Professional Experience

Scott is a "highly sought after junior" (Chambers UK Bar 2020) with a busy and wide-ranging practice focusing on a range of commercial disputes including commercial contracts, professional negligence, insurance and construction project litigation. He has also developed a growing practice in shipping, maritime and admiralty litigation; and also contentious trusts and executories.

He is ranked in both Chambers UK Bar and the Legal 500 where instructing solicitors commend him for: having a "common sense, practical" and "commercial" approach; being "very good on strategy"; and being "excellent on his feet and very persuassive" in court. Scott is also listed as a "Future Leader" in respect of construction litigation in Who's Who Legal. 

He is regularly instructed by most of the leading litigation firms in Scotland in complex high value cases before the Commercial Court on a range of issues and appears there regularly but also before the Sheriff Court, Sheriff Appeal Court and Inner House. He also advises and appears in Arbitrations and Adjudications. 

Scott is a tutor in civil litigation at the University of Glasgow and a member of the Faculty of Advocates’ public communications, assessment and reparation sub-committees. He is a member of the Society of Construction Law. 

  • Courts & Tribunals

    Court of Session (Inner House, Commercial Court, Intellectual Property Court, Outer House), Sheriff Appeal Court, High Court of Justiciary, Sheriff Courts, Disciplinary Tribunals

  • Appointments & Memberships

    2014 to date - Tutor in Civil Litigation at the University of Glasgow
    2016 to date – Member, Faculty of Advocates Public Communications Committee
    2016 to date – Member, Faculty of Advocates Reparation Committee
    2016 to date – Member, Faculty of Advocates Board of Assessors
    2010-2013 – Tutor in Public & Administrative Law at the University of Glasgow



  • Directories

    Chambers UK Bar 2020

    Construction - Scotland Bar

    A highly sought-after junior. He offers particular expertise handling disputes arising from construction projects, including claims of negligence, delays and defects. 

    Strengths: "You get a common-sense, practical response from him and he is good on the law and at procedure." "He is commercial and his written work is of a very high standard."

    Commercial Disputes - Scotland Bar

    Possesses a growing reputation for his handling of a wide range of commercial disputes, with particular experience in commercial contracts, professional negligence and construction-related matters. His clients include financial institutions, contractors and professional advisers, among others.

    Strengths: "He really is so bright and is very good on strategy. Clients really like him as he's a fighter who will put his all into something." "He's good on the law, good on procedure and definitely one to watch for the future – he is exceptional." "He's excellent with clients and is able to simplify matters and provide commercial, practical advice. Being both bright and quick-witted, he is excellent on his feet and very persuasive in court." "He is precise, strategic and commercial in his approach, with an ability to distil complex matters down into a form which is simple to understand."

    Real Estate Litigation - Scotland Bar

    Acts for defenders and pursuers in a wide spectrum of property and real estate issues, he is particularly noted for his insolvency expertise. He also has experience in contracts, damages, leases and landlord and tenant disputes. His clients include renewable energy developers, healthcare professionals and hotel owners. 

    Strengths: "He is precise, strategic and commercial in his approach, with an ability to distil complex matters down into a form which is simple to understand." "He has an ever-growing reputation in property law and is never scared to give definitive advice."

Professional Career to date

Devil Masters: Gordon S. Balfour; Gavin L. MacColl, QC; Thomas L. Ross, QC

July 2014: Admitted to the Faculty of Advocates
2013 – July 2014: Devil, Faculty of Advocates
2012 – 2013: Solicitor, MacRoberts LLP
2009 – 2012: Solicitor, BTO Solicitors
2007-2009: Trainee Solicitor, BTO Solicitors

Education & Professional Qualifications

Faculty of Advocates’ Lord Reid Scholar (Joint Award) (2013-2014)
Faculty Scholar (2013-2014)
Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, University of Glasgow (2007)
LL.B (Hons) (1st Class), University of Glasgow (2006)