Jim Cormack

Jim is a Solicitor Advocate with rights of audience in all civil and criminal courts in Scotland and in England & Wales, and is lead partner on Pinsent Mason's advocacy programme. He has extensive experience as an advocate before courts and in other types of dispute resolution. His recent advocacy work includes success in a trial before the Commercial Court of the High Court in London and success in a case heard before the General Court of the European Union. Jim also has a particular interest in alternative dispute resolution, being a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and an accredited mediator. Jim works in a wide range of areas, with a particular focus on commercial contract, banking and finance, and intellectual property disputes, along with media and technology regulation. Jim is recommended in the Legal 500 and is a Band 1 Ranked Lawyer in Chambers & Partners, where he is described as 'enormously pragmatic; nothing fazes him. He's a very calm presence in stressful situations and as 'one of Scotland's financial litigation big hitters.
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Interdict and interim interdict in Scottish civil litigation
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out and examines the remedies of permanent interdict and interim interdict under Scots law. In doing so it considers a number of key concepts including: the nature and scope of final interdict and interim interdict; the Scottish courts’ jurisdiction and discretion to determine actions for interdict; what is required for a competent interdict claim including title and interest, craving interdict, the need for precision, etc; defences to interdict; damages for wrongful interdict; recalling interdicts; challenging the court’s decision to grant or refuse interdict whether final or interim; the ramifications of breaching an interdict; and judicial expenses in relation to interdict.

Retention and rescission in Scottish civil litigation
Practice notes

This Practice Note looks at the remedies of retention and rescission for breach of contract under Scots law. In doing so, it considers various key principles in relation to rescission and retention including their being ‘self-help’ remedies, the mutuality principle in retention, whether retention and/or rescission can only operate where there has been material breach (or whether a de minimis breach is sufficient for these purposes), the effect of rescinding a contract, the ultimatum principle in the context of rescission and, finally, offers practical guidance on how to rescind a contract.

Specific implement and interim specific implement in Scottish civil litigation
Practice notes

This Practice Note sets out and examines the remedies of permanent specific implement and interim orders for specific implement under Scots law. In doing so it considers a number of key concepts including: the nature and scope of specific implement and interim specific implement; the Scottish courts’ jurisdiction and discretion to determine actions for specific implement; and the ramifications of breaching specific implement.

Practice areas

Membership

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • The Society of Writers to HM Signet (the WS Society)

Panel

  • Scottish Panel

Education

  • LLB (Hons) ' University of Edinburgh
  • Diploma in Legal Practice ' University of Edinburgh

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