Axiom secures 60 recommendations in Legal 500
3 October 2014
Axiom is delighted to secure 60 recommendations in the new edition of the Legal 500.
SCOTTISH BAR: SCOTTISH STABLES
Within Scottish Stables, Axiom Advocates is a first tier stables,
Axiom Advocates is widely considered the leading commercial stable, with clients noting that ‘you can be assured you will be instructing someone who is at the top of their game'. It is also noteworthy for its highly respected public law and professional negligence offerings. Practice manager Lesley Flynn (‘always helpful and efficient') leads the ‘excellent' clerking team. Public and administrative law expert Lorna Drummond QC joined from Murray Stable in 2013. Sarah Wolffe QC was appointed as a Judge of the Supreme Courts in March 2014.
Full rankings are as follows:-
Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government)
‘The pre-eminent stable in Scotland for public law matters', Axiom Advocates’ ‘array of top-rate senior and junior counsel' have handled some of Scotland’s most significant and high-profile cases, acting for pursuers and the public authorities. Highlight cases include Scotch Whisky Association and others v Lord Advocate, a judicial review challenging the competence of minimum pricing legislation, and McGeoch v Lord President of Council, a challenge to the ban on prisoner voting. Lorna Drummond QC joined from Murray Stable in 2013.
Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A rare ability to absorb vast amounts of information and get immediately to the issue in hand.'
Lorna Drummond QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A first-rate advocate; always has the ear of the court.'
David Johnston QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A wealth of experience.'
Richard Keen QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Unparalleled in his ability to grasp complex issues and present crisp, incisive advice.'
Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A safe pair of hands.'
James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘He gets to the nub of complex and technical issues and provides excellent legal and strategic advice.'
Anna Poole QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Produces opinions which are thorough, incisive and easy to follow.'
James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘One of the most able advocates of his generation.'
Jonathan Barne - Axiom Advocates ‘Demonstrates a sound understanding of public and regulatory law.'
John MacGregor - Axiom Advocates ‘Takes great care to produce well-presented and well-argued responses.'
Morag Ross - Axiom Advocates ‘An incredibly gifted lawyer’
‘Without a doubt the leading stable', Axiom Advocates is ‘a clear first choice for commercial disputes.' Advocates are praised as ‘approachable, technically excellent and commercially aware' and represent parties in high-value disputes and arbitrations in a range of forums.
Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced representing clients in high-value disputes.'
Lord Davidson of Glen Clova QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Insightful, committed, and very capable on his feet.'
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A no-nonsense QC who demonstrates first-class courtroom skills.'
Richard Keen QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A brilliant thinker and strategist with total command of detail.'
Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Technically excellent.'
Mark Lindsay QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Excellent commercial analysis.'
Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A first-class advocate.'
James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Erudite, able; has the ear of the court.'
James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A formidable advocate held in very high esteem by all.'
Garry Borland - Axiom Advocates ‘A stand-out junior for complex commercial litigation.'
Jonathan Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Excellent legal analysis and strategic advice.'
Almira Delibegovic-Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Able to deal with the most technical company and commercial matters with ease.'
Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘Provides careful consideration of the technical issues as well as practical and commercial advice.'
Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Thorough, with excellent attention to detail.'
Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘A sharp legal mind, with the ability to communicate with clients in an engaging and easy to understand manner.'
Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘A strong intellect and quick to get to the bottom of complex issues.'
David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘A stand-out commercial junior.'
Company and insolvency
‘The first port of call for corporate and insolvency litigation', Axiom Advocates’ ‘strength lies in the number of experienced advocates the set can offer: from recently called to the most senior, there is always someone who meets the level of expertise that you are looking for'. Sarah Wolffe QC was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Courts in 2014.
Richard Keen QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Experienced in high-profile cases.'
Garry Borland - Axiom Advocates ‘Excellent, thorough and quietly impressive in court.'
Almira Delibegovic-Broome - Axiom Advocates ‘Great intellect and extremely approachable.'
Euan Duthie - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely approachable, knowledgeable and efficient.'
Susan Ower - Axiom Advocates ‘Extensive knowledge of all aspects of insolvency law.'
David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘Provides expert advice.'
Intellectual property and information technology
‘A leading stable for intellectual property disputes', Axiom Advocates fields ‘advocates of a universally high standard'.
Heriot Currie QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Courtroom and cross-examination skills are second to none.'
Jonathan Lake QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Phenomenally bright and meticulous.'
Roisin Higgins - Axiom Advocates ‘The most experienced IP junior in Scotland.'
Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Extremely bright and able.'
Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence
‘A leading set for professional negligence matters', Axiom Advocates fields ‘very experienced QCs and very able junior counsel', who are noted for having advised on some Scotland’s most complex and high-value professional liability cases.
Alastair Duncan QC - Axiom Advocates ‘First choice for professional negligence matters.'
Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Confident, bright, diligent and quick to drill down to what really matters in the case.'
Iain Ferguson QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Very experienced and knowledgeable, with an impressive reputation
Kenny McBrearty QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A true professional negligence specialist and a quality courtroom performer.'
Paul O’Brien - Axiom Advocates ‘Very responsive and user friendly, with a great analytical brain.'
Chris Paterson – Axiom Advocates ‘A first-choice junior for professional negligence matters.'
Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘One of the most impressive juniors at the Bar.'
Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘Hardworking and diligent.'
Helen Watts - Axiom Advocates ‘Intelligent and personable, with a keen eye for detail.'
Planning, environmental and licensing
Axiom Advocates’ members have advised on several high-profile cases, and are noted for their expertise in infrastructure-related cases, including Uprichard v Scottish Ministers and Fife Council.
Ruth Crawford QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Regularly represents Scottish ministers on planning matters.'
Lorna Drummond QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Deep experience in planning cases.'
Property, construction and agriculture
Axiom Advocates is ‘the market leader for property cases' and has ‘a formidable pool of talent, making it the number one choice for construction and engineering'.
Richard Keen QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Provides innovative, unequivocal and hard-hitting advice.'
James Mure QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A very safe pair of hands for high-value and technically complex property litigation.'
James Wolffe QC - Axiom Advocates ‘Totally reliable and thorough, with a superb mind.'
Jonathan Barne - Axiom Advocates ‘A pleasure to instruct and extremely able.'
Garry Borland - Axiom Advocates ‘An able and confident advocate with strong technical legal skills.'
Miranda Hamilton - Axiom Advocates ‘She has firmly established herself as one of the best juniors for construction and engineering matters.'
Martin Richardson - Axiom Advocates ‘A top choice for construction and engineering disputes.'
Morag Ross - Axiom Advocates ‘Good on her feet.'
David Thomson - Axiom Advocates ‘A deep and genuine interest in the law and a natural litigator.'
Gavin Walker - Axiom Advocates ‘One of the leading junior counsel at the Scottish Bar.'
Tax, trusts and pensions
Axiom Advocates’ James McNeill QC sits as a judge in the Jersey and Guernsey Court of Appeal, and has a
strong trusts and pensions background
James McNeill QC - Axiom Advocates ‘A busy trusts and pensions practitioner.'
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