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Richard Pugh

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Selected cases conducted as a solicitor (where no reference/citation is given the case did not reach a substantive hearing – the names of the parties have, in these cases, been removed): As counsel: Moore v The Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail [2009] SLT 27 – case concerning the competency of a first division of the Inner House in fining a party for the late abandonment of an appeal. Medical negligence: RC v Health Board – action against Health Board arising out of alleged negligence during labour – result was child suffering severe cerebral palsy – liability and quantum in dispute; Violet Fallone v North Lanarkshire Health Board [2006] CSOH 51 – procedure roll discussion concerning Issues for jury trial; GS and oths v Health Board – action for three members of family following death of other member – post operative DVT; AT v Health Board – undiagnosed orthopaedic injuries sustained in RTA – separate actions for the personal injuries and the negligence arising during the treatment therefore. Personal injuries: DM v Employer – accident at work – safe system of work and work equipment, back injury necessitating early retirement – no residual earning capacity; AW v Employer – accident at work – traumatic amputation of three fingers – pursuer had gone on to set up own business; James Reid v Midlothian Council (Sheriff Horsburgh 2006) – claim against council based on unsafe design of ground at a shopping centre. Professional negligence: Mortgage Company v Surveyor – defending claim for professional negligence against firm of surveyors, including third party claim for indemnity from professional insurers; VWF Claims – multiple claims against firms of solicitors for failure to settle services claims when settling claims under compensation agreement. Judicial review: DJS v CICB [2007] CSIH 49 – reclaiming motion against decision to refuse petition for judicial review – review was sought of the ‘same roof rule’ in criminal injures compensation; LF v Compensation Fund (decision awaited) – judicial review sought of criteria for ex gratia compensation under government scheme. Other: Robert Thomas v LSS [2006] SLT 183 – disciplinary appeal on behalf of solicitor – plea of res judicata in respect of previous criminal proceedings; Emma Frame – fatal accident inquiry [2005] – four week FAI concerning death of three year old child arising from excessive doses of inhaled steroids; George Fairlie – fatal accident inquiry [2006] – nine week FAI concerning death of elderly man in nursing home.


Balfour and Manson 2001-03; Drummond Miller LLP 2003-07; Edinburgh University (tutor in civil procedure) 2007. Publications include: contributor – Scottish Human Rights Service. Other information: between 2005 and 2007 Richard was the President of the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association. Prior to becoming President he had served on the Committee of the Association. He continues to serve as immediate past president. Richard has been involved in responding to a number of Scottish Executive and Law Society consultations on a wide variety of issues. He also sits on the committee of the Scottish Legal Aid Board set up to consider the simplification of Civil Legal Aid. He has given a number of seminars on matters arising out of his practice as a solicitor. These have included talks to the Scottish Oral and Maxillofacial Society Conference; the BLED Forum in Slovenia on the topic of medical negligence; The Scottish Young lawyers’ Association annual conference on the subject of Fatal Accident Inquiries; and various seminars in-house on topics such as quantum of damages.


Strathclyde (LLB Hons); Glasgow Graduate School of Law (Dip LP).


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