More information regarding the instruction of counsel, including counsels' biographies, can be found at www.murraystable.com
The Murray Stable was established in 1991.
There are presently 33 members including 8 QCs. In common with the traditions
of the Scottish Bar we offer representation and advice in all areas of civil law.
Several members have been, or are presently, standing junior counsel to various government departments.
The stable has four specialist groups under the headings of Public, Administrative and Human Rights Law,
Family Law, Employment Law and Commercial and Insolvency Law.
The Murray Stable includes a number of members who are leaders in
their respective fields, in particular in public law, family law and employment law. Both junior
and senior members have been involved in many of the ground breaking human rights cases taken
to higher courts since the devolution settlement and the passage of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Several members are also practising barristers and members of leading chambers. They are therefore well
placed to offer advice on cross-border issues.
The Stable recognises that it is helpful to clients in budgeting to have fee estimates and the clerk is
happy to provide hourly, daily, or overall estimates. The ethos is quality entwined with experience,
flexibility, a willingness to deliver effective advice and a passion for the delivery of outstanding oral and written
advocacy. The Stable is also at the forefront of moves to improve yet further the levels of service offered by members
at the Scottish Bar. Direct Professional Access is welcome from members of the accredited professional
Types of work undertaken
Members regularly appear in court at every level, including the Sheriff Court
and the Court of Session. Several members of the Stable are regularly instructed to appear in the House of Lords, and in
the Privy Council in devolution issues. Several members are regularly instructed in the European Court of Human Rights
and members have also appeared before the European Court of Justice.
Public law work undertaken includes all aspects of judicial review, statutory review and statutory appeal as
well as all work relating to local authority and government functions, constitutional law, housing, licensing,
social work and community care. Members have been involved in a myriad of cases involving devolution and human
rights issues, from the "slopping out" cases to the removal of temporary sheriffs. The stable includes some of the
leading Scottish practitioners in asylum, immigration and extradition law.
The Murray Stable houses a concentration of some of Scotland's most experienced and well regarded
advocates specialising in all areas of family law. They are regularly instructed on behalf of a wide range of
clients from individuals in divorce/dissolution, residence and contact cases to local authorities and individuals
in adoption matters.
In the employment law field, members act on behalf of employees, employers and trade unions in areas
including sex and race discrimination, unfair dismissal, TUPE, whistleblowing, disciplinary hearings and employment-related
aspects of EU Law and the ECHR.
Commercial and companies work includes banking, contracts,
loans, financial services regulation, sale of goods, carriage
of goods, insurance, restraint of trade, competition,
directors' liabilities and disqualification, shareholder
disputes, winding-up, partnerships and all aspects of
Personal injury work includes fatal accidents, employers'
liability, industrial disease and group litigation.
Professional and medical negligence work includes appearances at disciplinary tribunals and courts.
All areas of professional negligence involving medical practitioners, accountants, lawyers, surveyors, auditors,
architects and insurance brokers are covered by the Stable.
Alternative dispute resolution undertaken includes mediation and domestic and international