Axiom secures 36 recommendations in Legal 500 2011Back to News Listing
Axiom Advocates has received 36 recommendations in the recent edition of the Legal 500 2011 in the key areas of public and administrative law, commercial litigation, company and insolvency, intellectual property, professional negligence, planning, property and construction including agri culture and also tax, trusts and pensions law.
Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, public and administrative law (including local government)
Axiom Advocates is 'without doubt one of the leading stables in public law at the Scottish Bar'. David Johnston QC, Richard Keen QC and James Mure QC were involved in the AXA case and Gerry Moynihan QC was involved in the SNP v BBC case and Greens judicial review matter. 'There isn 't a junior at the Scottish Bar with a more impressive practice in public law than Anna Poole.' Morag Ross, who is 'extremely diligent', handles a wide range of judicial matters, and James Wolffe QC is an 'extremely talented advocate'.
Axiom Advocates is 'the preeminent set for commercial litigation'. Richard Keen QC is 'exceptionally talented', and has 'excellent judgement'. James Mure QC is 'very bright, hardworking, and has a good eye for detail'. Kenneth McBrearty 'inspires confidence', and is 'able to explain complicated concepts to clients without losing them'. Garry Borland has a 'detailed knowledge of contractual issues but balances this with a commercial and pragmatic approach to resolving disputes'. Heriot Currie QC and James McNeill QC are recommended seniors; Sean Smith and Paul O'Brien are recommended senior juniors.
Company and insolvency
At Axiom Advocates, the 'brilliantly clever' Richard Keen QC and leading senior Heriot Currie QC are recommended. Sarah Wolffe QC, who is an 'extremely able and talented QC' and a 'lateral thinker', handles a variety of company and insolvency matters. James McNeill QC has a notable insolvency practice. Almira Delibegovic-Broome is 'clearly one to watch for the future'.
Intellectual property and information technology
Members of Axiom Advocates do 'a good and thorough job'. Heriot Currie QC and Jonathan Lake QC are 'excellent IP seniors', who 'have in-depth experience in IP disputes and deal with complex cases very well with a practical, commercial approach'. The 'exceptionally bright and talented' Roisin Higgins is the leading junior for IP matters and has 'created a strong and respected presence in this field'. Paul O'Brien provides a 'swift, top-quality service', and is 'simply brilliant' on IP matters.
Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence
At Axiom Advocates, Alastair Duncan is the 'most experienced junior counsel in professional negligence at the Scottish Bar'. Iain Ferguson QC is recommended for professional negligence matters in the healthcare context, and Roddy Dunlop QC handles a large volume of professional disciplinary matters.
Planning, environmental and licensing
Ruth Crawford QC at Axiom Advocates has 'extensive planning experience', and takes a 'no-nonsense approach, which consistently delivers results for clients across a range of commercial work'.
Property, construction and agriculture
Axiom Advocates' J Gordon Reid QC takes an 'extremely detailed and meticulous approach', and has the 'ability to cut to the absolute essence of a dispute?very quickly'. Martin Richardson is 'one of the leading junior counsels at the Scottish Bar in the area of construction law'. Gavin Walker is an 'extremely commercial and pragmatic advocate with a wealth of experience in the area of construction law'. Garry Borland is a key construction practitioner, and Sean Smith is developing a notable practice in the same area. Morag Ross is 'excellent at grasping the complexities of property law at short notice, and is a safe pair of hands in urgent matters'.
Tax, trusts and pensions
Axiom Advocates' David Johnston QC, who is 'formidably bright, quiet but effective, and an ideal senior counsel in a demanding technical case', has made several Supreme Court appearances in tax-related cases. James McNeill QC specialises in trust work and has been particularly active with occupational pension work.
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”’
Joanna Cherry and others v the Advocate General for Scotland - Key involvement from numerous Axiom members in landmark constitutional case