Axiom Advocates

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Set Director Kenny McBrearty QC
Practice Manager: Lesley Flynn 0131 260 5651
Catriona Still
0131 260 5653
Cheryl Wilson 0131 260 5692
Veronica Darling 0131 260 5656
Colleen Adams 0131 260 5652
Tenants: 50

The Chambers
Axiom Advocates is a set specialising in commercial and public law. It has a firmly established reputation for high quality advice and advocacy. Unlike the traditional Scottish ‘stables’ of counsel, Axiom’s membership has been selected on merit. The set contains many of the most highly-rated senior and junior counsel at the Scottish Bar. Many senior and junior counsel within the set are regarded as the foremost or leading, counsel in their chosen spheres. Its members have consistently appeared in the most significant cases in Scotland in recent years.

Work Undertaken
The set is particularly strong in commercial law at the Scottish Bar. The work undertaken encompasses almost all aspects of commerce and finance. In particular, Axiom offers specialists in commercial contracts, construction, corporate finance, energy, insolvency, intellectual property, media and entertainment, planning, property, professional negligence and sports law. In the public law, human rights and regulatory fields, the set has an unrivalled concentration of talent at the Scottish Bar. Several members have appointments as standing junior counsel to the Scottish Government and the UK government. Its members have acted in many ground breaking decisions in the areas of public law and human rights, particularly arising out of devolution and the incorporation into Scots law of the European Convention on Human Rights. Members are also regularly instructed in public inquiries, arbitrations, adjudications, disciplinary hearings, planning inquiries and appeals, and in relation to mediations.


The work of the set includes advice and advocacy in relation to cross-border and international issues and disputes.


Rt Honorable Lord Hamilton QC (1968) (QC-1982)

Rt Honorable Lord Drummond Young QC (1976) (QC-1998)

Heriot Currie QC (1979) (QC-1992) Lord (Richard)

Keen of Elie QC (1980) (QC-1993)

Lord (Neil) Davidson of Glen Clova QC (1979) (QC-1993)

Gerry Moynihan QC (1985) (QC-1997)

Iain Ferguson QC (1987) (QC-2000)

David Johnston QC (1992) (QC-2005)

Ruth Crawford QC (1993) (QC-2008)

Jonathan Lake QC (1994) (QC-2008)

James Mure QC (1995) (QC-2009)

Roddy Dunlop QC (1998) (QC-2010)

Julian Ghosh QC (1999) (QC-2010)

Mark Lindsay QC (1996) (QC-2011)

Alastair Duncan QC (1999) (QC-2012)

Kenneth McBrearty QC (2000) (QC-2013)

Garry Borland QC (2000) (QC-2014)

Roisin Higgins QC (2000) (QC-2015)

Morag Ross QC (2003) (QC-2016)

Gavin Walker QC (2003) (QC-2017)

Jonathan Barne QC (2003) (QC-2017)

Almira Delibegovi´c-Broome QC (2003) (QC-2017)

David Thomson QC (2004) (QC-2017)

Martin H Richardson QC (2004) (QC-2017)

Euan Duthie QC (2006) (QC-2019)

Jonathan Brown (2000)

Paul O’Brien (2004)

Christopher Wilson (2005)

John MacGregor (2007)

Miranda Hamilton (2007)

Alasdair McKenzie (2009)

Helen Watts (2009)

Susan Ower (2009)

Chris Paterson (2010)

Dan Byrne (2010)

Ross McClelland (2011)

Jonathan Broome (2012)

Lesley Irvine (2012)

Elisabeth Roxburgh (2013)

Ewen Campbell (2013)

David Massaro (2014)

Scott Manson (2014)

Jacqueline Fordyce (2016)

David Welsh (2017)

Kirsty Tyre (2017)

Adam McKinlay (2018)

Megan Dewart (2019)

Murray Steel (2019)

Neale Tosh (2020)

Victoria Arnott (2020)