Personal injury: defender in Scotland

Brodies LLP

Fielding a team of ‘exceptional individuals’, Brodies LLP is regularly instructed by major insurers and blue-chip companies across Scotland on defending personal injury claims, which are often reputationally significant. After the retirement of former practice head Elena Fry, the group is now fronted by experienced duo Carly Forrest in Glasgow and Laura McMillan in Edinburgh who is noted for work around industrial disease. The practice is active across employers’ liability, public liability and fatal claims. Head of the insurance and risk team Duncan MacLean advises marine liability issuers whilst Malcolm Mackay in Aberdeen has strength in renewable energy and construction sector incidents and claims. Also in the core team is managing associate Kate Donachie, who focuses on defending liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Carly Forrest; Laura McMilla

Other key lawyers:

Duncan MacLean; Malcolm Mackay; Kate Donachie

Testimonials

‘Exceptional individuals and teamwork. Regular, clear communications. Great value for money.’

‘Carly Forrest puts clients at ease when unfamiliar legal processes cause stress. She is clear and expressive yet always calm. Carly resolves intractable confrontational claims effectively, economically and without fuss. The perfect package.’

‘This team complements the work of other teams within the firm. It is a feature of this firm that where a case crosses over the work of the firms’ different teams, so those teams pull together to add value and expertise to the case.’

‘The team provides a very good overall service.’

‘They are deeply into the merits of the case and explain the Scottish law system in detail and with patience.’

‘They provide good and reliable advice on the handling of the case. The billing is comprehensive and well structured.’

Key clients

Aviva

Zurich Insurance

Abellio Ltd

Axis Capital Insurance

Cape plc

Babcock International Group

Liberty Speciality Markets

National Express Group

Enstar/Starstone Underwriting Limited

Sunderland Marine Insurance

Work highlights

  • Representing Scapa Flow Charters and its insurer in the sensitive defence of a fatal claim which occurred in Scottish Waters. The liability decision following the Proof on liability in 2021 is being challenged on appeal.
  • Representing a client on an industrial disease cases in Scotland. This includes claims involving alleged exposure to asbestos but also silicon, vibration, repetitive strain injury, asthma, dermatitis and hearing.

BTO Solicitors LLP

Led out of Glasgow by Stephen Bryceland, the practice at BTO Solicitors LLP is singled out for ‘first-class defence’, and personal injury litigation across catastrophic injury, industrial disease, abuse and professional indemnity. Catherine Currie has over three decades of expertise in defender work and is highlighted for personal injury cases with an international focus. The group also acts for insurers, brokers and self-insured organisations on motor, employer liability, public liability issues. Garry Ferguson is instructed on complex international cases involving brain injury, amputations and neurological conditions, while Claire White is the name for claims around medical devices and implants.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Bryceland

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Currie; Garry Ferguson; Claire White

Testimonials

‘BTO still has a vastly experienced and effective team that customers tell us the appreciate. Discreet, cost effective and the ultimate professionals.’

‘Catherine Currie personifies calm control. Patient with customers, yet displaying impeccable timing with tactics, offers and process.’

‘BTO’s particular area of expertise is in catastrophic personal injury. I think they know better than most that paying what you owe quickly is the most sensible strategy.’

‘First-class defence lawyer firm in the personal injury (catastrophic injury) field. Quick to grasp issues, recognising an insurer’s need to consider early commercial settlements in appropriate cases. Very adept at managing both insurer and policyholder expectations.’

‘Garry Ferguson is very pragmatic and a good strategist.’

‘Claire White has great attention to detail and is adept at managing complex cases with multiple facets.’

‘Strong team of highly experienced PI lawyers. Practical and well organised, always looking out to see if a cost-effective solution is available to clients.’

‘A team that if asked to investigate or carry out work will do it and do it well. Not something that can be said for all legal firms.’

Key clients

RSA

AIG UK Limited

NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited

CHUBB European Group Limited

MPS, MDDUS & MDU

Newline

Tokio Marine

Riverstone

Gallagher Bassett

UK General Insurance

Work highlights

  • Instructed in £8m court action arising from road traffic case where the pursuer sustained catastrophic injuries including tetraplegia.
  • Instructed in multiple court actions involving potentially fraudulent allegations by five alleged occupants of a vehicle involved in rear end collision.
  • Instructed in the successful defence of remote court action involving equestrian business.

