcement of a Texan decree in Scotland, which considered in detail the issues of submitting to the jurisdiction of a foreign court and The Protection of Trading Interests Act 1980.

    Cases worked on as a solicitor include the following:

    Appa UK Ltd v Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail
    2008 SC 145: defence of an action for defamation brought by a company accused of exploitative selling practices.

    Francis Anderson v The Security Industry Authority
    2011 G.W.D. 11-264: successful challenge to the revocation and suspension of personal security licences, raising issues of Art. 6 and A1P1 Convention rights.

    Competition Commission Investigation into the completed acquisition by McGill's Bus Services Limited of the business and assets of Arriva Scotland West Limited: representing McGill's throughout the investigation where it was concluded that there was no substantial loss of actual competition as a result of the acquisition.

  • Courts & Tribunals

    As Counsel: Court of Session (Commercial Court, Outer House and Inner House), High Court, Sheriff Court.

    As a solicitor: Court of Session, High Court, Sheriff Courts, Justice of the Peace Courts, Competition Commission, Licensing Boards, Scottish Land Court, Employment Tribunals.

  • Appointments & Memberships

    2018 - Appointed Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government

    2018 - Elected member of Faculty Council

    2012-2013: Tutor on commercial law course at the University of Glasgow

Professional Career to date

Devilmasters: Kenny McBrearty, Duncan Hamilton and Tommy Ross.

July 2013: Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
2012-July 2013: Devil
2012-2013: Tutor on commercial law course at the University of Glasgow
2009-2012: Solicitor at Levy & McRae
2007-2009: Trainee at Levy & McRae

Education & Professional Qualifications

LLB (Hons), University of Glasgow (2006)
Diploma in Legal Practice, Aberdeen University (2007)