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Chambers UK 2015: Axiom break all previous records


31 October 2014

Axiom Advocates are celebrating record achievements in this year’s UK Bar Guide. Of the 277 rankings for members of the Scottish Bar as a whole in Chambers Bar Guide 2015, a total of 106 come from Axiom. That exceeds their previous record of 98 rankings last year. Axiom have also found themselves ranked in 18 different practice areas (no other Scottish stable is ranked in more than 6); seen the first occasion on which a Scottish silk has been ranked in seven different practice areas; and enjoyed widespread acclaim for their clerking team.

Stable Director Roddy Dunlop QC sa id:

“These results are highly gratifying, and show the esteem in which both members of Axiom and the clerking team are held by legal practitioners and clients alike. In what is a challenging time for the Bar in Scotland, we at Axiom are focused on the provision of excellence in advice a nd advocacy, and consider that the rankings in Chambers 2015 provide sound testimony to the strength of the stable. It is also particularly pleasing to see the market recognise the superb quality of our clerking team.”

Administrative &am p; Public Law - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates is the pre-eminent public law stable at the Scottish Bar. It boasts an unrivalled roster of counsel, whose impressive depth of expertise spans the full r ange of public law matters. Commentators note that "there is no doubt that Axiom is by far the leading public law stable," and that the set's members are "invariably the first port of call for a tricky matter" in the area.

Client service: "The clerking is excellent - clerks are always av ailable on the phone and one can have sensible discussions around fees."

David Johnston QC
Commands great respect for his broad practice, which takes in commercial and public law matters. He has appeared in a number of highly sig nificant matters over recent years, including a case addressing the amenability to judicial review of decisions of the Upper Tribunal.
Expertise: "An exceptionally fine lawyer, one of the intellectual stars of the Bar. He has a soothing manner, and the ear of the court." "He is one of the most intelligent, able people at the Bar."

Richard Keen QC
Highly regarded advocate with extensive experience of public law principles. His practice focuses on the commercial side of judicial review, and particularly on cases with p ronounced scientific or economic evidential elements.
Expertise: "He has the ability to grasp the key points and finer detail of complex appeals unbelievably quickly, to marshal his arguments and to pitch his advocacy perfectly."
Recent work: Represented the Scottish Information Commissio ner in a case before the Supreme Court concerning whether its order to disclose information on pay structures at South Lanarkshire Council was in contravention of the Data Protection Act.

Mark Lindsay QC
Typically acts for respondents in judicial review proceedings across a diverse range of public law issues. He is particularly experienced in cases challenging the decisions of local authorities and regulatory bodies.
Expertise: "He is an excellent silk to work with. Technically excellent and very responsive to clients." "He is very good at explaining things without being bogged down in unduly complex issues."
Recent work: Represented the Security Industry Authority in an appeal against its decision to revoke private security licences.

Alistair Clark QC
A commercial litigator with considerable expertise in the principles of public procurement. Much of his public law practice is founded in damages claims against public bodies for having made unlawful decisions.
Expertise: "He is a very calm advocate who exudes confidence. He gives very sound practical advice and does not get unsettled when the going gets tough."
Recent work: Acted for Glasgow City Council in a damages claim founded on the contention that it had breached public procurement law.

Ruth Crawford QC
Acts on behalf of Scottish government, UK government, local authorities and regulatory bodies in defending public law actions across a range of issues. She has particular expertise in prisoners' rights, welfare benefits and the public consultation duty.
Expertise: "Whenever we want a very robust advocate we turn to her." "She's particularly strong on the planning elements of public law."
Recent work: Acted for the Lord President of the Council in an important case addressing the rights of prisoners to vote in European Parliament elections.

Gerry Moynihan QC
An experienced advocate whose public law practice is focused on acting for the government. He has particular expertise in the operation of human rights in public law actions.
Expertise: "He has the ear of the court on any occasion he opens his mouth." "He is very able and experienced, and does a lot of work for the government."
Recent work: Acted for the first respondent in a high-profile judicial review challenging the introduction of legislation imposing minimum unit pricing for alcohol in Scotland.

James Mure QC
Attracts strong praise for work acting on behalf of government and local authorities. He is particularly expert in matters relating to planning and environmental decisions.
Expertise: "He has a thorough, measured approach and is an extremely good advocate." "He gives a consistently high standard of advice in relation to matters of statutory interpretation."
Recent work: Represented the Scottish government in a judicial review challenging the introduction of legislation prohibiting displays of tobacco products and their sale in vending machines.

James Wolffe QC
Commands great respect for his broad public law practice, and is especially well regarded for his representation in matters concerning legislative competence, local government and the criminal justice system. Indicative of his standing in the market, he was elected dean of the Faculty of Advocates in 2014.
Expertise: "He is extremely professional and thoughtful. He has the ear of the court and is prepared to push his client's position." "He's someone you're happy to have on your side, and you're dismayed if he's on the other."
Recent work: Acted for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in the first case addressing the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Act, and the powers vested by it in the Scottish government to close rural schools.

