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Axiom Advocates earn highest number of recommendations in Legal 500 2016

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Axiom Advocates earn highest number of recommendations in Legal 500 2016


14 September 2016

The Legal 500 has now published its recommendations for 2016.  Axiom Advocates is delighted to be recognised as a tier 1 stable with notable recommendations in multiple practice areas. The strength and expertise of Axiom has also been recognised with the largest amount of recommendations in Scotland.

 

Stable overview  – mainly civil practitioners - ranked: tier 1 Axiom Advocates 

Noted for its ‘strength in depth’, Axiom Advocates is ‘a go-to stable for commercial law’. It is also has a first-rate reputation in ancillary disciplines such as intellectual property and tax. Public law is another bedrock of the stable, while other strong suits include personal injury and professional negligence. Roisin Higgins QC took silk in 2015, while Alistair Clark QC was recently appointed a Senator of the College of Justice. Practice manager Lesley Flynn manages the ‘tightly run’ clerking team. At Axiom Advocates, members advise on corporate tax issues and handle tax disputes for public and private sector entities. Julian Ghosh QC has appeared for HMRC in cases concerning the use of tax avoidance schemes.


Civil liberties, human rights, public Inquiries and public and administrative law

Axiom Advocates receives the majority of its public law work from the Scottish Government and Advocate General’s office. In 2015, highlights included Imran Shahid v The Scottish Ministers, a Supreme Court case concerning the lawfulness of the detention of a prisoner in solitary confinement. Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government)


Anna Poole QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She prepares thoroughly and gets the ear of the court.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Knowledgeable on freedom of information, human rights and the powers of public bodies.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is an authoritative voice in court.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has an easy manner, clear authority and delivers precise submissions.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Provides clear and pragmatic advice on when to defend a decision and when to concede an appeal.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very reliable in urgent deadline situations.’ Ranked: tier 1  

John MacGregor - Axiom Advocates ‘He breaks down complex legal matters into manageable chunks.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Jonathan Barne - Axiom Advocates ‘Technically capable, approachable and persuasive when in court.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Morag Ross - Axiom Advocates ‘A tenacious litigator with an excellent command of law and procedure.’ Ranked: tier 1

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Commercial litigation  

Instructing parties regard ‘pre-eminent commercial stable’ Axiom Advocates as ‘the first port of call in any complex matter’. Members of the set acted on opposing sides in SSE Generation v Hochtief Solutions, a case arising from the collapse of a tunnel at a hydroelectric power station. 

Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very responsive and willing to work to tight deadlines.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His practice has seen him act on contractual disputes and other complex matters.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Sets out his views in a very client-friendly way.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His workload includes matters concerning commercial contracts, finance and procurement.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His oral advocacy skills are second to none.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His cross-examination technique is superb.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His advice is always very well thought through, on time and reliable.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He immediately inspires confidence in clients.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Almira Delibegovic-Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘She is a good commercial advocate with strong drafting skills.’ Ranked: tier 1 

David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘He is clear, unequivocal and straight-talking.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘His opinions are comprehensive and comprehensible.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Always makes time to discuss matters/share ideas.’ Ranked: tier 1

Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘He is able to get up to speed with a large volume of information very quickly.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates ‘Phenomenal power of recall and attention to detail.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘He is commercial and shrewd.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘He is able to deal with huge volumes of complex material.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely reassuring to clients.’ Ranked: tier 1 


Company and insolvency 

Axiom Advocates’ ‘personable and technically strong group’ houses David Thomson, whose recent workload has included director disqualification cases and unfair prejudice actions. The set has also attracted a significant amount of restructuring and insolvency work. 

Garry Borland QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in handling cases arising from insolvencies.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Almira Delibegovic-Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Recommended for insolvency matters.’ Ranked: tier 1 

David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a great manner with clients and in court.’ Ranked: tier 1

Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘Confident in court and in conference.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘She brings a great balance of technical expertise and court craft.’ Ranked: tier 1  


Intellectual property, information technology and media 

At Axiom Advocates, Members advise on matters spanning the entire intellectual property spectrum. Gavin Walker is acting for the pursuer in a copyright infringement claim against a global hotel chain. 

Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His experience includes complex patent cases.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is very practical and commercial.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An expert in Scottish defamation cases and breaches of privacy.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Roisin Higgins QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She is very thorough and clients like her; her elevation to silk last year was well deserved.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘His opinion work is first class.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Super intelligent and gets right to the point.’ Ranked: tier 1


Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence

Axiom Advocates has seen an uptick in clinical negligence cases. 

James Wolffe QC is leading the defence in multi-party transvaginal mesh litigation for the NHS in Scotland, with other members also involved. The set also handles other negligence cases, such as those involving law firms and architects. 

Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Master of material and technique in presenting a case.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Iain Ferguson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely thorough, very clever and very responsive.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a first-class legal brain.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is extremely knowledgeable, user-friendly and a dream at client-facing meetings.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is formidable in court.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Chris Paterson - Axiom Advocates ‘A critical thinker and a great negotiator.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Deals with professional negligence cases as part of a varied practice.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Helen Watts - Axiom Advocates ‘Her consultations with experts are concise and to the point.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates ‘He produces excellent preparation and clear-written submissions.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘Highly developed analytical skills and black-letter law capabilities.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in professional negligence claims.’ Ranked: tier 1



Planning, environmental and licensing 

James Mure QC represented the Scottish Ministers in Trump International Golf Club Scotland’s recent challenge to the validity of the government’s decision to approve a wind farm near a proposed golf resort in Aberdeen. 

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is knowledgeable on issues concerning energy-related developments.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She has a very good analytical mind.’ Ranked: tier 1

 

Property, construction and agriculture 

Axiom Advocates has ‘excellent strength in depth’, and is viewed by instructing parties as ‘the obvious choice for construction/commercial disputes in Scotland’. In 2015, members were instructed in construction-related litigation before the Court of Session and in arbitration proceedings. The stable also has a strong reputation in property litigation. 

Garry Borland QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is clever and meticulous.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His workload includes property and construction disputes.’ Ranked: tier 1 

James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in construction cases, including contractual disputes and professional negligence matters.’ Ranked: tier 1 

David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘Very sound knowledge of the law, but also alive to commercial aspects.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Clients love working with him.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘He has strong attention to detail, and is responsive and clever.’ Ranked: tier 1

Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘He is very familiar with construction disputes.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Miranda Hamilton - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely user-friendly, approachable and commercial.’ Ranked: tier 1

 

Tax, trusts and pensions 

James McNeill QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Deals with a wide range of trusts (commercial, private and charitable), as well as occupational pension schemes.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Julian Ghosh QC - Axiom Advocates ‘HMRC dread to see him on the other side of cases.’ Ranked: tier 1 

Sean Smith QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Recommended for his tax law expertise.’ Ranked: tier 1

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