His court craft is impeccableSolicitors' recommendation
Michael Stuart QC maintains a wide ranging and successful civil practice. He has a particular interest in cases involving asbestos exposure, multi-trauma, brain injury, neurological functional disorders and chronic pain, professional negligence (including clinical negligence) and general commercial and property disputes. He acts for pursuers, defenders, individuals and corporate clients.
Michael has significant in-court experience, whether at first instance or on appeal and he places great emphasis on the skills that underpin this aspect of his practice. “His court craft is impeccable”is how one experienced litigation solicitor described Michael’s court work. He has amassed considerable experience in leading witnesses at proof or trial and is noted for his skills in leading and cross-examining expert witnesses. Client focused, decisive and with strong communication skills, Michael leads from the front whilst ensuring that all members of the legal team have the opportunity to contribute. As an Advocate Depute between 2009 and 2012 Michael prosecuted many challenging trials, including many charges of murder, serious sexual offending and, at the time, the UK’s largest copyright violation. He maintains an interest in criminal prosecution work, prosecuting as an ad hoc Advocate Depute. Michael acts as Commissioner, whether under section 1 of the Administration of Justice (Scotland) Act 1972 (Dawn Raids), or at commissions to take evidence or for the productions of documents.
Michael holds office as a Court Reporter in respect of child matters. He is a qualified mediator and registered with the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service. He was a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government. He represents the Faculty of Advocates as a member of the Professional Standards and Civil Procedure Committees.
Before retraining to call to the Bar Michael was a director and shareholder of one of Europe’s most successful independent bicycle retailers where he was instrumental in the development and growth of the company’s service related business from its inception to market leader.
Michael is noted for his “strong advocacy skills”, his “go-get” attitude and his “great client handling skills”.
- Ampersand establishes itself as a leading set in Scotland for qualified mediators23 February, 2021
- Judgment in RTA claim offering guidance on appointment between insurers and health care providers issued4 February, 2021
- New Queen’s Counsel appointment4 September, 2017
- Michael Stuart apppointed to panel of Standing Junior Counsel to Scottish Government17 January, 2017