Sean White

Year of Call: 2024

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sean.white@advocates.org.uk
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Sean White called to the Bar in 2024, having enjoyed a varied civil litigation practice as a solicitor.

He practices mainly in commercial litigation, with particular interest in construction and property disputes, commercial contracts and professional and clinical negligence.

Sean came to the Bar with already impressive representative experience, having appeared in various courts and tribunals in Scotland, where he has conducted proofs, debates and other contentious and non-contentious hearings for pursuers and defenders. He has represented businesses and individuals in a range of complex and high-value cases.

Before calling to the Bar, Sean worked as a Senior Solicitor in the commercial disputes team of a well-known Scottish firm, where he focussed principally on construction and energy sector disputes. During this time, he worked on many Court of Session litigations and gained experience in different forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and adjudication.

He previously trained and worked with an Edinburgh-based litigation firm, during which time he represented clients in a range of cases, covering commercial contracts, professional and clinical negligence, personal injury, interdict and judicial review, amongst other things.

During devilling, Sean gained further experience in construction, property, professional and clinical negligence, commercial contract, company and insolvency litigation.

Selected cases:

Administrative and Public Law

LQ, Petitioner (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the petitioner in this Petition for Judicial Review of the consultation process undertaken prior to the publication of clinical guidelines.

SA, Petitioner (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the respondent in this Petition for Judicial Review of a decision taken by a local authority in relation to the petitioner’s homelessness application.

Civil Liberties, Human Rights and EU Law

JM v PM (as solicitor acting)
 Solicitor for the pursuers in this action for interdict in the Sheriff Court, concerning allegations of threatening and abusive behaviour. Appeared and successfully resisted a motion for recall of interim interdict.

ABC v Principal Reporter 2018 S.L.T. 1100 (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the first interested party in this Petition for Judicial Review of contact decisions made at a children’s hearing concerning the petitioner’s younger sibling.

Clinical Liability

JM v F (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for damages concerning allegedly negligent knee replacement surgery performed by an orthopaedic surgeon. 

Karen Boyle v West Calder Medical Practice [2019] SC EDIN 71 (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Sheriff Court action for damages relating to the alleged failure of the pursuer’s former GP practice to have timeously diagnosed the pursuer’s Cushing’s disease. 

EM v G (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Sheriff Court action for damages relating to allegedly negligent surgery performed by a consultant obstetrician, resulting in perforation of the pursuer’s bladder.

SP v L (as instructing agent)
 Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for damages concerning the alleged failure of hospital staff to timeously arrange for an MRI scan to be completed in circumstances where the pursuer presented with signs of Cauda Equina Syndrome.

AS v E (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer family of a deceased person in this Court of Session action for damages against the deceased’s former medical practice for its alleged negligence in prescribing medication, which allegedly contributed to the deceased’s death.

Construction

F v O (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action concerning alleged defects in the design and construction of school premises.

H v A (as instructing agent)
Assisted as part of the solicitor team instructed for the defender in this Commercial action in the Court of Session concerning alleged breaches of contract in the commissioning of a power station.

C v B (as instructing agent)
Assisted as part of the solicitor team instructed for the claimant in this Technology and Construction Court action concerning alleged defects in the design and construction of hospital premises.

D Mclaughlin & Sons Limited v East Ayrshire Council 2023 S.C. 255 (as instructing agent)
 Solicitor for the defender and appellant in this appeal, concerning the enforceability of an adjudicator’s award.

RC v DB (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Sheriff Court action for payment under a contract for domestic construction works.

VW v ML (as solicitor acting)
Solicitor for the defender in this Sheriff Court action concerning alleged breaches of contract and negligence in the completion of renovation works at a domestic premises, resulting in flooding.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

A v E (as instructing agent)
Assisted as part of the solicitor team for the defender in this Commercial Action in the Court of Session concerning an alleged deposition of contaminated waste at a landfill site.

Peter J Stirling Limited v Brinkman (Horticultural Service) UK Limited [2020] CSOH 79 (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Commercial Action in the Court of Session concerning breach of contract in the supply of defective polythene sheeting for use in strawberry farming.

