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BTO Solicitors LLP

48 ST VINCENT STREET, GLASGOW, G2 5HS, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Fax:
Fax 0141 221 7803
DX:
GW96 GLASGOW
Email:
Web:
www.bto.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Garry Ferguson

Tel:
Work 0141 221 8012
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Insurance; personal injury.

Position

Partner

Garry has over 20 years’ litigation experience, 18 years of which has involved working almost exclusively in the Defenders’ personal injury field. Garry’s has extensive experience across the full spectrum of defender personal injury claims. He specialises in cases with high value or where complex or fatal injuries are involved.

Garry heads the firm’s catastrophic injury team alongside Catherine Currie and Carly Forrest, handling high value, catastrophic and complex personal injury claims for a wide range of clients. His caseload includes employers’ and public liability cases, occupational stress/harassment claims, fatal claims, as well as motor claims. Recent case highlights include a number of cases involving complex neurological conditions and issues relative to causation as well as a fatal road traffic case involving in-depth expert investigations and analysis and arguments on liability.

In one instance, Garry successfully defended a case raised following a skiing accident in Scotland in terms of which the Pursuer criticised the design and layout of the Defenders’ ski resort (Liam Sheehan v Nevis Range Development). If successful, the Pursuer’s claim would have had implications for the skiing industry in Scotland as a whole. Garry has also achieved a number of significant successes in Compensation Recovery Unit appeals.

Garry regularly provides training to a number of major insurers and is also responsible for setting up and co-ordinating bespoke internal training programmes for claims handlers for a number of these insurers.

Career

Trained Boyds solicitors; qualified (1994); partner BTO Solicitors LLP (2013). Boyds (1992-95); McGrigor Donald (1995-97); Dundas & Wilson (1997-2007); career break (2007-10); BTO Solicitors LLP (2010 to date).

Languages

English.

Member

Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) - currently the Scottish Representative on the FOIL National Executive (former Scottish Chairman); Insurance Fraud Investigators Group.

Education

Cumnock Academy, Ayrshire; University of Strathclyde (1991 LLB (Hons); 1992 Dip LP).

Leisure

Member of ‘The Gym’; spending time with family; reading – principally thrillers; holidaying in the Kingdom of Fife.


Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender

Within: Personal injury: defender

BTO Solicitors LLP’s ‘justifiably well-regarded team’ is noted for its ability to handle complex and high-value personal injury claims for insurers and insured corporates with ‘peerless flexibility and good communication’. It has ‘good expertise within the catastrophic injury arena’, in addition to a well-established anti-fraud department. The ‘highly experienced and extremely professionalCarly Forrest stands out for being ‘tenacious in defence of client interests, while recognising when a pragmatic approach is required’. Forrest was instructed by a major insurance company to represent its insured, with respect to a criminal prosecution and concurrent civil claims arising from the death of a child in a swimming pool; the insured party was prosecuted and pleaded guilty to certain health and safety breaches, whilst the civil claims were negotiated out of court, leading to a significantly reduced settlement. Catherine Currie possesses ‘a firm grip on the big picture’, and handles a mixture of RTA, employers’, public and product liability cases. The ‘technically excellent’ Garry Ferguson specialises in complex high-value and fatal injury claims. Stephen Bryceland leads the practice.

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