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Westwater Advocates

Janys M Scott QC

Edinburgh, UK UK Bar Guide 2022 Ranked in 4 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2022

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UK Bar
Administrative & Public Law - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

Janys Scott QC
Janys Scott QC is renowned for her expertise in family and education law, alongside broader public law and civil liberties strengths. She is also noted for her substantial experience before the appellate courts.
Strengths: "She is excellent. She's quite fearless, gets stuck in and makes the best points that can be made in a case."
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - Scotland (Bar)

Band 3

Janys Scott QC
Janys Scott QC is esteemed for her varied civil liberties and human rights practice, which encompasses her additional expertise in family, education and public law. Recent cases have involved issues relating to religious liberties, children's rights and deprivation of liberty.
Strengths: "Her advocacy is calm but firm as she can see what judges want and need."
Recent work: Represented 27 Presbyterian ministers and church leaders in their challenge to the Scottish Government's decision to close churches for public worship as part of COVID-19 regulations. The claim succeeded on constitutional and human rights grounds.
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Family: Matrimonial Finance - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

Janys Scott QC
Outstanding silk who is recognised for her roles in leading cases. She regularly acts for clients in complex financial provision cases with overseas assets, as well as maintenance variations across different jurisdictions. She is particularly well known for the breadth of her expertise in children matters involving the Hague Convention, deprivations of liberty and children's hearings.
Strengths: "She is an outstanding advocate. She is very well prepared, works extremely hard and has an encyclopedic knowledge of case law." "She is a fountain of knowledge. I don’t think there is any aspect of children or family law she has not practised, and she has extreme experience in all aspects of family law." "Janys is very calm at breaking through the number of issues and reassuring clients. She is very thorough, always prepared to talk you through things and approachable."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court in a case concerning a devolution issue pertaining to the compatibility of the Children (Scotland) Act 2011 with Article 8 rights of siblings seeking to be heard in children’s hearings.
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Family: Children - Scotland (Bar)

Star Individuals

Janys Scott QC
Outstanding silk who is recognised for her roles in leading cases. She regularly acts for clients in complex financial provision cases with overseas assets, as well as maintenance variations across different jurisdictions. She is particularly well known for the breadth of her expertise in children matters involving the Hague Convention, deprivations of liberty and children's hearings.
Strengths: "She is an outstanding advocate. She is very well prepared, works extremely hard and has an encyclopedic knowledge of case law." "She is a fountain of knowledge. I don’t think there is any aspect of children or family law she has not practised, and she has extreme experience in all aspects of family law." "Janys is very calm at breaking through the number of issues and reassuring clients. She is very thorough, always prepared to talk you through things and approachable."
Recent work: Appeared before the Supreme Court in a case concerning a devolution issue pertaining to the compatibility of the Children (Scotland) Act 2011 with Article 8 rights of siblings seeking to be heard in children’s hearings.
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