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The ‘Top Ten’ Session Cases

The ‘Top Ten’ cases poll results ranking was:



Donoghue v Stevenson 1932 SC (HL) 31


Moorov v HM Advocate 1930 JC 68


MacCormick v Lord Advocate 1953 SC 396


Cherry v Advocate General 2020 SC (UKSC) 1 and 2020 SC 37


Wills’ Trs v Cairngorm Canoeing and Sailing School Ltd 1976 SC (HL) 30


Steuart v Robertson (1875) 2R (HL) 80


Duke of Argyll v Duchess of Argyll 1962 SC (HL) 88


Moncrieff v Jamieson 2008 S.C. (H.L.) 1


Scott & Sons v Del Sel 1922 S.C. 592


AXA General Insurance Co Ltd v Lord Advocate 2012 SC (UKSC.) 122


It was gratifying to receive more than 300 votes in the Top Ten Session Cases poll, some from as far afield as Australia, Canada, India and the USA.

Donoghue v Stevenson was the clear winner, as might have been forecast but Moorov was not too far behind it in the voting. The other cases voted for may well have been influenced by the series of pieces published in SLN over the past month but two of the ‘top ten’ (MacCormick v Lord Advocate and Moncrieff v Jamieson) did not figure in that series. All of the pieces contributed by those writing about their own 'Top Case' may be found elsewhere on these pages