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Robert Howie QC

Robert Howie QC was admitted as an advocate in 1986. He took silk in 2000. He has been involved in a large number of adjudications as Counsel, legal adviser or adjudicator. He has also acted as the Court’s reporter in several petition cases including Earl of Balfour, Petitioner 2003 SC (HL) 1 and Chisholm, Petitioner 2006 SLT 394. He regularly appears in the Inner and Outer Houses of the Court of Session. He has appeared in the Sheriff Court, the Lands Tribunal and in several Arbitrations. Robert Howie has also led in the House of Lords and the UK Supreme Court.

Robert Howie QC is ranked in the current edition of Chambers and Partners under 4 areas of practice. In Construction Law he is described as “A really great lawyer who is deserving of his great reputation and an opponent to be reckoned with… He is very good at marshalling and dealing with legal arguments.” He is also ranked in Chambers and Partners for Insolvency described as being “very commercially and tactically minded… His advice is always first-class, clear, well thought out and supported by detailed knowledge of case law.” Under Commercial Dispute Resolution “His thoroughness and knowledge are second to none… He is one of the cleverest advocates at the Scottish Bar. He’s near the top of the pile in terms of quality commercial work.” And under Professional Negligence “He has an amazing ability to come up with a left-field argument… He is very bright, very able and an inventive thinker.”

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Laurence Kennedy FCIArb

Laurence Kennedy called to the bar in 2000 having been a court solicitor for the previous five years. Since then he has maintained a busy court practice based on repeat instructions from a discrete group of instructing solicitors.

He was listed in Legal 500 as “outstanding”, “an effective advocate in court”, “excellent in an advisory role” and “noted for his technical competence and good legal and commercial analysis”.

He is described by agents as “professional and client friendly” and “user friendly from a solicitor’s point of view”. Agents also value his “low key, no nonsense approach”. He is “not afraid to give robust advice” and has “excellent client management skills”.

His day to day caseload focuses on property, commercial, partnership and contract disputes along with professional negligence and personal injury cases.

He has particular experience in areas of law affecting the media such as defamation, contempt of court and copyright. He was engaged for a number of years as a shift lawyer for a number of Scottish newspapers where he gave regular pre-publication advice.

He is an accredited arbitrator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He also sits regularly as a part time Judge of the First-tier tribunal.

For further details about his arbitration practice, please visit his website at laurencekennedy.com.

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Christian Marney FCIArb

Christian Marney’s interest and considerable experience is in professional negligence and commercial litigation; employment and personal injury reparation. He is regularly instructed in professional negligence matters in particular, though not exclusively, by the Law Society of Scotland professional indemnity insurers. He is currently pursuing and defending actions in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court on behalf of solicitors and construction and housing professionals. He has a well established track record in personal injury having acted for most of the major insurers for most of his professional career. However, he also ensures that he continues to pursue cases on behalf of individuals and succeed in securing full compensation on behalf of those injured persons. He has a longstanding interest and involvement in employment matters, both advisory and litigated. He is one of a small number of junior counsel recognised in this area at the Scottish Bar. He has advised and represented UK plc’s, Local Government and major insurance companies in all of those areas. Christian was admitted to The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in 2017 as a Fellow in October 2018.

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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.

Experience

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.

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