Morag Ross
Enjoys an excellent reputation for her intelligent and knowledgeable advocacy in public law matters. She represents both petitioners and respondents, particularly in relation to questions of freedom of information and the duties of local authorities.
Expertise: "She possesses a rigorous intellect, gets to the heart of the matter quickly and is a delight to work with." "She is extremely clever, very capable and thoughtful but to the point."
Recent work: Acted successfully on behalf of the Scottish government in a judicial review challenging a decision of the Scottish Prison Service in connection to the transfer of a prisoner from Jersey, addressing the applicable rules and provisions to be taken into account.

John MacGregor
Represents petitioners and respondents in a variety of issues within public law. He focuses particularly on issues arising in the context of immigration, public procurement, planning and mental health.
Expertise: "He is absolutely fantastic. Petitioner work requires you to find the points yourself, something he is plainly capable of doing." "There is no doubt he is one of the very best public law juniors."
Recent work: Acted for the Lord Advocate in the challenge to the alcohol minimum pricing legislation.

Daniel Byrne
Acts for both sides in judicial review and statutory appeal proceedings covering a wide range of public law matters. His practice is characterised by an emphasis on issues related to immigration and human rights.
Expertise: "He is about as intellectually able as they come." "He drafts extremely well, and very quickly."
Recent work: Represented the petitioner in a successful judicial review challenging the practice of the Scottish government of writing letters to cover holes in reasoning given in refusing applications to leave to remain.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates is very well respected for the skilful and knowledgeable advocacy offered by its deep bench of advocates. Its members offer advice and representation to petitioners and respondents in a diverse array of issues within civil liberties, with particular expertise in the human rights elements of immigration, asylum, extradition and mental health.

Mark Lindsay QC
An accomplished public law practitioner whose work in human rights is typically rooted in immigration and asylum issues, and assessments of best interest for children.
Expertise: "He is a forensic, skilled and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: He acted on behalf of the respondent in a Supreme Court case addressing the importance of mandated refugee status in asylum claims.

Anna Poole QC
Offers expertise in a range of human rights matters, including mental health and the rights of children and foster carers. She acts primarily on behalf of the government and public bodies.
Expertise: "She is switched on to human rights issues, and is involved in a lot of cases for the Scottish government."
Recent work: She acted on behalf of Renfrewshire Council as an interested party to a judicial review in the Court of Sessions, in which it was found the existing system of Child Protection Orders was incompatible with Article 8 ECHR.

Daniel Byrne
Attracts praise for his work representing both petitioners and respondents in a diverse array of human rights matters. He has particular experience in matters concerning the housing of asylum seekers.
Expertise: "He's excellent, and has good judgement as to what arguments are sensible to run."
Recent work: He represented the appellant in a hearing in the Inner House of the Court of Session challenging the use by the Scottish government of a Swedish language analysis company in coming to decisions on asylum.

John MacGregor
Offers representation in a range of issues, including mental health, immigration and extradition. He acts on behalf of both respondents and petitioners.
Expertise: "He is a robust and unflappable advocate."
Recent work: He represented the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland in a Supreme Court case that clarified provisions of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act, and the correct approach to apply for a declaration of excessive security in the context of mental health detention.

Clinical Negligence - Scotland (Bar) Band 2

Axiom Advocates is going from strength to strength within the clinical negligence space, and its advocates are frequently instructed on complex and high-profile claims. The stable's members act for both pursuers and defenders, and are noted for their representation of bodies such as the MDDUS and the NHS Central Litigation Office.

Roddy Dunlop QC
One of the leading courtroom advocates in Scotland, his clinical negligence caseload forms a key part of his broader professional negligence practice.
Expertise: "He is an excellent advocate with a strong grasp of the whole practice area."

Iain Ferguson QC
Concentrates his practice on clinical and professional negligence matters. He has an impressive track record on complex obstetric claims and GP negligence claims.
Expertise: "He has ferocious attention to detail, which he combines with robust and firm advocacy."

Alastair Duncan QC
Maintains a broad practice that encompasses a variety of commercial and public law matters. He has developed considerable expertise in medical negligence cases.
Expertise: "He is a model senior to watch and learn from." "He is very experienced and well versed in this whole practice area." 

Chris Paterson
Has particular expertise in medical negligence claims, and is frequently instructed on behalf of dentists and GPs.
Expertise: "He is obviously a person going places; he conducts negotiation fantastically." "He is very clear with clients and explains difficult issues clearly."

Commercial Dispute Resolution - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates remains the leading stable in Scotland for commercial dispute resolution and public law. The set has a unique depth of knowledge at both junior and silk level, and its members adopt an innovative approach to advice and counsel that appeals to clients. Other areas of focus include professional negligence, construction and contract disputes.
Client service: "The clerks are extremely good; the service there is among the best in the market."

Richard Keen QC
Regularly instructed by solicitors on matters before both the Supreme and Commercial Courts. He is widely accepted as a pre-eminent figure in Scottish commercial litigation, and is a go-to for complex cases involving large amounts of expert evidence.
Expertise: "He's fantastic. He has a brilliant brain, and he prepares meticulously - not just in relation to the law, but he actually understands the client's background. He's just fantastic. He's the best commercial senior out there, with an amazing ability to cut to the chase. He's also absolutely incredible on his feet."
Recent work: Represented ICL Tech in an action against Johnston Oils for contribution in relation to a high-value insurance claim.

