He has remarkable oral advocacy skillsLegal 500, 2019
Giles’ practice focuses on commercial and administrative law.
Since calling to the bar, Giles has been regularly instructed in his principal areas of interest. He has particular expertise in property litigation, commercial disputes, professional negligence, trusts, succession and insolvency matters. He is frequently instructed in the Commercial Court. Giles is a tutor at the University of Edinburgh for property, trusts and succession. Giles is described as ‘up-and-coming’ and ranked as a leading junior for commercial litigation by the Legal 500 which cites his ‘remarkable oral advocacy skills’.
Giles has developed distinct expertise in the law of prescription and limitation, acquired as the research assistant for the second edition of Johnston, Prescription and Limitation. Giles has delivered training sessions in this area of law, and is regularly instructed to advise in matters where prescription is an issue.
Giles has experience of employment litigation. Giles is regularly instructed in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts in disputes arising from employment, including the enforcement of restrictive covenants and the recovery of confidential information from former employees.
Prior to calling to the bar, Giles completed a traineeship with one of Scotland’s leading commercial law firms. There, he gained experience of a wide range of commercial litigation in both the Court of Session and Sheriff Court. He also worked in rural property, and gained experience of large-scale commercial transactions and compulsory purchase schemes.