Ampersand Advocates welcomes Julian Ghosh KC to the Stable

Ampersand Advocates is pleased to announce the addition of Julian Ghosh KC to its ranks. With an impressive track record and extensive expertise in tax, commercial, and public law, Julian is set to further strengthen the stable’s position in these areas.

Julian Ghosh KC is a highly respected advocate and barrister, known for his exceptional intellect and vast knowledge across multiple areas of law. His expertise encompasses corporate work, European taxation issues, Judicial Review, and Administrative Law. Julian is co-authoring the upcoming edition of Wade & Forsyth, a seminal textbook on Judicial Review, and is a teacher of Administrative Law at the University of Cambridge.

Julian Ghosh KC

As King’s Counsel at the Scottish Bar and Bar of England and Wales, and a member of the Bar of Ireland, Julian brings a wealth of experience to Ampersand Advocates. He also serves as a part-time Judge of the First-Tier and Deputy Judge of the Upper-Tier Tax Tribunals.

In addition to his legal practice, Julian holds several prestigious academic positions, including Senior Fellow at the International Tax Centre, Leiden; Bye-fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge; and Visiting Professor at King’s College London, where he teaches the Law of Personal Taxation.

Commenting on the new addition to the stable, Alan Moffat, Practice Manager at Ampersand Advocates, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Julian to the Stable. Julian is a leading Silk in tax, commercial and public law. He is a strong addition to the Stable and we look forward to working with him as he establishes a greater presence in Scotland.

Julian’s outstanding contributions to the field have not gone unnoticed. In 2021, he was awarded the title of Tax Silk of the Year at the UK Chambers Bar Awards, a testament to his expertise and dedication to his clients.

With Julian Ghosh KC joining its ranks, Ampersand Advocates is poised to continue delivering exceptional legal services to clients across Scotland and beyond.


Infected Blood Inquiry final report published

The final report of the UK wide Infected Blood Inquiry was published on Monday 20th May 2024. The Inquiry was announced in July 2017 and began its work in 2018, with public hearings taking place across the UK, including in Edinburgh in late 2019. The Inquiry investigated the circumstances in which individuals came to be infected with various viruses, including HIV and hepatitis C as a result of blood transfusions or from blood products administered in their treatment for bleeding disorders, predominantly in the 1970s and 1980s. It also examined the government response to these infections, as well as the consequences of them.

The final report can be viewed online at:

Ampersand’s Jamie Dawson KC acted as Senior Counsel for around 300 infected and affected core participants, including Haemophilia Scotland and the Scottish Infected Blood Forum, along with Heather Arlidge of 42 Bedford Row; Aidan O’Neill KC had acted as Senior Counsel until 2020. Ampersand’s Simon Bowie KC acted for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and the Scottish territorial health boards, along with Barney Ross of Compass Chambers and Ampersand’s Mary Ellen Stewart. Ampersand’s Paul Reid KC acted for Professor Christopher Ludlam.


Inner House refuses appeal against Health Board

On Friday 19 April 2024 the Second Division issued its Opinion in the reclaiming motion (appeal) in the case of SD v Grampian Health Board.

This case concerned a brain injury suffered by the pursuer’s son shortly before his birth.  It originally went to trial in early 2022.  The trial lasted several weeks and the Lord Ordinary who heard it ultimately found in favour of the defenders.

The pursuer reclaimed (appealed) arguing that the Lord Ordinary had misunderstood the evidence.  The Second Division heard a two-day reclaiming motion in March 2024 and, having considered matters, refused the appeal.  The full decision can be found here.

Vinit Khurana KC and Barney Ross represented the pursuer in the reclaiming motion.  James McConnell and Shane Dundas represented the defenders.  Vinit, James and Shane are members of Ampersand Advocates.


Ampersand Advocates members appointed as Legally Qualified Chairs by SSSC 

Ampersand Advocates is delighted to announce that two of its members, Vinit Khurana KC and Laurence Kennedy, have been appointed as Legally Qualified Chairs by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). 

In their new part-time roles, they will chair panels with social service and lay members to decide whether workers’ fitness to practise is impaired. They will also impose sanctions where necessary to protect the public and maintain confidence in the social service profession. 

The SSSC is the regulator for the social service workforce in Scotland. It protects the public by registering social service workers, setting standards for their practice, conduct, training and education, and by supporting their professional development. 

Vinit Khurana KC and Laurence Kennedy are both experienced advocates and their appointments further increase the extensive work that Ampersand members undertake in the regulatory field. 


Ampersand duo appointed new First and Second Standing Junior Counsel to Advocate General for Scotland

The Advocate General for Scotland has announced that Ampersand’s Graham Maciver has accepted the appointment as First Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland effective from 1 April and Ampersand’s Usman Tariq has accepted the appointment as Second Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland on an interim basis from 1 April to 10 September 2024 (when the appointment of all Standing Junior Counsel will come to an end).

Press release can be viewed here.


Two new appointments to panel of Standing Junior Counsel to Scottish Government for Ampersand

Ampersand is delighted to announce that Jamie Gardiner and Alexander Sutherland have been appointed to the Scottish Government’s panel of Standing Junior Counsel.

They join fellow Ampersand members Tim Young, Euan Scott, Jennifer Nicholson-White and Michael Way on the panel.

The panel of counsel may be instructed on any matter falling within the Scottish Government’s remit.