Gerry Moynihan QC
A veteran advocate frequently instructed by the Scottish government in judicial reviews. His expertise also extends to handling trust and professional negligence matters.
Expertise: "A strong advocate who is also very user-friendly." "He is a superb advocate capable of explaining highly intricate issues in terms which are readily understood by clients and importantly by judges."
Recent work: Acted on a construction contract dispute involving complicated quantum issues.

James Wolffe QC
Has an excellent reputation in commercial matters, earning particular praise for his skill in handling high-value construction disputes. He is hugely experienced, and has handled high-profile matters before the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.
Expertise: "You will struggle to find an advocate at the Scottish Bar who has a superior intellect." "He's an intellectual titan who provides sensible and pragmatic legal advice."
Recent work: Instructed by the administrators of Buckie Shipyard in an action enforcing the shipbuilder's contractual lien.

Alistair Clark QC
A standout practitioner with considerable experience in complex and high-profile cases. He is instructed across the full range of commercial dispute matters, earning particular recognition for his involvement in high-value cases in the media sector.
Expertise: "If you have a complex, heavy-duty commercial matter in Scotland, it is hard to justify not going to him: he's got bags of experience, and is very talented both in consultation and on his feet." "He has an intellect that can assimilate a lot of complex information, and then produce an argument that people can understand. That's his strength."
Recent work: Acted in Ted Jacobs Engineering Group v RMJM, an action concerning the recovery of documents in Section 1 proceedings.

Heriot Currie QC
A leading commercial silk with a broad practice. He represents clients in matters including pensions claims and planning matters. He has been successful in a number of complex, high-value matters before the Supreme Court.
Expertise: "He is one of the foremost advocates of his generation." "He is very good at making difficult cases boil down to simple points. A formidable court advocate."
Recent work: Acted against James Wolffe QC in a payment action in the Commercial Court worth over £4 million. The case concerned the procurement of a waste treatment plant.

Alastair Duncan QC
Handles high-value finance disputes, acting for major banking clients on cutting-edge matters. He is adept in appeals brought to the Court of Session, and masterful in representing a broad spectrum of professional clients in commercial matters such as partnership disputes.
Expertise: "He is extremely thorough and pragmatic in his approach. He's a particularly user-friendly advocate." "He does just feel like an extension of your team."
Recent work: Acted in a high-profile class action concerning allegations of contaminated residential land.

Roddy Dunlop QC
Undertakes a broad range of general commercial matters. His stellar reputation stems from his experience of instructions on some of the most high-profile matters in Scotland, before courts at every level of the Scottish legal system.
Expertise: "He is a calm advocate, but he possesses a sharp intellect. You know that you will get the best advice from him." "He's a no-nonsense silk who demonstrates first-class courtroom skills. He is not afraid to give robust advice."
Recent work: Acted for the pursuer in seeking the disposal of litigation on the basis of error, in a matter with major implications for the concept of unilateral uninduced error.

Mark Lindsay QC
Handles major commercial disputes covering an array of matters, including contractual, property and shareholder disputes. Solicitors appreciate his knowledge as both a qualified advocate in Scotland and a qualified barrister in England and Wales. He also has the experience of regular appearances before the House of Lords and the Supreme Court.
Expertise: "He has the ear of the court, and is able to give an accurate prediction of how things are going to turn out. He ensures you spend time and money on the right things." "He's like an old-fashioned silk in a very good sense - he's a leading commercial lawyer and litigator who is prepared to take on cases that may be slightly outside of his comfort zone, but he will do the research he needs to do, apply his advocacy skills, and invariably be successful!"
Recent work: Acted as counsel against Alistair Clark QC in a contractual dispute between Scottish Enterprise and RBS.

James Mure QC
Regularly instructed for major commercial issues involving construction, environmental and professional liability disputes. He was previously First Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish government, and has built up a solid reputation in the marketplace.
Expertise: "He is an intellectual advocate who has the ear of the court." "He is exceptionally thorough, and very bright. His written work and oral submissions are both superb."
Recent work: Represented CGIS in suing BT for a large claim relating to the dilapidation of a large commercial property.

Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC
Vastly experienced in litigation, arbitration and mediation. His specialisms include commercial contract claims and construction and engineering disputes.
Expertise: "His delivery of submissions in court is concise and effective." "He is very much on the client's level, and fights their corner."
Recent work: Acted for lenders in a series of cases brought against solicitors in the commercial court of the Court of Session.

Jonathan Lake QC
Acts for high-profile commercial clients in a range of fields, primarily in litigation, but also advises on non-contentious issues that may arise. His areas of specialism include IP and niche matters such as actions for reduction.
Expertise: "He's a very impressive advocate, thorough and eloquent." "He has an ability to understand hugely complicated legal arguments and principles, and explain it in a very user-friendly way."

James McNeill QC
Earns praise for his expertise in cases related to trusts. He is a noted mediator and serves as a judge in the Courts of Appeal in Jersey and Guernsey.
Expertise: "He's an incredibly efficient advocate - he's straightforward to deal with."

Kenny McBrearty QC
Recognised for his skill across a range of commercial dispute matters, with particular experience in professional negligence, recovery and contract disputes. He is praised by solicitors as a highly user-friendly advocate.
Expertise: "He is really collaborative in his approach, and works as a team member. He has good judgement." "His style, whether in consultation or in court, is very laid-back and understated - but very, very effective."
Recent work: Acted for the pursuer in the Commercial Court against former employees and their new employers in relation to the use of confidential information and breach of restrictive covenants.

