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Stephanie Carr
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Stephanie Carr
Stephanie Carr Partner, Dispute Resolution Standard Buildings, 94 Hope Street, Glasgow G2 6QB 0141 248 1888

Biography

Stephanie is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team and has a number of years' experience acting for a variety of clients in a wide range of contentious litigation cases. She also has significant experience in dealing with both personal and corporate insolvency cases, as a result of which she has been accredited as a specialist in Insolvency Law. She regularly acts for clients in both secured and unsecured debt recovery matters and advises on a number of diligence measures open to them.

Stephanie has advised and represented clients in a wide range of disputes in the Sheriff Court, the Court of Session and tribunals. She has been the principal adviser to clients including government bodies, companies of all sizes and their directors, private and registered social landlords, individuals, insolvency practitioners, creditors and financial institutions.

Stephanie regularly provides bespoke training to clients on a wide range of topics and prepares training notes and client briefings. She has spoken at a number of conferences and written articles which have been published in publications such as the Scotsman, Lexis Nexis and the Journal of the Law Society of Scotland. Additionally, she has passed the Joint Insolvency Examination Board (JIEB) exams in personal insolvency and in liquidations. 

Work Highlights

  • Principal adviser to a number of RSL clients and has an interest in housing law which has led to her conducting complex housing law cases.
  • Acted for regulators and individuals in cases involving their regulators, utility companies and has represented clients at Education Appeal Committee hearings and Additional Support Needs Tribunals.
  • Instructed Counsel in complex and high value cases in the Court of Session in a variety of cases.
  • Principal solicitor and representative in a number of reported cases where the judgments have set precedents followed in subsequent cases.

Accreditations

  • Accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Insolvency Law
  • Dual Qualified in Scottish and English Law

External Roles

  • Associate Member of R3 , the Association of business recovery professionals
  • Member of ARDL, the Association of Disciplinary and Regulatory lawyers.
Richard Godden
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Richard Godden
Richard Godden Partner, Dispute Resolution 5 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2AX 0131 222 8000 Download VCard

Biography

Richard Godden is a Partner who has specialised in resolving and litigating commercial disputes and personal injury compensation claims for over 20 years.

As a solicitor advocate, he regularly handles high value and complex matters in the highest courts, including the commercial court.  Richard was a partner of the well-respected firm of McKay Norwell WS when it merged with Blackadders in June 2012.

Clients have confidence that whenever they trust Richard to help them resolve a dispute, he is able to bring his extensive experience to bear, whether in reaching an advantageous settlement, or litigating the matter through the courts.

Work Highlights

  • Securing a six figure sum in compensation for a leading grain merchant in a claim for the negligent storage of grain
  • Obtaining an unusual award of damages through periodical payments for the victim of a serious road traffic accident, giving the client a guaranteed income for life with tax advantages
  • Achieving the highest award of compensation ever made by a jury in Scotland, in a case involving catastrophic personal injuries
  • Successfully arguing for the retention of civil juries in the highest Scottish court in a high profile case where the defenders tried to have civil jury trials abolished as being in breach of the Human Rights Act

Accreditations

  • Accredited as a specialist in personal injury law by the Law Society of Scotland
  • Recognised as a senior litigator by APIL, the association of personal injury lawyers
Ryan McKay
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Ryan McKay
Ryan McKay Partner, Dispute Resolution 6 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6XU 01224 588913 Download VCard

Biography

Ryan is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution team and is involved in all matters of a contentious nature, with a particular emphasis on commercial disputes, property litigation, insolvency and debt recovery matters.

While Ryan appears regularly in Sheriff Courts all over Scotland, he has also acted as the instructing solicitor in a number of high value disputes in the Court of Session. Ryan has significant experience of litigating under the commercial procedure available at both the Court of Session and a growing number of Sheriff Courts. He also has a keen interest in the law of insolvency and is regularly instructed to act on behalf of liquidators, administrators, trustees and those subjects to insolvency proceedings. Ryan also receives regular instructions from landlord clients in relation to lease enforcement. 

In addition to more traditional commercial litigation, Ryan also has extensive experience in Debt Recovery and has, in recent years, come as 'recommended' in the Legal 500 publication in this regard.

Being dual qualified under Scottish Law and the Law of England & Wales, Ryan is able to advise on any cross-border issues that may arise in the course of an action.

Work Highlights

  • Securing a high six figure settlement on behalf of a lending institution in relation to a firm of solicitors' failure to adequately report on title in a series of lending transactions.
  • Securing on a client's behalf a six figure settlement from a chartered surveyors practice as a result of their over-valuation of a high end property.
  • Successfully executing a 'dawn raid' in terms of Section 1 of the Administration of Justice (Scotland) Act 1972 against a clients' former employee in order to recover a significant number of documents that contained both confidential and commercially sensitive information.
  • Successfully obtaining on behalf of a company in administration an interdict against a director of the company prohibiting him from attempting to exercise any form of 'management power' within the meaning of paragraph 64(2) of Schedule B1 to the Insolvency Act 1986 while the company was in administration.
  • Successfully arguing before the Sheriff Principal (and eventually in the Inner House), that a secured creditor was entitled to petition for a debtor's bankruptcy notwithstanding that the property subject to the security had been repossessed, albeit not yet sold by the creditor.
John Mitchell
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John Mitchell
John Mitchell Partner, Family Law/Dispute Resolution 5 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2AX 0131 222 8000 Download VCard

Biography

John Mitchell is a Partner with 35 years' experience of litigation and now specialises in handling family and commercial disputes in and out of court.  John was managing partner of the well-respected firm of McKay Norwell WS when it merged with Blackadders in June 2012.

