Ampersand Advocates supporter of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Cyprus Branch, Dispute Resolution in International Construction Contracts event

Ampersand Advocates is a proud supporter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), Cyprus Branch, Dispute Resolution in International Construction Contracts event on 15 and 16 June 2023. Brandon Malone will be speaking on day 2 discussing “Statutory Adjudication for Construction Contracts: The UK Experience”.

CIArb – Dispute Resolution in International Construction Contracts
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Ampersand silk on all-female initial Domestic Arbitration Panel at Scottish Arbitration Centre

Arbitrator appointment to all-female ODR panel for Stable Director, Susanne Tanner QC
Susanne Tanner QC

Ampersand’s Susanne Tanner KC has been announced as one of the arbitrators on the all-female initial Domestic Arbitration Panel at the Scottish Arbitration Centre.

The new domestic and international panels were launched on 18th May 2023 during London International Disputes Week (LIDW) at an event hosted by Vinson & Elkins on Diversity in Arbitration – Practical Proposals for Real Progression, supported by ArbitralWomen and REAL.

Full details of the Domestic and International Panels can be viewed here.


Ampersand silk helps secure important outcome in discrimination case for MP

Ampersand’s Aidan O’Neill KC produced a comprehensive opinion on the Equality Act, which has helped Joanna Cherry KC MP successfully argue a discrimination case against The Stand Comedy Club. The comedy club had threatened to pull an Edinburgh Fringe show featuring Joanna Cherry, reversed its decision.

Instructed by David McKie of Levy & McRae, the positive response from The Stand was the result of a focused letter and Counsel’s Opinion, leading to an early, quick and amicable resolution.

The client published the letter and Senior Counsel’s Opinion that can be viewed here and here.



Fiona Drysdale appointed to Scottish Civil Justice Council

Ampersand’s Fiona Drysdale has been appointed as the new Advocate member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council.

The appointment was formally made by the Lord President on 26 April 2023 in consultation with the Dean of Faculty.

Ms Drysdale was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 2002. She is Deputy Clerk of the Faculty of Advocates and Clerk to the Board of Examiners. She is an Advocacy Skills Instructor on the Advocates’ Training Course and has taught Civil Court Practice at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to calling to the bar, she worked as a legal translator at the Court of Justice of the European Communities and she was a solicitor with Dentons, having qualified as a solicitor in 1998. She is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and the Université de Paris Sud.

Press release can be viewed on the Council’s website here.


Brandon Malone appointment Chair of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Scottish Branch

Ampersand welcomes the news that member Brandon Malone has been appointed Chair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) Scottish Branch.

Brandon takes up this post alongside his existing practice.


Ampersand welcome Brandon Malone

Ampersand is delighted to welcome Brandon Malone to the stable, following his calling to the Bar today.

Photo of Brandon MaloneOn Brandon’s arrival, Stable Director Euan Mackenzie KC, said: “I am delighted to welcome Brandon to Ampersand. He is a renowned lawyer with an impressive CV and accomplishments before coming to the Bar. He will be an asset to the Stable. I wish him all the best in his career as an Advocate”. Ampersand’s Practice Manager, Alan Moffat added “I am delighted to welcome our newest member of Ampersand. Brandon’s arrival brings the membership to 61 and the experience which he brings is a fantastic fit for Ampersand’s core areas of practice, including our increasing range of ADR offering. He will be a real asset to those looking to instruct counsel. I am sure that joining Ampersand will offer rewarding opportunities and collaborative support”.

Brandon calls to the Bar following thirty years’ experience as a commercial litigation solicitor, twenty of those years as a solicitor advocate.

Brandon is also Barrister authorised to practice in England and Wales, and has rights of audience before the DIFC Court, Dubai, UAE.

As a solicitor, Brandon specialised in construction and engineering law and international arbitration.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  He has wide ranging experience of construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy disputes.

Brandon has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution.  He regularly sits as an arbitrator in domestic, UK and international cases, and is recommended as a global leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.  He also sits as an adjudicator and expert determiner.  He is a FIDIC Certified Adjudicator (dispute board member) and a mediator registered with RICS, IMI and CMC.

Brandon also has significant experience of energy and technology disputes, and has dealt with a number of blockchain and cryptocurrency cases.  He Chairs the ICCA – New York City Bar – CPR Institute Working Group on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration.

For further information about Brandon’s practice view his profile here:

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