He has remarkable oral advocacy skillsLegal 500, 2019
Giles’ practice focuses on commercial and administrative law.
Giles has particular expertise in and experience of property litigation, commercial disputes, professional negligence, trusts, succession and insolvency matters. He regularly conducts proofs and debates in these areas, both alone and with senior counsel. He is frequently instructed in the Commercial Court. 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. He is a member of the Faculty of Advocates’ sub-committee for the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018.
Giles is a tutor at the University of Edinburgh for property, trusts and succession. He is regularly instructed in property disputes in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, and also provides advice on contentious and non-contentious trusts and succession matters.
Giles has experience of employment litigation. He is frequently 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.