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Ampersand Advocates

Commercial Dispute Resolution

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

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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. Tenants have acted in high-profile matters such as Rangers FC's challenge to the decision of the Scottish Premier League to end the 2019/20 season early and award the title to Celtic.

Client service:

The clerking team is described as "ahead of the curve in terms of its responsiveness and use of technology." "The clerking is really helpful and they go above and beyond what is expected." Alan Moffat leads the clerking team; he is described as "very good - really user-friendly and always looking for ways he can improve the service offered."

Strengths:

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 others matters.
"Very good: he had the ear of the court and was very user-friendly." "It was great working with him: he was very reliable and smart on his feet. He had everything prepared and got up to speed in a very short space of time."
Recent work: Acted in Incremental Group v HiETA Technologies, a damages claim arising from the termination of an IT contract by the defender.

Strengths:

Graeme Hawkes
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. 
"He is helpful and thoughtful, and it is good to have him on a team."
Recent work: Acted in Sekers Fabrics v Clydesdale Bank, a claim relating to the extent of a bank's duty of care following a customer's loss of funds due to online fraud.

Strengths:

Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC'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 a large corporate insolvency.
"She provides calm, considered and confident advice." "Laura-Anne has good strategic understanding and is overall very capable."
Recent work: Acted in a contested application for sanction of schemes of arrangement relating to the restructuring of Premier Oil's debt.

Strengths:

Paul Reid
Paul Reid is an established professional negligence specialist who is increasingly instructed in a widening range of commercial matters. He is adept at handling contract and shareholder disputes, among other issues.
"Paul ticks all the boxes for what I need: he is approachable, I have no issue using him in sensitive cases, he's great with clients and laser-focused. He gives clear guidance and understands what clients want and how to get them there." "He is excellent - a real rising star."
Recent work: Acted in a £11.5 million claim relating to the redevelopment of a site adjacent to Haymarket station and concerning preparatory works to the station's tunnel.

Strengths:

Robert Howie QC
Robert Howie QC 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.
"Top-quality work and an amazing performance in court. At the top of his game." "He is an exceptional intellect and is tremendous value for money."

Strengths:

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 proactive, really commercially minded and easy to work with."

Strengths:

Timothy Young
Timothy Young is frequently instructed led or unled in complex disputes involving commercial contracts, property and other issues.
"He has broad-based expertise in commercial litigation and is a tenacious court operator."
Recent work: Acted in a high-value and complex claim for the enforcement of an adjudication award relating to the refurbishment of a school in East Ayrshire.

Strengths:

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 in 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. 
"Smart, good on his feet, both in person and within virtual court as well. Clients love him." "His level of preparation is outstanding; he is so conscientious and really easy to deal with."

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Graeme Hawkes QC
New Silks
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC
New Silks
Robert Howie QC
Band 1

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Commercial Dispute Resolution


Giles Reid
Band 3
Paul Reid
Band 2
Ross G. Anderson
Band 1

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