Barbara has over 15 years’ experience in dispute resolution, with a particular focus on professional negligence claims, specialist corporate litigation, pensions litigation and high-value, complex contractual claims. She has frequently appeared in the Sheriff Courts employing her strong advocacy skills, and regularly instructs Advocates to appear in the Court of Session. She also has considerable experience of mediation as an alternative means of resolving disputes and has secured excellent settlement terms for clients applying her strong negotiating skills.
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. 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.
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 number of claims, securing positive outcomes for Barbara’s client as well as developing the law and practice generally in this area.
She is an accredited specialist in Commercial Dispute Resolution and the Scottish representative on the Litigation Committee of the UK Association of Pension lawyers.
Barbara is qualified in three jurisdictions, Scotland, New York and England & Wales.