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Ampersand Advocates

Administrative & Public Law

5 ranked barristersBand 2Scotland (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table

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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. Recent work includes representing Joanna Cherry in her landmark challenge to the prorogation of parliament.

Client service:

"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.

Strengths:

Aidan O'Neill QC
Aidan O'Neill QC 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.
"He is a very tenacious and fearless oral advocate." "He has a phenomenal intellect but is down to earth and easy to work with."
Recent work: Acted for Martin Keatings as petitioner in an action to seek declarator regarding the legitimacy of Scottish Parliament holding an independence referendum with consent of Westminster.

Strengths:

Douglas Ross QC
Douglas Ross QC 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 provides practical advice which is helpful to the client and the courts. He's also remarkably concise in his written and oral advocacy." "He's a careful character with good judgement."
Recent work: Acted for the Lord Advocate in an action of damages in respect of alleged wrongful detention, arrest and prosecution.

Strengths:

Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen 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 is very friendly and able to translate complex situations into readable language for the client." "She's very organised, diligent and has good judgement."
Recent work: Continued to represent the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Scotland in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry.

Strengths:

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.
"He's a very talented, very clever individual with a sound understanding of public law matters. He's always a pleasure to work with."

Strengths:

Usman Tariq
Usman Tariq has a busy public and administrative law practice, in which he acts mostly for central government. He is particularly adept at judicial reviews concerning EU, human rights and immigration law.
"He's a very, very intelligent counsel who is able to articulate his knowledge well too." "He is a very good technical lawyer."
Recent work: Acted for the Home Office before the Inner House in judicial review proceedings where the petitioner argued their removal from the UK would breach their Article 8 ECHR rights.

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Administrative & Public Law


Aidan O'Neill QC
Star Individuals
Douglas Ross QC
Band 2
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC
New Silks

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Administrative & Public Law


Paul Reid
Band 2
Usman Tariq
Band 2