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Ruth Crawford QC
Known for handling energy and transport mandates for local government and planning authorities. She also demonstrates expertise in matters concerning compulsory purchase.
Strengths: "She's an easy person to deal with and very contactable. Her knowledge is exceptional, as is her attention to detail."
Recent work: Acted for the Council in East Ayrshire Council v Scottish Ministers, a judicial review of the Scottish Ministers' consent to a wind farm.
James Mure QC
Well recognised for his formidable breadth of knowledge throughout the planning field, and someone with experience relating to renewable energy and marine projects. He is highly regarded for his handling of judicial reviews and appeals and often acts for governments, local authorities and public bodies.
Strengths: "He is excellent, particularly in complex cases. He is superb at explaining things and always has the ear of the court."
Recent work: Acted for the Scottish Government in Trump International Golf Club Ltd v Scottish Ministers, a challenge to a decision not to hold a public inquiry into consent for an offshore wind farm.
Jonathan Lake QC
In addition to real estate issues, Jonathan Lake QC's broad commercial practice spans IP, planning and construction.
Strengths: "He's very astute at assessing a case and gets the client's point across in court. He has the ear of the judge, and you know the case will be effectively assembled with him."
Recent work: Advised on the points of contention arising from the Environmental Impact Statement for the Queen Street Station redevelopment.
Kenneth McBrearty QC
Manages a varied caseload including contracts and professional negligence cases relating to property. He has recently been engaged to act in a number of real estate litigation matters relating to telecommunications issues.
Strengths: "He's very pragmatic, and has told us when our arguments are good or when they are not. He's very straightforward and helpful." "He is easy to deal with and very switched on."
Recent work: Advised the landowners in a case brought against a cluster of telecommunications operators for the purposes of removing a telephone mast and other electronic communications apparatus.
Builds on his previous experience as a solicitor in the areas of construction and engineering to offer a strong practice as an advocate in real estate litigation. He also possesses ancillary strength in professional negligence.
Strengths: "He makes himself readily accessible both to those instructing him and the clients themselves." "He is easy to deal with, sensible and he also thinks outside the box."
Recent work: Advised Clowes Development on seeking common charges from the defendant, Silverbrae, as outlined in the commercial lease.
David Thomson's practice comprises a range of contentious commercial matters. Property issues are one of his core focuses, alongside contracts and insolvency.
Strengths: "He knows quickly and ultimately what the client is looking for."
Recent work: Advised Castlebrook Holdings after the tenant, Burger King, opposed the landlord's refusal to allow subletting.
Ross McClelland has a burgeoning commercial practice which includes real estate litigation and professional negligence. He has additional experience in issues relating to telecommunications, making him ideal for disputes over the installation or removal of antennae.
Strengths: "He has a very good turnaround time and is very well prepared. He also has a good manner with clients."
Recent work: Advised the claimant on a dilapidations matter which involved a counterclaim for damages due to the landlord's breach of its lease obligations.
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”
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