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Ampersand Advocates

Professional Negligence

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

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Ampersand Advocates is recognised as a leading set for professional liability matters in Scotland. The advocates often advise and act in proceedings on behalf of and against a suite of professionals including solicitors, surveyors, architects and financial advisers.

Client service:

"The clerking is great: they're really helpful and go above and beyond." "The clerks are always really professional." Alan Moffat leads the clerking team. Ampersand reports that it was the first Scottish stable to offer video conferencing. The set has also produced a 'bite-sized' webinar series.

Strengths:

Christian Marney
Christian Marney possesses notable experience of pursuing and defending substantial professional negligence litigation, typically involving solicitors or architects.
"He is very approachable, pragmatic and gets the job done. He's a good senior junior advocate."

Strengths:

Paul Reid
Paul Reid is an excellent junior with experience appearing unled in a wide array of professional liability disputes, with experience handling claims brought against solicitors, engineers, construction firms and financial services professionals. He also handles broader commercial disputes and regulatory matters. He has notably focused strength in the representation of solicitors, surveyors, construction professionals and their insurers in professional liability cases.
"Paul ticks 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-focussed. He gives clear guidance and understands what clients want and how to get them there."
Recent work: Acted in a professional negligence claim against architects for £11 million concerning whether pre-construction ground contamination studies were properly carried out at a housing development and whether the architects were strictly liable for the actions of other appointees.

Strengths:

Usman Tariq
Usman Tariq was called to the Bar in 2013 and has since gained a solid reputation for his handling of professional negligence claims, primarily against firms of solicitors.
"He is incredibly user-friendly, helpful, accessible and easy to instruct. He is very good at seeing arguments that aren't immediately obvious and finds arguments in the detail."
Recent work: Acted for insurers in a professional negligence claim against an English firm of solicitors who were alleged to have been negligent in the conduct of an earlier case in the Court of Session.

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Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Professional Negligence


Christian Marney
Band 2
Paul Reid
Band 1
Usman Tariq
Band 2