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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 Chambers β€˜Combines an ability to grasp complex detail with a strong sense of strategy.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Gray QC - Compass Chambers β€˜An 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 Chambers β€˜He has an impressive work ethic.’

Ranked: tier 1

Peter Gray QC - Compass Chambers β€˜His strengths lie in health and safety, and in environmental crime.’

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

Barry Smith - Compass Chambers β€˜An intelligent and perceptive counsel, skilled in identifying the salient points in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Claire Mitchell - Compass Chambers β€˜Experienced in fatal accident inquiries.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steve Love - Compass Chambers β€˜Superb ability to grasp the technical issues in a case.’

Ranked: tier 1

Susan Duff - Compass Chambers β€˜She 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 β€˜breadth and depth of quality’, Compass Chambers is β€˜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 Chambers β€˜He is a fantastic advocate – incredibly impressive in court.’

Ranked: tier 1

Angela Grahame QC - Compass Chambers β€˜Trustworthy, reliable and quick-witted.’

Ranked: tier 1

Geoff Clarke QC - Compass Chambers β€˜Makes for a formidable opponent.’

Ranked: tier 1

Ian Mackay QC - Compass Chambers β€˜A first-class performer, particularly in cross-examination.’

Ranked: tier 1

Lesley Shand QC - Compass Chambers β€˜Particularly strong in dealing with complex medical causation issues.’

Ranked: tier 1

Marion Caldwell QC - Compass Chambers β€˜Experienced in professional and clinical negligence, and catastrophic personal injury.’

Ranked: tier 1

Robert Milligan QC - Compass Chambers β€˜Very able – makes complicated cases straightforward.’

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

Amber Galbraith - Compass Chambers β€˜Her knowledge and attention to detail is of the highest quality.’

Ranked: tier 1

Astrid Smart - Compass Chambers β€˜An excellent grasp of complex cases, and an attention to detail which is superb.’

Ranked: tier 1

David McNaughtan - Compass Chambers β€˜Faultless attention to detail, and always very well prepared.’

Ranked: tier 1

Gordon Lamont - Compass Chambers β€˜He is very clever and has a good down-to-earth manner with clients.’

Ranked: tier 1

Graeme Middleton - Compass Chambers β€˜Strong in personal injury/industrial disease, and in professional and clinical negligence.’

Ranked: tier 1

Jillian Martin-Brown - Compass Chambers β€˜Her written work is consistently good – measured, well researched and always timely.’

Ranked: tier 1

Kenneth Christine - Compass Chambers β€˜Much sought after for his experience and coolness under pressure.’

Ranked: tier 1

Malcolm McGregor - Compass Chambers β€˜He is very experienced and robust in his opinion.’

Ranked: tier 1

Richard Pugh - Compass Chambers β€˜Skilled in translating complex legal questions into a language that clients can understand.’

Ranked: tier 1

Steve Love - Compass Chambers β€˜He 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 Chambers’ David 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 Chambers β€˜Distils 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 β€˜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 β€˜affable’ practice manager Gavin Herd, β€˜clerks go above and beyond to provide a first-class service’.

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