Garry Borland
Has a broad commercial practice and undertakes a range of work, including professional negligence, property, contracts and construction disputes. He has represented many major clients in disputes, such as BP, Balfour Beatty and ConocoPhillips.
Expertise: "His thoroughness is exceptional. On his feet, he is exceptionally good, and always well prepared." "He has an ability to immerse himself in the detail of large cases, which makes him a great choice for cases of particular complexity."
Recent work: Led by Richard Keen QC in a complex administrators challenge to a number of foreign property investments.

Almira Delibegovi?-Broome
Specialises in commercial law disputes, with a particular proficiency in cases with complicated evidential hearings. She also has a strong reputation in the insolvency field, and has appeared alone before both the Scottish Appeal Court and the Supreme Court.
Expertise: "She's very good tactically, and recognised as being in the top few juniors at the Scottish Bar."
Recent work: Defended in an administrator's pre-insolvency transaction challenge, including bringing a challenge before the ECHR.

Jonathan Barne
Acts for major institutions from the energy sector and high-profile banking clients. He has practised before courts of all levels in commercial disputes, and wins praise for his skilled handling of evidential hearings.
Expertise: "He is a very experienced junior. He's attentive to the client's needs and commercially minded."
Recent work: Represented Lloyds Banking Group in an Inner House appeal and an appeal to the Supreme Court. The matter concerned the interpretation of a covenant granted to a charity, and whether unforeseen changes to accounting standards will affect the percentage due to the charity.

Roisin Higgins
A commercial litigator recognised for her expertise on IP matters. She is well versed in handling matters in arbitration, the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session. Commentators note that her prior career as a solicitor in major commercial firms in Edinburgh has given her superb client-handling skills.
Expertise: "She is very user-friendly, and very good with clients."

David Thomson
Practises exclusively in commercial and public law, and is known as a specialist in insolvency and property disputes. His experience encompasses regular appearances before the UK Supreme Court and the Court of Session.
Expertise: "He is a hard-working and impressive advocate." "He is a very astute commercial lawyer."
Recent work: Defended Forthflat against a claim by Morrison & Mutch Property Investments, in relation to remedies sought under the Companies Act.

Ross McClelland
A former solicitor whose depth of commercial litigation experience belies his relatively junior year of call. He focuses on commercial dispute matters, and is regularly instructed in professional negligence and property claims.
Expertise: "He impresses with the depth of his preparation. You expect a dedicated advocate, but he's just incredibly meticulous." "He's one of the best young juniors doing commercial work."

Euan Duthie
Has a broad commercial practice covering a wide range of areas, including contractual and property disputes, in addition to handling professional negligence claims against professionals such as surveyors. He has also been instructed to represent insolvency practitioners in liquidation procedures.
Expertise: "He is a sensible, solid commercial practitioner who is very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted in the Court of Session in a dispute between Heritable Bank and Landsbanki, related to claims said to be extinguished under foreign insolvency.

Chris Paterson
Has a broad commercial practice focused on professional liability matters.
Expertise: "He is an approachable and pragmatic advocate."
Recent work: Represented the petitioner against Dunbar Asset, seeking to have a European Enforcement Order reduced.

Martin Richardson
Has a commercial practice focused on professional negligence and construction disputes. He is also instructed in financial services disputes on behalf of both pursuers and defenders.
Expertise: "He's technically extremely able, but also able to translate that into good, solid commercial advice." "He is one of the juniors who garners a lot of respect from the Bench, particularly from the Court of Session."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the shareholders of Rangers International FC in obtaining an interim interdict to delay an AGM.

Paul O'Brien
A commercial litigator noted for his expertise in IP and insolvency law. He is an experienced advocate who regularly appears in the Court of Session commercial court.
Expertise: "You can rely on him to provide you with a thorough analysis of the legal principles." "He has the ear of the court - he's not afraid to stand up against strong questioning or challenges."
Recent work: Acted for Farstad Supply in a complex damages claim relating to a fire on board a ship.

Morag Ross
Focuses on litigation relating to freedom of information, and has presented cases in the Supreme Court. She is praised for her work in public law and pensions litigation.
Expertise: "She is excellent. Really bright and thorough."
Recent work: Represented petitioners HFD Construction in a challenge against Aberdeen City Council relating to the selection of a preferred bidder for the sale of a council building.

Alasdair McKenzie
Has considerable experience in construction disputes, including defect claims and liquidated damages. He has acted for a variety of professionals within the sector, such as employers and contractors.
Expertise: "He's very thorough, and very good at turning work around quickly, and his considered strategy is combined with a commercial approach."
Recent work: Instructed to act on behalf of an individual against RBS in a matter concerning a disputed collateral warranty.

Gavin Walker
Focuses on professional liability, property and IP disputes arising from the construction sector.
Expertise: "He has three very strong facets: he knows the law, he's very good in court, and clients like him." "If you give him something, he likes to get stuck in, and he likes to win."
Recent work: Acted with Heriot Currie QC in opposition to shareholders of Rangers International FC in their attempt to interdict an annual club meeting and enforce their shareholder rights. 

