Paul Reid

Year of Call: 2011
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He's very good, very helpful and will go out of his way to do things for you. His advice is always clear and helpful.

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Paul Reid called as an advocate in 2011. Paul is regularly instructed in a wide range of matters. He has a particular focus on professional liability (especially claims against solicitors, surveyors and medical professionals) and public law matters. He has experience of advising both professions and professionals on regulatory and disciplinary matters. As well as conducting litigation on behalf of professionals and professions, he has appeared before fitness to practice panels (medical profession), the Scottish FA’s judicial panel (sporting) and has represented legal professionals seeking leave to appeal decisions of the SLCC. Paul is regularly instructed by the NHS in Scotland to advise on a wide range of matters, including clinical negligence claims, mental health issues and advice in relation to various issues of statutory and regulatory compliance. He is also regularly instructed in commercial actions, advising on a diverse range of matters (contractual interpretation; restrictive covenants and interim interdict; contempt proceedings to enforce interdict; property disputes). Paul is instructed in two “class actions” (the Watling Street litigation on behalf of the engineers and the Mesh litigation on behalf of NHS Scotland) and represented the driver of the Glasgow bin lorry in the Fatal Accident Inquiry into the December 2014 disaster. Although predominantly instructed on behalf of defenders, Paul also has experience of pursing a range of claims (professional liability, commercial and property). He has appeared before various Tribunals and regularly appears in the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court. In addition, he has experience of representing clients in various forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Paul has taught public law at the University of Edinburgh since 2004, regularly lecturing and tutoring on various aspects of the subject. He has a particular interest in judicial review, surveillance powers and electoral law. Paul regularly publishes articles and blogs on public law and has written the third and fourth editions of the Green’s Concise Guide to Public Law (published in October 2015 and August 2020 respectively). He also regularly speaks at seminars on public law and professional liability.

In February 2015 Paul was appointed as Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government and in March 2017 he was appointed an ad hoc Advocate Depute.

Paul is ranked in Chambers 2016 for both professional negligence and clinical negligence. He is described as an “excellent, hard-working Junior” who is “robust and sticks to his guns”.

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