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Colin Hutton

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
Edinburgh
EH1 2EN
United Kingdom
Languages English

Colin Hutton has over 20 years' experience in dispute avoidance and resolution. He has acted for a wide range of clients and has significant experience working with financial services and energy sector clients. He also advises on shareholder disputes and disputes relating to corporate transactions.

Colin specialises in the project management of the dispute resolution process and he advises clients on fraud issues and Bribery Act investigations. He is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution and regularly uses mediation to effectively resolve disputes.

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"Colin Hutton leads the firm's dispute resolution practice in Scotland and is considered by market sources to be a "strong litigator." He is particularly noted for his work in the banking and financial litigation spheres."

Chambers, 2015

""Effective operator" Colin Hutton is renowned for his wealth of experience in financial services litigation. He specialises in complex financial disputes in both Scotland and England, and has represented his clients in many high-profile cases before the Scottish courts"

Chambers, 2015

"Colin Hutton leads the team at CMS, which provides an ‘excellent partner-led service’, and has a strong track record representing energy and financial services clients in high-stakes disputes."

Legal 500, 2015

Relevant experience

  • Energy dispute: a global oil & gas exploration and production company in successfully obtaining interim orders to prevent breach of confidence.
  • Banking dispute: a UK clearing Bank in leading case on break charges in fixed rate products. 
  • Corporate transaction: minority shareholders in successfully opposing £30m unfair prejudice claim.
  • Energy dispute: major UK energy company in relation to £100m insurance claim following turbine blade liberation event.
  • Banking dispute: a major UK bank in relation to a significant dispute involving the alleged fraudulent use of a power of attorney.
  • Corporate transaction: a major manufacturing company in relation to a £5m claim in respect of a claim for loss of profits relating to the purchase of a paper brand.
  • Energy dispute: successfully resolving trademark and copyright infringement claims against UK oil services company.
  • Banking dispute: UK clearing bank in £10m misselling claim.
  • Corporate transaction: successfully defending £10m claim for alleged breach of licence agreements relating to online booking software. 
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Education

  • 1995 - Dip LP, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 1994 - LLB (Hons), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh  
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1 June 2018
Ker­nel: Sum­mer 2018
The Scot­land Food and Drink Bul­let­in
19/04/2019
Opt-out ac­tions: a class apart
The Court of Ap­peal has set aside a 2017 de­cision of the Com­pet­i­tion Ap­peal Tribunal (CAT) re­fus­ing to cer­ti­fy a £14bn mass con­sumer claim against Mas­ter­card as “col­lect­ive pro­ceed­ings” un­der the Com­pet­i­tion Act 1998 (Mer­ricks v Mas­ter­card In­cor­por­ated and.
4 December 2017
Ker­nel: Winter Edi­tion
The Scot­land Food and Drink Bul­let­in
25/10/2018
Cy­ber claims: Mor­ris­ons and the en­emy with­in
In Wm Mor­ris­ons Su­per­mar­ket PLC v Vari­ous Claimants [2018] EW­CA Civ 2339, the Court of Ap­peal has held that an em­ploy­er can be vi­cari­ously li­able to mul­tiple claimants for a mass data breach com­mit­ted by a rogue em­ploy­ee.
13 January 2017
Ship­ping & Mari­time 2016
08/08/2018
Open ses­ame: ap­peal court up­holds de­cision to pub­lish “com­mer­cially...
The In­ner House of the Court of Ses­sion in Scot­land (the prin­cip­al court of ap­peal for civil claims in Scot­land) has up­held the de­cision at first in­stance to re­fuse to grant an in­ter­dict (the Scot­tish equi­val­ent of in­junc­tion) to pre­vent a pub­lic in­quiry from.
23/07/2018
Chal­lenge to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment’s Brexit Bill to be heard by...
This week, the UK Su­preme Court will hear the much-an­ti­cip­ated chal­lenge by the UK Gov­ern­ment’s Law Of­ficers, the At­tor­ney Gen­er­al and the Ad­voc­ate Gen­er­al for Scot­land, against the Brexit le­gis­la­tion passed by the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.
31/05/2018
Open ses­ame: Court re­fuses to pre­vent dis­clos­ure of “com­mer­cially...
The Court of Ses­sion in Scot­land has re­fused to grant an in­ter­dict (the Scot­tish equi­val­ent of in­junc­tion) to pre­vent a pub­lic in­quiry from pub­lish­ing “com­mer­cially sens­it­ive” in­form­a­tion, which was al­leged to carry with it a “very real risk of sig­ni­fic­ant.
11/04/2018
New duty of cand­our for health and so­cial care pro­viders in Scot­land
From 1 April 2018, a new duty of cand­our ap­plies to health, care and so­cial work or­gan­isa­tions in Scot­land, re­quir­ing them to in­form people (or their fam­il­ies) when they have been harmed as a res­ult of the care or treat­ment they have re­ceived.
15/11/2017
UK Su­preme Court dis­misses ap­peal against min­im­um pri­cing for al­co­hol...
This morn­ing, the UK Su­preme Court handed down its judg­ment in the ap­peal brought by the Scotch Whisky As­so­ci­ation, spir­its EUROPE and CEEV against the Scot­tish Min­is­ters, re­gard­ing their plans to in­tro­duce min­im­um pri­cing for al­co­hol in Scot­land.
13/11/2017
De­cision time: UK Su­preme Court due to rule on Min­im­um Pri­cing for...
Earli­er this year, the UK Su­preme Court heard the much an­ti­cip­ated ap­peal brought by the Scotch Whisky As­so­ci­ation, spir­it­sEUROPE and CEEV against the Scot­tish Min­is­ters, re­gard­ing their plans to in­tro­duce min­im­um pri­cing for al­co­hol in Scot­land.
20/07/2017
Min­im­um pri­cing for al­co­hol chal­lenge to be heard by UK Su­preme Court...
On Monday and Tues­day next week, 24-25 Ju­ly 2017, the UK Su­preme Court will hear the much an­ti­cip­ated ap­peal brought by the Scotch Whisky As­so­ci­ation, spir­it­sEUROPE and CEEV against the Scot­tish Min­is­ters, re­gard­ing their plans to in­tro­duce min­im­um pri­cing.