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BTO Solicitors LLP

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Edinburgh, Glasgow

Laura Donald

Work 0131 222 2939
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Clinical Defence


Partner and Solicitor Advocate

A highly experienced Solicitor Advocate specialising in professional regulatory and disciplinary cases with an emphasis on clinical defence, Laura carries out her own advocacy in respect of both Public and Fatal Accident Inquiries, on occasion junioring to senior counsel. She has great experience before the General Medical Council, the General Dental Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council, generally conducting the interim stages without counsel. She has been described in the directories as being “absolutely excellent” with “sound judgement and a feel for her cases”. She has represented students before University fitness to practice hearings. In addition to her regulatory work, Laura handles a clinical negligence caseload across both the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts. She has been applauded for her “dynamic preparation” and is considered “a force to be reckoned with”. She enjoys working with her clients to ensure the best outcomes for them.



Trained at Nightingale and Bull and qualified in 1990. Partner Dundas & Wilson LLP (2000 – 2009); Admitted as Solicitor Advocate (1996).  Made Partner at BTO Solicitors LLP (2009).




Society of Solicitor Advocates; The Law Society of Scotland; Association of Regulatory Lawyers (ARDL)


Dundee University, LLB, Dip LP NP (1988).

Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender

Within: Medical negligence: defender

BTO Solicitors LLP’s outstanding practice defends doctors, dentists and nurses against clinical negligence claims before the Court of Session, Sheriff Courts, as well as in fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries. The firm regularly acts for the Medical Protection Society (MPS), the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS) and the Medical Defence Union (MDU) as the principal external advisor. It is also instructed by a number of insurance companies in clinical negligence claims against insured risk. Douglas Jessiman leads the team, which includes Laura Donald and Caroline Carr. Jessiman is adept at handling complex causation cases in front of the Court of Session, and is representing a GP in relation to a claim for damages raised by a former patient who was prescribed medication, and subsequently involved in a fatal car accident. Donald defended a dentist in a claim raised by a patient concerning the administration of a dental procedure that led to bleeding issues, despite the dentist’s knowledge that the patient was on prohibitive medication; after negotiation, the parties agreed a substantially reduced settlement. Duncan Mawby joined Brodies LLP in September 2017.

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