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  1. Leading Silks
  2. Leading Juniors

Leading Silks

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    • Marion Caldwell QC - Compass ChambersDelivers high-quality advice in an easy-to-understand manner.
    • Angela Grahame QC - Compass ChambersPrepared, approachable, and great at communicating complex issues to lay clients.
    • Lisa Henderson QC - Ampersand AdvocatesHighly numerate, excellent at drafting complex schedules of loss and very personable.
    • Maria Maguire QC - Ampersand AdvocatesCombines superb advocacy skills and a forensic attention for detail.
    • Robert Milligan QC - Compass ChambersPragmatic, decisive and an excellent negotiator.
    • Geoffrey Mitchell QC - Ampersand AdvocatesHighly respected by both health boards and claimant solicitors
    • Douglas Ross QC - Ampersand AdvocatesA relatively new silk who already posesses all the qualities of an experienced one.
    • Lesley Shand QC - Compass ChambersShe has a forensic eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned.
    • David Stephenson QC - Ampersand AdvocatesA superb orator who excels before the court.
    • Lauren Sutherland QC - Ampersand AdvocatesLeaves no stone unturned to find a path to a successful outcome.
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    • Simon Bowie QC - Ampersand AdvocatesRecommended for significant clinical negligence cases.
    • Geoff Clarke QC - Compass ChambersRobust and authoritative in negotiation.
    • Una Doherty QC - Ampersand AdvocatesExtremely reliable, quick-witted and efficient.
    • Roddy Dunlop QC - Axiom AdvocatesHe has a strong clinical negligence practice.
    • Iain Ferguson QC - Axiom AdvocatesMeticulous in his preparation and masterful on his feet.
    • Simon Di Rollo QC - Ampersand AdvocatesHighly experienced in industrial disease claims.

Leading Juniors

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    • Gordon Balfour - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesRecommended for his work on behalf of defenders.
    • Ewen Campbell - Axiom AdvocatesA thoughtful, thorough and efficient advocate who has an impressive working knowledge of the law.
    • Jamie Dawson - Ampersand AdvocatesFantastic at dealing with complex medical evidence and technical details.
    • Fiona Drysdale - Ampersand AdvocatesWell-prepared, good with clients and has an eye for detail.
    • Nick Gardiner - Arnot Manderson AdvocatesHe has sound general medical knowledge and provides clear and concise advice.
    • Chris Marney - Ampersand AdvocatesA very safe pair of hands with good commercial sense.
    • David McNaughtan - Compass ChambersVery capable and robust in negotiation, while his attention to detail in complex clinical negligence cases is exceptional
    • Graeme Middleton - Compass ChambersAn excellent all-rounder who is comfortable dealing with a wide variety of cases.
    • Astrid Smart - Compass ChambersA stand-out clinical negligence junior who does not give up on a fight easily.
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    • Robin Cleland - Compass ChambersA highly capable advocate who excels at handling complex medical and dental negligence cases
    • Brian fitzpatrick - Ampersand AdvocatesAlways willing to get stuck in.
    • Amber Galbraith - Compass ChambersHighly knowledgeable and excellent with clients.
    • Craig Murray - Compass ChambersHis written work is of an impeccably high standard
    • Chris Paterson - Axiom AdvocatesIntellectually astute, with great attention to detail.
    • Barney Ross - Compass ChambersPersonable and charismatic with great negotiation skills.
    • Emma Toner - Compass ChambersDiligent, conscientious and punctual.
    • Helen Watts - Axiom AdvocatesExcellent in court and is very strong in negotiations with opposing parties.

Ampersand Advocates is home to one of the key teams in personal injury and clinical negligence within Scotland, and has 'real strength in depth' across all levels of call. Members have significant expertise in all areas of such work, with recent cases including fatal accidents, medical device litigation, catastrophic injury and birth injury. A notable recent case for the set is Gibson v Babcock International, a leading case on the issue of secondary exposure to asbestos, in which Simon Di Rollo QC led for the pursuers.

Arnot Manderson Advocates is home to a strong team in the fields of personal injury and medical negligence, which acts for both pursuers and defenders in cases involving issues such as catastrophic injury, road traffic accidents and  delayed diagnosis. Of recent note, Nick Gardiner acted for a pursuer seeking reparation following a delay in confirming a diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.

Axiom Advocates is home to several good clinical negligence practitioners, with a particularly strong presence in matters involving large numbers of claimants as well as surgeon's negligence and failed diagnoses cases. Ewen Campbell and Iain Ferguson QC recently represented the MDDUS in defence almost a thousand claims against a since-struck-off dentist concerning exposure to blood-borne infections.

One of the leading sets in personal injury and medical negligence, Compass Chambers 'provides high quality counsel suitable for cases at any level', with members active across all aspects of the personal injury and clinical negligence spaces. Several members are instructed on high-profile medical devices cases such as the vaginal mesh litigation and the metal-on-metal hip litigation.

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