0131 260 5674 (see contact page with direct dials for our Clerks during working from home arrangements)
ampersandclerks@advocates.org.uk

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. Despite having no previous experience of working in the Legal sector, Emma’s personable outlook and efficient work ethic makes her a great asset to the clerking team.

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Ampersand Member appointed as Legal Member of the Health and Education Chamber

Susanne Tanner QC has been appointed as a Legal Member of the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland. She will sit as a part-time Chair to determine references brought by parents of school children and young people with additional support needs, and disability discrimination claims brought by parents, children and young people in relation to their education. She continues in her role as a part-time Legal Member and Chair in the Housing and Education Chamber of the First-tier tribunal and will perform both roles alongside her practice at the Bar.

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The Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) Act 2017

Conference organised by the Law Society of Scotland with leading experts exploring the new 2017 Act, including Simon Di Rollo QC talking on “Where civil and criminal proceedings interact: Criminal allegations where there has been no prosecution”.

Full details on the Law Society of Scotland’s website here.

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Kathryn Ferguson

Kathryn Ferguson joined Ampersand in 2018 and has completed Paralegal qualifications in both Conveyancing and Wills and Executries. Prior to joining the team Kathryn worked for a global law firm supporting the Commercial Real Estate and Litigation teams.

Kathryn brings a can-do approach and is always willing to assist in all aspects of instructing counsel.

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Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell called in 1996 after 13 years in practice as a solicitor during which he was a litigation partner in firms in Edinburgh and Aberdeen. He has a wide ranging civil practice, including family law (both financial provision and child law), commercial law and reparation. He is regularly instructed in professional negligence cases, including medical negligence. He acts for and against private individuals and corporations. He also has experience of acting for and against local authorities, particularly in adoption applications. He provides written advice on a wide variety of matters.

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Michael Stuart QC

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”.

 

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