Susan Ower
Specialises on matters which encompass both commercial and insolvency aspects. She is also regularly instructed in disputes regarding property and contracts.
Expertise: "She discharges very difficult briefs with considerable ability." "She's a very effective examiner of witnesses, without being aggressive."
Recent work: Acted for Search Consultancy in its action for recovery of confidential information and property.

Company - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates is the leading stable for commercial law in the Scottish Bar, known as "the first port of call for commercial matters." Its members represent companies and individuals in corporate and contractual disputes in both public and private sectors. Barristers at Axiom also act in an advisory capacity, assisting with matters such as commercial petitions and corporate acquisitions.
Client service: "Lesley Flynn leads a very good clerking team. They are very helpful; it's very clear who does what." 

Richard Keen QC
Acts on behalf of corporations and individuals. He specialises in commercial litigation, and is considered one of the Scottish Bar's leading advocates.
Expertise: "He is very charismatic and an extremely strong courtroom performer." "He is one of the most sought-after QCs in commercial matters."
Recent work: Acted for former Rangers FC director Paul Murray in a dispute regarding the football club's obligations surrounding its AGM.

Heriot Currie QC
Handles a wide variety of matters, including construction, professional negligence and competition. He is very well regarded for representing companies and individuals in court, and also offers expertise in ADR.
Expertise: "He has a gravitas about him. He is highly authoritative."

David Thomson
Practises in commercial litigation, including matters of insolvency, property and professional negligence. He is a highly respected junior with experience of matters involving government departments.
Expertise: "He produces very helpful opinions indeed; he comes up with some novel lines of argument." "He is very busy and well instructed."
Recent work: Acted for HM Secretary of State for Business, Innovation & Skills in a disqualification case against a former director.

Construction - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates remains widely recognised as the leading set in Scotland for construction disputes and has an enviable list of expert advocates who have maintained a high-value caseload. This dominant stable acts on a wide range of construction and engineering matters, and is noted for its expertise on matters in the energy industry. The stable has also developed a reputation for handling construction cases with a professional negligence angle.
Client service: "The clerks, led by Lesley Flynn, are really proactive. They are the kind of clerks you can go to with a problem and they will give you a portfolio of counsel who are able to help."

Heriot Currie QC
One of the top construction advocates at the Scottish Bar. He has a broad range of experience across several commercial fields and continues to attract standout construction cases.
Expertise: "He is very good on his feet. He is a heavyweight advocate."
Recent work: Acted as lead QC for the defenders in a high-profile dispute over the tunnel collapse at the Glendoe hydroelectric scheme.

Richard Keen QC
Recognised as a leader in construction. He is particularly praised for his advocacy style and brings a wealth of experience to complex and high-profile construction disputes.
Expertise: "He is an outstanding advocate. He is very confident and has an easy style of presenting complex arguments to make them sound simple." "He is good at outlining his position to the court and dealing with points of reply."
Recent work: Instructed in the major engineering dispute between SSE Generation and HOCHTIEF Solutions regarding the Glendoe hydroelectric tunnel collapse.

James Wolffe QC
Known as a standout QC in the market, as supported by his election as the dean of the Faculty of Advocates. He acts on a range of construction disputes of significant value, and also attracts praise for his work involving European issues.
Expertise: "He is one of the best commercial QCs in Scotland."
Recent work: Successfully defended the enforcement of an adjudicator's award on grounds that the enforcement would be a breach of natural justice and of Convention rights. 

Martin Richardson
Highly commended for his practical attitude, which sources attribute to the experience gained during his time as a solicitor. He has a dedicated following of solicitors and clients who instruct him on construction and construction-related professional negligence disputes.
Expertise: "His written work is absolutely exemplary." "He has a very calm demeanour, commands a lot of respect and is very unflappable."
Recent work: Instructed to pursue a £1 million technical defects claim against a contractor and other professionals relating to a social housing contract in Orkney.

Garry Borland
Known as a go-to junior for complex construction work and as "one of the best junior counsel in the Scottish market." His practical, hands-on approach is praised by instructing solicitors as being particularly appropriate for adjudications. He also has a growing arbitration practice.
Expertise: "He has strong technical skills and is an able and confident advocate." "He has a very thorough, analytical brain."
Recent work: Acted in a dispute, valued at approximately £5 million, relating to defects at a large leisure facility.

Alasdair McKenzie
Recognised as a strong construction junior by instructing solicitors. He acts on a broad range of construction disputes, such as defect and payment claims, for both defendants and pursuers.
Recent work: Acted against fellow Axiom advocates in a social housing defects claim in Orkney, valued at £1 million.

Jonathan Barne
Instructed in an increasing amount of big-ticket litigation. He is held in high esteem by senior peers for his construction work, as well as more general commercial cases.
Expertise: "He has years of experience, and is an absolutely excellent advocate - and he's friendly as well!"
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of an asbestos removal contractor in a defence and counterclaim following the rescinding of a contract by Marshall Construction.

Jonathan Broome
A former solicitor now recognised by fellow advocates as a strong construction junior. The sheer volume of his industry knowledge is particularly noted by sources.
Expertise: "He's incredibly bright and enthusiastic. He's good on tactics, and his specialist area is construction and he knows it inside out."
Recent work: Acted for Halcrow Waterman on defending a significant claim by RBS for design flaws in the Gemini Building in Edinburgh.

