Ampersand Advocates houses highly praised practitioners who are skilled at acting in public law cases involving significant constitutional and human rights issues. They frequently appear before the highest courts in the UK and the EU. In 2019 Aidan O'Neill KC represented Joanna Cherry in her landmark challenge to the prorogation of parliament. In recent months advocates from the stable have acted in the judicial reviews of For Women Scotland and Fair Play for Women, which both concerned questions of gender identity in public life.
"The clerking service is great. Sheena Hume is very responsive."
"The clerks are very helpful and efficient."
Practice manager Alan Moffat leads the clerking team.
Aidan O'Neill KC Aidan O'Neill KC is involved in cases of the most profound constitutional significance, appearing before the highest courts in the UK and EU. He specialises in challenges against government policy on public law, human rights or EU law grounds. He is renowned for his willingness to argue difficult cases, predominantly on behalf of petitioners. "I have never come across a barrister with more encyclopaedic knowledge of public law or a more passionate and tenacious advocacy style. He is just tremendous."
Paul Reid Paul Reid garners praise for his strong expertise in judicial review. He is experienced in the representation of government departments and other public bodies in a broad range of matters ranging from procurement and professional regulation to probation. "Steeped in public law and a very helpful junior to me."
Ian Forrester KC Ian Forrester KC's return to private practice is a highly significant development for the Scottish Bar. Until 2020 he sat for the UK on the bench of the General Court of the European Union. To the Faculty of Advocates he brings immense experience of legal practice in a host of areas including competition and international trade law. "He is undoubtedly and incredibly decorated and highly regarded advocate. He is clearly very, very experienced in public law matters."
Douglas Ross KC Douglas Ross KC has extensive experience representing the Scottish Government in complex judicial reviews. He also accepts instructions from petitioners. He has particular expertise in public law cases involving prisons and human rights law. Public international law is another notable area of focus. "He is a very clear, persuasive and experienced silk. He sees the route to an attractive and clear decision and produces excellent written work and oral arguments."
Usman Tariq Usman Tariq has a busy public and administrative law practice, in which he acts mostly for central government. He has strong experience of judicial reviews concerning EU, human rights and immigration law. "We are instructing him more than ever – he has never let us down. He has the ear of the court and his in-depth level of preparation is awesome." "He was extremely able and had good communication skills with the court."
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC is an impressive advocate who operates a broad public law practice drawing on commercial, planning, environmental and human rights expertise. She acts for petitioners and respondents and is also active in prominent public inquiries. "She's intelligent and she's incredibly personable and I have no doubt she'd be excellent in court."
Timothy Young Timothy Young has a strong public law practice featuring a variety of instructions by both pursuers and defenders. He is notably knowledgeable about matters of policing. "Tim is excellent. He is regularly instructed in public law matters and his written work is exceptional." "He combines being incredibly book-smart with the ability to present fantastic oral arguments as well."