Lawyer of the Month

Lawyer of the Month: Stephen McGowan

Licensing law, Stephen McGowan acknowledges, can be “extremely difficult to fathom”. He speaks as an expert, being both the head of licensing (Scotland) at TLT and the author of three books on the subject – the latest of which, the recently published McGowan on Alcohol Licensing Law in Scotland, aims to demystify this area of law.

Published 1 September 2021

Lawyer of the Month: Colin Hulme

After two decades running the IP practice at Burness Paull, Colin Hulme is well practised in defending his clients’ intellectual property rights. That does not mean there is nothing left for him to learn, though, which is why he has begun trialling a new form of rights-enforcement exercise: a knock and talk.

Published 7 July 2021

Lawyer of the Month: Janys Scott QC

When Janys Scott QC was asked to represent 27 church leaders in a case relating to whether the Covid-induced closure of churches was lawful, she jumped at the chance. It was, she says, not only an opportunity to test a novel point of law but to explore questions relating to her own faith as well.

Published 4 May 2021

Lawyer of the Month: Iain Smith

When a school teacher told the teenage Iain Smith he should downgrade his ambition to become a lawyer and focus on becoming a paralegal instead, it could have gone one of two ways: he could have thrown in the towel there and then or he could have resolved to work harder than ever to prove it was the teacher, and not him, who was in the wrong.

Published 16 November 2020

Lawyer of the Month: Robert Holland

Balfour & Manson partner Robert Holland is convinced that employment is the best practice area for a lawyer to work in because it offers what he describes as the “best combination of black-letter law with a human-interest angle”. As head of his firm’s employment practice he would say that, but his recent advice to Glasgow foster parents Christine and Jimmy Johnstone demonstrates why.

Published 8 September 2020

Lawyer of the Month: Rachael Kelsey

When the Supreme Court gave its decision in long-running matrimonial dispute Villiers v Villiers this month it handed a significant victory to Edinburgh law firm SKO Family Law.

Published 10 July 2020

Lawyer of the Month: Claire Mitchell QC

As someone who was inspired to become a lawyer after watching Granada TV show Crown Court, Claire Mitchell QC has always loved the drama of advocacy.

Published 11 June 2020

Lawyer of the Month: Ryan Russell

It all could have been so different for MML Legal partner Ryan Russell, an employment specialist who has won countless high-profile cases on behalf of wronged employees. 

Published 24 March 2020

Lawyer of the Month: Robbie Brodie

Margaret Taylor interviews Robbie Brodie of Livingstone Brown on his recent triumph at the Court of Session.

Published 28 January 2020