- Year of Call
- Devil Masters
- The Hon Lord Pentland (then Paul B Cullen KC)
- Sheriff Principal CAL Scott KC
- Frances McMenamin KC
Contactericrobertson@amadvocates.co.uk Telephone number available from Clerks upon request
Eric is a highly experienced litigator with a diverse civil practice, which covers commercial and property related issues in the Commercial Court, Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. Eric also represents parties in arbitrations and, on occasion, carries out the duties of commissioner in recovering documentary and electronic evidence.
Eric has a wide range of knowledge and experience in contract (including building contracts); reparation; professional negligence; commercial property; partnership and agency; and company law (including unfair prejudice petitions, director disqualification and insolvency). Other areas of expertise include judicial review, unjustified enrichment, data protection and intellectual property cases involving patents, copyright and passing off claims.
An important aspect of Eric's skill set is his use of principled negotiation to resolve disputes. He has represented and advised parties in mediations and is adept at using negotiating skills and insights in a variety of contexts.
Education & Professional Career to Date
Associate Partner, Litigation, Dundas & Wilson CS, Edinburgh (1990–93)
Litigation Assistant, Dundas & Wilson CS, Edinburgh (1985–90)
Trainee Solicitor, Maclay Murray & Spens, Glasgow and Edinburgh (1983–85)
LLB (Hons), 2:1 (Edinburgh, 1982); Diploma in Legal Practice (Edinburgh, 1983)
Further qualifications: Law Society EC Law (1992); Faculty of Advocates exams in IPL, Evidence and Professional Conduct (1994); NITA Advocacy Programme (1994)
- Ad Hoc Advocate Depute (2017–present)
- Stable Director of Arnot Manderson Advocates (April 2011 –October 2013)
Commercial dispute about misrepresentations inducing contract and Data Protection Act breaches
Trunature Ltd v Scotnet  Ltd 2008 SLT 653
Second Davison case upholding the respondents’ submissions about the interaction of agent and clients’ awards and additional fee provisions
Narden Services Ltd v IRBP  SC 335
Human rights aspects of admissibility of evidence recovered by specification where there was delay in asserting confidentiality
Wilson v Jaymarke Estates Ltd, no. 2  SCLR 510, and affirmed in the House of Lords  BCC 883
Shareholder’s petition complaining of unfairly prejudicial conduct in the running of a private company
Successful argument on appeal to Extra Division that the Lord Ordinary was “plainly wrong” in his treatment of property transfer evidence
Issues of construction in relation to unclear and incoherent missive provisions
Macdonald v Free Presbyterian Church  SCLR 475
Successfully repelling a mora plea in a judicial review of church procedures
Watts v Bell & Scott WS  SLT 665  PNLR 30
The principled approach to the loss of development profit in a lost bargain
AR Communications v HMRC (First-tier Tax Tribunal)  UKFTT 637 (TC)
Analysis of detailed technical evidence and submissions concerning VAT claim in the context of contra trading schemes
Publications & Seminars
Regular advocacy skills instructor in the Faculty of Advocates Foundation and Supplementary Courses for Devils; has given talks on written pleadings, appeals and thorough approaches to handling evidence and argument.
In 2015 was judge in Edinburgh University Commercial Law Group Negotiating Competition and in the Scottish Final of the International Negotiating Competition at Glasgow University.
In 2014 devised and presented Scottish Property Law Course for CLT, tailored to the needs and experience of their English qualified in house lawyer clients.
Instructed and reviewed young court lawyers in advocacy skills courses for SYLA provided by Arnot Manderson Advocates in 2011, 2012 and 2013
Coached Northern Irish barristers in 2010 and 2011
Imparted advocacy skills training to Children's Panel Reporters in 2009
Has delivered talks on specific implement and interimn remedies, unfair prejudice petitions, competition law and property related issues to the Law Society, Glasgow Bar Association, CLT and in-house lawyers and at Arnot Manderson conferences
Chambers and Partners 2021 Bar Guide: Scotland (Bar) Commercial Dispute Resolution, Band 2
"He has the ear of the court as he is charming, yet forceful, in submissions. An all-round great litigator with a variety of experience."
"Excellent and thorough."
Principal devilmaster to 5 devils and subsidiary devilmaster to others
Reasonable IT proficiency
Reasonable knowledge of French
CEDR-accredited mediator (1993) followed by additional mediation training with Core (2007)
Trainer as Advocacy Skills Instructor by NITA at Harvard University (2000)