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 assisted with the preparation of cases before the Sheriff Courts, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the Court of Session, 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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Katharine Muir

Katharine Muir called to the Bar in 2022 after 6 years as a solicitor in private practice. As a solicitor Katharine appeared regularly in the Sheriff Courts, where she gained considerable experience of running proofs and conducting contentious hearings.

Katharine’s principal area of practice is in commercial law. She has a particular interest in product liability. As a solicitor and while devilling, she worked on some of the most high-profile product liability cases in Scotland. She has also advised manufacturers on product compliance and safety, labelling and advertising.

Katharine also has experience in regulatory crime, particularly health and safety, anti-bribery and corruption, healthcare regulation and fatal accident inquiries. During her period of devilling, Katharine gained experience in judicial review, defamation, and professional and clinical negligence.

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Rough justice, smoother delivered – An article by Ampersand’s Nick McAndrew

An article by Ampersand’s Nick McAndrew appears in this month’s edition of the Law Society Journal, and will hopefully be of interest to those familiar with – and new to – construction adjudication. He comments on new services for resolving ‘Low Value’ disputes, and the Dickie Moore decision on ‘severance’ of an adjudicator’s award.

Full copy of September’s Journal can be found here: https://lnkd.in/dyRE-H7

 

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Mark Boni

Mark Boni called to the Bar in 2020, having qualified as a solicitor in 2014.

Mark has experience in a wide range of commercial, private and public law litigation and acted for clients in a number of high profile judicial reviews. As a solicitor and latterly associate with a well-known litigation firm, he appeared regularly in the Sheriff Courts conducting proofs and debates for both pursuers and defenders. In addition, Mark has conducted many procedural hearings, opposed motions and interim order hearings, including urgent interdict hearings.

Mark has experience of litigating in the Sheriff Courts, Sheriff Appeal Court, Lands Tribunal, Court of Session (Outer and Inner Houses) as well as the UK Supreme Court. Mark also has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.

Whilst devilling, Mark was a Lord Hope Scholar and was involved in a variety of complex and high value cases including contractual and property disputes, professional negligence claims and intellectual property actions.

Mark tutors “Commercial Law”, “Public Law of the UK and Scotland” and “Public Law and Individual Rights” at the University of Edinburgh.

Mark has a particular interest in contract, prescription, personal insolvency, private client litigation and human rights.

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Nicholas McAndrew

Nick McAndrew called to the Bar in 2020, having been a solicitor for five years in a large Scottish commercial law firm specialising in Construction Litigation. Since calling, Nick has continued to focus on construction law disputes, as well as a growing practice in general commercial, planning and property law disputes.

Previously as a solicitor, and now as an Advocate, Nick has litigated in the Courts (Sheriff Court & Court of Session (Outer and Inner House)), Lands Tribunal, Adjudication, and at Arbitration. He brings a measured and diligent approach to his cases.

Selected cases:

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Emma Busby

Emma Busby joined Ampersand as a Deputy Clerk in February 2020. Prior to joining us, Emma worked for the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh South and brings with her experience of working in a fast paced environment and front facing administrative role. Emma’s personable outlook and efficient work ethic makes her a great asset to the clerking team.

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