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COMPASS CHAMBERS, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, PARLIAMENT SQUARE, EDINBURGH, EH1 1RF, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 260 5648
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Fax 0131 225 3642
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www.compasschambers.com

Scottish Bar

Crime

In addition to regulatory issues, members of Compass Chambers are instructed in matters spanning a broad cross-section of criminal offences. In 2015, highlights included cases involving murder, money laundering and human trafficking.

Crime – Leading silks

Murdo MacLeod QC - Compass ChambersCombines an ability to grasp complex detail with a strong sense of strategy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Gray QC - Compass ChambersAn extremely capable and instinctive advocate.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Health and safety, and regulatory

Illustrative of Compass Chambers’ particularly strong offering in the health and safety/regulatory arena, members appeared prominently in a number of high-profile cases in 2015, including the inquiry into the fatal accident in Glasgow involving a bin lorry.

Health and safety, and regulatory – Leading silks

Murdo MacLeod QC - Compass ChambersHe has an impressive work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Gray QC - Compass ChambersHis strengths lie in health and safety, and in environmental crime.’

Ranked: tier 1
Health and safety, and regulatory – Leading juniors

Barry Smith - Compass ChambersAn intelligent and perceptive counsel, skilled in identifying the salient points in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Mitchell - Compass ChambersExperienced in fatal accident inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steve Love - Compass ChambersSuperb ability to grasp the technical issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Susan Duff - Compass ChambersShe reassures clients with her confidence and obvious ability in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence

Noted for its ‘breadth and depth of quality’, Compass Chambers is ‘the pre-eminent stable for personal injury/reparation work’. The stable recently had counsel on opposing sides in Supreme Court case Kennedy v Cordia and features prominently in the defective vaginal mesh litigation. Susan O’Brien QC became non-practising to chair an inquiry into historical abuse in children’s homes.

Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence – Leading silks

Andrew Smith QC - Compass ChambersHe is a fantastic advocate – incredibly impressive in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Angela Grahame QC - Compass ChambersTrustworthy, reliable and quick-witted.’

Ranked: tier 1

Geoff Clarke QC - Compass ChambersMakes for a formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Mackay QC - Compass ChambersA first-class performer, particularly in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lesley Shand QC - Compass ChambersParticularly strong in dealing with complex medical causation issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marion Caldwell QC - Compass ChambersExperienced in professional and clinical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Milligan QC - Compass ChambersVery able – makes complicated cases straightforward.’

Ranked: tier 1
Personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence – Leading juniors

Amber Galbraith - Compass ChambersHer knowledge and attention to detail is of the highest quality.’

Ranked: tier 1

Astrid Smart - Compass ChambersAn excellent grasp of complex cases, and an attention to detail which is superb.’

Ranked: tier 1

David McNaughtan - Compass ChambersFaultless attention to detail, and always very well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gordon Lamont - Compass ChambersHe is very clever and has a good down-to-earth manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graeme Middleton - Compass ChambersStrong in personal injury/industrial disease, and in professional and clinical negligence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jillian Martin-Brown - Compass ChambersHer written work is consistently good – measured, well researched and always timely.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kenneth Christine - Compass ChambersMuch sought after for his experience and coolness under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm McGregor - Compass ChambersHe is very experienced and robust in his opinion.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Pugh - Compass ChambersSkilled in translating complex legal questions into a language that clients can understand.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steve Love - Compass ChambersHe is absolutely at the top of his game; robust yet reasonable, and highly respected.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Property, construction and agriculture

In 2015, Compass ChambersDavid Sheldon QC handled property damage cases in the Sheriff Court, as well as both the Outer House and Inner House of the Court of Session.

Property, construction and agriculture – Leading silks

David Sheldon QC - Compass ChambersDistils complex facts and law to provide comprehensive analysis and advice.’

Ranked: tier 1

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Stables overview
Stables – mainly civil practitioners - ranked: tier 1

Compass Chambers

Instructing parties state that Compass Chambers has ‘the best personal injury advocates at all levels’. In addition, members undertake clinical negligence cases involving issues of the utmost legal and medical complexity. Elsewhere, the stable has a particularly strong health and safety/regulatory practice, which sees practitioners undertake high-profile inquiries, such as the inquiry into the fatal Glasgow bin lorry accident. Crime is another area of strength. Led by ‘affable’ practice manager Gavin Herd, ‘clerks go above and beyond to provide a first-class service’.

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