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Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

John MacKenzie

John MacKenzie

Partner

Expertise

  • Commercial Dispute Resolution
  • Commercial Disputes and Regulation
  • Debt Recovery
  • Funded Disputes

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An experienced solicitor advocate, John deals with a range of commercial litigation and has particular expertise in intellectual property and IT matters. He has rights of audience before the Scottish and English courts, appearing regularly before the Court of Session and the Scottish Appeal Court, and is one of the few solicitor advocates to have appeared before the General Court of the Court of Justice of the European Union. 

John advises on IP infringement issues and in particular online brand protection for clients from a variety of sectors, UK-wide, including energy and utilities, banking, IT and manufacturing. He has considerable experience in leading and managing high value claims backed by third party litigation funders. He sits on the Lord President's Consultative Committee on Commercial Actions. He is also vice-Chair of the ADR Committee of the International Trademark Association.

Admitted in Scotland and England and Wales.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Dispute Resolution | Commercial Disputes and Regulation | Debt Recovery | Funded Disputes | Intellectual Property | Planning and Environment | Professional Negligence | Public Law | Scots Counsel Dispute Resolution | Solicitor Advocates | Technology, Media and Telecoms | Trade marks

Articles

Hamilton, Verstappen and the rule of law
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, January 2022

It makes for great entertainment if a competition comes down to the last few minutes. So a dramatic final race in Abu Dhabi should have been the finishing flourish for a Formula One season that has been one of the closest in years, with Sir Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen fighting it out for the championship. Instead, the last lap generated huge controversy after a decision by the Race Director to allow some cars to unlap themselves, and order the safety car in immediately...

Consultation on Remote Hearings
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, November 2021

  The issue of online court hearings, and many other types of dispute resolution processes, has been a hot topic over the last few months as restrictions have eased and court users try to figure out what the new normal is, or should be. The Scottish Civil Justice Council has just closed a consultation that seeks views on proposed new rules covering the most appropriate mode of attendance at civil court hearings in the Court of Session and in the Sheriff Courts in Scotland...

Arbitration, Confidentiality and Sport
Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP, August 2021

When a dispute arises, and the subject matter relates to sport, it tends to attract attention. Whether the dispute concerns football, tennis, swimming or Formula 1, a bit of friction and tension makes for better headlines. For that very reason, most sporting bodies have a dispute resolution procedure that requires the parties to engage in arbitration. Advantages of arbitration in sport disputes There are two main benefits of using arbitration in sporting disputes...

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