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BTO Solicitors LLP is a ‘standout firm’ whose ‘highly capable lawyers’ attract praise for their ‘years of experience’. The team regularly acts for doctors, dentists and nurses in clinical negligence claims brought before the Court of Session and Sheriff Court, and in public inquires. Insurance companies also call on the practice to defend clinical negligence claims against their insured clients. The ‘excellentDouglas Jessiman jointly heads the team with the ‘superbLaura Donald; Donald’s track record includes acting for the Dental Defence Union (DDU) in all claims of negligent or defective treatment in Scotland raised against their members, while Jessiman defended a general dental practitioner against a compensation claim brought by a former patient before the Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court. The team also represented three doctors in the inquiry into the bin lorry crash in Glasgow city centre that killed six people in December 2014. Catherine Currie and Carly Forrest are also recommended.

Clyde & Co LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team is singled out for its strength in acting for medical defence unions and medical product manufacturers. Other clients include insurers, commercial entities, private hospitals and individuals. With the arrival of senior associate Claire Raftery from BLM, the team broadened its regulatory capabilities alongside its pre-existing specialism in representing clients in fatal accident inquiries, inquests, and internal disciplinary and criminal proceedings. Duncan Batchelor acted for a consultant breast surgeon in a clinical negligence action alleging lack of informed consent and negligent reconstruction surgery, and represented a dentist facing charges of misconduct arising from making inappropriate comments to colleagues in disciplinary proceedings before the General Dental Council. Graeme Watson heads the team, which includes ‘very organised and thorough’ associate Isla Craig.

Brodies LLP’s ‘experienced and reliable’ team ‘provides sound advice’ to medical organisations, including hospitals, care homes, manufacturers of medical equipment and cosmetic and dental clinics, as well as individual medical professionals. The team, led by Elena Fry, has a particular specialism in handling ophthalmology, death in custody, aesthetic surgery and medical device implantation matters. It also has a track record of class actions, including pelvic mesh and metal-on-metal hip litigation. ‘Approachable and pragmatic’ casualty and insurance head Peter Demick is also recommended.

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