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Commercial Dispute Resolution - Scotland (Bar)
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Ampersand Advocates is admired for its skilful work in high-profile commercial disputes. The stable offers a large team comprising highly rated advocates at the senior and junior levels. The advocates are instructed on behalf of corporations and financial institutions and are involved in a variety of related areas of practice including intellectual property and insolvency.

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Alan Moffat leads the clerking team and is described as "an excellent clerk."

"The clerks know the advocates and their strengths and skill, and are great at managing their diaries."

"The clerks were all extremely responsive, friendly and efficient."

Ross Anderson
Ross Anderson is a strong junior who is cementing a very strong reputation in the market. He is highlighted for acting in a wide range of high-value commercial disputes, as well as in tax and property matters. He has experience appearing before the sheriff courts and the Court of Session. He is particularly adept at handling cross-border matters. "He is a first-rate junior counsel - a go-to advocate in commercial, property and sports disputes. He is excellent to work with." "He is incredibly intellectually sharp, and his opinions and analysis are first rate." "He provides commercially sound and straightforward advice."

Robert Howie KC
Robert Howie KC undertakes instructions in all areas of commercial law but is especially celebrated for his depth of knowledge in marine law cases. He is also highly regarded for complex construction, insolvency and professional negligence disputes. He is experienced appearing before the UK Supreme Court and the Inner and Outer Houses of the Court of Session. "Robert has unrivalled depth of knowledge of Scottish law and a very good sense of humour, which is fundamental in difficult disputes." "He really is a walking encyclopedia of the law."

Timothy Young
Timothy Young is frequently instructed led or unled in complex disputes involving commercial contracts, property and other issues. "He is one of the best advocates at the Bar. He is very bright and very user-friendly." "He is first-class, and his written and verbal work are outstanding." "His input is of excellent quality and laced with pragmatism and commercial awareness."

Paul Reid
Paul Reid is an established professional negligence specialist who is instructed in a wide range of commercial matters. He is adept at handling contract and shareholder disputes, among other issues. "He's extremely pragmatic and really sees through the minutiae. He is a consummate team player and very proactive; he has his eye on the prize."

Usman Tariq
Usman Tariq is a well-regarded junior with broad experience across a range of high-value commercial, insolvency, banking and contractual disputes. He impresses with his work on high-profile IP matters. He also elicits praise for his strong work ethic and approachable style during cases. His experience covers litigation at all levels of the Scottish court system and before the UK Supreme Court. "He knows the law inside and out, has the ear of the court, and handles difficult clients very well." "He is brilliantly clever, immensely knowledgeable around IP matters and has an excellent client manner, speaking with a quiet assuredness which radiates confidence instantly."

Graeme Hawkes KC
Graeme Hawkes is a well-regarded and experienced advocate who is recommended by market commentators as a sound choice for banking and real estate litigation, in addition to purely commercial matters. He is also increasingly instructed in shipping, construction and professional negligence matters. He frequently represents clients before the sheriff courts and the Court of Session. "Graeme is extremely impressive and has a real knack of getting immediately to the crux of the issues." "He is user-friendly and clients like him. He gives robust, frank and decisive advice."

Eoghainn MacLean
Eoghainn MacLean is a well-respected advocate who is well placed to handle complex commercial disputes. He also offers strength in property, professional liability and competition claims. "His attention to detail is outstanding. His communication with clients in complex legal matters is impeccable, and his preparation of pleadings and written submissions is meticulous and highly impressive." "Eoghainn is a technically gifted advocate whose attention to detail is second to none. He also has the ability to reduce the most complex arguments into relatively straightforward propositions."

Giles Reid
Giles Reid is a notable junior who cultivates a broad commercial practice. He acts in cases in the Court of Session and is instructed in litigation concerning contract disputes, loan agreements and other matters. "Giles has a an excellent eye for detail and often thinks about or picks up on matters that others have not." "The quality of his written work is superb and he produces well-structured, concise and persuasive legal arguments."

Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC's commercial practice focuses on representing the Scottish Government in cases concerning procurement, compulsory purchase and other matters. She has additional experience acting in complex claims arising from corporate insolvency.

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Commercial Dispute Resolution

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Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen KC
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Scotland (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution

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Ross G. Anderson
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Band 1
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Timothy Young
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Band 1
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Paul Reid
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Band 2
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Usman Tariq
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Eoghainn MacLean
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Eoghainn MacLean
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Giles Reid
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