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Kenneth McBrearty

Edinburgh, UK UK Bar Guide 2021 Ranked in 6 departments

Barrister profile for UK Bar 2021

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Administrative & Public Law - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

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Kenneth McBrearty QC
Operates a varied public law practice. His strong common law background makes him particularly suitable for judicial reviews with some commercial, property or professional negligence aspect. He is also active in challenges with an immigration or human rights crossover.
Strengths: "Very easy to work with, and presents simple options to clients even when the issues are highly complex."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of Olayniko Okolu in a judicial review claim challenging the government's decision to lower payments to support the dependants of asylum seekers.
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Professional Negligence - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

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Kenneth McBrearty QC
Regularly acts in professional negligence cases involving surveyors, legal professionals and financial advisers, among others. He also offers experience in administrative law claims, human rights matters and property law.
Strengths: "Extremely well respected and knowledgeable in this area. He has a great manner in court and with clients, and is very commercial, very personable and easy to deal with."
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Product Liability - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

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Kenneth McBrearty QC
Has an impressive commercial litigation practice, and is well regarded for his handling of product liability claims. He handles disputes involving medical device and automotive products.
Strengths: "He is hard-working and hugely impressive. He has an ability to digest huge amounts of information with ease, and transfer that into persuasive strategic arguments." "He's knowledgeable, always impeccably prepared and suitably pragmatic."
Recent work: Acted for Finsbury Orthopaedics & Stryker UK in a product liability claim relating to metal-on-metal hip replacements.
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Real Estate Litigation - Scotland (Bar)

Band 2

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Kenneth McBrearty QC
Offers considerable strength in landlord and tenant disputes. His notable expertise encompasses dilapidations, lease issues and matters related to the Land Reform Act. He has appeared in numerous complex property matters in the Court of Session.
Strengths: "He is a very good advocate, very personable and good to work with. He instils a lot of confidence and is superb in consultations and brilliant at guiding clients to the best decisions." "Very pragmatic and very good with clients."
Recent work: Acted for AWG Group in proceedings brought by a landlord seeking to recover repair cost by way of a disputed service charge.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

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Kenneth McBrearty QC
Has a breadth of expertise spanning a wide variety of commercial disputes, including partnership and IP cases. He is noted for his handling of major real estate and professional negligence matters. He is particularly experienced litigating in the Court of Session and the Supreme Court. He is also regularly instructed in cases concerning administrative and human rights law.
Strengths: "He is a highly rated commercial and public law senior. He has great analytical skills, is excellent in court and has great manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for Spex Corporate Holdings in resisting an application to restore its companies to the register of companies for the purposes of pursuing claims in Texas.
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Media Law - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

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Kenneth McBrearty QC
Well-respected advocate known for his expert handling of a wide range of commercial disputes, in addition to complex media matters. He is experienced in the handling of cases involving blackmail, privacy and defamation.
Strengths: "His team approach, attention to detail and court presence are second to none. Kenny’s personable approach with both solicitors and clients makes him a highly sought-after QC." "He's incredibly personable and clients absolutely love him. He's very much a team player and fantastic to work with." "He's very user-friendly, pragmatic, approachable and very collaborative."
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