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The ‘go-to firm’ for personal injury in Scotland, Digby Brown LLP handles a broad range of personal injury litigation, including catastrophic injuries, accidents abroad and industrial disease. Network department head Gordon Dalyell represented 13 relatives of a female car passenger killed in a road traffic collision in separate claims, 10 of which were settled extra-judicially, the remaining of which proceeded to jury trial, with claims settled for significant sums. ‘Well prepared’ and noted for getting ‘good results’, serious injury department head Chris Stewart acted for the uncle and financial guardian of a car accident victim who suffered severe brain injury following a car collision, throughout quantum investigations and a subsequent trial, leading to a settlement of £6.5m to cover the client’s care costs. Product liability expert and head of the foreign and travel department, Mark Gibson successfully represented the brother of a man who died following a fire caused by the overheating of his wheelchair motor, in a case involving complex evidential issues. Moira Kay is also recommended as ‘a leading light in brain and spinal injury cases’.

Anderson Strathern possesses ‘very competent and capable solicitors’ who are ‘able to provide and support clients who generate a significant amount of complex litigation’ – with a particular focus on catastrophic injury cases, in addition to accidents at work, fatal claims, road traffic accidents and Criminal Injury Compensation Authority claims. The healthcare, public and regulatory law team is co-led by Robert Carr and Catriona Watt, both of who have extensive experience in the personal injury field. Senior associate Gary Burton and associate Natalie McCartney are both noted as ‘resolutely committed to securing the best results for their clients’. Highlights included a complex international maritime case that involved international private law jurisdiction points and maritime regulations, and resulted in a successful claim in a Scottish court. The group also have recent experience in stress at work cases.

Balfour+Manson LLP’s ‘caring, friendly and professional’ team has significant experience in pursuing claims arising out of catastrophic road, aviation, fatal and offshore oil and gas related accidents, especially with complex causation and liability elements. The team is led by David Short, who has a strong track record in representing victims involved in sensitive major disaster claims, including multiple high profile serious air accidents. ‘Level-headed and highly organised’ David McIntosh acts for a number of claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries in road traffic and work place accidents. Julie Clark-Spence focuses on in claims that arise out of offshore accidents and is currently representing a Polish National, who was injured whilst working on a vessel in Rotterdam, in the Court of Session, against three defenders, one of whom is domiciled in Singapore. Experienced litigators Ann Logan (who is qualified to practice in Scotland, England and Hong Kong) and Iain Nicol (who specialises in fatal claims) are also ecommended.

The ‘well established’ team at Lindsays is noted for its particular ability to handle complex claims across the personal injury practice area, with specialists in spinal injuries, accidents abroad, industrial disease and clinical negligence. In addition to litigation, the group is also well-versed in arbitration proceedings. David Armstrong leads the team and, alongside Jonathan Cornwell has ‘a stellar reputation’ amongst clients and peers alike. The group are currently representing a child who suffered multiple serious injuries following a road traffic collision, in a case that so far has led to interim damages and a claim for £15m. The group is also instructed in a number of cases involving issues of complex liability and quantum. Experienced litigators, associate Lauren Pasi and senior solicitor Sarah Donaldson stand out for possessing ‘a good attention to detail’.

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland’s ‘friendly and professional’ team stands out for only representing pursuers in relation to accident, injury and disease claims. The group has a particularly strong industrial disease practice, which covers asbestos-related and fatal-injury work, but it also has extensive experience in road traffic matters. Practice head Patrick McGuire is the key contact.

With bases in Edinburgh and Dundee, Thorntons Law LLP is ‘an excellent and highly respected firm’ in the personal injury arena. The practice is jointly head by Clare Macpherson and Gordon McBean who have extensive experience in pursuing personal injury claims and stand out for their ‘clarity and attention to detail’. ‘Determined’ Michelle Adam specialises in road traffic accidents. ‘Friendly and professional’ associate Richard Poole is also recommended.

Harper Macleod LLP offers ‘an impressive quality of care and advice’ in relation to a wide range of claims, including fatal marine accidents, traffic collisions and complex catastrophic injury matters. It also has a strong profile in industrial disease cases. Practice head Elizabeth Mitchell is representing family members, across multiple jurisdictions, of the deceased in a road traffic accident caused by dangerous driving. She is also representing a client in a claim relating to historic exposure to asbestos. {Elaine Russell} specialises in high-value road traffic accident, employers’ liability and fatal accident claims and is currently representing the family of a man who was fatally injured in a marine accident. Heather Calderwood and ‘outstanding’ associate Marina Harper are also key contacts.

Irwin Mitchell Scotland is noted for offering ‘a very good service with swift response times’ and demonstrates expertise in complex, serious injury and fatal cases. The group also has substantial experience in handling fatal asbestos and other industrial disease claims. With ‘oodles of experience’, senior associate and practice head, David Bell, stands out as ‘a sage advisor, who is willing to go the extra mile’ for clients pursuing a range of fatal and serious injury claims. He is currently represented 30 survivors and bereaved families following an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in Edinburgh through an investigation process, and is currently acting for the individuals in related civil and civil claims. Senior associate Nicola McCartney successfully represented the family of a mesothelioma victim, following their death due to negligent exposure to asbestos, resulting in a substantial award for damages. Associate Michael Callaghan is a road traffic accident specialist and has ‘a friendly, no-nonsense approach’.

Jackson Boyd LLP’s ‘enthusiastic and competent’ team, which transferred from HBJ Claim Solutions in May 2017, handles cases ‘professionally and efficiently’ across the spectrum of personal injury work. ‘Hardworking and diligent’ managing partner and practice head Alan Macdonald specialises in high-value, complex and fatal claims arising from road traffic accidents and accidents at work, and has extensive advocacy experience. He is currently acting for a motorcyclist in a major claim following injuries sustained in a collision with an approaching vehicle. ‘Extremely capable’ Debbie Milne has considerable expertise in employers’ and public liability cases. Associate Dave Berry is noted as ‘a bright, caring lawyer’.

The team at Morton Fraser draws on its expansive defender experience handle the range of road traffic, employers’ liability and public liability pursuant claims. Litigator David Hossack, who is a health and safety specialist, represented the family of a man fatally injured in an accident at work, in a major case involving loss of support and loss of society, and by his estate with respect to loss of future earnings and damages for the pain and suffering he suffered in the period between the accident and his death; and all claims were settled on favourable terms. Practice head Jenny Dickson represents a number of clients in asbestos-related claims, including many fatal cases.

Slater and Gordon handles a variety of claims, including spinal injuries, brain injuries, accidents at work, industrial disease, road traffic accidents and public liability. In addition to private client work, the group also handles personal injury work for a number of trade union clients, including the Scottish Police Federation, PCS Trade Union, Cycling UK and the FDA Trade Union. Practice head Stuart Cochran acts for the family of John Cousin, who was killed during the construction of the Queensferry Crossing, in a civil claim, having previously represented the clients at a fatal accident inquiry into the event. Karyn McPhee is recommended for her experience in disease matters.

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