Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in public procurement by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018Back to News Listing
THE SET – Public Procurement (Band 1)
Axiom is regarded as first port of call for public procurement advocacy in Scotland. Members routinely act in significant disputes regarding public authorities' compliance with procurement regulations. They represent both the pursuers and defenders in such situations and are portrayed by one solicitor as "skilled advocates with a sensible approach." They also advise private sector companies seeking contract awards.
Client service: "Axiom is the go-to stable for public procurement. They are head and shoulders above the rest in our experience." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager and heads the clerking team.
Roddy Dunlop QC
A highly respected silk regularly acting for both pursuers and defenders on significant procurement matters.
Strengths: "Very impressive and self-assured in his presentation style in court. He is very well thought of in the Scottish Bar."
Ruth Crawford QC
Has an in-depth knowledge of public procurement issues and has frequently been instructed by contracting authorities and by tenderers in need of procurement advice. Her procurement work relates to a range of market sectors including IT, transport and infrastructure.
Strengths: "Strong on competition law and public procurement matters. Calm, measured, commercial and user-friendly, she gets up to speed quickly and is good at managing client expectations."
James Mure QC
A go-to silk for planning, environmental and constitutional cases. His clients include the Scottish government, local authorities and other public bodies.
Morag Ross QC
A highly respected silk at the Scottish Bar and standing counsel to the Scottish government. Morag advises on a wide range of public law issues and holds significant experience in handling procurement challenges, particularly those involving government bodies.
Strengths: "Very bright and commercially aware. She provides good, valuable advice to clients." "Extremely diligent."
Talented junior who has played a role in a number of high-profile public procurement cases in Scotland and internationally. He is also standing junior counsel to the UK government.
Recent work: Acted for Scott & Co in a dispute and successfully resisted an application to lift the automatic prohibition on the contract award.
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”’