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Tax - Scotland (Bar)
A high-calibre bench of tax specialists recognised for their impressive litigation experience. They are also a leading stable for clients seeking advice on complex corporate tax issues. One impressed solicitor says: "They have good quality advocates across the board. I have a lot of respect for the people they invite to join the stable."
Client service: "The clerks are accessible and contactable, they bill promptly and are on top of availability." Lesley Flynn is the stable's practice manager.
Julian Ghosh QC
Renowned tax advocate qualified to represent clients in both Scottish and English matters. He acts in a wide variety of cases and is especially noted for his expertise with European taxation issues and corporate tax.
Strengths: "His technical skills are absolutely first-class."
Recent work: Successfully represented Sir Fraser Morrison in a case concerning the treatment of capital gains tax payments.
James McNeill QC
Highly reputed practitioner engaged in a wide array of tax-related cases. He is well placed to provide counsel on tax issues arising in the context of commercial, trusts and occupational pension scheme disputes.
Strengths: "He is supremely gifted and intelligent."
Mark Lindsay QC
A respected advocate who is regularly sought after for his handling of immigration-related judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the Court of Session. He also offers experience handling appellate proceedings at the First-tier Tribunal and the Supreme Court.
Recent work: Acted for the appellant in an Inner House proceeding concerning the approach to be adopted when assessing the credibility of certain asylum seekers.
A formidable junior who impresses with his excellent command of the courtroom and strong client care skills. He is also noted for his handling of cases with EU law and human rights components.
Strengths: "He is excellent with clients, easy-going and able to deal with very complex work."
Media & Entertainment
Roddy Dunlop QC
Esteemed media practitioner, frequently instructed by defenders and pursuers in addition to a host of regional and national newspaper groups. He regularly appears in major defamation claims and is a top choice for other high-profile media work.
Strengths: "He is terrific and is widely regarded as the best defamation senior by some margin." "He is a key player in the media industry."
Recent work: Acted for the SNP in defamation proceedings initiated by a property developer.
Well-regarded junior receiving frequent instructions on media cases. Acts for both defender and pursuer clients who benefit from his prior experience at a media solicitors' firm in Scotland.
Strengths: "He is very professional, organised and works well with clients." "He is a very fastidious worker and very clever."
Recent work: Junior counsel to News Group in appeal proceedings brought by Tommy Sheridan MSP regarding his conviction for perjury.
Planning & Environment
James Mure QC
Well regarded for his breadth of knowledge and his strength in advocacy. He is recognised for his work with the Scottish Government, local authorities and other public sector bodies. He shows particular expertise in renewable energy matters, and is very good at cases relating to wind farms.
Strengths: "He has a very good intellectual approach to matters and is well respected by the court." "He often appears for the government and has lots of experience in judicial review proceedings. He is someone whom the court listens too."
Recent work: Acted for the Scottish Ministers in a case against Trump International Golf Club. This was a judicial review of Scottish Government decisions relating to an offshore wind farm near Aberdeen.
Ruth Crawford QC
Known for her planning-related work for the Scottish Government, she has a particular focus on major infrastructure and energy projects. She appears in court at all levels, as well as in complex inquiries.
Strengths: "She has a very sharp mind and is able to deal with a very heavy workload." "She's excellent. Her work is detailed, and she is very thorough. She is also a very good presenter in court."
James McNeill QC
A highly regarded silk with extensive experience in occupational pension schemes, trusts and tax issues. He is also recognised for his mediation practice.
Strengths: "He's the main QC we go to and he's very helpful." "One of the real recognised experts in this field."
Roddy Dunlop QC
Has a wide-ranging practice that extends beyond personal injury. He is a highly esteemed advocate and is particularly respected for handling catastrophic injury and fatal claims.
Strengths: "Dilligent and impressive on his feet."
Ruth Crawford QC
Well known for the strength of her advisory practice, Ruth Crawford QC also regularly appears in the Scottish courts at all levels. Her broad public law expertise includes significant public procurement work that covers a wide range of areas, including IT, transport and infrastructure.
Strengths: "Very impressive and analytical. She knows how to cut to the chase." "She is accommodating and collaborative in her approach."
