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Axiom recognised as undisputed market leader

23 October 2020

Axiom is delighted to observe that the set has been ranked as a band 1 set in 14 different practice areas with members receiving an outstanding 126 rankings.

Administrative and public law

Possesses numerous prominent public law advocates who routinely act in the highest courts in Scotland and the UK. Members are instructed in judicial reviews involving a range of issues, from immigration rules and human rights to procurement and constitutional law. The advocates count the Scottish Government and many local authorities among their clients. The stable fielded counsel on both sides of Joanna Cherry's prorogation judicial review. In addition, the advocates have represented parties in various recent challenges regarding welfare provision for asylum seekers or the homeless. One source notes: "It is well known as an eminent public law set."

Civil liberties and Human Rights

A frequent choice for government departments and public bodies in Scotland and the wider UK, Axiom Advocates is respected for its broad expertise in civil liberties. They regularly act across immigration matters, healthcare disputes and judicial reviews. Recently members of the set have appeared for the defence in RC v HM Advocate, where a disabled individual argued his Article 3 ECHR rights were violated when he was imprisoned.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Continues to offer a first-class bench of advocates possessing deep knowledge of commercial and legal issues of importance to various industry sectors. Its client roster includes the Scottish Government, major corporations and financial institutions. Advocates at the stable are instructed across a wide range of areas such as contract disputes, real estate, insolvency and company law, and professional negligence. Recent activity has seen members act in difficult cases such as Bullough v Royal Bank of Scotland, a case considering the circumstances in which litigants may impliedly waive professional privilege.

Company Law

Axiom Advocates is a leading stable in Scotland for company law and demonstrates extensive expertise in all manner of advice and disputes relating to the operation, sale and purchase of companies. The stable also has complementary expertise in insolvency matters. Axiom members are capable of handling complex issues regarding directors’ duties and schemes of arrangement and are well versed in the Companies Act 2006.


Axiom Advocates remains the undisputed market leader for construction disputes in Scotland. One source says that the stable has "excellent construction advocates involved in the biggest construction cases in Scotland," while another adds that "Axiom is the go-to chambers for construction projects." Advocates at the stable are highly adept at handing construction disputes arising in a plethora of sectors, including energy and transport. Members assist a broad client portfolio, including construction bodies and local authorities, with mandates such as disputes arising from development projects, engineering matters and professional negligence cases.

Intellectual Property

Home to talented advocates who are able to handle the full spread of intellectual property work. Areas of particular strength include patent actions, in which they have represented leading pharmaceutical companies. They are also instructed in trade mark, passing off and licensing disputes, as well as breach of confidence claims.

Product Liability

Axiom Advocates retains its reputation as a go-to stable for product liability cases in Scotland. Its members are frequently called upon to represent product manufacturers across the medical device and automotive sectors, among others. The stable's advocates complement their strengths in this area with significant expertise in clinical and professional negligence law.

Professional Discipline

A strong professional regulatory stable with a talented bench of advocates who regularly feature in notable cases. They are experienced in matters arising in an array of regulated professions, in particular medicine and the law. Axiom is an excellent choice for challenges to the regulatory bodies through appeal or judicial review, as well as in tribunal proceedings.

Professional Negligence

A leading destination for a full suite of professional negligence matters, Axiom Advocates regularly advises on claims arising in the accounting, construction and finance sectors, and also has noted proficiency in disputes brought against legal services professionals. Its members are regularly called upon to advise on some of the most complex matters in the sector, as evidenced by their appearances on behalf of SSE in claims brought against Hochtief Solutions following the collapse of a tunnel built by the defendants. Sources remark that Axiom Advocates is "a very professional and well-run stable with a wide choice of highly skilled advocates."

Public Procurement

Leading Scottish stable for procurement disputes, which is highly esteemed among solicitors' firms. The advocates frequently represent the Scottish Government, local authorities and companies in these matters. Members have recently represented Holyrood in a challenge by Calmac Ferries to the procurement of the Northlink ferry services. A commentator reports: "They have strong expertise and experience in dealing with difficult cases."

Restructuring and Insolvency

Axiom Advocates is widely regarded as the leading stable at the Scottish Bar for restructuring and insolvency matters. It houses a number of talented advocates who are regularly called upon to represent liquidators, administrators, distressed companies and trustees, among other parties, in a wide range of insolvency applications and in directors' disqualification proceedings. Members are also adept at advising their clients on non-contentious insolvency matters such as strategic planning and distressed connections.


Houses advocates who exude excellence when handling contentious and non-contentious briefs for individuals and businesses, and who also frequently represent HMRC. The advocates are experienced and knowledgeable in relation to both direct and indirect taxation. They are skilled in appellate matters taking place before the Upper Tribunal and the courts.

Kenny McBrearty QC, director of Axiom commented “I am delighted that the strengths of Axiom across a broad range of our core practice areas has been recognised by Chambers Uk and our clients. We will endeavour to continue to provide high levels of service with a view to continuing to meet our client needs.”