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 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.


  • Recommended in the Legal 500 - Insolvency & Corporate Recovery

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