High Praise for Westwater Advocates in the latest rankings from The Legal 500


Westwater Advocates has been awarded some 37 individual recommendations in 10 categories in the newly-published 2016 edition of The Legal 500 Directory.

Stable Director Calum MacNeill QC said “I am delighted to see that the stable’s quality has again been recognised in the latest rankings from The Legal 500. The performance of our members across the categories cements our reputation as a stable of multi-disciplinary excellence, and the recognition of our expertise and dominance in the family and employment categories in particular is very pleasing indeed.”

The full results are as follows:

Civil liberties, human rights, public inquiries, and public and administrative law (including local government)

Commercial litigation

  • Nick Ellis QC “His varied workload includes contractual disputes.”
  • Calum MacNeill QC “He has a great manner with clients.”
  • Greg Sanders “Knowledgeable about a broad cross-section of commercial contractual issues.”


  • Gavin Anderson “He communicates advice in a clear, reasonable and unequivocal way to the client.”


Family and childcare

  • Janys Scott QC “Undoubtedly the pre-eminent family law silk in Scotland.”
  • Lynda Brabender “Supremely persuasive on her feet and she has a lovely manner with clients.”
  • Julianna Cartwright “Experienced in petitions for permanence orders and financial remedy matters.”
  • Robert Hayhow “Able to present a concise and forceful case, and deal with clients thoughtfully.”
  • Maggie Hughes “Her diverse practice includes both financial provision and child-related cases.”
  • Ruth Innes “Extremely thorough, cautious and considered in her approach.”
  • Scott McAlpine “Gives clear and realistic advice to clients about possible outcomes.”
  • Kirsty Malcolm “She is polished in court.”
  • John Speir “Puts clients at ease whatever their walk of life.”
  • Alison Wild “A very steady hand on the tiller.”

Health and safety, and regulatory

  • Gavin Anderson “Presents cases in a manner that is effective, sympathetic and persuasive.”

Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence

  • Andrew Hajducki QC “An experienced, helpful and approachable counsel.”
  • Andrew MacMillan “He is resilient and resolute in negotiations, and presents a case well.”
  • Laura Wray “She handles a wide range of complex personal injury cases, with an interest in product liability.”

Planning, environmental and licensing

Property, construction and agriculture

Tax, trusts and pensions