Clyde & Co

Singled out for its ‘expertise and excellence’, Clyde & Co has a ‘well-respected global brand’, operating from Scottish offices across Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh, where it handles personal injury matters for top insurer clients. Now bolstered by its merger with BLM, the group continues to have strength in high-value catastrophic injury claims, industrial disease litigation, employers’ liability actions and historic childhood abuse claims. Vikki Melville oversees the group, which features Mark DonaldsonToni Ashby who specialises in latent disease claims, and insurance lawyer Andrew ConstableHarry Boyle leads the casualty team in Aberdeen and is rated by clients. Accredited personal injury specialist Tanya Gordon has a focus on large catastrophic loss. Key ex-BLM names include Greg MacDougall, who heads up the Scottish travel and holiday claims team in Edinburgh, and Karen Dance and Frank Hughes in Glasgow.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Melville

Other key lawyers:

Harry Boyle; Mark Donaldson; Toni Ashby; Andrew Constable; Tanya Gordon; Karen Dance; Greg MacDougall; Frank Hughes; Andrew Gilmour; Rachel Henry; Kirsty Yuill

Testimonials

‘Vikki Melville is approachable and very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the work that she does for us.’

‘Vikki Melville is vastly experienced, knowledgeable. Inspires confidence in clients. Has an ability to grasp the essential point in a case instantly and provide the necessary advice.’

‘Harry Boyle and his team have a great depth of experience and operate very efficiently together. There has always been good diversity, indeed his team has always struck me as being ahead of its time in that regard.’

‘Andrew Gilmour is technically excellent and good to work with.’

‘The combination of experience across wide geographic locations is a unique and powerful advantage.’

‘Andrew Gilmour is an effective and experienced industrial disease lawyer who can provide data and information at very short notice.’

‘Rachel Henry and Frank Hughes provide an excellent service and have great knowledge of cases from minor to catastrophic.’

‘Karen Dance consistently develops a rapid and deep understanding of the cases, maintaining continuity and providing regular updates as the matter progresses.’

Key clients

Axa

Transportation Claims Limited

Sedgwick International

AIG

QBE

Argenta

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of the public liability insurers of a door security provider in connection with the death of a nightclub patron in Aberdeen on 8 August 2013. The deceased was killed as a consequence of an inappropriate control/handling technique deployed by an employed doorman. He was acquitted of murder but convicted of assault. There is a sizeable quantum dispute.

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP has an excellent market reputation and has demonstrable strength handling personal injury, catastrophic injury cases and diseases for an impressive client roster. Accredited specialist John Maillie in Glasgow focuses on defending claims arising from motor and workplace accidents, while Rachel Rough handles cases involving children. Also in the core team is Louise Gallagher, who leads the casualty injury team, and Gillian Rushbury who acts for insurers and corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

John Maillie

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Rough; Louise Gallagher; Gillain Rushbury

Work highlights

    Harper Macleod LLP

    Described as a ‘force to be reckoned with’, the personal injury group at Harper Macleod LLP is instructed by large insurers, public bodies and private individuals across complex issues including employer and public liability, clinical negligence, and industrial diseases. Practice head Elizabeth Mitchell has experience in defender actions and oversees the group which features solicitor advocate Suzanne McGarrigle, who is the key name for litigating cases before the Sheriff Court and Court of Session, specialising in liability and medical causation. Senior associate Amy Dickson is also a key name and acts on behalf of insurance companies.

    Practice head(s):

    Elizabeth Mitchell

    Other key lawyers:

    Suzanne McGarrigle; Amy Dickson

    Testimonials

    ‘Very experienced, meticulous in their preparation with real commercial awareness.’

    ‘A force to be reckoned with!’

    ‘Suzanne McGarrigle justly deservesher reputation for being an iron fist in a velvet glove. Pleasant and professional to deal with,but also tenacious and one step ahead of the opposition.’

    ‘The commercial realities of a case are always considered making these solicitors efficient as well as effective.’

    ‘Committed, strong team which delivers for public and private clients.’

    ‘Amy Dickson is determined and quality litigator.’

    ‘Small dedicated team so we have been able to build a rapport, enabling us to discuss matters both via formal instructions and on ad hoc basis. Very approachable and billing seems fair. Don’t do anything spectacular but steady and reliable.’

    ‘Deal exclusively with partner, Suzanne McGarrigle, and associate, Amy Dickson. Very available and always willing to elucidate when we southerners gasp in incomprehension about Scottish procedure. They provide ad hoc advice and formal training as part of their service.’

