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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's Scottish team wins a significant share of instructions thanks to its coverage of all types of disputes in sectors such as construction, education, automotive, and aerospace and defence. The firm has a particularly strong capability in the insurance sector; Zurich, Aviva and QBE are among its many longstanding clients. In addition to having a notable presence in the Scottish market, clients are drawn to the group's ability to call upon the resources of the wider UK and international network in cross-border matters. Gavin Henderson, who is dual-qualified in English and Scottish law, handles a mix of insurance-related litigation and arbitration, property litigation, defence-side professional negligence work, general commercial disputes and product liability claims. Anne Kentish is also recommended for her professional negligence expertise. Another key figure is Andrew Constable, who handled two pieces of litigation for engineering contractor Hochtief, which arose from the collapse of a hydroelectric dam. Charles McGregor advised YOR Limited as the pursuer on a claim against Wallace Whittle Limited over allegedly excessive costs incurred from the redevelopment of Croythorn House in Edinburgh. Peter Anderson has retired from private practice.

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP handles employment matters for a mixture of major corporates and several Scottish local authorities. ‘Clearly an expert in his field’, practice head Stephen Miller, acted as junior counsel to Glasgow City Council in a major appeal before the Court of Session against 8000 claims, amounting to £500m concerning pay protection and the implementation of a job evaluation scheme. Robert King has significant experience in employment litigation and specialises in discrimination cases. Frances Ross is recommended for her expertise in equal pay matters. The practice has seen a number of departures: Sandy Kemp was appointed as an employment tribunal judge in May 2018, Ian Truscott QC returned to the bar, and Gina Wilson took up an in-house position. David Hughes joined Addleshaw Goddard in May 2017 while Andrea Hunter left for Morton Fraser in October 2017.

Leading individuals

Stephen Miller - Clyde & Co LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Clyde and Co LLP

Clyde and Co LLP  is ‘a strong litigation firm with the breadth and depth to handle health and safety prosecutions and any corresponding civil action’. It is ‘a favourite with insurers and insured companies for its pragmatic approach and client focus’. Mark Donaldson, who is noted for ‘strong core knowledge, diligence, decisiveness and time sensitivity’, leads the team, which includes the ‘excellent all-rounder’, Ann Bonomy. The group advised Sparks Mechanical Services on a complex HSE investigation, following a crane collapse, which resulted in an employee suffering catastrophic spinal injuries; a case that led to a significantly reduced settlement despite the client having a previous conviction. It also represented Contract Electrical Services in an HSE investigation into serious injuries sustained by an employee after a fall from height, leading to a settlement without prosecution.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP acts for a broad spectrum of clinical professionals in negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries, inquests, internal disciplinary, regulatory and criminal proceedings, in addition to large-scale class actions. The firm is also on the panels of a number of healthcare insurers, including Hiscox, MPLC and the RSA Group, in addition to instructions from the MPS, MDDUS and MDU. The practice is led by Graeme Watson, who specialises in professional indemnity, with a focus on medical negligence work. In a major highlight, team is representing Johnson & Johnson Medical in personal injury litigation concerning pelvic mesh products. In another key mandate senior associate Duncan Batchelor represented the UK subsidiary of G4S Care & Justice Services in a class action brought by prisoners alleging breaches of their human rights as a result of being handcuffed in hospitals, successfully defending the majority of claims, in a case which is now in appeal. Other highlights included representing a consultant breast surgeon in an action alleging lack of informed consent and negligent reconstructive surgery, in a case that was defended on the grounds that the action was not raised in time.

Leading individuals

Graeme Watson - Clyde & Co LLP

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Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP’s team is highly rated for its personal injury defence work, and noted for its ‘diligence, decisiveness and sensitivity’ and ability to provide ‘real value for money’ to insurers and privately insured clients. The firm handles claims across the spectrum of the practice, such as catastrophic injury, large loss, disease, as well as RTA and fraud matters. It has a number of panel appointments for major national insurers, including Axa Liability Management. Gordon Keyden and John Reid were instructed by the Motor Insurers’ Bureau in connection with a claim brought by the victim of a hit and run accident who suffered severe injuries, leading to a substantially reduced settlement after negotiations involving shared liability. Andrew Constable handled the defence of a bus company whose driver was accused of causing serious injuries to the claimant, who had stepped in front of the client’s bus; a case in which the defendant was absolved and awarded costs. Gilles Graham and the ‘technically excellentCalum Mathieson are also recommended. Graeme Watson leads the practice.

Leading individuals

Graeme Watson - Clyde & Co LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

One of the best firms for defender clients’, Clyde & Co LLP is best known for handling claims against solicitors and counsel, although it also handles cases involving a range of professionals and their insurers, including in the construction and financial spaces. Anne Kentish, whose ‘attention to detail and preparation is second to none’, leads the team, which includes the ‘fiercely intelligentGraeme Watson, ‘brilliant grand strategistCharles McGregor, ‘seasoned and doughty negotiator’ Peter Anderson and the ‘organised and thoroughGavin Henderson . The group successfully defended a firm of consulting engineers in a multi-party dispute in the Court of Session, which arose from the failure of a concrete slab due to weather damage, which was dismissed due to a time bar.

Leading individuals

Anne Kentish - Clyde & Co LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP’s clients include a range of further and higher education institutions, local authorities and independent schools on the defence of claims for failure to educate, judicial reviews, exclusions and disciplinary action against students, human rights and equalities matters. Highlights for Graeme Watson included successfully defending an independent school at the Scottish ASNT against a disability claim brought under the Equality Act by the parents of a former pupil, concerning a delay in identifying the child’s dyslexia and discrimination of the child by a teacher. The practice is led by Graham Mitchell who is often called upon to advise local authority education departments on employment law and regulatory issues. Another employment practitioner, Frances Ross, is also recommended. Former practice co-head, Gina Wilson, moved to an in-house position in January 2018.

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