Ian graduated from Aberdeen University in 1990. He has been a Solicitor, and now Solicitor Advocate, practicing in courts and tribunals since 1992, principally in Aberdeen.
He founded the firm, with Philip Lawson, in May 2005 and has a particular interest in Criminal law, Regulatory Criminal Prosecution, Civil litigation, Guardianship cases and Mental Health representation.
Ian is a former tutor in Civil litigation at Aberdeen University and external examiner at Robert Gordon University and in 2013 he completed the U.S. based National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advanced Advocacy course.
Ian has been granted extended rights of audience in the High Court and as such qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in July 2014.
Outwith court and the office Ian enjoys spending time with his family, travel and sport. He enjoys cycling, running and football. He has travelled extensively throughout the world including in South America.
Consultant Court Solicitor
Philip has been a Solicitor and Notary Public in Aberdeen for over 30 years since graduating from Aberdeen University with an Honours LLB in 1988. He practices principally at Aberdeen Sheriff Court but also covers all Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland, and will arrange representation in the Court of Session.
Philip practices in the field of civil litigation having a particular interest in contractual, building and construction disputes in which area of practice he holds a MSc (Dist.) degree in Construction Law and Arbitration from Robert Gordon University. He is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and provides representation in arbitrations and construction adjudications.
He tutors post-graduate students at Aberdeen University in Civil Court Practice and is a past external examiner at Robert Gordon University in relation to the under-graduate courses of Evidence, Delict and Legal Issues in Construction.
When not working, Philip enjoys travelling, particularly to the more mountainous areas of the world, hillwalking and cycling as well as enjoying a wide range of musical interests.
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Ian Woodward-Nutt, Principal of Woodward Lawson Solicitors has been elected as the President of Aberdeen Bar Association. The organisation represents the interests of Civil and Criminal Court lawyers in Aberdeen and the surrounding area and his period of office started on 10th September. Ian stated “It is a great honour to be elected as President...READ MORE
If you and your heritable predecessors have continually used a water source and pipe and storage system situated on your neighbours land for decades and it is the only active water supply to your property, you might consider that you have a servitude or legal right in that supply. But, not necessarily so. In a...READ MORE
After 18 months where the world has changed in many remarkable ways and for once, we have had time to think about it, Rutger Bregman’s book provides a thoroughly positive outlook on humanity. Well researched and extremely readable, its theme that humans are basically good and wish to co-operate may seem naive in parts but,...READ MORE
As will have been seen from the first and second of this series of articles, the present law appears to be of limited use to cohabitees. Of course, there are arguments to the effect that (i) if people wish to have more extensive and clear rights, they should get married or enter a civil partnership...READ MORE
Assuming that there might be sufficient net intestate estate to make an action in terms of the Family Law (Scotland) Act, 2006, the surviving cohabitee does encounter further difficulties. The fact that they are a proven cohabitee does not automatically entitle them to any award by the Court even if there is available net intestate...READ MORE
The present law in the area of cohabitation is governed by the Succession (Scotland) Act, 1964 in conjunction with section 29 of the relatively recent Family Law (Scotland) Act 2006. As we turn into 2016, this would appear to be a good point to review a law which has been with us for a decade....READ MORE
Wills come in many shapes and forms. It is quite possible that quite informal writings can attain an importance which the person writing them may not have meant. 25 years after the commencement of The Requirements of Writing (Scotland) Act, 1995, the common law still comes in handy. Section 7 (2) (c) of the Act...READ MORE
When it comes to commercial life, we are all familiar with logos and designs as trade marks. However, it is possible to register 3D shapes as trademarks as well although it might be more difficult to envisage what shapes might be successfully trade-marked. It does not stop some companies trying. Take a recent case between...READ MORE
In this ever more connected world, it is easy to convey images and information instantly at the click of a button all around the world. That is no bad thing, and citizen journalism often provides a viewpoint that gives another insight into what has actually happened. At the same time, there is a legal difference...READ MORE
Imagine the situation. You have a fire at your premises. The Fire Brigade come out quickly and put it out. They do a visual inspection to satisfy themselves that it is extinguished. They go away. The fire re-ignites. Further fire damage is caused before the Fire Brigade can put it out for the second time....READ MORE
A TV licence is only required to watch programmes live or recorded as live. You do not require a TV licence if you are only using “catch up” services. You do not require a TV licence for live radio broadcasts. If you are watching live TV or recording live programmes, you will require a licence....READ MORE
Under sections 1 and 5 of the Employer’s Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act, 1969, a director of a limited company should ensure that there is insurance in place should one of the company’s employees be injured. In the case of Campbell v Peter Gordon Joiners Limited and Peter Gordon (2015), the sole director of the building...READ MORE
There are laws and regulations out there that we, as lawyers, become aware of which appear to be plain daft. The present EU regulations on promotion and marketing of spirits prohibit a Scotch whisky blender from disclosing the composition of their blends. In other words, they are unable to tell you, as the consumer, the...READ MORE
In a stark reminder that at least two different sets of laws and legal systems exist in the UK, in the recent tax case of Taylor Clark Leisure plc v HMRC, the Inner House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh decided that a QC from the English Bar did not have rights of audience...READ MORE
Dog attacks are always of great concern, and none more so when they involve children. Scottish Borders Council sought an order under section 9(2) of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act, 2010 for the delivery and destruction of a dog which had jumped up on a little girl and bitten her on the cheek. The...READ MORE
As a landlord, you may consider that the circumstances of some cases against miscreant tenants are cut and dried when you seek to obtain recovery of possession. Take the recent case of Glasgow Housing Association v Stewart. In this case, the tenant had breached the tenancy agreement by producing a controlled drug (cannabis plants) in...READ MORE
Although many landlords use professional factors to manage their properties, many others lease and factor residential properties themselves in order to save some outlays. The law in relation to the Tenancy Deposit Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 continues to develop, and shows the dangers of departures from the statutory framework even if unintentional. It should now...READ MORE
It is not unusual for councils to enter into arrangements with businesses. In a recent decision under s75(2) of the Local Government (Scotland) Act, 1973, Aberdeenshire Council raised an application at Court seeking authority to sell ground in Banff forming part of the common good which had been used as a car park adjacent to...READ MORE
It has been a mild winter this year and that has meant that all us budding athletes (perhaps, overripe is a better description these days) have had no excuses for interrupting our running training. But, just when it seemed safe to go out, a case gives a reminder of the obligations on those brave souls...READ MORE
Ian Woodward-Nutt, founder and principal of court solicitors Woodward Lawson has been admitted as a Solicitor Advocate with extended rights of audience before the High Court of Justiciary. As a Solicitor Advocate Ian is now qualified to represent clients in the highest courts in Scotland and the UK. A solicitor advocate is a solicitor who...READ MORE