Gavin Walker
A former solicitor who acts regularly on behalf of construction companies as well as architects, surveyors and other professional practitioners. His extensive construction professional negligence work is well recognised in the market.
Expertise: "He is very personable and user-friendly." "His written work is very thorough and I trust him fundamentally."
Recent work: Defended a £10 million defects claim brought by the owner and tenants of an office block in Glasgow.

Intellectual Property - Scotland (Bar) Band 1 

Axiom Advocates continues to be the dominant force of the Scottish IP Bar. Its silks and juniors consistently handle a variety of complex cases, ranging from trade mark and copyright infringements to patent disputes. It is the go-to stable for many, due to the user-friendly nature of its clerks and advocates, which has led to it being described as "one of the most commercial of the stables in Scotland."
Client service: "The clerks are good at getting back to you really quickly. They are very responsive in terms of getting costs and arrangements agreed."

Heriot Currie QC
Extremely well-regarded advocate with a vast amount of experience on sophisticated IP cases. He is particularly well known for his work on patent infringement matters.
Expertise: "He is one of Scotland's leading silks and is very experienced in patent disputes." "He is extremely impressive when cross-examining witnesses in court."

Jonathan Lake QC
Possesses an impressively broad IP practice, though he is especially renowned for his work on cases involving pharmaceutical and technology patents. He is universally well respected, and sources praise his "excellent eye for detail."
Expertise: "He is a very good QC with a brilliant mind and excellent litigation instincts." "He is very good at simplifying complex cases. He produces excellent written work and is very sharp in court."
Recent work: He represented Sky Broadcasting Group in various copyright cases brought against the owners of several licensed establishments.

Paul O'Brien
An experienced junior with considerable expertise across the full range of IP matters. He is noted for his meticulous approach and attention to detail.
Expertise: "He is exceptionally well prepared in terms of being able to present in front of the judge." "He is very thorough, with good attention to detail, but he is also a practical and commercial advocate."
Recent work: He acted for Girl Norma Shellfish in a passing off action brought against MacGillivray's Seafood, concerning the colour of the latter establishment.

Roisin Higgins
Enjoys an enviable standing at the Scottish IP Bar, with recognised abilities in a whole host of cases including patent and trade mark disputes.
Expertise: "She is very commercial and good at identifying clients' key objectives and tailoring her advice accordingly."

Gavin Walker
A commercial advocate who is establishing a reputation for expertise in soft IP cases.
Expertise: "He is quick to grasp complex matters and is good in court."

Professional Discipline - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates is regularly instructed in high-profile and complex professional discipline cases for a range of both regulators and regulated individuals. Although it has a particular presence in solicitors' disciplinary matters, it also receives regular instructions to act in both healthcare and police cases.

Mark Lindsay QC
His professional discipline practice is enriched by his commercial and public law experience. He receives regular instructions from the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, and also acts on disciplinary matters in the healthcare sector.
Expertise: "He can prepare and deliver robustly in writing and on his feet."

Roddy Dunlop QC
Acts in a whole range of professional discipline matters, primarily on behalf of regulators. His practice encompasses complex cases in the policing, healthcare and legal sectors.
Expertise: "Everyone wants Roddy Dunlop QC – it's a race to see who can get him first."
Recent work: Represented the General Dental Council in resisting an appeal brought by a dentist who had been practising without insurance and had been struck off.

Alastair Duncan QC
Regularly advises on regulatory cases in the legal sector, and receives instructions from both regulators and regulated individuals.
Recent work: Represented the Law Society of Scotland in an appeal made by a solicitor who was suspended due to various allegations of misconduct.

Professional Negligence - Scotland (Bar) Band 1 

Axiom Advocates is a "top-notch commercial stable," pursuing and defending claims against professionals from a wide range of sectors. Its members have a wealth of expertise on the full range of professional negligence claims, including disputes involving solicitors, counsel and professionals in the financial and construction sectors. The set is consistently recognised by peers as a "centre of excellence."
Client service: "One of the main reasons to use Axiom is the clerking team led by Lesley Flynn. They go above and beyond, and do the legwork for you. They are very good at knowing who you like, matching stable strengths and accommodating your needs."

Alastair Duncan QC
Has a celebrated professional negligence practice. He is chiefly recognised in this field for his wealth of expertise in solicitors' negligence claims.
Expertise: "Highly intelligent, meticulous in his preparation, and a skilled court performer, he is trusted by insurer and insured clients alike as a go-to silk."
Recent work: Defended a firm of solicitors that was accused of negligent misrepresentation by a financial institution.

Roddy Dunlop QC
Has a well-respected practice spanning a broad range of legal fields. He has extensive experience of defending professionals who are facing negligence claims.
Expertise: "He is absolutely first-class." "He is very impressive on his feet in court."
Recent work: Acted in Singh v Napier, successfully defending a senior counsel who was accused of negligence and discrimination by a former client.

Iain Ferguson QC
Focuses his practice on professional and medical negligence claims, frequently advising on cases involving solicitors. He has significant expertise in medical negligence and is regularly entrusted with high-value obstetric claims.
Expertise: "He has a brilliant forensic mind. He is good on the details and how to apply law." "He is very experienced and has a lot of gravitas."
Recent work: He acted on Kirkton Investments v VMH, a claim brought against a firm of solicitors by a development company in relation to a housing development.

