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David Hossack

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David is a highly experienced Partner within our Litigation Division based in Edinburgh. 

He is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in employment law and commercial mediation. He supports a varied practice including employment, licensing law, immigration, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

David advises businesses, public sector organisations and individuals on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters. He is an accredited mediator with extensive experience in a wide range of areas of litigation, particularly in resolving employment, personal and commercial disputes outside of the courts.

David also leads our acclaimed Licensing Team which is top ranked by the legal directories. Acting in this capacity, he provides a bespoke service for clients ranging from small businesses to leading multinationals, and regularly appears before Licensing Boards. David is often in demand, as clients appreciate his rounded practice and commercial outlook which means he can identify and resolve issues quickly and efficiently. He was noted in Chambers and Partners 2020 to be "…efficient, calm, reassuring and an excellent communicator."

Business expertise

David provides clear and robust advice in various areas including employment, licensing law, litigation and commercial mediation.

His experience in dispute resolution ranges from commercial disputes between large organisations through accident claims to interpersonal difficulties in the workplace. He is highly regarded in his expertise and has been accredited by the Law Society of Scotland in employment law and commercial litigation. David actively approaches disputes through negotiation in resolving employment, personal and commercial disputes outside of the courts.

David also leads our acclaimed Licensing Team which is top ranked by the legal directories. Acting in this capacity he provides a bespoke service for clients ranging from small businesses to leading multinationals, and regularly appears before Licensing Boards. 

Public Sector expertise

David is an accredited specialist in Employment Law and advises public sector organisations on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters.

 David's advice is based on the idea of constructive problem solving and encompasses a whole range of employment matters such as advising on unfair dismissal, workplace discrimination and restructuring.

 David is often in demand, as clients appreciate his rounded practice and pragmatic outlook which means he can identify and resolve issues quickly and efficiently.

Individuals and Families expertise

David has a long history of advising individuals in relation to a wide range of disputes and trained as a mediator in 2004.

Whilst David is experienced in dealing with Courts and Tribunals, his preferred approach stems from the perspective of working with clients to bring about the most fitting outcomes for them. Where he is unable to achieve a fitting outcome through negotiation, David will use mediation as an alternative remedy. 

David is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbiters and has been quoted in the Chambers Legal Directory as having "calm influence" on proceedings. 

What our clients and peers say: 

"David Hossack is recommended for his mediation expertise."

Legal 500 2016

"Reliable and confidence-inspiring…... able to give sound advice at short notice."

Legal 500
Legal 500

"He can cover the whole spectrum of employment matters with confidence and is able to communicate this easily." 

Chambers and Partners

Morton Fraser's Edinburgh-based David Hossack is 'held in very high regard as a mediator; he is approachable, highly skilled and has an open and enquiring style'. One of only four lawyers accredited as specialists in commercial mediation by the Law Society of Scotland, Hossack is focused on employment and commercial law matters.

Legal 500

David Hossack’s ‘depth of knowledge across a number of areas of specialism’ informs his focus on employment mediation.

Legal 500

Commentators remark: "He has an unflappable manner, welcomed in difficult situations, and provides detailed legal advice with a commercial, practical application".

Chambers and Partners 2019

The licensing practice is led by the ‘diligent and tenacious’ David Hossack, who has extensive experience appearing before Scottish Licensing Boards and dealing with licensing appeals and applications.

Legal 500 2018/19

David Hossack’s ‘depth of knowledge across a number of areas of specialism’ informs his focus on employment mediation.

Legal 500 2018/19

Morton Fraser's Edinburgh-based David Hossack is 'held in very high regard as a mediator; he is approachable, highly skilled and has an open and enquiring style'. One of only four lawyers accredited as specialists in commercial mediation by the Law Society of Scotland, Hossack is focused on employment and commercial law matters.

Legal 500 2018/19

David Hossack is praised for his ‘depth of knowledge across a number of specialisms’.

Legal 500 2018/19

"David really helped provide clarity and gave good, calming advice through a stressful period. I've already recommended him to several friends/ex colleagues."

Employee client

"David Hossack, Partner, is outstanding and has been our main point of contact for longer than I have been Bursar at Watson's (16 years). Excellent all-round knowledge and advice, easily accessible and always helpful and supportive."

Legal 500 2019/20
UK leading Individual 2020

"David Hossack stands out as a commercial and knowledgeable lawyer who understands the demands of our business and is always available when urgent advice is needed."

Legal 500 2019/20
UK leading Individual 2020

"He's extremely efficient, calm, reassuring and an excellent communicator."

Chambers and Partners 2020

‘David Hossack is knowledgeable, realistic and understanding.‘

Legal 500 2020/21

‘David Hossack is very knowledgeable, supportive and always makes himself available to respond and act quickly on any issues he is brought in to assist with. His understanding of how each local licensing board operates and how to engage with them to ensure you obtain the most positive outcome for your organisation is invaluable.‘

Legal 500 2020/21

‘David Hossack is prompt and efficient and very accessible.‘

Legal 500 2020/21

"He is very good - calm and knowledgeable."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"David is very familiar with licensing laws and the procedure for obtaining a licence, and handles it with mastery."

Chambers and Partners 2021

"I contacted David during a rather fraught time with my employer and he was an oasis of calm. We explored the problem and my options and he offered excellent advice, not only on the law, but also on how to navigate negotiations. Everything has worked out beautifully."

Employee client

Recent Content by David Hossack

28 Jul 2021

Long Covid - what are the implications for employers?

David Hossack talks to discrimination expert Sarah Gilzean about Long Covid and the implications for employers, including whether Long Covid amounts...
Podcast
David Hossack, Sarah Gilzean
22 Jul 2021

How have Employment Tribunals been dealing with unfair dismissal claims

David Hossack and Helen Donnelly discuss how Employment Tribunals have been dealing with unfair dismissal claims stemming from health and safety...
Podcast
David Hossack, Helen Donnelly
19 Jul 2021

Advantages and disadvantages of online dispute resolution

Having been a mediator since 2004, I was a firm believer that a key element of the process was having parties in the same room. Yes, there were times...
Article
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