Recent work: Instructed by defendants Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in a judicial review brought by Kenman Holdings following the procurement of a private sector development partner.
James Mure QC
A go-to silk for cases concerning planning, environmental and constitutional concerns. He is regularly instructed by the Scottish government, local authorities and other public bodies.
Strengths: "A very polished advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service in defending a challenge to the procurement of a supply of smoke detectors under a framework agreement.
Morag Ross QC
A highly respected junior at the Scottish Bar who is also standing junior counsel to the Scottish government. She advises on a wide range of public law issues and has significant experience of handling procurement challenges, particularly those involving government bodies.
Strengths: "She has a fantastic level of experience. She is probably the one with the most procurement knowledge in all of Scotland." "Morag is a leading junior who is well known and respected in the procurement industry."
Talented junior John MacGregor has a solid practice covering commercial litigation, administrative and public law. He has played a role in a number of high-profile public procurement cases in Scotland and internationally, and he is also standing junior counsel to the UK government.
Strengths: "John would always be my number one pick for a Scottish procurement advocate. He is incredibly approachable and well liked by clients. He complements his comprehensive procurement knowledge with a sound understanding of all public law matters." "He is excellent, really knowledgeable and bright, and he cuts right through to the issue with real precision."
Recent work: Acted for the Galloway Group as petitioner in a judicial review in the High Court of Montserrat successfully challenging the procurement of services to dredge Plymouth Harbour.
Jonathan Lake QC
Impresses sources with his strength in handling highly technical cases. He regularly tackles cases related to damages and lease claims.
Strengths: "First-rate QC who is highly effective, he has the ear of the court and he is great with clients too." "Most impressive in terms of his clarity in court: he has a wonderful delivery, even when dealing with quite complex things."
Kenneth McBrearty QC
Offers considerable strength in landlord and tenant disputes. His notable expertise encompasses dilapidations, lease issues and matters related to the Land Reform Act. He is valued by sources for his commercial approach and strength in complex property matters.
Strengths: "Commercial, down-to-earth and very bright." "He is able to identify the best parts of the case with ease."
Recent work: He acted for BNP Paribas Securities Services in BNP Paribas Securities Services Trust Company Jersey Ltd v Mothercare (UK), a case regarding a dilapidations claim that raised issues of the proper measure of loss and the validity of a claim for part of a building that was arguably not in a position to be rented in the current market.
A go-to junior who demonstrates notable strength in restructuring and insolvency-related property matters. He also handles commercial lease dilapidations and is valued by sources for his impressive advocacy skills.
Strengths: "He is excellent on his feet and has a determined court manner. He produces written work of the highest quality and you can always rely on him to give an assertive and decisive opinion."
Recent work: Acted for the Greenbelt Group in Marriott v Greenbelt Group Limited, an appeal to the Lands Tribunal concerning the validity and enforceability of real burdens in a new housing development.
Highly sought after for his expertise in professional negligence-related matters and construction cases. He is an experienced representative of local authorities in real estate disputes and routinely advises on statutory repairs matters. He also has strength in dilapidations claims.
Strengths: "Top-performing, experienced junior. He is consistently good." "He works commercially for the client and has a creative approach in how he handles things."
Recent work: Instructed by Inverclyde Council in relation to demolition orders relating to an estate that the council wished to demolish due to it being below the tolerable standard in terms of the relevant legislation.
Earns praise for his work in construction matters. He is regularly instructed to handle high-value disputes and has experience with commercial property matters and dilapidations claims.
Strengths: "Very switched-on, able to get to the crux of issues very quickly, and accessible." "Very commercially astute."
Recent work: Acted for Capital Developments in pursuing an action for interdict against a construction company and a neighbour to prevent them from encroaching on the pursuer’s rights.
Transform Schools (North Lanarkshire) Limited v Balfour Beatty Construction Limited & Anr  CSOH 19
David Whitehouse and Paul Clark v The Chief Constable and The Lord Advocate  CSIH 52
Axiom the “go-to” stable, “boasting an unrivalled bench of experienced commercial advocates”
Home to ‘the strongest collection of expertise at the Scottish Bar in relation to public law”’
Joanna Cherry and others v the Advocate General for Scotland - Key involvement from numerous Axiom members in landmark constitutional case