Terra Firma recognised as a leading stable by Chambers & Partners UK



Terra Firma Chambers has again been recognised in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners UK Directory as one of the leading stables at the Scottish bar, retaining its Band 1 rankings for Planning and Environmental Law, Agriculture & Rural Affairs and Tax.

Terra Firma remains the only stable at the Scottish bar with a Band 1 ranking for Planning and Environmental Law. Described as “the pre-eminent chambers for planning and related disciplines in Scotland” six members received individual rankings with Roy Martin QC acknowledged as “The most experienced planning QC in Scotland”.

For Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Terra Firma is described as ‘a leading stable in Scotland which possesses a number of advocates experienced in agriculture and rural affairs disputes’. Robert Sutherland is “unquestionably recognised as one of the best.”

Acknowledged as a ‘highly regarded stable with a broad personal and commercial tax offering…The stable’s members possess the expertise requisite to act in important appellate matters, including those relating to EU law.’ “Terra Firma is very professional and has leading advocates in a number of fields.”

With Licensing included as a Scottish bar practice area for the first time, Terra Firma boasts the only two members of the Scottish bar recognised for their expertise in this field. Robert Skinner is described as ‘outstanding’ while Scott Blair is ‘one of the leading advocates in Scotland’.

In total, 16 members received 27 individual rankings for their expertise in Administrative & Public Law, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Civil Liberties & Human Rights, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Company, Employment, Immigration, Licensing, Pensions, Planning & Environment, Product Liability, Real Estate Litigation, Restructuring/Insolvency and Tax.

In addition, ‘Double Silk’ James Findlay QC is again ranked in a number of areas for his work at the English bar while Steven Walker QC is ranked Band 1 for Dispute Resolution – Arbitration in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific Guide (2018).

Once again, the clerking team at Terra Firma were praised for their client service: “The clerks are very efficient, helpful and from first contact are not ‘all about the money’. “The clerking is very good and easy to deal with. They get back to you quickly and match you with the right advocate for the job.”

Emma Potter, practice manager of Terra Firma Chambers, said: “I am delighted with the latest rankings released today. It is fitting as we celebrate our 10th anniversary that we can also celebrate a 10th successive Band 1 ranking for Planning and Environmental Law. I am also pleased that our expertise in licensing law has been recognised with the inclusion of this practice area in the Scottish Bar Guide for the first time. The number of rankings the Stable has received in both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 highlights the experience and expertise that we have built over the past decade.”