Jonathan Lake QC
Has a varied practice, predominantly focused on handling commercial disputes. He has considerable experience of professional negligence cases, and is frequently retained to handle noteworthy claims against architects, surveyors and solicitors.
Expertise: "He's excellent. He's not at all afraid of going into court - he relishes it." "He is superb on his feet and excels in complex matters."

Kenny McBrearty QC
Highly regarded by peers for his expertise in both professional negligence and professional discipline. He receives regular instructions on complex claims involving solicitors, accountants and surveyors.
Expertise: "He is a sharp tactician with an assured court manner. He has a great manner with both insured and insurer clients." "He's excellent. Very thorough, practical and commercial."

Jonathan Barne
Particularly well recognised for his work on construction-related disputes and professional negligence claims. He is frequently instructed on complex claims in the construction and legal sectors.
Expertise: "He is technically very able and meticulous." "He is able to cut through the chaff to get to the heart of the matter. He's not just a good advocate – he has a commercial outlook and mind."
Recent work: Instructed to pursue an architect's negligence claim relating to the extension of commercial premises where the main contractor of the project was insolvent.

Martin Richardson
An experienced junior, particularly well known for his expertise in construction-related negligence claims, including disputes involving engineers and architects. He is also regularly instructed on cases involving professionals from the financial sector.
Expertise: "He is certainly a go-to person for engineering negligence cases." "He goes the extra mile for the client and has an ability to understand the commercial imperatives of the clients." "He is extremely precise in his analysis and very persuasive on his feet."
Recent work: Engaged by RBS to pursue an engineers' negligence claim concerning the design of an office building.

Jonathan Broome
Has considerable expertise in construction law, having worked as a solicitor in this area for many years. He is particularly well regarded by peers and clients for his experience in professional negligence cases involving engineers.
Expertise: "He is extremely diligent and goes the extra mile." "He's incredibly bright and enthusiastic. His specialist area is construction and he knows it inside out."
Recent work: Defended a claim brought against engineers relating to alleged design failures of an office development in the centre of Edinburgh.

Chris Paterson
Regularly acts on a range of negligence claims, including disputes involving solicitors, surveyors and individuals in the construction and medical sectors.
Expertise: "He is very thorough and very good on the technical side of things." "He has many years of expertise in professional negligence claims as an advocate and solicitor."
Recent work: Acted in Northern Rock v Bell & Scott on behalf of the defenders, who were accused of negligently advising a financial institution on a borrower's ability to pay off a loan.

Gavin Walker
Frequently entrusted to pursue claims against professionals in the construction sector, including engineers, surveyors and architects. He has also acted on several high-value claims brought by financial institutions against valuers.
Expertise: "He knows the law, he's very good in court and clients like him."
Recent work: Acted for the Bank of Scotland on a negligence claim brought against surveyors arising from the valuation of a commercial development site.

Alasdair McKenzie
Impresses peers and clients with his work pursuing and defending negligence claims arising in the construction sector.
Expertise: "He is approachable and commercial. He is also technical but doesn't let it get in the way of resolving the case."

Public Procurement - Scotland (Bar) Band 1 

Axiom Advocates' strength in administrative and public law feeds into the stable's excellent reputation for public procurement work. Its members act for both contractors and procuring authorities, and are equally comfortable acting in an advisory or advocacy capacity.

Alistair Clark QC
Acts for a number of public bodies, including city councils and government agencies, as well as for pursuers. He is a former academic with substantial experience of, and proven expertise in, acting for clients in the Court of Session.
Expertise: "He gives clear advice, is extremely balanced, and has great experience of previously defending the government." "He is never ruffled; he exudes calm."
Recent work: Advised Glasgow City Council on a third-party challenge for alleged breach of procurement law.

James Mure QC
A former member of the diplomatic service, and a former first standing junior counsel to the Scottish government. He earns praise for his expertise in planning as well as public procurement.

Roddy Dunlop QC
A widely respected practitioner whose user-friendly approach and stellar advocacy are valued by instructing solicitors.
Expertise: "He is academically sharp and has a very good client-facing manner." "He is an aggressive litigator, but effective."
Recent work: He acted as senior counsel in a motorway maintenance public procurement challenge against the Scottish Ministers.

Morag Ross
An experienced public procurement practitioner. She is regularly instructed by challengers to contract awards, and by public bodies such as higher education institutions.
Expertise: "She is an excellent junior, very able and no-nonsense." "She is hugely experienced and knowledgeable in this area. Great to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the pursuers in the high-profile Nationwide Gritting Services v Scottish Ministers case, concerning a challenge to the award for a contract to supply salt for de-icing.

John MacGregor
Noted for his experience in advising on NHS matters and the provision of social services.
Expertise: "He is very good with clients and very easy to communicate with, and explains complicated concepts clearly."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in Glasgow Rent Deposit and Support Scheme v Glasgow City Council, a challenge to the award of a contract to provide homelessness services.

Restructuring/Insolvency - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

Axiom Advocates houses the largest concentration of experienced restructuring and insolvency advocates at the Scottish Bar. Advocates at the stable are instructed on some of the most significant and high-profile restructuring and insolvency cases in Scotland. Instructing solicitors praise the responsive clerking service and appreciate the transparency of the fee structure. Commentators note that "they have good quality throughout the levels from senior to new calls; you're always able to find someone to help you."
Client service: "They have a commercial, flexible approach." "The clerks know their stable inside out."

