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BLM has ‘an appropriate level of case handler for anything’. Work includes high-value employers’ liability and road traffic claims. David Taylor, Ian Leach and Louise Gallagher head the practice, which includes Andrew Gilmour and Rachel Rough, who has ‘first-rate knowledge of high-level cases’. Clients include BT and QBE.

BTO Solicitors LLPgoes the extra mile to get results for its clients’. The firm’s expertise includes motor collisions, employers’ liability matters and asbestos claims. Carly Forrest represented an insurer in a legally-novel appeal by a woman who saw the wreckage of her son’s fatal car crash. Practice head Stephen Brycelandhas a very good awareness of what clients need’. Clients include Chubb Insurance and NFU Mutual.

Brodies LLP provides ‘a superb level of service’ to insured defendants in motor claims, industrial disease and product liability cases. Elena Fry has ‘excellent knowledge of client’s businesses’, and Peter Demick is ‘a first choice for high-value claims’. Clients include Allianz and Amlin.

In addition to being ‘very knowledgeable in the offshore employers’ liability arena’, Clyde & Co LLP’s work includes motor incident and public liability issues. Key lawyers include the ‘dedicated, tenacious and professionalVikki Melville and Mark Donaldson, who is ‘a recognised expert in oil and gas’. Clients include QBE, Zurich and Esure.

Burness Paull LLP is noted for its ‘practical advice’ and ability to handle employers’ liability cases, with strong workloads in the construction and offshore sectors. Ewan McIntyre, who represents Wood Group, is ‘an exceptional litigator, with a particular strength in aviation’.

Elizabeth Mitchell heads the practice at Harper Macleod LLP, which includes Heather Calderwood, who represents Direct Line Group and ‘can be relied on to get the best possible result’; and Suzanne McGarrigle, who joined the firm from McClure Naismith LLP.

Anderson Strathern advises insurers and public sector bodies on workplace and road traffic issues. Catriona Watt is ‘particularly good’ and is recommended alongside practice head Jonathan Guy. Clients include Scotmid and the Scottish Prison Service.

CMSdoes a very thorough job’ in industrial disease cases, often involving the oil and gas sector. Associate Craig Watt is ‘particularly good at disease litigation’. Clients include Scotia Gas Networks.

DAC Beachcroft Scotland’s work includes a range of motoring, public liability and other claims. John Maillie heads the practice, which represents several major insurers.

DWF’s Andrew Lothian – a lateral hire from Anderson Strathern – represents well-known insurers, with a focus on employers’ liability. Clients include Equity Red Star and Zurich.

Kennedys Scotland has entered the Scottish PI market, having recruited a team led by Rory Jackson from McClure Naismith LLP. The ‘consummate professionals’ defend a range of claims, often related to extreme sports, construction and product liability.

Ledingham Chalmers LLP’s work includes defending public liability claims brought against local authorities. Practice head Graeme Edward represented Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar in a case regarding switching off of street lights at night.

Morton Fraser represents a predominantly public sector client base in potentially novel claims. Jenny Dickson heads the practice; consultant John Barrie ‘does business in a calm manner’. Clients include the Ministry of Defence and Royal Mail.

Weightmans LLP’s clients include businesses in employers’ liability claims and motor insurers. Douglas Keir represents The Co-operative Insurance and Aggregate Industries.

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