Barbara has over 12 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution, with a particular focus on specialist corporate litigation, pensions litigation and high-value, complex contractual claims.
She regularly advises in relation to shareholder related disputes, including breach of warranty claims under Share Purchase Agreements and disputes related to share issues. She acted for the Petitioner in the first successful minority shareholder application in the UK under the Companies Act 2006, seeking permission for the shareholder to bring an action against a director on behalf of the company.
Barbara handles contentious corporate litigation including petitions for the restoration of companies, and has advised in relation to a range of Director related litigation, including recovery of directors’ loans, claims against former directors for breach of contract and fraud and enforcement of personal guarantees.
In pensions litigation Barbara has played a key role in the development of novel legal arguments that have resulted in the Scottish courts taking a more pragmatic approach to scheme amendments. These decisions led to the resolution of a raft of other claims, securing positive outcomes for Barbara’s client as well as developing the law and practice generally in this area.
Clients are impressed with her strong negotiating skills, which have secured excellent settlement terms in cases covering insurance claims, professional negligence disputes and a variety of contractual matters.
She appears regularly in the Commercial Court and in the Sheriff Courts, where she employs her strong advocacy skills. She is an active member of the Fraud Advisory Panel.
Barbara is qualified in three jurisdictions, Scotland, New York and England & Wales.