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Ampersand Advocates

Real Estate Litigation

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

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Client service:

Ampersand Advocates offers a strong bench of well-regarded advocates who are active across a broad range of real estate litigation topics. The set demonstrates strong expertise in areas of overlap between commercial and real estate disputes. Members are instructed at all levels from the Supreme Court down.
"The clerking is excellent. They are very easy to deal with, prompt and come back quickly with options." Alan Moffat heads the clerking team.

Strengths:

Giles Reid
Giles Reid regularly appears before the Court of Session and Sheriff Court and is instructed in cases relating to property, as well as commercial contracts, construction and professional negligence. He is well versed in rural property and cases relating to rights of servitude and title disputes.
"Knowledgeable and articulate - he's everything you'd want in a junior counsel." "He has very good research skills that have carried through into his practice."
Recent work: Represented the applicants in Mellish v Boyd, a Lands Tribunal application for rectification of the Land Register concerning a disputed boundary.

Strengths:

Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen has become renowned for her skills across a broad range of real estate and associated law, particularly in matters involving overlap with planning and rural property. She acts for individuals, government bodies and companies.
"She's very helpful, great at drafting and a pleasure to work with. Nothing ever seems to be too much trouble." "She has a forensic approach to matters and a very calm, persuasive and compelling style of advocacy."
Recent work: Represented the respondent in an appeal to the Inner House of the Court of Session against a decision by the Lands Tribunal varying a title deed condition granting right of access and parking rights, to enable a residential development to proceed.

Strengths:

Robert Howie QC
Robert Howie QC maintains a versatile real estate practice and is praised particularly for his construction work. He also has extensive experience representing clients on contractual issues, restrictive covenant disputes and a wide range of other residential and commercial property litigation.
"A very clever and erudite advocate. He's a resourceful advocate and has encyclopaedic knowledge of the law." "An incredibly intelligent advocate."
Recent work: Acted for Sir Archibald Grant of Monymusk in an action to determine whether personal bar could prevent a defender from proceeding further with an application to the Lands Tribunal for rectification.

Strengths:

Ross Anderson
Ross Anderson is highly regarded for his property practice and related expertise in commercial dispute resolution and tax law. He frequently undertakes advocacy in the Court of Session, the sheriff courts and tribunals. He formerly practised as a solicitor. He is often called on to act in property development and agricultural land disputes.
"He's a very competent advocate, very personable and very commercial." "A very able and experienced junior counsel."

Strengths:

Timothy Young
Timothy Young has a growing reputation for his broad property practice and his expertise in related construction and commercial disputes. He also has experience of judicial reviews and statutory appeals, as well as public procurement disputes and professional discipline matters.
"He's very hard-working, very clever, a good communicator and works well with the team."
Recent work: Acted for a landowner neighbouring a waste water treatment works seeking to prevent nuisance on his land caused by smells emanating from the works, and for reparation for losses sustained as a result.

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC
New Silks
Robert Howie QC
Band 2

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Real Estate Litigation


Giles Reid
Band 2
Ross G. Anderson
Band 2
Timothy Young
Band 2