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Colin Hutton


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Saltire Court
20 Castle Terrace
United Kingdom
Languages English

Colin Hutton has over 25 years' experience in dispute avoidance and resolution. He is dual qualified and advises on both English and Scots law matters, including litigations, arbitrations and mediations. He has significant experience working with energy and climate change and financial services sector clients. He also advises on shareholder disputes and disputes relating to corporate transactions, including misrepresentation, fraud and bribery issues.

Colin specialises in the project management of the dispute resolution process. He is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution and regularly uses mediation to effectively resolve disputes.  Colin is a member of the CMS Cyber Breach team and regularly leads on assisting clients with managing data breaches.  He has a specific interest in the increase in collective redress and its significance in relation to data breaches. 

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"He is very good - very easy to communicate with and very sensible even when he has a difficult message to impart."

Chambers & Partners, 2021

"One of the leading banking litigators in Scotland."

Chambers & Partners, 2021

"He is an excellent lawyer who is focused on practical solutions."

Chambers & Partners, 2021

"He is a strong and innovative practitioner."

Chambers & Partners, 2021

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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  • 1995 - Dip LP, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
  • 1994 - LLB (Hons), University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh  
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