Head of Dispute Resolution, responsible for development of team, including commercial, property, construction and employment work. Recognised leading specialist in property litigation for many years. Work highlights include (1) landlord/tenant issues, including lease enforcement; keep trading obligations; significant dilapidations claims; successfully acting in lease consent application disputes; notice validity disputes; Tenancy of Shops Act applications; and subletting and assignation disputes; (2) real property issues including challenges to land registration decisions by Keeper of Registers; missives disputes; title conditions advice and applications to the Lands Tribunal to remove title conditions; and servitude and boundary disputes; and (3) commercial litigation including contract disputes; partnership disputes; judicial review applications including in relation to planning and environmental matters; statutory appeals; professional negligence claims; insolvency; and security enforcement. Qualified mediator. Regularly acts in commercial arbitrations for parties, and regularly appointed as arbitrator in property and commercial disputes.
Trained Brodies (1989-91); Menzies Dougal Milligan (1991-92); Dundas & Wilson (1992-2002); partner, Bell & Scott (2003-09); partner, Davidson Chalmers Stewart (2009-date).
Law Society of Scotland; WS Society; Property Litigation Association; Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Education: Bridge of Don Academy, Aberdeen; University of Aberdeen (1988 LLB Hons; 1989 DipLP); University of Manchester (2002 MBA).
Leisure: Travel, reading, family.