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BTO Solicitors LLP

ONE EDINBURGH QUAY, 133 FOUNTAINBRIDGE, EDINBURGH, EH3 9QG, SCOTLAND
Tel:
Work 0131 222 2939
Fax:
Fax 0131 222 2949
DX:
ED77 EDINBURGH
Email:
Web:
www.bto.co.uk
Edinburgh, Glasgow

Laura Donald

Tel:
Work 0131 222 2939
Email:
BTO Solicitors LLP

Work Department

Clinical Defence

Position

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”. 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.

 

Career

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).

Member

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

Education

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


Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender

Within: Medical negligence: defender

BTO Solicitors LLP is a ‘standout firm’ whose ‘highly capable lawyers’ attract praise for their ‘years of experience’. The team regularly acts for doctors, dentists and nurses in clinical negligence claims brought before the Court of Session and Sheriff Court, and in public inquires. Insurance companies also call on the practice to defend clinical negligence claims against their insured clients. The ‘excellent’ Douglas Jessiman jointly heads the team with the ‘superb’ Laura Donald; Donald’s track record includes acting for the Dental Defence Union (DDU) in all claims of negligent or defective treatment in Scotland raised against their members, while Jessiman defended a general dental practitioner against a compensation claim brought by a former patient before the Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court. The team also represented three doctors in the inquiry into the bin lorry crash in Glasgow city centre that killed six people in December 2014. Catherine Currie and Carly Forrest are also recommended.

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