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Kay Springham QC

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Compass Chambers (Compass Chambers)


Main areas of work: personal injury, professional negligence and public law. Recent areas of work include: Vale of Leven Hospital public inquiry – junior counsel for Scottish Ministers in inquiry into outbreak of Clostridium difficile; Apollo Engineering v James Scott Ltd – appointed as amicus curiae where lay individual sought to represent limited company. Issues under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights; David T Morrison & Co Ltd v ICL Plastics Ltd – claim for reparation arising out of explosion at factory causing damage to neighbouring building, whether claim prescribed; Davis v Catto and Skinner – junior counsel in reclaiming motion in road traffic case, where court determined whether drivers were competing with each other, and consequent rights of relief; junior counsel for pursuer in medical negligence claim which settled on the basis of a periodical payment order – second case in Scotland to use PPO; H v Scottish Ministers and Glasgow City Council – counsel for local authority in judicial review relating to proceedings for obtaining of a child protection order – whether compliant with European Convention on Human Rights. For further information on the above and other experience please see:


Standing junior to the Scottish Ministers 2005 to 2013; second standing junior to the Scottish Ministers 2013 to date; DEA (Strasbourg) 1997. Publications: chapter on ‘Property Law’ in ‘A Practical Guide to Human Rights Law in Scotland’, General Editor, The Honourable Lord Reed; ‘Article 6 Examined’ in Human Rights and UK Practice, vol 1, Issue 1; ‘To Associate...or not to Associate – article 11 of the ECHR’ in Human Rights and UK Practice, vol. 1, Issue 3; ‘State Immunity – ‘What a Pity!’ in Human Rights and UK Practice, Vol 3, issue 3; ‘Trespassing on Human Rights/’ The Scottish Parliament and land reform’ 1999 SLT 227. Kay has spoken at a number of conferences and seminars, primarily on human rights and personal injury issues.


Fluent French.


Faculty of Advocates’ Professional Negligence Group; Faculty of Advocates’ Disciplinary Investigating Committee; Faculty of Advocates’ Human Rights Committee.


Glasgow (1985 LLB Hons; 1986 Dip LP); Strasbourg, France (1997, Diplôme d’études approfondies, European human rights law).

Scottish Bar

Personal injury and medical negligence

Within: Personal injury and medical negligence – Leading silks

Kay Springham QC - Compass Chambers β€˜Intelligent, practical, straight-talking and very calm under pressure.’

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