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Morag Ross takes silk

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Morag Ross takes silk

20 October 2016

Axiom Advocates is delighted to announce that Morag Ross QC has taken silk, after being approved by Her Majesty for “the rank and dignity” of Queen’s Counsel.

Thirteen new Queen’s Counsel have been appointed in total by Her Majesty the Queen on the recommendation of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The new appointees including Morag are Ashley Edwards, Advocate; Lisa Henderson, Advocate; Steven Love, Advocate; Ross Macfarlane, Advocate; Euan MacKenzie, Advocate; Marcus McKay, Advocate; Douglas Ross, Advocate;  Kay Springham, Advocate; Lauren Sutherland, Advocate; Susanne Tanner, Advocate; Steven Walker, Advocate; and Iain McSporran, Solicitor Advocate.

Morag has experience in a wide range of public law work and is instructed by both petitioners and respondents. She regularly represents and provides advice to public authorities in judicial review and statutory appeal proceedings. This work has covered, among other things, challenging legislation relating to minimum unit pricing for alcohol, local authorities' duties towards asylum seekers, rights of way under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 and free personal care for the elderly. Morag has a particular interest in freedom of information and has represented the Scottish Information Commissioner in a number of cases, most recently in the Supreme Court.  Morag was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government in 2008.  In that capacity, her experience includes the closure of schools, prisoner transfer arrangements, agricultural subsidies and devolution issues in the context of company law.

Roddy Dunlop QC, Stable Director stated that "Axiom are delighted to recognize the appointment of Morag Ross as a QC. Morag is renowned as a leading practitioner, especially in public law, having recently appeared as leading counsel in the Supreme Court. Her taking silk is hugely deserved and all in the stable wish her every success at the senior bar".

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