Apollo Engineering Ltd v James Scott Ltd (Scotland): SC 13 Jun 2013

After long running litigation between the parties, a shareholder and director of Apollo sought to represent the company in person. He was refused leave by the Court of Session, and now sought to appeal. The Court considered the possibility of an appeal given that he was not a party to the action.
Held: The appeal failed. Any such application must itself be supported by certificates from two counsel. The only question actually before the court was as to the propriety of the order refusing leave, and the Supreme Court should only intervene in such decisions where there was something seriously wrong. Whilst the rules disallowing such representation might deserve re-examination, the decision was within the rules.
Lord Hope, Deputy President, Lord Clarke, Lord Carnwath
[2013] UKSC 37, 2014 SLT 32, 2013 SC (UKSC) 286, 2013 GWD 21-409, UKSC 2013/0038
Bailli Summary, Bailii, SC Summary, SC
Court of Session Act 1988 88, Court of Session Act 1988 88
See AlsoJames Scott Limited v Apollo Engineering Limited and others SCS 24-Jan-2000
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See AlsoApollo Engineering Ltd v James Scott Ltd SCS 7-Mar-2008
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Leave refusedApollo Engineering Ltd v James Scott Ltd SCS 27-Nov-2012
Application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court against order refusing permission for a shareholder and director of a party to represent the company.
Held: Leave was refused. . .

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Updated: 01 February 2021; Ref: scu.510913