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Axiom Advocates is delighted to receive 74 rankings in the recent Legal 500 edition


30 October 2018

It is noted that Axiom Advocates has a reputation as a ‘kitemark of quality’ with ‘excellent strength in depth’, and is viewed by instructing parties as ‘the strongest commercial stable’ in Scotland. Other cornerstone areas of instruction include public law, intellectual property, insolvency, professional negligence, tax and construction. In 2018, Jonathan Barne QC, Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC, Martin Richardson QC, David Thomson QC and Gavin Walker QC all took silk, while Anna Poole QC was appointed a judge of the Upper Tribunal. 

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government)
With a reputation as ‘the pre-eminent stable at the Scottish Bar for public law’, Axiom Advocates is well known for handling judicial reviews, with recent instructions including human rights and immigration cases. Case highlights include members acting in the Advocate General for Scotland v Romein case before the UK Supreme Court, which confirmed the right of British women to pass their nationality on to their children born abroad. In 2018 Jonathan Barne QC took silk and Anna Poole QC was appointed a judge of the Upper Tribunal.

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government) – Leading silks
David Johnston QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in public law matters.
Ranked: tier 1     
James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A star performer.
Ranked: tier 1     
Jonathan Barne QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is unafraid to tackle difficult and complex cases.
Ranked: tier 1     
Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a clear, concise and persuasive manner.
Ranked: tier 1     
Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His engaging demeanour wins clients’ trust.
Ranked: tier 1     
Morag Ross QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very impressive in court.
Ranked: tier 1     
Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She has expertise across a wide range of public law matters.
Ranked: tier 1 

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government) – Leading juniors
Dan Byrne - Axiom Advocates ‘His practice includes human rights and immigration cases.’
Ranked: tier 1
Ewen Campbell - Axiom Advocates ‘He marries a keen intellect with an approachable and calm manner.’
Ranked: tier 1     
John MacGregor - Axiom Advocates ‘Hardworking and responsive.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Lesley Irvine - Axiom Advocates ‘A bright advocate who can argue technical points with ease.’
Ranked: tier 1

Commercial litigation
With a reputation for being ‘the go-to stable for commercial disputes’, Axiom Advocates’ practitioners handle a full range of matters pertaining to commercial litigation. The senior level was bolstered in 2018 when Jonathan Barne QC, Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC, Martin Richardson QC, David Thomson QC and Gavin Walker QC were all appointed to silk.

Commercial litigation – Leading silks 
Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She provides creative insights into cases.’
Ranked: tier 1
David Thomson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very user-friendly.’
Ranked: tier 1 
Gavin Walker QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His oral advocacy is clear, concise and forceful.’
Ranked: tier 1
Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A heavyweight commercial silk.’
Ranked: tier 1
James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A silk who holds the ear of the court.’
Ranked: tier 1
Jonathan Barne QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An intellectual silk.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a great bedside manner with clients.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very bright with brilliant advocacy skills.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He is pragmatic and accessible.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Calm and concise in court.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Morag Ross QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Serene and meticulous.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Martin Richardson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very approachable, with a confident court demeanour.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A very gifted silk.’
Ranked: tier 1  

Commercial litigation – Leading juniors 
Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a very analytical eye.’
Ranked: tier 1
Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Highly intelligent and innovative.’
Ranked: tier 1
Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced across a wide range of commercial litigation matters.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘He has fantastic attention to detail yet does not lose sight of the bigger picture.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Scott Manson - Axiom Advocates ‘Very bright, technically astute and good on his feet.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘She is very user friendly.’
Ranked: tier 1  

Company and insolvency
For one solicitor, Axiom Advocates is ‘a first port of call’ for insolvency cases; recent instructions including high-value liquidations and restructuring matters. On the company law side, members have been active in cases involving directors’ disqualifications and shareholder disputes. In 2018 Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC and David Thomson QC were appointed to silk.

Company and insolvency – Leading silks 
Almira Delibegovic-Broome QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A very bright and tactical silk who has the ear of the court.’
Ranked: tier 1     
David Thomson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has consummate knowledge of insolvency law.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Garry Borland QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His authoritative and precise advocacy consistently impresses judges.’
Ranked: tier 1

Company and insolvency – Leading juniors
Elisabeth Roxburgh - Axiom Advocates ‘A shrewd tactician who builds excellent client rapport.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘His calm and measured approach inspires confidence.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘A very tenacious advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1

Health and safety, and regulatory
Roddy Dunlop QC at Axiom Advocates has expertise in professional regulatory cases; past clients include the Law Society of Scotland.

Health and safety, and regulatory – Leading silks 
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a tremendous brain.’
Ranked: tier 1

Intellectual property, information technology and media
According to one solicitor, Axiom Advocates is ‘the pre-eminent stable in Scotland for intellectual property matters’. The team has ‘excellent strength in depth’ and are instructed across a full spectrum of intellectual property and media disputes; recent work includes copyright and trade mark infringement cases. Gavin Walker QC was appointed silk in 2018.

Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading silks 
Gavin Walker QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Well known for handling copyright infringement cases.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A skilful cross-examiner with a great command of the courtroom.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He combines technical expertise with tactical nous and a commercial outlook.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He can seamlessly adapt his style in order to develop rapport with clients.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Noted for his expertise in defamation cases.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Roisin Higgins QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An excellent silk who is great on strategy and on her feet in court.’
Ranked: tier 1

Intellectual property, information technology and media – Leading juniors
Kathryn Pickard - Axiom Advocates ‘Very bright, responsive and tough in court.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a meticulous eye and provides practical advice.’
Ranked: tier 1

Personal injury and medical negligence
Clinical negligence is a key strength at Axiom Advocates, with multiple members of the stable continuing to act in two high-profile mass litigation matters: the multiple claims against Alan Morrison pertaining to exposure to blood-borne infection, and representing the NHS in the ongoing multi-party transvaginal mesh litigation. In 2018 Martin Richardson QC and Gavin Walker QC were appointed to silk.

Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading silks 
Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom Advocates
‘A very personable silk with a reassuring demeanour.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Gavin Walker QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He has a great eye for complex arguments and is unafraid to run novel points.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Iain Ferguson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in clinical negligence cases involving obstetric matters.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Martin Richardson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A silk with a remarkable intellect.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A very compelling advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1

Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading juniors
Chris Paterson - Axiom Advocates ‘Clients like his direct yet approachable manner.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Ewen Campbell - Axiom Advocates ‘An excellent junior advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Helen Watts - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced in cases involving claims against medical professionals.’
Ranked: tier 1

Planning, environmental and licensing
Recent work for Axiom Advocates’ team includes acting for local authorities and the Scottish government in cases regarding challenges to major building projects and wind farm developments.

Planning, environmental and licensing – Leading silks
James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He provides clear, succinct advice.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘She is very self assured in court.’
Ranked: tier 1

Professional negligence
In the words of one solicitor, Axiom Advocates is the ‘best stable for professional negligence’ with ‘strength in depth’ in its team. Instructions involving allegations of professional negligence against solicitors are prominent in the practitioners’ caseloads, however, the group also has expertise representing surveyors, financial advisers and building professionals, among others. Case highlights include acting for the defence in Trustees of Johnston Press Pension Plan and others v Mercer, which involved allegations that the retirement age for men and women had not been equalised in four pension schemes due to negligence; the Court of Session found the plans had been validly equalised. Gavin Walker QC took silk in 2018.

Professional negligence – Leading silks 
Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A first-class silk for professional negligence matters.’
Ranked: tier 1      
Gavin Walker QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He demonstrates sound judgement.’
Ranked: tier 1   
Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A top-class silk.’
Ranked: tier 1   
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely diligent and judicious in his approach to cases.’
Ranked: tier 1 

Professional negligence – Leading juniors
Chris Paterson - Axiom Advocates ‘Sharp and excellent on his feet.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Helen Watts - Axiom Advocates ‘Very intelligent with a great client manner.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Jonathan Brown - Axiom Advocates ‘He has particular expertise in solicitors’ liability cases.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Clients like his candid and amiable demeanour.’
Ranked: tier 1

Property, construction and agriculture
Axiom Advocates has ‘good strength in depth for construction disputes’. Members have solid expertise in contractual, landlord and tenant disputes, as well as high-value construction defect and dilapidation claims. The senior level was bolstered in 2018 when Jonathan Barne QC, Martin Richardson QC, David Thomson QC and Gavin Walker QC were all appointed to silk.

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading silks 
David Thomson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A robust advocate who is always on the front foot.’
Ranked: tier 1 
Garry Borland QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A first-class advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1 
Gavin Walker QC - Axiom Advocates ‘His sharp intellect inspires confidence in clients.’
Ranked: tier 1    
Jonathan Barne QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An astute court performer.’
Ranked: tier 1   
Martin Richardson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Technically excellent, and brilliant for complex cases involving novel points of law.’
Ranked: tier 1  

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading juniors 
Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘A user-friendly advocate.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Miranda Hamilton - Axiom Advocates ‘Well known for her expertise in construction disputes.’
Ranked: tier 1    
Ross McClelland - Axiom Advocates ‘Polished and confident before a court.’
Ranked: tier 1   
Scott Manson - Axiom Advocates ‘A fighter in court.’
Ranked: tier 1 

Tax, trusts and pensions 
Corporate tax matters are a cornerstone area of expertise for Axiom Advocates’ team. Julian Ghosh QC is frequently instructed in cases involving European tax issues.

Tax, trusts and pensions – Leading silks 
Julian Ghosh QC - Axiom Advocates ‘An exceptionally bright silk.’
Ranked: tier 1     
Sean Smith QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Known for appearing in the Upper Tribunal for tax cases.’
Ranked: tier 1

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