This is the website for Maurice O'Carroll, Advocate. I am a practising member of the Faculty of Advocates (otherwise referred to as the Scottish Bar) and have been since July 1995. I am also a Legal Associate of the Royal Town Planning Institute and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government for nine years between 2003 and 2012. I am also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, hold an accreditation in Mediation and have been appointed to the list of Arbitrators, Mediators and Expert Determiners for the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service. My main specialities are Planning Law, Employment Law and Property Law in Scotland.
The purpose of this site is to inform you of the services I can provide as an advocate. Typically, I would be able to represent clients in person in courts and tribunals such as at a planning inquiry, Sheriff Courts, the Court of Session, the Employment Tribunal and the Land Court and to present their case as effectively as possible. However, I am also able to provide an expert opinion on any of these fields and to undertake the effective drafting of court documents e.g. summons, initial writ, petition, application, statements of case and defences.
In addition to my lengthy experience in representing clients before a range of courts and tribunals, I can also assist in playing an effective part in negotiations which might avoid the need for litigation through the courts
In the 2010 edition of the Legal 500, I was commended for the second time regarding my expertise in planning appeals. The 2009 edition described me as having a "loyal following for his expertise in planning appeals, extending his practice to professional negligence and reparation actions."
- @SIPP v Insight
Dilapidations in commercial leases - the latest worddownload whole article [11KB]
- Certificates of Lawful Proposed Use or Development
Article on a recent case dealing with the interplay between Certificates of Proposed Lawful Use and Use Classes Orderdownload whole article [13KB]
- Dilapidations in commercial leases
Review of recent cases on commercial leasesdownload whole article [10KB]