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Axiom Advocates

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

5 ranked barristersBand 1Scotland (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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A frequent choice for government departments and public bodies in Scotland and the wider UK, Axiom Advocates is respected for its broad expertise in civil liberties. They regularly act across immigration matters, healthcare disputes and judicial reviews. Recently members of the set have appeared for the defence in RC v HM Advocate, where a disabled individual argued his Article 3 ECHR rights were violated when he was imprisoned.

Client service:

Lesley Flynn is the practice manager.

Strengths:

Daniel Byrne
He represents a variety of petitioners and respondents, including public bodies, individuals facing deportation and the Scottish Government. He demonstrates expertise across diverse areas such as prison, mental health, energy and planning law. He has frequently appeared before the Supreme Court on significant human rights and civil liberties matters.
"His oral advocacy is very good; he gets to the point and has the ear of the judge." "His advocacy is absolutely outstanding, demonstrating ironclad logic and making very concise points."
Recent work: Appeared for the defence in Ali v Serco and Others [2019], a challenge to Serco’s right to institute a lock change policy in respect of failed asylum seekers housed by Serco.

Strengths:

John MacGregor QC
A respected new silk with a strong track record of assisting local government and other public bodies with administrative appeals and judicial review proceedings. He has experience working on human rights issues deriving from immigration and criminal deportation matters. His broad client base includes institutions such as Police Scotland, Glasgow City Council, the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
"His written work is brilliant and he's a good, robust advocate in court." "He's very responsive, very good with clients, and turns work around quickly and without difficulty."
Recent work: Appeared in WL v HMRC & Lord Advocate, a challenge to the procedure for the grant of search warrants.

Strengths:

Lesley Irvine
Acts in human rights and civil liberties judicial review and appellate cases for both claimants and respondents. She has particular experience in equalities and EU law work. She is regularly instructed by the Scottish Government.
"She's willing to dig deep into the case and come up with a strong technical argument."
Recent work: Appeared for the defence in RC v HM Advocate [2019], where a disabled individual challenged their imprisonment on the grounds it violated Article 3 ECHR.

Strengths:

Mark Lindsay QC
A market-leading silk with a well-established practice, he is called upon to challenge the decisions of tribunals, regulatory bodies, and local and central government. Given the high calibre of his instructions, he appears before all levels of domestic court and the ECJ.
"He's excellent to deal with and a great opponent."

Strengths:

Morag Ross QC
Her work in this area predominantly focuses on the intersection between public law, human rights and EU law. She routinely acts for both petitioners and respondents and has extensive expertise in government disputes. She also handles judicial review claims and statutory appeal proceedings.
"She's at the cutting edge of work in this field."
Recent work: Acted for the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland in Equalities and Human Rights Commission v Greater Glasgow Health Board and Another, a judicial review challenging certain policies and practices of a health board, alleging violations of Articles 5, 8 and 14 ECHR and the UN Convention on Rights of Disabled Persons.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Axiom Advocates

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Location

Advocates Library

Parliament House

Edinburgh

City of Edinburgh

UK

EH1 1RF

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Ranked Barristers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


John MacGregor QC
New Silks
Mark Lindsay QC
Band 3
Morag Ross QC
Band 2

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights


Daniel Byrne
Band 2
Lesley Irvine
Band 2