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Geoff Clarke QC

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Compass Chambers (Compass Chambers)


Geoff specialises in personal injury, professional negligence (including medical negligence) insurance, commercial and contract litigation. He also acts for many of Scotland’s assessors in rating and valuation disputes. He is experienced in a wide range of civil litigation with a particular emphasis on advocacy ability and strong technical and scientific knowledge. He has a special interest in disease claims and claims involving brain or spinal injury or requiring modern prosthetics. He is involved in the teaching of advocacy skills and is an assessor of advocacy skills for the Faculty. He has appeared in a number of inquiries and has a particular knowledge of health and safety issues. He is an accredited mediator and is fully trained in arbitration law. Recent cases include: Paterson v MacLeod & Highland Council [2017] CSOH 20 a five week Proof before Lord Armstrong concerning liability for a stationary refuse vehicle involved in a traffic accident, Young v Macvean 2016 S.C. 1352015 S.L.T. 729 a Proof and Appeal involving damages for loss of a teenage son and the issue of the Pursuer being a secondary victim; Wagner v Grant 2016 SLT 699 both at Proof and Reclaiming Motion concerning liability and quantum including the issue of prosthrtics and the principle of restitution; Smith v Scottish Water [2014] CSOH 140; 2014 G.W.D. 30-600, where he successfully defended Scottish Water when they were sued by the wife of one of their former employees whose death was caused by a pulmonary embolism allegedly caused by a knee injury when he slipped in mud at work. The case looks at the notion of risk to be avoided under the workplace regulations; Recent cases settled include a number of cases concerning asbestos related disease, achieving a substantial award for a cyclist who was severely injured after a mudguard slipped down the forks of his bicycle causing him to be thrown over the handlebars (confidentiality agreement in place); Winters v Collier, achieved a substantial award for a motorcyclist who was severely injured when she collided with a panicked horse which had run onto the carriageway; Ballantyne Brown v City of Edinburgh, a dog walker left the path to look for her dog and fell into a disused quarry.


Trainee Simpson & Marwick ; solicitor Simpson & Marwick 1989-93; called 1994; accredited mediator 2006; lecturer, delict, University of Edinburgh 2007; QC 2008, Arbitration 2017.


Edinburgh (1988 LLB Hons).

Scottish Bar

Personal injury and medical negligence

Within: Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading silks

Geoff Clarke QC - Compass Chambers β€˜He has expert knowledge of disease cases.’

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