    Key clients

    Covea Insurance

    Direct Line Group and Direct Line Insurance Services Limited including Direct Line Insurance, Privilege Insurance, Churchill Insurance, NIG Insurance, UK Insurance and Green Flag

    Forestry and Land Scotland (previously known as Forestry Commission Scotland)

    Acromas Insurance Company Limited

    Admiral Insurance / EUI Limited, including Elephant Insurance and Diamond Insurance

    Moray Council

    Kennedys

    Kennedys is noted for its ‘excellent understanding of the insurance industry’ and handles a steady stream of liability claims for insurers and corporate clients. The practice is managed by dual-qualified Rory Jackson in Edinburgh and is active in high-profile litigation, occupational disease, historic abuse and fatal damages claims. Peter Demick splits his time between Edinburgh and Glasgow and is recommended for complex property damage claims, while Daniela Fusi is the name for fatal claims in the Court of Session. The team also works with its offices in Belfast and Dublin, offering clients an extensive geographical footprint.

    Practice head(s):

    Rory Jackson

    Other key lawyers:

    Peter Demick; Daniela Fusi

    Testimonials

    ‘Daniela Fusi is a great addition to the Kennedy’s PI defenders’ team. She is one of the most knowledgeable, personable, hard-working, and skilled solicitors in industrial disease work.’

    ‘A good team that handles a range of work. The approach is diligent, with good involvement of counsel instructed in a given case. Cases are well investigated.’

    ‘The overall technical proficiency and market intelligence allows our business to access expert knowledge and guidance on Scottish law and motor claims.’

    ‘Kennedys Scotland provide a comprehensive legal service for insurers.’

    ‘The team has a wealth of experience and a range of fee earners to suit every budget.’

    ‘I have found their advice to be succinct, clear, and commercially minded which enables me to give appropriate and cost-effective legal advice to my clients in claims of varying complexities and values.’

    ‘Peter Demick is able to consider claims of all complexities and provide clear and concise advice that enables us to make the right decisions for our insurer clients. Peter is very easy to work with and always available to give sound advice. His ability to achieve commercial solutions to complex matters is outstanding.’

    ‘Rory Jackson is the partner I communicate with most frequently. Generally the team complete the day-to-day work but Rory clearly monitors closely and if I have any questions, I know I can simply pick up the phone. He is approachable and provides helpful advice to ensure the business have the best outcomes in sometimes difficult and sensitive situations.’

    Key clients

    Acromas Insurance Ltd

    AXA

    Covea Insurance

    Haven Insurance

    HDI Global Insurance

    Liberty Mutual Insurance

    TUI UK

    Work highlights

    • Advised the Second defender in a complex Employers’ Liability case where the Pursuer claimed to have suffered an accident at work; settlement was achieved between the Pursuer and First Defender without any contribution from the Second Defender. At Proof, against the Second Defender, the Court concluded that the settlement was in respect of the entire claim.
    • Regularly instructed to represent motor insurers in a variety of cases, we are instructed by the road traffic insurers of a vehicle which was fleeing the police when it collided with another vehicle, arguing an ex-turpi causa defence (joint criminal enterprise).
    • Represent the Second Defender in relation to an alleged delay in diagnosis of a haematoma to the spinal cord with severe cord compression.

    Morton Fraser

    Highlighted as ‘knowledgeable and excellent’, Morton Fraser acts for a range of high-profile public bodies including Royal Mail, Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Defence on a variety of matters spanning industrial disease, wrongful death, employers’ liability, and historic abuse. Highly rated practice head Jenny Dickson is noted for high-value complex claims around serious road traffic accidents. The team also features Jennifer Thomson who is well placed to handle psychiatric injuries.

    Practice head(s):

    Jenny Dickson

    Other key lawyers:

    Jennifer Thomson

    Testimonials

    ‘I have always found the team I deal with to be pragmatic and well organised. The instructions are well prepared.’

    ‘Jenny Dickson is excellent. She understands the dynamics of PI litigation and provides sensible instructions. She is ably supported by her team, including Jennifer Thomson.’

    ‘Morton Fraser’s team is efficient, knowledgeable and excellent at staying on top of cases and getting good results.’

    ‘Jennifer Thomson handles cases very well and efficiently, with a great eye for detail while never losing sight of the bigger picture. She has achieved some good results for us.’

    Key clients

    Ministry of Defence (MOD)

    Royal Mail

    Scottish Government

    UK Government

    Police Scotland

    Historic Environment Scotland

    Work highlights

    • Acted in a multi-million pound catastrophic personal injury claim following a road traffic accident on the M8 motorway.
    • Acting in a fatal mesothelioma claim which was worth in excess of £2m in damages.
    • Act for Glasgow City Council in a complex historic abuse claim. We have an experienced team who are familiar with the nuances of historic abuse claims and handle many such cases, including a number which are valued in excess of £1m.

    Anderson Strathern

    At Anderson Strathern, ‘there is strength in depth with members who are on top of their game’, according to clients. The team is active across defender personal injury claims and enjoys a steady stream of instructions from the Scottish Prison Service for which they are the sole provider. Robert Carr is recommended for liability matters and was appointed as part-time Sheriff. Sarah Phillips is active in defender litigation for public bodies and insurer clients and remains the standout name in the practice.

