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For many, Digby Brown LLP is ‘by far the market leader in Scotland for acting for personal injury pursuers’, and is noted for its experience in a wide range of cases, including the most serious injuries. Recommended lawyers include Gordon Dalyell, who ‘fights hard for his clients’, serious injury department head Chris Stewart (who is ‘a great negotiator’) and newly promoted partner Simon Hammond.

Balfour+Manson LLP applies its ‘considerable experience and clout’ to a range of matters including motor incidents, life-changing injuries and employers’ liability. David McIntosh represented a man in a multimillion-pound claim concerning catastrophic injuries as a result of a criminal act. Practice head David Short is ‘an effective communicator’ and Fred Tyler is ‘excellent’. Pamela Loudon retired in August 2015.

Brodies LLP’s ‘very professional practice’ acts on claims involving road collisions, product liability and workplace injuries. Solicitor-advocate Jonathan Cornwell is ‘compassionate, understanding and attentive at all times’. David Armstrong leads the team, which acts for several trade unions.

Irwin Mitchell Scotland is ‘willing to push the boat out for clients and run challenging and groundbreaking cases’. Mandates include road collisions, disease outbreaks and deaths at work. Elaine Russell joined Harper Macleod LLP in May 2016.

Thompsons’ team is ‘thorough and very professional; the lawyers explain things in detail and clients understand what they are saying’. The firm represents trade union members in employers’ liability matters and the public in a range of claims. Patrick McGuire, who heads the practice and the mass litigation team, is ‘an excellent communicator’.

Employers’ liability claims sit at the core of Lawford Kidd’s practice, but the firm also undertakes road traffic work. David Sandison and Derek Sandison are key contacts. Paul Kirkwood has retired.

Thorntons Law LLP handles cases involving workplace injuries and public liability, including high-value brain injury claims. Gordon McBean leads the practice.

Allan McDougall Solicitors’ work includes motor collisions and industrial diseases such as pleural plaques. Solicitor-advocate Julie Harris is a key contact.

Anderson Strathern’s ‘very experienced solicitors’ handle matters including accidents at work, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority matters and international cases. Robert Carr and Catriona Watt are key contacts.

Fiona Moore heads Drummond Miller LLP’s litigation practice, which is particularly rated for high-end personal injury cases.

Harper Macleod LLP leverages its insurer contacts to receive regular referrals of high-value work, including motor claims. Douglas Cowan and Elaine Russell, who joined in May 2016 from Irwin Mitchell Scotland, are key names. Jill Sinclair joined DWF in June 2016.

Slater and Gordon’s personal injury work is centred on road collisions, but also includes workplace injuries and deaths. Stuart Cochran heads the practice.

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