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Axiom receives 118 individual rankings in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

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Axiom receives 118 individual rankings in the Chambers UK Bar Guide 2019

01 November 2018

Axiom Advocates are delighted to announce another outstanding set of rankings in the Chambers UK Bar Guide. Axiom members have obtained a phenomenal 118 individual rankings in the 2019 edition with the set also being ranked band 1 in a total of 12 practice areas. It is also noted that rankings within our core areas of administrative and public law; and commercial law together equate to 35% of our total members’ rankings.

Full details of individual rankings can be found at

Public and administrative Law

An exceptional public law stable at the Scottish Bar. Its extensive list of silks and strong bench of juniors is regularly instructed on all types of public law matters, including high-profile judicial review and regulatory issues. The advocates substantive expertise spans human rights, planning, procurement, competition and other areas. Solicitors call them "very accommodating and easy to work with," "very professional and accessible" and "of the highest quality." Recent work has included involvement in the Scotch Whisky litigation, a challenge to the construction of the Stonelairg wind farm and work for the Scottish Legal Aid board.

"The clerks are capable and they are willing to help and engage." Lesley Flynn, the practice manager, is described as "extremely accessible and personable."

Civil liberties and Human rights

Axiom Advocates is the market-leading civil liberties stable in Scotland, regularly taking on complex and high-profile cases for a range of clients. Members act for central and local government as well as individuals and organisations, offering experience at all levels of the UK and European court systems. Recent cases include AU v Glasgow City Council & Advocate General for Scotland, an Article 8 ECHR matter and Cumbria County Council, Petitioner 2017, which concerned Article 5 ECHR and the secure accommodation of children in Scotland.

"Their immediate replies help with moving cases forward and dealing with matters promptly." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager.

Clinical Negligence

Axiom leverages its strength in professional negligence litigation to offer premium advice and advocacy in clinical negligence cases. While the stable is primarily known for its work representing defenders such as NHS health boards and the MDDUS, it also acts for pursuers. Its members are reported to be "of a consistently high quality" and tackle a range of matters including claims regarding delayed diagnoses and birth injuries as well as large class actions. The stable is noted for its work on claims funded through legal aid.

"Axiom is one of the most professionally organised stables." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager at the stable.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

A market-leading stable, regarded by many as the first port of call for advocates well versed in commercial dispute resolution. Axiom Advocates' deep bench of silks and juniors handle a wide array of high-profile commercial disputes, offering expertise in matters concerning commercial contracts, construction and insolvency, among others. Recently, a number of the stable's juniors have taken silk. Instructing solicitors praise Axiom as "undoubtedly the pre-eminent stable at the Scottish Bar," adding that "they essentially dominate the landscape in terms of commercial and public law." Members act for a variety of clients ranging from financial institutions to large corporates and local government entities. Of late, several of the stable's advocates have acted in the lengthy and high-profile Edinburgh Tram Inquiry, a matter examining the shortcomings of a major public infrastructure project.

"The clerks are excellent, always very quick and have a good understanding of the specialisms their advocates have to offer." "The clerks are very responsive, helpful and always able to put you in touch with the right advocate for the job." Practice manager Lesley Flynn heads the clerking team.

Company Law

Axiom Advocates is the premier stable in Scotland for matters concerning company law. It is the go-to for significant pieces of litigation before the Scottish courts, as well as for non-contentious advisory work. Its advocates receive routine instructions to assist with such matters as schemes of arrangement, reductions of share premium accounts and cases involving directors' duties. Its prowess in the company field sits alongside its stellar reputation in insolvency and commercial dispute resolution. Significant ongoing instructions include involvement in HM Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy v Stodart, a heavyweight director disqualification case.

Lesley Flynn is the practice manager.


Axiom Advocates has an unparalleled reputation as the leading stable north of the border for construction work. One solicitor speaks for many in saying: "They're our first port of call." Advocates at the stable act in Scotland's most high-profile matters, with a number of members having taken many of the central roles in the long-running Edinburgh Tram Inquiry. They have also been busy in private commercial disputes within the sector and act both for and against many of the top contractors in the industry. They offer expertise in a variety of sectors, including infrastructure and energy as well as healthcare, commercial and residential property development.

"The clerks are very friendly and if there's a problem I know practice manager Lesley Flynn will always get it sorted." "It's very efficient clerking - if you don't reach someone they come back immediately. They're very happy to go and speak with advocates whenever they have to and they're very quick at turning around fee quotes."

Intellectual Property

Scotland's leading stable for IP, which undertakes a variety of work in the area. Its reputable advocates act for clients in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals and technology. They have expertise in trade marks and passing off, as well as copyright disputes and patent cases. Sectors in which they have been particularly active include hi-tech industries such as aviation and app development, where they offer noted expertise in software copyright and architecture.

"The clerks are always very responsive and commercial." "Responses from the clerks are great and there are no delays." Lesley Flynn leads the clerking team.

Professional Discipline

The leading stable for professional discipline work in Scotland, Axiom Advocates is regularly called upon to act for both regulatory bodies and professionals in a wide range of matters. The stable houses a strong bench of respected silks noted for their handling of professional discipline matters involving the police and legal and medical practitioners. Recent work for the set includes acting for the GDC in Aristomenis Haritos v General Dental Council, a petition concerning whether or not the GDC's Interim Order Committee had misunderstood or failed to take into account the medical evidence

Lesley Flynn is the practice manager.

Professional Negligence

Retaining its market-leading position in professional negligence, Axiom Advocates is particularly notable for its extensive bench of qualified practitioners, at both junior and senior level. Members are equipped to handle a wide range of negligence claims, including those against lawyers, accountants and construction professionals. Recent cases include Heather Capital Limited v Burness Paull & Williamsons LLP, a solicitor's liability case alleging negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and dishonest assistance, and Midlothian Council v Bracewell Stirling and Others, a claim against architects, engineers and others relating to a housing development. Fellow advocates concur that they are "the first point of call."

"The clerks are very commercially minded and extremely helpful. They are happy to go the extra mile." Lesley Flynn leads the clerking team.

Public Procurement

Axiom Advocates is the premium stable for procurement work in Scotland. It provides advice and advocacy in connection with a wide array of matters including commercial actions and judicial review challenges. Members act for clients on all sides of cases, including local authorities and private sector companies, and are deeply familiar with the application of UK and EU regulations. They recently appeared in Kenman Holdings v Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar, a challenge to the decision to award a contract in relation to the renovation of Lews Castle.

"Very professional, helpful and user-friendly." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager and heads the clerking team.

Restructuring and Insolvency

Hosts a deep bench of experienced silks and juniors who specialise in a range of restructuring and insolvency matters, including liquidations, and highly contentious cases  involving allegations of misfeasance and the diversion of funds. In relation to company insolvency, the advocates advise administrators and stakeholders, including directors and shareholders. Work highlights include acting for Caley Oils in an action against a former director involving claims of unfair preference.

"The clerking is good and very responsive." "I am very happy with the service the clerks deliver." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager.


A leading stable with an excellent reputation for corporate taxation, particularly concerning European law. Members of the stable also provide advice to private clients. The advocates have expertise in a range of tax

"We've always found the clerks at Axiom to be very accommodating and understanding of the importance of a matter." "It is a well-run stable - the clerks are particularly helpful and responsive." Lesley Flynn is the practice manager at the stable.

Full details can be found at the undernoted link including those in relation to further practice areas such as immigration, media and real estate: