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The ‘excellent’ team at Digby Brown LLP is ‘always prepared’ and highly rated for its wealth of expertise in personal injury litigation, including foreign travel and catastrophic injury matters. Glasgow-based industrial disease claims head Fraser Simpson acted for a home carer, who was injured while at work during winter weather conditions, arguing that employees working in wintry conditions should be supplied with footwear to protect them against the risk of injury from slipping on ice. He also secured a win for a worker diagnosed with pleural plaques after being exposed to asbestos through his work. Ayr office head Damian White represented a female client after her partner had suffered a fatal accident at a local shipping company in East Ayrshire, while Kim Leslie represented a client who suffered an accident while on holiday. The ‘top-notch’ Gordon Dalyell, who is ‘fantastic with clients’, secured a six-figure compensation award for a teacher left with lifetime chronic pain after an accident at a hotel. Other key members of the team are the ‘superb’ Simon Hammond, who ‘has a very comforting presence in any litigation’ and Moira Kay, who ‘goes that extra mile for clients’. ‘There is nothing about personal injury law thatGraeme Garrettdoes not know’. Lianda Barnes, Stuart Barton and Euan Love were all promoted to partner.

‘One of the leading firms in Scotland for personal injury work, Balfour+Manson LLP ‘has particular expertise in high-value and complex cases’. Key areas of expertise include catastrophic road accidents resulting in tetraplegia, severe head and brain injuries or death as well as fatal accident claims, particularly in the offshore oil and gas sector. David Short heads the team, which includes the ‘down-to-earth’ David McIntosh, who ‘achieves impressive results’ and is praised for his ‘great attention to detail and excellent client skills’. Iain Nicol joined the firm from now defunct Compensation Lawyers (Scotland) Ltd. Fred Tyler is now a consultant.

Irwin Mitchell Scotland is best known for handling serious injury and fatality compensation cases while also having notable experience in pursuing fatal asbestos disease claims. Associate and team head David Bell ‘deals with cases in a thorough and professional way and always keeps clients informed’. He is well versed in handling aviation claims and represented several family members of three RAF personnel who were killed in a mid-air collision over Moray, as well as the only survivor of the crash, who sustained severe physical injuries. He also acted for an individual who lost a family member in the Clutha Vaults Bar helicopter crash in Glasgow. Other recent work includes road traffic collision claims and fatal asbestos disease cases.

Thompsons Solicitors Scotland is reputed for its experience handling disease and asbestos-related claims, as well as having acknowledged strength in road traffic claims and matters involving serious and fatal injuries, including work-related issues. Glen Millar regularly represents clients in road accident claims while Aberdeen-based Chris Gordon has particular expertise in offshore and aviation accidents. In 2016, Gordon acted for the families in the Shetland helicopter accident. Patrick McGuire heads the team, which includes Andrew Henderson, who frequently handles serious and fatal injury claims, Laura Blane, who is experienced in handling lung disease and asbestos-related work, and Wendy Durie.

Anderson Strathern specialises in catastrophic injury cases where clients have been left brain injured, immobilised or in need of long-term care. Catriona Watt acted in an international maritime personal injury case, and assisted a healthcare sector employee with a personal injury claim following an accident at work. She also acted for an individual who suffered an injury while on holiday abroad. Firm chair Robert Carr is alsop recommended, as is ‘well-prepared’ senior associate Robbie Wilson, who joined the team from Drummond Miller LLP and is noted for his ‘great client skills’.

Jonathan Cornwell and David Armstrong joined Lindsays in February 2017 from Brodies LLP, bringing with them a team experienced in dealing with the full range of claims, from road traffic accidents to catastrophic personal injury matters. Cornwell acted for a client who sustained a catastrophic spinal injury from a leisure activity while Armstrong acted for a client in proceedings against his employer in assault-related issues.

Thorntons Law LLP’s team regularly assists clients with claims arising from work and road traffic accidents. Practice head Gordon McBean acted for an individual who sustained severe lower limb and pelvic injuries from an accident at work. He also assisted a client with claims pertaining to an accident when onboard a fishing vessel. Caroline Kelly represented a client who lost her leg as a result of being struck by a bus when crossing the road. Dispute resolution and claims department head Clare Macpherson handled an employers’ liability case arising from the client’s accident at work resulting in a serious hip fracture.

Fiona Moore heads Drummond Miller LLP’s litigation team, which deals with a wide range of personal injury work, including road traffic accidents, accidents at work, asbestosis and post-traumatic stress disorder matters as well as spinal and head injuries. The ‘impressive’ Liesa Spiller and Darren Deery are also recommended.

Harper Macleod LLP ‘keeps clients well informed at all times’ and ‘knows how to investigate claims and push them through to litigation’. The team ‘provides clear and effective advice’ on road traffic accident claims, alongside employers’ and public liability cases, asbestos-related disease and other industrial disease work. Elaine Russell represented five family members of an individual who died in May 2016 following a diagnosis of mesothelioma. She also acted for a client diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as a result of silica sand exposure at the client’s workplace. Other key matters for the team included representing an individual who sustained several fractures from a road traffic accident. He also acted for a number of families affected by the Cyclospora outbreak in Mexico, which is testimony to the team’s expertise in dealing with foreign disease cases. Douglas Cowan moved to Keoghs LLP.

The ‘highly competent’ team at Lawford Kidd handles work accidents, road traffic and industrial disease claims, as well as public and occupiers’ liability matters, and criminal injury compensation claims. Consultant Val Roberts represented a forklift driver in a claim pertaining to a work accident arising from the use of a heavy machine, and acted for an individual, who was struck on the shoulder by a heavy scaffolding pole in course of the client’s employment offshore. Team head Derek Carrigan advised an individual on a claim following a road traffic accident in Inverness. ‘Very experienced’ consultant Derek Sandison acted for a claimant, who was struck on the shoulder by a passing car.

Employers’ and public liability matters, as well as road traffic cases, form the bulk of Morton Fraser’s personal injury work. Team head Jenny Dickson advised a pursuer who was injured while working with a brick forming machine, and represented another individual injured by defective machinery. Litigator David Hossack advised a cyclist injured in an accident with a negligent motorist. Dickson acted for the claimant in a damages claim following a road traffic accident.

Slater and Gordon is experienced in pursuing high-value personal injury claims in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court. Stuart Cochran heads the team, which frequently deals with industrial accident and road traffic claims, employer’s liability matters, fatal claims and asbestos cases. Cochran represented an individual in Court of Session proceedings following the client’s serious injury sustained in a road traffic accident in Spain. He also acted in a claim against a client’s employer concerning a work accident abroad.

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