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ampersandclerks@advocates.org.uk

Mary Ellen Stewart

Mary Ellen Stewart called to the Bar in 2021, after training and qualifying with Brodies LLP, and latterly working there as a senior solicitor.

As a solicitor, Mary Ellen had a busy practice dealing with a broad range of commercial disputes. Her practice had a particular focus on commercial contracts, banking and finance, insolvency and professional liability litigation. When in private practice, Mary Ellen appeared in the Sheriff Courts and instructed Counsel in Court of Session cases.

Mary Ellen has a particular interest in professional liability and regulation. She also has an interest in maritime and shipping law, and is the Advocate member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Marine Law Sub-Committee. Mary Ellen is also a part-time tutor of Contract Law and Unjustified Enrichment at Edinburgh University.

Mary Ellen was appointed to junior panel of Standing Junior Counsel to the Advocate General for Scotland in 2021.

Mary Ellen is fluent and fully literate in Scottish Gaelic and is well placed to undertake work involving consideration of documents in Gaelic.

 

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Nicholas McAndrew

Prior to calling, Nick McAndrew was a solicitor for five years in a large Scottish commercial law firm.

Nick specialised in Construction Litigation. In that role, he acted in disputes relating to contractual, delictual and statutory liability, and developed expertise resolving those disputes across forums (including the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, Adjudication, Arbitration and Mediation).

While devilling, Nick built upon his existing construction law experience, and also gained experience of other commercial disputes and planning disputes before the Lands Tribunal.

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Euan Scott

Euan Scott has significant experience across a wide range of civil litigation. He has a particular focus on commercial dispute resolution (with his experience concentrating on commercial contract disputes, professional liability, property disputes, contentious construction and insurance). He also has experience of insolvency cases and public inquiries. He has experience both pursuing and defending and has acted for individuals, professionals, private companies and insurers.

During his period of devilling, he developed further experience in those areas. He was also involved in a range of cases involving allegations of clinical negligence (including related regulatory proceedings) and a broad spectrum of public law disputes.

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First virtual court hearing in Scotland

The first virtual court hearing in Scotland in response to the coronavirus situation was successfully held today.

The Court of Session Inner House appeal, Stuart Campbell v Kezia Dugdale, was heard before the Lord President, Lord Carloway, sitting with Lord Menzies and Lord Brodie. The other participants were the clerk of court and the counsel representing the parties, which included Ampersand’s Craig Sandison QC for the appellant, instructed by Halliday Campbell WS. All of the attendees were virtually linked in from separate physical locations.

Both national and freelance media accessed the hearing, providing social media updates throughout the proceedings.

Lord Carloway said: “The technology worked well from the Court’s perspective and the hearing captured the ambience of a physical courtroom. I would like to thank the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service IT team for their work behind the scenes which enabled today’s hearing to take place. The judiciary fully support the promotion of virtual cases where it is technologically possible and appropriate in the current situation.”

The judges will provide a ruling on the case in writing at a later date.

A list of future Court of Session Inner House appeal hearings to be conducted virtually during the coronavirus lock down are available on the Court Rolls.

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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. 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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Shane Dundas

Shane Dundas called to the Bar in 2019  having completed his traineeship with one of Scotland’s leading litigation firms.

He has experience in the areas of professional liability, commercial litigation, personal injury and industrial disease. He has appeared regularly in the Sheriff Court, having conducted several proofs and debates. During devilling, he built upon his experience in these areas, as well as gaining exposure to clinical negligence, professional regulation and public law issues.

Shane has a particular interest in professional (including clinical) liability, commercial law, information technology and media law.

He completed his LLB and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh, where he was President of the University of Edinburgh Mooting Society.

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