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Robert Milligan QC

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Robert trained with Simpson and Marwick in Edinburgh and since coming to the Bar has acted for pursuers and defenders equally. He is instructed regularly by most leading firms in Scotland. His specialist areas of practice include: reparation, particularly personal injuries, professional and medical negligence, fatal accident inquiries and criminal injuries compensation claims. Robert has a particular interest in product liability, fatal claims and catastrophic injuries. He speaks and writes regularly on personal injury-related matters, particularly in relation to damages. Robert appears in the Sheriff courts, as well as the Court of Session. He has been involved in mediations in catastrophic injury claims. He was instructed by Merck & Co and General Motors in relation to product liability group actions and is currently instructed for the pursuers in the Trans Vaginal Mesh litigation and also the metal hip implant litigation. Selected cases: McGlinchey v General Motors (UK) Ltd 2012 CSIH 91 – product liability claim relating to allegedly defective handbrake; Hamilton and ors v Ferguson Transport (Speon Bridge) Ltd and ors 2012 SLT 71 – five judge decision on guidance for civil juries; Tortolano v Ogilvie Construction Ltd [2013] CSIH 10; 2013 SC 213 – reclaiming motion in relation to the appropriate discount rate for future multipliers; MacDonald v Aberdeenshire Council 2014 SLT 2 – duty of care on roads on authorities in Scotland compared with England; Leonard v The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority [2015] CSIH 44 - occupier’s liability on the West Highland Way; Young v MacVean 2015 SLT 729 – loss of society and secondary victim claim; Warner v Scapa Flow Charters 2017 SLT 239 – limitation and the Athens Convention (currently under appeal to Supreme Court). Robert has spoken at numerous seminars and conferences, including: Schuman Seminar on Personal Injury; CLT Personal Injury Conferences; Faculty of Advocates Conferences; Scottish Young Lawyers Association Conference; Ledingham Chalmers Reparation Conference; Industrial Disease Conference; APIL Personal Injury Update Conferences; Australian Bar Association Conference, Dublin, July 2005; LSA Seminars; Law Society of Scotland Personal Injury Conferences; lusful Events conferences and Compass Chambers events. Robert also gave evidence to the Justice Committee in relation to the Damages (Scotland) Bill 2010 in 2010 and the Court Reform (Scotland) Bill in 2014.


Called 1995; QC 2009. Publications: editor of the delict section of the Scottish Human Rights Practice Looseleaf; quantum editor of Greens Reparation Bulletin; author of numerous articles in inter alia SLT, JPIL on personal injury issues such as fatal claims, catastrophic claims and jury awards, services claims, the discount rate, damages for breaches of the European Convention on Human Rights, appealing against CRU certificates, provisional damages, civil juries and the European Convention on Human Rights, interim damages, statements of valuation of claim, occupational stress claims and employment tribunals, mitigation of loss and the penniless pursuer, future care costs, pleural plaques, residential accommodation costs, PHI payments, applications for compensation for miscarriages of justice, the Compensation Act 2006, The Ogden Tables and the Lost Years. Robert is co-director of Compass Chambers.


Non-executive director of the Scottish Courts Service Board 2010-14; Personal Injuries User Group chaired by Lady Dorrian (2003-09) and Sheriff Court Personal Injury User Group (2009 to date); several Faculty of Advocates committees and Faculty Council; Advisory Group to the Scottish Law Commission in relation to prescription and limitation in personal injury actions; SRU Discipline Panel.


Oxford (1989 BA Jurisprudence); Edinburgh (1991 LLB; 1992 Dip LP).

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