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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in restructuring and insolvency by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

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Axiom Advocates ranked band 1 in restructuring and insolvency by Chambers UK Bar Guide 2018

02 November 2017

THE SET – Restructuring and Insolvency (Band 1)

An "extremely commercial" stable with "a clear understanding of corporate imperatives in any given situation," Axiom Advocates maintains a great reputation for its market-leading insolvency practice. The stable is known for its strength in depth, boasting "advocates at all levels capable of dealing with difficult legal issues." Members are regularly instructed across the full range of insolvency matters, and act as litigators and advisers in high-value claims related to liquidations and technically complex cross-border administrations. They are capable of assisting on all sides of insolvency disputes, and represent liquidators, office holders, administrators and directors.

Client service: "The clerks provide a slick and professional service. They are timely with administrative tasks such as issuing fee notes promptly." "They are quick to respond and provide alternatives if there is an issue with availability." Lesley Flynn manages the practice.


Garry Borland QC
Has a broad practice dealing with all areas of commercial law, and detailed knowledge of restructuring and insolvency. He often advises on high-value and technical insolvency cases and is also well respected for his grasp of construction, property and company disputes.
Strengths: "He is prompt in his responses and adds value and insight to a case." "He is a very smart lawyer who will provide good black-letter law advice."
Recent work: Acted for Centenary 6 in a £22 million claim against liquidators Grant Thornton relating to the conduct of an insolvency.

David Thomson QC
Practises exclusively in commercial litigation with a strong focus on restructuring and insolvency. He is very highly thought of for his technical knowledge and advocacy skills.
Strengths: "He gives clear, practical and commercial advice whilst maintaining a strong grasp of all the technical aspects of the file." "David is a senior junior who is possibly the best contentious guy in Scotland." "He is user-friendly, very good at getting things done. and takes calls at whatever time."
Recent work: Represented the liquidators in respect of a number of ongoing issues in the high-profile liquidation of the Scotsman Hotel.

Almira Delibegović-Broome QC
Experienced junior who has a robust commercial practice and is regularly instructed in complex insolvency disputes. She represents a mix of corporate stakeholders and insolvency practitioners. She also has wider experience in corporate finance, tax and commercial contracts.
Strengths: "She is very personable and quick to grasp the details."
Recent work: Acted for Heather Capital in a claim against the former solicitors of an investment fund, in relation to payments said to have been made in breach of trust.


Elisabeth Roxburgh
A highly capable junior advising on all areas of insolvency and bankruptcy, who has a growing reputation at the Bar. She assists liquidators, individuals and corporate stakeholders on a variety of claims and applications. She receives excellent feedback for her approach to cases as well as her technical command of insolvency law.
Strengths: "Technically she is very strong, but she combines this with a good knowledge of the commercial pressures involved when dealing with insolvency practitioners." "Very bright junior, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of insolvency."
Recent work: Represented Hooley against Ganges Jute in a dispute regarding the power of a Scottish administrator to deal with property in India where an Indian liquidator had previously been appointed.

Paul O'Brien
Focuses his practice on commercial disputes, including significant insolvency cases. He acts in contentious recovery matters, as well as in an advisory capacity on complex corporate insolvencies. Previously worked as a solicitor before being called to the Bar.
Strengths: "Paul is very able, technically strong and very hard-working." "He is very smart and understands all legal solutions."
Recent work: Represented Promontoria, as the assignee of a lender, in resisting attempts by the debtor to obtain interim orders blocking enforcement of the debt.

Susan Ower
Highly regarded advocate who has also been appointed standing junior to the Scottish Government Legal Directorate. She handles a broad spectrum of issues relating to administrations, liquidations and sequestrations, and regularly acts on behalf of insolvency practitioners, banks and financial institutions. She has also appeared before the Supreme Court on numerous high-value matters.
Strengths: "She is bright, responsive, commercial and understanding of the time and cost pressures under which we operate." "She's ferocious at trial and has in-depth insolvency expertise." "Susan is user-friendly and quick to respond to e-mails. There's no pomp and ceremony when you instruct her."
Recent work: Acted for joint administrators of Stotfield in two related actions for interim interdict and recovery of property.

Euan Duthie
A commercial advocate principally focused on insolvency litigation, Euan Duthie is regularly instructed on behalf of insolvency practitioners in relation to administrations and also has particular insight into directors' disqualifications proceedings. He is also experienced in disputes related to property and professional negligence.
Strengths: "Euan Duthie is extremely able and reliable, as well as being approachable and strong technically." "He deals with our insolvency queries extremely efficiently while always taking care with his drafting."
Recent work: Instructed for the respondent in an £8 million claim by the new liquidator of Scotts Atlantic Investment against the former liquidator regarding the conduct of the liquidation.