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.



Brandon Malone joins Dubai arbitration panel

Ampersand’s Brandon Malone has been admitted to the panel of Arbitrators of the Dubai International Arbitration Centre, the MENA region’s largest alternative dispute resolution centre.

Brandon has a strong interest in Dubai and has rights of audience before the DIFC Courts, where Lord Glennie, his successor as chairman of the Scottish Arbitration Centre is a judge.

In addition to the DIAC, he is a member of the arbitrator rosters of other arbitral institutions in the region, including the SCCA in Riyadh, the BCDR, Bahrain, and ADGM, Abu Dhabi.

For a number of years, he has worked on MENA cases with fellow Aberdonian and former head of legal at John Wood Group PLC, Hugh Fraser, of Hugh Fraser International, who has been based the Middle East for 16 years.

He said: “There is a great deal of opportunity for Scottish lawyers in the Middle East. As well as developments in the energy sector, some of the largest construction and infrastructure projects in the world are being built there right now.”

Brandon will be speaking on artificial intelligence in arbitration at a Jus Mundi event during Riyadh International Disputes Week in March.

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