Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen QC
Laura-Anne van der Westhuizen has a civil practice with particular emphasis on commercial law, planning and environmental law and public law. She is listed in the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners in various practice areas. Since calling to the bar in 2009 Laura-Anne has been instructed in a variety of general commercial matters including company and insolvency matters, contractual disputes and shipping matters. She has been instructed for developers and local authorities in planning disputes, for interested parties in fatal accident and public inquiries, and in relation to judicial reviews.
Laura-Anne has extensive advocacy experience. Before calling to the Scottish bar she practised as an advocate in South Africa and called to the bar of England and Wales in 2008. She has appeared in the UK Supreme Court, Court of Session, the Sheriff Court and a wide range tribunals and inquiries.
She was a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government from 2015 to 2021. She is on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s panel of counsel.
Laura-Anne was the winner of the Legal 500 UK Awards 2020 “Scottish Bar Junior of the Year” title, and was also shortlisted for the award in 2019.
Susanne Tanner QC FCIArb
Susanne Tanner QC took Silk in 2016, having called to the Bar in 2000. She is an experienced court practitioner who is always thoroughly prepared and has superb attention to detail.
She has built up and maintained a quality practice spanning:
- Reparation law, including personal injury and clinical negligence;
- Criminal law, both prosecution and defence, in first instance work and appeals, including appearing in the Supreme Court, as well as a complex private prosecution application;
- An interest in regulatory criminal matters, Health and Safety prosecutions, corporate financial crime and civil recovery proceedings;
- Fatal Accident Inquiries and public inquiries, including an appointment as Counsel on a high profile public inquiry;
- Property law and conveyancing;
- Commercial law; and
- Alternative dispute resolution, in particular arbitration, in which she holds professional qualifications and is working towards Chartered Arbitrator status. She is a Member of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service and has been appointed as arbitrator for Motor Insurers’ Bureau cases for untraced and uninsured drivers.
She also sits as a tribunal chair in the First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber as well as the Health and Education Chamber, holds a number of academic appointments and is the Executive Editor of Green’s Scottish Education Manual.
Susanne is also a Door Tenant at Crown Office Chambers, London.
Aidan O’Neill QC
Queen’s Counsel at the Scottish Bar, Bar of England and Wales and Bar of Ireland. A wide ranging legal practice in both London and Edinburgh, with particular experience and expertise in commercial judicial review, environmental/Aarhus law and in employment/equality law. A specialist in EU law, in human rights law and in UK constitutional law. Awarded the Legal 500 UK Bar Award for Scottish Silk of the year for 2020 and EU law Silk of the year in 2015 and Scottish Legal Awards 2017, 2018 and 2019 Silk of the year.
A highly experienced pleader before the top courts. Senior counsel in almost thirty cases to date from across the UK before the UK Supreme Court/ House of Lords, as well before the Court of Justice of the European Union and the European Court of Human Rights.
Previously teaching fellow at Princeton and Edinburgh universities. Author of substantial academic articles, blog posts and legal practitioner texts.
Selected recent Cases
Lisa Henderson QC FCIArb
Lisa called to the Scottish Bar in 1995 and took silk in 2016. She was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 2019. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an Ambassador for the Scottish Arbitration Centre.
Lisa specialises in clinical negligence and personal injury claims. She has extensive expertise in cerebral palsy cases and claims involving catastrophic injury and has acted in numerous multi-million-pound settlements.
Lisa is ranked in the Chambers and Partners UK Bar for both clinical negligence and personal injury:
“Absolutely brilliant, really astute and hard-working.” “She is fabulous with clients, keeps a cool level head and is always thoroughly prepared.”
The Legal 500 lists her in personal injury and medical negligence saying: “She is extremely hardworking, with extensive experience in high-value personal injury cases.”
Lisa is the author of and former lead tutor, on the personal injury elective for Edinburgh University’s Diploma in Legal Practice. [2011 and 2017] She is a former honorary senior lecturer at Glasgow University School of Medicine [2012- 2018] and was a visiting lecturer at Pavia University, Italy, in 2014 and 2015. She has also taught at Aberdeen University School of Law. She is regularly invited to chair or present at conferences. She teaches advocacy skills on a regular basis and has run an annual four-day advocacy skills course for a Scottish firm of solicitors for the past 10 years. She is an advocacy skills instructor on the Faculty of Advocates devils [pupils] training programme.
She is currently the Chair of the British American Project UK Executive Committee.
Malcolm Thomson QC
Malcolm Thomson QC has had a varied civil practice, including contractual disputes, reparation (including personal injury and professional negligence claims of all sorts), child care, Judicial Review, Fatal Accident Inquiries and discipline appeals for a major police force. He concentrates now on planning and related property matters acting for various developers, land owners, objectors, planning and roads authorities and the Scottish Ministers both at inquiries and judicial proceedings. Recently he has advised and represented at inquiries both promoters of and objectors to flood prevention schemes. He also sits as an arbiter in various construction and property related disputes and was a Temporary Judge in the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary from 2002 to 2017.
He is ranked by Chambers and Partners as a leading silk for Planning and Environmental law and Administrative and Public law.
Malcolm Thomson has extensive experience in the UK Supreme Court (and formerly in House of Lords), Court of Session (Inner and Outer Houses), Sheriff Courts and at numerous planning appeal inquiries, local plan inquiries, enforcement appeal inquiries, compulsory purchase and roads related inquiries and hearings, including proceedings before the Scottish Parliament and under the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007. He has appeared in disputed compensation claims before the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. He has also appeared at a number of Fatal Accident Inquiries.
Mark Fitzpatrick has developed a particular interest in medical negligence actions. Mark has come to act principally for Defenders and has represented the interests of various Health Boards in numerous Fatal Accident Inquiries arising out of unexpected deaths in hospital. He also has an interest in mental health law.