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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.

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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

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Graham Maciver

Graham Maciver works primarily throughout the fields of public and administrative law, including principally judicial review, human rights and immigration law. Graham’s other areas of practice include commercial and regulatory law (directors disqualification and tax), personal injury and international law.

Graham has been a Standing Junior to the Advocate General for Scotland since 2012 and was appointed to the newly created post of Second Standing Junior to the Advocate General for Scotland in 2021. He has been on the Public International Law Panel to the Attorney General since 2014 and Equality and Human Rights Commission Panel of Counsel since 2019.

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Ross G. Anderson

Legal 500 (2020) Band 1 for Commercial Litigation; Property, Construction and Agriculture; and Tax, Trusts and Pensions.

Very smart, knowledgeable and intelligent. Technically he is extremely good, but he is also a very good communicator and an excellent advocate.” (Chambers, 2020, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

Highly intelligent, great with clients and very approachable.” (Chambers, Commercial Dispute Resolution, 2020)

He’s smart, proactive and pragmatic – a future star.” “He’s highly intelligent, great with clients and very approachable.” (Chambers, 2019, Commercial Dispute Resolution) “Very impressive ability to translate academic skills into practical advice to clients. Good on his feet as well” (Chambers, 2019, Real Estate Litigation) “Very good analytical skills” (Chambers, 2019, Tax)

He’s a junior with an extremely good sense of commerciality and pragmatism and has an excellent manner when dealing with solicitors and clients.” “He’s very good on particularly complex technical disputes.” (Chambers, 2018, Commercial Dispute Resolution; Real Estate Litigation) “He has a fantastic ability to get to grips with the commercial reality of a dispute, as well as the legal and factual issues.” “A rising star at the Commercial Bar” (Chambers, 2017, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

“He is commercial, decisive and straight-talking when giving advice and is perceptive and persuasive when in court” (Chambers 2016, Commercial Dispute Resolution)

Ross’s practice focuses on commercial dispute resolution, company and insolvency law, property law, trusts and tax. He appears regularly in the Commercial Court. Ross is a standing junior counsel to HM Revenue & Customs where he appears regularly in UK tribunals as well as in the Court of Session. He is also experienced in public law and human rights cases. In 2015, Ross acted as junior counsel for the respondent Member of Parliament successfully opposing the orders sought in the first Election Petition to be heard in Scotland in fifty years.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the European Law Institute and an Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Law in the University of Glasgow.

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Vinit Khurana QC

Vinit is the only practising member of the Scottish Bar dually qualified in law and medicine. He has the unique distinction of having practised as a medical General Practitioner for over a decade as well as being an Advocate since 1999. He took silk in 2018.

Vinit has a wide ranging practice involving both appearance and advisory work. He has experience of acting for and against private individuals and corporations. He also has experience of acing for and against public bodies. He regularly acts for and against health boards in professional negligence and personal injury cases.

Vinit specialises in all aspects of Medical Law including clinical negligence, judicial review, professional disciplinary matters, regulatory work and mental health. He is one of the most experienced practitioners at the Scottish Bar in relation to Fatal Accident Inquiries having appeared at over 20 such Inquiries since 2000. Since calling in 1999 his medical knowledge has proven to be a valuable asset in a wide variety of cases. His instructions have encompassed both civil and criminal work. Examples of the breadth of his instructions include: fraud cases brought by Health Boards against Optometrists before the NHS Tribunal; the chairing of the NHS Classification Appeal Committee in respect of disciplinary matters; appearances on behalf of the National Appeal Panel in judicial review petitions for entry to the pharmaceutical list; and advisory work in connection with many other matters related to the provision of healthcare including competition law issues in the provision of dispensing services by pharmacists and GPs, optometric and pharmaceutical services regulation, contractual arrangements between Health Boards and GP primary care providers, mental health matters and ECHR issues in the areas of organ donation and treatment refusal.

Vinit was the Chair of the Faculty of Advocates Sub-Committee which responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the reform of mental health legislation. He has also responded on behalf of the Faculty of Advocates to Scottish Government consultations on organ donation and transplant. He is currently a member of the Faculty Committee that oversees all of the Faculty’s responses to Scottish Government consultations.

Throughout his career Vinit has been prepared to work in new areas. He enjoys new challenges. He is a conscientious and hard worker. This has allowed him to gain an understanding of the particular circumstances of and the legal background to the cases in which he has been instructed. As well as appearing in court in complex, high profile and urgent matters, he regularly provides written advice on a wide variety of matters.

Vinit was called to the Bar of England & Wales in 2019 and joined 2 Temple Gardens in November. He can accept instructions in England and Wales via his clerks at 2TG.

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