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Iain G Mitchell QC

Edinburgh, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 3 departments
Ranked in : Information TechnologyIntellectual PropertyCommercial Dispute Resolution
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Information Technology - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

Iain Mitchell QC
Iain Mitchell QC is highly regarded for his expert handling of complex matters across the IT law spectrum. He has deep experience in such areas as data protection, commercial contracts and software licensing. He is a member of the CCBE's IT law committee.
Strengths: "His knowledge of IT law is just great, and it's not just fun but also fulfilling from a legal perspective to work with Iain."
Recent work: Advised Open UK on lobbying and consultations in relation to open standards and the public procurement of IT software and hardware.
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Intellectual Property - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

Iain Mitchell QC
Iain Mitchell QC is a seasoned advocate with experience across the full spectrum of IP disputes. He is noted for his complementary expertise in IT and technology law and is routinely called on to tackle complex litigation relating to IP licences and other commercial agreements.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - Scotland (Bar)

Band 3

Iain Mitchell QC
Iain Mitchell QC is a member of both the Scottish and English Bars. His varied commercial practice takes in contract disputes as well as wider issues including finance services regulation. He is particularly experienced in banking and commercial property matters. He is also an accredited mediator in both Scotland and Ireland.
Strengths: "He has a first-rate mind and is an original thinker. He is an excellent collaborator who is utterly charming."
Recent work: Acted for the Colstoun Trust and two other commercial pursuers in three linked claims against the Scottish Ministers. The claims alleged infringement of the ECHR relating to the rights of landlords and members of limited partnerships.
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Iain is an experienced litigator, dual qualified in Scotland and England, with strengths in business, banking and commercial law, European law, information technology and intellectual property, privacy/data protection, public procurement, judicial review and employment law. He has appeared in over 60 reported cases, including Moncrieff v Jamieson 2007 1 WLR 2620 which definitively established the easement of parking in the laws of Scotland and England. His IP/IT law practice is highly regarded and ranges across the whole breadth of that field. He also has a very busy general practice.


Iain was called to the Scottish Bar in 1976, and took silk in 1992. He was accredited as a mediator by the Mediation Bureau (Scotland) in 1997 and by Mediation Forum Ireland in 2007 and sat on the bench as a Temporary Sheriff from 1992 to 1997. He was called to the English Bar in 2012 and practices as a barrister from Tanfield Chambers in London. He is the past Chair (and present Vice-Chair) of the Surveillance Working Party of the CCBE, serves on the IT Committee of the CCBE and is a member of the IT panel of the Bar Council of England & Wales. He serves on the Legal panel of Open UK, is Chairman of the Scottish Society for Computers and Law and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. He is also Chair of the Legal Panel of Whistleblowers UK.

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