James McNeill QC
A highly regarded senior advocate with experience in insolvency matters pertaining to commercial, charitable and private trusts.
Expertise: "He is an extremely experienced lawyer with a very good reputation for insolvency work." 

David Thomson
A commercial specialist who is regularly instructed in disputes pertaining to insolvency law. He is frequently instructed on behalf of banks in corporate transactions and also by individuals in relation to personal insolvencies.
Expertise: "He has a combination of genuine expertise, a keen mind and a seriously impressive work ethic that is hard to match at the junior Bar in Scotland." "He is experienced, knowledgeable and a determined counsel."
Recent work: He was instructed by Burness Paull to act for the liquidator of Letham Grange Development in a successful appeal to reduce standard security due to gratuitous alienation.

Garry Borland
A commercial law advocate with wide-ranging experience in insolvency and restructuring issues. He has a background in construction law and often acts on cases in the engineering and energy sectors.
Expertise: "He is excellent in all respects: flexible, attentive to detail and impressive in court."
Recent work: Instructed by DAC Beachcroft to act for the contractor's insurers in the Blythswood Square v Chard Construction case relating to an £11 million claim made against the insolvent construction company. 

Almira Delibegovi?-Broome
A standing junior to HMRC who receives regular instructions on high-profile administrations and liquidations.
Expertise: "She is a real team player and a bright advocate." "She is invariably well prepared and adds greatly to the representation of the clients' interests in any case." "She has the most impressive mind. Her understanding of detailed statutory provisions is a great assistance."
Recent work: She was instructed to advise a creditor of Rangers FC (in liquidation) in a case pertaining to the purchase of the club.

Paul O'Brien
Began his career as a solicitor focusing on commercial litigation, and since being called to the Bar he has developed considerable insolvency expertise.
Expertise: "He's a very analytical advocate, who is very responsive and comes back to you quickly. He's very user-friendly."

Euan Duthie
Has extensive experience in dealing with a wide range of insolvency issues, including directors' disqualification disputes, administration litigation and warranty breach claims.
Expertise: "He turns things around very quickly. He's always quick to respond and always willing to discuss things on short notice."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the administrators of Heritable Bank in relation to a dispute with the winding-up board of Landsbanki, its parent company in Iceland.

Susan Ower
An emerging name in the insolvency field, proving her worth in her recent work on high-profile administrations and liquidations. She is instructed regularly by insolvency practitioners and financial institutions.
Expertise: "She absorbs each experience and reflects it back the next time around. She is constantly gaining knowledge." "She is very able, very careful and measured. She's realistic about the prospects and not afraid of having the difficult conversations."
Recent work: Represented Dunedin Building Company as a creditor in the administration of Station Properties, in relation to a £500,000 claim. The administrator's appeal to end the administration was refused and the case ended favourably for Dunedin.

Tax - Scotland (Bar) Band 1

This stable houses a significant number of highly experienced tax advocates, who handle both transactional work and contentious matters. Its members are particularly active in the field of corporate tax. 

Julian Ghosh QC
A tax specialist with a very broad practice, he is particularly noted for his work on corporate and European tax matters.
Expertise: "He's very clever and very responsive, and explains complex issues thoroughly yet succinctly."

James McNeill QC
Noted for his handling of tax matters for private clients. He is also well respected for work on corporate tax issues.
Expertise: "He's an incredibly efficient advocate - he's straightforward to deal with."

Heriot Currie QC
Takes on tax matters related to commercial transactions. He is particularly strong when it comes to VAT issues, and works on tax related to areas such as construction, IP and public procurement.
Expertise: "He gives concise and focused advice."

Immigration - Scotland (Bar)

Mark Lindsay QC
An experienced advocate whose expertise is called upon for the most complex of immigration matters.
Expertise: "He is a great opponent to deal with. He is very able in court and fearless in his advocacy."
Recent work: Acted in Fleury Zoumbas v SSHD, a Supreme Court appeal regarding the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Daniel Byrne
Has an extensive immigration and public law practice, which encompasses high-level appeals and judicial review matters. He also counsels the Scottish government and the Equality & Human Rights Commission.
Expertise: "He is an absolute pleasure to work with - he is inventive, thorough and a great thinker."

Media Law - Scotland (Bar)

Alistair Clark QC
Acts for companies and local authorities in high-value commercial litigation. He is esteemed for his depth of expertise in defamation and privacy matters.
Expertise: "He is a very shrewd and practical lawyer."
Recent work: He advised News Group Newspapers in relation to the motion for a new trial stemming from the defamation claim brought by Tommy Sheridan, for which he was awarded damages of £200,000 following a jury trial, but was subsequently convicted of perjury.

Roddy Dunlop QC
He handles some of the most high-profile media matters in Scotland. He routinely acts for newspapers in defamation and breach of privacy claims.
Expertise: "He's a standout advocate; very robust, very persuasive and very effective on his feet." "His knowledge and experience of media law is second to none."
Recent work: He represented the Scottish National Party in a defamation case concerning comments about a local councillor made by a property developer, successfully appealing against both an interim interdict and an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Ewen Campbell
Has developed a strong profile for his media work, and is noted for his handling contempt of court and defamation concerns. He regularly advises on issues relating to o