John is known for his down to earth manner and pragmatic approach.  This puts clients at ease when discussing difficult family or business issues, and contributes to achieving an advantageous outcome.  As well as applying his extensive legal knowledge, John is focused on resolving disputes in a practical and economic way.  He is a member of the Family Law Association.

Work Highlights

  • Negotiating fair financial settlements between estranged spouses, avoiding unnecessary acrimony and encouraging parties to co-operate in the interest of any children
  • Representing clients in relation to all manner of divorce proceedings in the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session involving significant values of matrimonial property
  • Negotiating and securing a recall of awards of sequestration made against a variety of individuals
  • Advising and representing clients in relation to all manner of contractual disputes both in court and in arbitration
  • Representing clients in the Commercial Court in the Court of Session
  • Troubleshooting for clients in all manner of apparently intractable disputes
John Dargie
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John Dargie
John Dargie Solicitor, Private Client 6 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6XU 01224 588913

Biography

As a Solicitor within the Private Client team, John has considerable experience of complex Private Client and Succession planning matters. He can offer advice on a broad range of Scots law and his primary areas of practice are Guardianships, Executries, Trusts, Wills and Powers of Attorney.

In particular, John prepares bespoke Wills for clients to ensure their assets are protected and estates are dealt with efficiently and lawfully. He also deals with all aspects of the Executry process and can guide clients and their families through the difficult process of administering estates after death.

John also assists a wide range of clients through the process of obtaining a Guardianship Order for vulnerable or incapacitated relatives. He is passionate in assisting clients who may have family members with very specific needs and who are unable to manage their own affairs. John regularly represents clients in Guardianship hearings in Sheriff Courts across the country.

John can also offer advice to the families of vulnerable individuals on how best to provide for those family members by safeguarding their inheritance on an ongoing basis after the death of a parent or carer. He advises clients in preventing and resolving problems caused by incapacity, whether that be proactively or reactively.

He has a growing interest in Mental Health and Incapacity Law.

Work Highlights

  • Providing Incapacity Planning advice to clients to prevent, or resolve, problems caused through a loss of capability.
  • Representing the families of incapacitated adults in the appointment of Welfare and Financial Guardians in the Sheriff Courts.
  • Advising clients on the best ways to mitigate their Inheritance Tax liability and minimising care home fees that may fall payable from their estate.
  • Preparing bespoke Wills to ensure estates are dealt with competently and in line with client’s wishes.
  • Advising clients through the difficult process of administering the estate of a family member.
  • Advising clients on the use of Trusts and how they can utilise this relationship to assist with Inheritance Tax planning and asset protection.

Accreditations

  • Notary Public
  • Studying towards Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) diploma in Trusts and Estates
Erin Grieve
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Erin Grieve
Erin Grieve Solicitor, Dispute Resolution 6 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6XU 01224 588913

Biography

Following completion of her Honours Degree and Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen Erin undertook her traineeship with Blackadders, qualifying in January 2016.

Erin is a Solicitor in our Dispute Resolution team, having focussed on contentious matters for a large part of her traineeship. Erin continues to focus on all aspects of litigation with a particular emphasis on property litigation and debt recovery. She has a particular interest in insolvency and is routinely instructed by Insolvency Practitioners in contentious insolvency matters.

Erin has considerable experience of representing clients in a variety of court matters in courts across Scotland. She has a varied client base including SMEs, property agents, Insolvency Practitioners and private individuals.  

Work Highlights

  • Obtaining an Interim Moratorium on behalf of the directors of a company pending consideration of their proposed Company Voluntary Arrangement;
  • Successfully obtaining the appointment of a provisional liquidator following a contested application;
  • Advising on and assisting with the appointment of an Administrator to a company, thus preventing the company from being wound up;
  • Securing a number of high value recoveries for landlord clients in rent arrear disputes. 
Alastair Johnston
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Alastair Johnston
Alastair Johnston Senior Solicitor, Dispute Resolution 6 Bon Accord Square, Aberdeen AB11 6XU 01224 588913 Download VCard

Biography

Alastair obtained his Honours Degree in Law and subsequently completed his Diploma in Professional Legal Practice at the University of Aberdeen. Identifying a passion for dispute resolution at an early stage, Alastair completed a specialised litigation traineeship within a respected national firm.  Given his specialisation and interests Alastair was delighted to be invited to join the expanding litigation practice at Blackadders and will play a pivotal role in its growth and prosperity.

Alastair continues to focus upon areas of contentious litigation and has a particular interest in debt recovery matters, personal & corporate insolvency and property litigation.

Alastair is known for his ability to offer client focused and tailored legal advice in order to obtain the best commercial result for his clients. Having specialised in contentious litigation from the beginning of his legal career, Alastair has considerable experience of advocating his client's position in a variety of procedures and forums across Scotland.

Work Highlights

  • Negotiating favourable settlements in a number of complex cases which spared clients considerable expense and inconvenience
  • Obtaining interim orders from the Sheriff Court which defeated a debtor’s attempts to alienate his assets.
  • Successfully arguing that Human Rights legislation cannot be utilised to defeat a  private landlord’s statutory right to recover possession of their property in non-discretionary cases.
  • Successfully defending a client in an incident involving accusations of passing off.
  • Successfully recovering a portfolio of debts owed to the trustee of a company in liquidation.