Iain McDougall


Head of Dispute Resolution

Iain Mc Dougall
LLB (Hons.).
Notary Public.
Law Society of Scotland
Practice Areas
Financial and Banking Disputes
Corporate and Contractual Disputes
Professional Negligence
Intellectual Property Disputes
Scottish Litigation Assistance
Property Litigation

Iain is a Partner and Head of the Dispute Resolution team at MBM Commercial LLP. Iain specialises in Intellectual Property and Commercial Contracts, Commercial and Financial Disputes and Professional Negligence.

Iain is a leading practitioner in Commercial Litigation, and is noted as having a “sharp mind”. He provides dispute resolution advice to a broad range of clients including SMEs, entrepreneurs and high growth companies.

He has conducted cases in both the Sheriff Courts and the Court of Session. His background is in general commercial litigation and he been involved in cases dealing in everything from debt recovery to the mis-selling of complex financial products.

Iain has considerable experience in resolving disputes out of court via mediation and negotiation. Prior to joining MBM Commercial in 2008 he worked with Core Mediation where he assisted with research and the training of mediators.

Iain has a particular interest in cases involving intellectual property and he has been instructed in a number of complex cases at the Court of Session. Iain has assisted with the obtaining of interim order to prevent the disclosure of confidential information and the protection of copyright, trademarks and design rights.

He has conducted cases before the UK Intellectual Property Office and the European Intellectual Property Office in respect to the registration of European Trademarks.

Iain has assisted a number of clients who have disputes with financial institutions. These range from individual facing repossession of their homes to large corporate institutions. He regularly advises company directors and others regarding the enforcement of personal guarantees by banks.

Over the last few years he has assisted a number of clients with the submission of claims in respect to the Financial Conduct Authority’s review of interest rate hedging products. This has also involved the preparation of consequential loss claims and advice in respect to the raising of Court proceedings in relation to the mis-selling of these products.

Iain also has experience in dealing with a corporate insolvency and property matters including dilapidations and the interpretation of commercial leases.

“Iain is a very smart and very approachable lawyer with considerable experience of intellectual property and dispute resolution more generally.“
“It is very hard not to sound cliched, but at MBM I have found very approachable individuals, true to their status as people in whom one can place one's trust. They talk to you not down to you and no matter what, from senior partners down, if you can't speak immediately on the phone, they get back to you very quickly. The fact that direct dial numbers are available in their official material says it all. MBM deserve great success as they do deliver a truly five star service .“
“What was admirable about MBM was their attention to detail. Their recommendation for Counsel and Expert witness was well made, and their handling of the coordination of all that this entailed was most impressive.“

Legal Experience

  • Conducting complex trade mark litigation at the Court of Session.

  • Advising a life science company in relation to a patent dispute.

  • Representing various clients in Intellectual Property Office Tribunal Proceedings.

  • Successfully obtaining court orders to prevent the poaching of staff and clients of a company by a departing employee.

  • Advising a number of clients in respect of the Financial Conduct Authority's review of mis-sold financial products.

  • Conducting a hearing before the Sheriff Principal to successfully appeal a decision regarding jurisdiction.

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