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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in professional discipline by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in professional discipline by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018


02 November 2017

THE SET – Professional Discipline (Band 1)

Axiom Advocates are the pre-eminent stable for professional discipline matters in Scotland, offering an array of leading silks with a wealth of experience in this area. Members here act for both individuals and regulators, and are adept at dealing with medical, legal and police regulatory bodies. Recent cases include Law Society of Scotland v Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, which reviews the decision of the SLCC to recategorise all 'hybrid' (conduct and service) complaints made against legal practitioners, and Laura MacAlister v The Nursing & Midwifery Council, which concerns the circumstances in which it is permissible for a Fitness to Practice Panel to impose a sanction of removal from the register in absentia. Sources describe the set as being "at the top in terms of being commercially minded, dynamic, professional and slick."

Client service: "I am impressed by the well-informed and very professional clerks when trying to identify and select available and suitable counsel. Their knowledge of the regulatory environment is enormously helpful." "The clerks are all extremely helpful; they understand what the clients are looking for and who a suitable advocate is. I'm really happy with them, they provide a really high-quality, excellent service." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager.

SILKS

Alastair Duncan QC
Both prosecutes and defends in disciplinary hearings, and has particular strength in cases involving the legal profession and medical practitioners. His broad practice includes commercial and general professional liability.
Strengths: "He's very down-to-earth and he gets to the heart of the issues quickly." "He has a sharp mind, he's easily engaged and interested, and he's very responsive."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a dentist in an appeal brought by the PSA to the Court of Session. The PSA claimed that the dentist ought to have been suspended from practice but the court refused the appeal.

Mark Lindsay QC
An accomplished advocate particularly well known for his work in the professional discipline and public law spaces. As a former solicitor, he brings a wealth of litigation experience and understanding of the commercial realities of professional discipline. His areas of expertise include cases concerning legal, medical and education disciplinary bodies.
Strengths: "He's very responsive, very quick, good on his feet and he has good relationships with clients." "He's forensic, skilled and persuasive."
Recent work: Acted for the GDC in Susan Dryburgh v Fife Health Board & GDC, which challenged the lawfulness of a decision of Fife Health Board to refuse to permit the petitioner to be legally represented at a disciplinary hearing.

Roddy Dunlop QC
A hugely impressive silk with a full command of regulatory and legislative considerations required for complex professional discipline litigation. He regularly appears in the appellate courts and represents both regulatory bodies and professionals.
Strengths: "You can rely on him to give clear, prompt and robust advice, both written and verbal. He always has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for the GDC against the Professional Standards Authority for Health & Social Care, which saw a complaint of 'under prosecution' rejected by the Inner House.

Morag Ross QC
A well-respected and talented civil and public law practitioner who has recognised expertise in professional discipline matters. She has experience representing a broad range of regulatory bodies and professionals.
Strengths: "She's really excellent; she really understands the legislative framework we work in. She's very good with the detail, very quick and responsive and understands the client's needs." "She's a fantastic person, incredibly clever and also very personable."