Mark Lindsay takes silk
30 August 2011
Axiom Advocates has welcomed the appointment of Mark Lindsay as Queen's Counsel. Each individual is nominated by the Rt Hon Lord Hamilton, the Lord Justice General. With the agreement of Lord Hamilton, John Neilson QPM acted as an observer of the process and provided the First Minster with a separate report on his findings.
Mark Lindsay qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and called to the Bar in 1996. His practice has been predominantly in commercial and public law. Between 2000 and 2011 he was Standing Junior Counsel to the Home Secretary.
In public law, he regularly advises and appears in a wide range of judicial review petitions challenging decisions of local authorities, central government, reguatory bodies and tribunals. He has also been instructed in challenges to the legisative competence of Acts of the Scottish Parliament. His commercial experience includes contractual and property disputes, shareholders disputes, directors' fiduciary duties and professional disciplinary and liability. Mark has considerable experience of major and complex commercial litigation and has to date appeared before the House of Lords/Supreme Court on five occasions.
The rank of Queen's Counsel is generally reserved for those who have distinguished themselves in practice in the Supreme Courts. Advocates and Solicitors with Rights of Audience in the Supreme Courts are eligible to apply to the Lord Justice General, Scotland's senior judge. Before making recommendations, the Lord Justice General consults other judges, the Lord Advocate, the Dean of the Faculty of Advocates and the President of the Law Society of Scotland.
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