Gilson Gray LLP are delighted with today’s decision of the Election Court, which upheld the election of our client, Alistair Carmichael, as MP for the Orkney & Shetland constituency – as well as opening up the prospect of significant changes to public access of high profile trials.
This result is a testament to the hard work and skill of Gilson Gray’s litigation team. Lead by partner, Rosie Walker, with support from Keith Anderson and Iain Grant, the team worked closely with counsel, Roddy Dunlop QC and Ross Anderson, in achieving today’s successful outcome.
The election court in Edinburgh heard evidence from witnesses over three days, in what was the first case of its kind in Scotland for 50 years.
Legal argument was heard in September, and it marked the first time that a UK Court hearing has been broadcast live and in full.
Rosie Walker said: “Not only was this the first case of its type in Scotland for 50 years, but it raised a number of novel legal questions and has brought this area of electoral law into sharp public focus.
“It has also opened up the possibility of significant change to future media coverage of litigation in Scotland.”
Managing Partner, Glen Gilson, said: “This decision reflects the dedication and ability of our legal team and their commitment to securing the very best results for our clients.
“It is a great honour to have been successfully involved in one of the most significant Scottish litigations in recent history.”
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With offices in Edinburgh (29 Rutland Square) and Glasgow (160 West George Street), Gilson Gray offers specialist legal, property and financial services.
In addition, Gilson Gray recently acquired two financial advisory businesses in the East and West of Scotland, taking assets under management to a little short of £100m.
Gilson Gray was honoured as Full Service Firm of the Year and Leading Customer Service Firm of the Year at the ACQ Law Awards. Glen Gilson was also recognised as Managing Partner of the Year. Steven Jansch was awarded Insolvency Lawyer of the Year, Scotland. Furthermore at the AI M&A Awards Gilson Gray received an awarded for Excellence in Corporate Law, Scotland. In addition, Matthew Gray was appointed Scottish Executive for the National Association of Estate Agents, recognising him as one of the UK’s leading players in property marketing.