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Mark Lindsay

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 1

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Mark Lindsay QC
Has extensive experience of acting for petitioners and respondents, including government departments, in high-profile public law challenges. He advises on state aid and public procurement issues, and additional areas of expertise include professional discipline, education, environment and data protection.
Strengths: "He is responsive and assured, and has a solid knowledge of his subject area. He's a good performer in court and is extremely good with clients." "He is assured and helpful, especially in relation to politically sensitive matters in a judicial review context."
Recent work: Successfully resisted judicial review of the Parole Board's treatment of a prisoner's continuing denial of guilt when reviewing his parole application.
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Civil Liberties & Human Rights - Scotland (Bar)

Band 3

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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.
Strengths: "He's excellent to deal with and a great opponent."
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Immigration - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

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Mark Lindsay QC
A respected advocate who is regularly sought out for his handling of immigration-related judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the Court of Session. He also offers experience in appellate proceedings, including before the Supreme Court. He is particularly adept at handling Article 8 ECHR claims.
Strengths: "An excellent legal mind, who has a collegial approach to working with you."
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Professional Discipline - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

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Mark Lindsay QC
An accomplished advocate particularly well known for his work in the professional discipline and public law spaces. As a former solicitor, he brings a wealth of litigation experience and understanding of the commercial realities of professional discipline. His areas of expertise include cases concerning legal, medical and education disciplinary bodies. He has experience appearing before the House of Lords, the Supreme Court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "A very capable advocate who has a nice manner in court." "He is a formidable opponent and my heart sinks when he is on the other side."
Recent work: Defended the Standards Commissioner for Scotland's decision in respect of comments made by Councillor David MacDiarmid at a meeting of Fife Council's Licensing Committee. Councillor MacDiarmid appealed against the finding of a breach of the Code of Conduct, on the grounds that it interfered with his right to freedom of speech.
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Public Procurement - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

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Mark Lindsay QC
Manages a broad practice encompassing both commercial and public law. He regularly represents pursuers in procurement challenges and is also sought out to advise public bodies on procurement matters.
Strengths: "He has excellent knowledge of procurement law and is effective in court." "He understands the perspectives of both contracting authorities and bidders."
Recent work: Acted for Pentland Ferries in a challenge to the provision of subsidy for the Scrabster to Stromness ferry route on the grounds that it breached the Maritime Cabotage Regulations 1992 and EU state aid rules.
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Commercial Dispute Resolution - Scotland (Bar)

Band 1

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Mark Lindsay QC
Able to call upon broad commercial litigation experience, including in several major shareholder and contractual disputes, in addition to offering expertise in professional discipline matters. He also possesses considerable experience in public and administrative law, having been a standing junior to the Home Secretary prior to taking silk. He has appeared before the ECJ, House of Lords and Supreme Court.  
Strengths: "Mark is very approachable and does not talk down to clients." "He provides clear advice and has a pragmatic approach." "He is intellectually rigorous."
Recent work: Acted for the defender in Bullough v Royal Bank of Scotland, a case considering the circumstances in which litigants may impliedly waive legal professional privilege by making averments about legal advice and by disclosing redacted legal advice.
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