Considerate Construction Limited v Richard Stewart Specialist Cars Limited (unreported) (as solicitor acting)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Sheriff Court action concerning a claim for payment under a verbal contract. Appeared against Senior Counsel at Proof and successfully obtained decree for payment in favour of the pursuer.

Company

Hawkins, Petitioners [2024] CSOH 3 (as devil)
Devilled to Counsel for the respondents in this Petition for an order under Sections 994 and 996 of the Companies Act 2006.

Personal Injury

AM v PS (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the defender in this Court of Session action for damages concerning allegations of historical abuse.

Caroline Cowan v Lanarkshire Housing Association 2020 S.L.T. 663 (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuers and appellants in this appeal against a decision to summarily dismiss 36 related actions for damages by residents of a housing development built on contaminated land.

BS v S (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for damages concerning serious injuries sustained following the collapse of an elevator in which the pursuer was travelling in the course of his employment.  

Colin Moore v Veolia Water Outsourcing Limited (unreported) (as solicitor acting)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Sheriff Court action for damages against the pursuer’s former employer for injuries sustained following a fall from an unsafe working platform. Appeared and successfully argued for summary decree to be granted in favour of the pursuer where the defender accepted the presence of a defect but sought to blame a third party.

Leslie Buck v Jane Ainslie & Anr [2017] CSOH 73 (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for damages concerning injuries sustained following a serious road traffic collision.

Professional Liability

P v T (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for damages concerning alleged breaches of contract and negligence by a firm of accountants in their preparation of company accounts.

T v A (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the appellant in this statutory Appeal in the Court of Session against decisions taken by the appellant’s governing professional body in relation to a complaint made about the appellant.

Public Inquiries, FAIs and Tribunals

Fatal Accident Inquiry into the sudden deaths of John Kerr Sweeney and Ors [2015] FAI 31 (as instructing agent)
Assisted as part of the solicitor team for the bin lorry driver in this inquiry, concerned with the deaths of victims of the Glasgow bin lorry disaster.

Real Estate Litigation

S v G (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for declarator concerning the valid service of purchase notices under an option agreement between the parties in respect of land.

Muhammad Ahsan Khan v Mohammad Saddique & Ors [2018] CSOH 41 (as instructing agent)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Court of Session action for production and reduction of a pretended disposition and standard security.

David Booth v Daniel Donald [2024] SC ABE 26 (as devil)
Devilled to Counsel for the defender in this Sheriff Court action for production and reduction of a standard security on the basis of alleged fraudulent misrepresentation and for orders in implementation of an alleged verbal contract.

Trusts and Succession 

Pat McGlynn v Catherine McGlynn (unreported) (as solicitor acting)
Solicitor for the defender in this Sheriff Court action for payment on the grounds of an alleged unjustified enrichment relating to a purported amendment to the defender’s will. Appeared against Counsel at Debate and successfully argued for the case to be dismissed.

Restructuring/Insolvency

CC v WG (as solicitor acting)
Solicitor for the pursuer in this Petition for sequestration in the Sheriff Court, having obtained decree for payment against the defender in an earlier action for damages.

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Qualifications
  • 2015: Dip. LP, University of Edinburgh
  • 2014: LL.B (Hons), University of Edinburgh

Awards

  • 2015: Edinburgh Award
  • 2015: Prize for Civil Court Practice
Career
  • 2024: Called to the Scottish Bar
  • 2023-24: Devil, Faculty of Advocates (Devilmasters: David Massaro, Timothy Young, James McConnell and Victoria Dow).
  • 2022-23: Senior Solicitor, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  • 2021-22: Solicitor, Shepherd and Wedderburn
  • 2020-21: Associate, Allan McDougall Solicitors
  • 2017-20: Solicitor, Allan McDougall Solicitors
  • 2015-17: Trainee Solicitor, Allan McDougall Solicitors
Memberships
  • Adjudication Society
  • British and Irish Commercial Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Society of Construction Law

 

  • Mentor, Lawscot Foundation (2023 – present)
  • Tutor, School Mock Court Project (2022 – present)