We are a leading commercial dispute resolution practice of some 40 lawyers working across the UK. Led by six partners, Chambers remark that we ‘excel in finding creative answers to thorny problems’ in high value, complex and significant cases, across both public and private sectors. Through our considered advice, we also look to prevent disputes from arising in the first place.
Our clients appreciate our frank approach, as we look to assess their risk – both financially and in terms of business reputation – and find solutions that will work. We are experienced advocates and our lawyers appear throughout the court and tribunal system in the UK, including arbitrations. Our mediation expertise is second to none, be it in negligence claims or highly complex technical commercial disputes.
consistently gives an excellent level of service
Administrators of Heritable Bank plc
Acting in the high profile administration of Heritable Bank plc for several years, most recently in the case of Landsbanki Winding Up Board v Heritable Bank plc (in administration) which raises issues of international significance, being concerned with the proper interpretation of the Credit Institutions (Reorganisation and Winding up) Regulations 2004 which implement EC Directive 2001/24/EC.
Chivas Brothers Limited
Instructed by Chivas Brothers Limited in respect of an Intellectual Property Court of Session action arising from a trademark dispute.
Competition Appeal Tribunal
We conducted an appeal to the Competition Appeal Tribunal arising from the OFT investigation into the construction industry in the East Midlands - one of the larger of more than twenty linked appeals which followed one of the biggest ever domestic OFT investigations.
We successfully acted on behalf of a subsidiary of the EDI Group, a leading Edinburgh based property development company, in connection with pursuit of a claim against National Car Parks Limited for enforcement of their obligations under a development agreement.
We successfully acted for HM Revenue and Customs in all their Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud cases appeals in Scotland, with a cumulative value of over £40 million.
Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
We acted for the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission in the first appeal to be heard by the Inner House under the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007. This appeal concerned the operation of the 2007 Act and the scope of the Commission's role in rejecting conduct complaints against solicitors as frivolous, vexatious or totally without merit.
The following is a selection of our clients:
- AEGON UK plc
- BAE Systems
- Bibby Factoring
- British Land
- City of Edinburgh Council
- Ernst & Young
- Everything Everywhere
- H M Revenue & Customs
- HSBC Bank
- KPMG LLP
- RBS Group
- Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd
- Scottish Power
- Sir Robert McAlpine
- Taylor Wimpey UK
- The Insolvency Service
- The Miller Group
- The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society
- The University of Edinburgh
In the recent case of Geophysical Service Centre Company Ltd v Dowell Schlumberger (Middle East) Inc. ( EWHC147 (TCC)) the defendant applied for security for costs. The defendant said they had sufficient evidence that the clai…
Further to the Scottish Government's response in October 2012 to its consultation "Legal Challenges to Decisions by Public Authorities under the Public Participation Directive 2003/35/EC", new Court of Session rules will be coming i…
As the deadline of 16 March 2013 approaches for national implementation of Directive 2011/7/EU, the new directive on combatting late payment in commercial transactions, regulations have been laid before the UK and Scottish parliamen…
The firm has been appointed to the City of Edinburgh Council legal panel.
John MacKenzie joins as partner in the firm's commercial dispute resolution practice.