Ampersand welcome Brandon Malone

Ampersand is delighted to welcome Brandon Malone to the stable, following his calling to the Bar today.

Photo of Brandon MaloneOn Brandon’s arrival, Stable Director Euan Mackenzie KC, said: “I am delighted to welcome Brandon to Ampersand. He is a renowned lawyer with an impressive CV and accomplishments before coming to the Bar. He will be an asset to the Stable. I wish him all the best in his career as an Advocate”. Ampersand’s Practice Manager, Alan Moffat added “I am delighted to welcome our newest member of Ampersand. Brandon’s arrival brings the membership to 61 and the experience which he brings is a fantastic fit for Ampersand’s core areas of practice, including our increasing range of ADR offering. He will be a real asset to those looking to instruct counsel. I am sure that joining Ampersand will offer rewarding opportunities and collaborative support”.

Brandon calls to the Bar following thirty years’ experience as a commercial litigation solicitor, twenty of those years as a solicitor advocate.

Brandon is also Barrister authorised to practice in England and Wales, and has rights of audience before the DIFC Court, Dubai, UAE.

As a solicitor, Brandon specialised in construction and engineering law and international arbitration.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  He has wide ranging experience of construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy disputes.

Brandon has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution.  He regularly sits as an arbitrator in domestic, UK and international cases, and is recommended as a global leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.  He also sits as an adjudicator and expert determiner.  He is a FIDIC Certified Adjudicator (dispute board member) and a mediator registered with RICS, IMI and CMC.

Brandon also has significant experience of energy and technology disputes, and has dealt with a number of blockchain and cryptocurrency cases.  He Chairs the ICCA – New York City Bar – CPR Institute Working Group on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration.

For further information about Brandon’s practice view his profile here:

To instruct Brandon, please contact our Ampersand Clerking Team: ampersandclerks@advocates.org.uk.

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Brandon Malone

Brandon Malone called to the Bar in 2022 following thirty years’ experience as a commercial litigation solicitor, twenty of those years as a solicitor advocate.

Brandon is also Barrister authorised to practice in England and Wales, and has rights of audience before the DIFC Court, Dubai, UAE.

As a solicitor, Brandon specialised in construction and engineering law and international arbitration.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an eminent Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.  He has wide ranging experience of construction, engineering, infrastructure and energy disputes.

Brandon has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution.  He regularly sits as an arbitrator in domestic, UK and international cases, and is recommended as a global leader in arbitration by Who’s Who Legal.  He also sits as an adjudicator and expert determiner.  He is a FIDIC Certified Adjudicator (dispute board member) and a mediator registered with RICS, IMI and CMC.

He has appeared in numerous substantive hearings in the Sheriff Court, the Outer and Inner House, and before a variety of tribunals.

Brandon also has significant experience of energy and technology disputes, and has dealt with a number of blockchain and cryptocurrency cases.  He Chairs the ICCA – New York City Bar – CPR Institute Working Group on Cybersecurity in International Arbitration.

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Susanne Tanner KC appointed as UK delegate on ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR

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Susanne Tanner KC is proud to have been appointed as a UK delegate on the new, adept and diverse group of expert members of the ICC Commission on Arbitration and ADR, ICC’s leading think tank and rule-making body for international dispute resolution.

Susanne said: “I look forward to working with the other UK national committee members and the Commission’s Steering Committee in the interests of efficient and cost-effective #disputeresolution worldwide.”

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Scott Clair

Scott Clair called to the Bar in 2022 as a Lord Hope Scholar.

He has experience in a wide range of commercial, private and public law litigation. In the course of devilling, Scott was involved in a variety of complex and high-value cases including commercial disputes, clinical and professional negligence claims, regulatory, human rights and constitutional law cases. Scott has a particular interest in the latter and, whilst devilling, worked on a number of high-profile judicial review cases including a legislative competence challenge to an Act of the Scottish Parliament, a challenge to Scotland’s Census 2022 and the first removal of a judicial office holder under the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

He has appeared before the Sheriff Courts, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the Court of Session (both Outer House and Inner House), and assisted with the preparation of cases before the UK Supreme Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

Before calling to the Bar, as a solicitor and then associate with a well-known litigation firm in Edinburgh, he gained substantial experience of appearing in court and regularly conducted proofs, debates and complex opposed motions including for interdict. Scott also gained experience in fatal accident inquiries and various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, adjudication and mediation.

Scott has particular interests in contract law, clinical and professional negligence, media law, private client litigation and judicial review.

Scott also has an interest in legal education. Since 2021, he has tutored in Commercial Law, Public Law and Individual Rights, and Evidence at the University of Edinburgh.

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Ampersand Advocates welcomes Ian Forrester QC back to practice

Ampersand Advocates is delighted to welcome back to practice Ian Forrester QC.

Mr Forrester is a renowned lawyer in European and Competition law and returns to practice following his appointment as the UK nominated Judge to the General Court of the European Union ending due to Brexit. He brings an unrivalled wealth of knowledge and experience for any instructions, and expects to concentrate on advisory and Arbitration work, including appointment as an Arbitrator.

On his return to Practice, Mr Forrester said: “It is fun to return to practice. When in Luxembourg, I discovered that my colleagues were well acquainted with the special status and history of Scots law. They were supportive and generous during the turbulent steps leading to Brexit, a political act which leaves unsettled dozens of important legal questions of great significance for many people in different walks of life. I look forward to re-entering the community of senior practitioners, assisted by my judicial experience.”

Stable Director Euan Mackenzie added: “Ian has had an illustrious career, including having spent five years as a Judge of the European Court of Justice. We are delighted to welcome a lawyer of Ian’s standing back to legal practice and have no doubt that his expertise in all matters relating to European law will be in high demand as the UK forges a new relationship with the EU.

You can view more details of Mr Forrester’s practice here: https://ampersandadvocates.com/people/ian-forrester/

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Ampersand’s Susanne Tanner QC appointed as arbitrator for Motor Insurers’ Bureau cases for untraced and uninsured drivers

Arbitrator appointment to all-female ODR panel for Stable Director, Susanne Tanner QC
Susanne Tanner QC

Susanne Tanner QC has been appointed by the Lord President as an arbitrator for Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) cases where the driver at fault cannot be traced or is uninsured, under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement and the Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement, between the Secretary of State for Transport and the MIB. A claimant disputing a decision by the MIB on whether to make an award, or the amount of compensation, or any other dispute between MIB and the applicant arising out of a decision, determination or requirement made by MIB, or the approval of claims from minors and protected parties, can have the matter referred to arbitration. Susanne said: “I am very pleased to have been appointed to the MIB arbitration panel, as I continue to expand my alternative dispute resolution work as both an arbitrator and mediator, alongside my practice at the Bar.”

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