Ryan McKay
Ryan McKay

Partner, Dispute Resolution

Aberdeen Office
6 Bon Accord Square AB11 6XU


01224 588913

01224 581149

Legal Post: AB152

Ryan is a Legal 500 Recommended Lawyer and leads Blackadders’ Dispute Resolution team. He has been described in a recent edition of the Legal 500 as an “excellent litigator” and as having an “attention to detail on niche legal matters [which] sets him out from his peers”.  Ryan and his team are involved in all matters of a contentious nature, with Ryan having a particular focus on property litigation, restructuring & insolvency, commercial disputes, contentious private client matters and debt recovery.

While Ryan appears regularly in the Sheriff Court, 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. Out with the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session, Ryan regularly litigates property related cases in both the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. 

In addition to traditional litigation, Ryan also has experience of alternative forms of dispute resolution, including Arbitration, Mediation and Early Neutral Evaluation.

Ryan 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. As regard his property litigation practice, Ryan specialises in lease enforcement matters, dilapidation claims and agricultural disputes.

Ryan is dual-qualified in Scotland, England & Wales (although he only holds a practising certificate in Scotland).

Work Highlights

  • Successfully recalling an interim interdict on a client’s behalf which, while in force, prevented them from disposing of a landed estate which they owned.  The decision in this case went on to be reported.
  • Acting as the appointing solicitor in various instances in the appointment of Insolvency Practitioners to businesses in financial difficulty, a number of which were high profile.     
  • Securing a substantial award of damages on a client’s behalf in an action against an architect arising from a design failure on the architect’s part and also a failure to supervise more generally.
  • Successfully obtaining a substantial award of compensation for a client as a condition of a real burden being discharged by the Lands Tribunal for Scotland.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Recommended in the Legal 500 – Property Litigation
  • Recommended in the Legal 500 - Insolvency & Corporate Recovery
  • Full member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3)
  • Full member of the Insolvency Lawyers Association


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