    Practice head(s):

    Robert Carr; Catriona Watt; Gillian Jamieson

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Phillips

    Testimonials

    ‘Excellent team, all well trained, specialist and committed to the client.’

    ‘Sarah Phillips – good organiser, hard working, committed.’

    ‘Anderson Strathern is a large, commercially aware firm with a wide range of output activities including personal injuries work primarily for defenders. The lawyers work collaboratively and focus on attaining key outcomes for the client.’

    ‘Sarah Phillips is an exceptional litigation lawyer who conscientiously prepares the presentation of the client’s case and ensures the client is in the best position to run the trial successfully or negotiate a favourable outcome, depending on the individual case.’

    ‘What stands out is the personal touch: the team is caring, knowledgeable, and diligent. Sarah Phillips is extraordinarily capable. She has an excellent command of her cases, the issues, and her clients’ needs.’

    ‘The Team is highly professional, examines all aspects of the litigation and potential fall-out, provides practical and sensible advice, is extremely well versed in the relevant area of law and always prompt.’

    ‘Most of my work is with Robert Carr, who is extremely able, provides focussed and relevant advice, responds promptly and provides a personalised and tailored service.’

    ‘There is strength in depth. All the various members of the team I engage with are on top of their game. Compared to other firms they are sharper, better informed and backed by effective admin systems.’

    Key clients

    Co-operative Insurance now Soteria Insurance Ltd.

    The Scottish Government (in particular: Advocate General for Scotland, Transport Scotland, Marine Scotland, DWP and the Crown Office) – re-appointed.

    The Scottish Prison Service

    Scottish Water

    Risk Management Authority

    Scottish Midland Co-operative Society/Aviva

    Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service

    HSE

    Work highlights

    • Acted on behalf of Crown Office (COPFS) in defending a complicated and high value claim for damages in the Court of Session raised by a Senior Procurator Fiscal for stress at work.
    • Acted on behalf of the Scottish Prison Service in defending a fatal claim for damages by 13 family members, whereby the deceased had committed suicide whilst in custody.
    • Acting on behalf of the Scottish Prison Service in defending a number of personal injury claims by prison officers for symptoms from which they suffered following secondary exposure to unknown substances (NPS) which are being used by prisoners across the Scottish prison estate.

    Burness Paull LLP

    Burness Paull LLP is ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and an approachable team’, according to clients and regularly handles complex personal injury litigation across the energy, maritime and construction sectors. Overseen by Andrew Forsyth in Edinburgh, the practice advises on industrial disease, including asbestos, employer and occupier liability claims. The team is also well placed to advise on occupational disease claims, including noise and vibration cases. Neil Smith is the key contact in Aberdeen. Director Lynne Moss represents clients in health and safety prosecutions and fatal claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Forsyth

    Other key lawyers:

    Neil Smith; Lynne Moss

    Testimonials

    ‘The team display a good understanding of the industry, risks associated within the industry and the insurance and risk management business.’

    ‘Andrew Forsyth provides the appropriate advice to ensure that the business can assess the appropriate outcomes of any personal injury claim to ensure that the business is suitably supported.’

    ‘The practice has set itself up to respond to the bespoke needs of clients. Focussed on servicing clients as opposed to chasing Insurer panel income is what makes Burness Paull different. This aligns well with the values of my own firm and is why we have chosen to collaborate with them.’

    ‘Andrew Forsyth is a personable, humble, professional and a highly likeable individual. He, and Burness Paull generally, have been an absolute pleasure to work with.’

    ‘The practice is very client focused and they are always prepared to tailor their services to meet their clients needs. They always deal with matters promptly and efficiently.’

    ‘The Team at Burness Paull have served our needs for a few year now and we have absolutely no problems with them at all. Nothing is too much trouble for them they go above and beyond to get the best results for us and take the time to explain any complex issues that we are struggling with.’

    ‘I mainly deal with Andrew Forsyth and I have a great working relationship with him. He keeps me up-to-date on all the files that he is dealing with on our behalf, nothing is too much trouble for him, he provides any training that I or the team need and goes above and beyond. He is friendly helpful and professional.’

    ‘Andrew Forsyth – is knowledgeable, in a highly specialised area, is approachable and very pragmatic in his way of dealing with claims – understands areas of importance to the client and high levels of service expected.’

    ‘Andrew Forsythe and Lynne Moss are very approachable, experienced and they always respond to queries very quickly. Good service all round.’

    Key clients

    Kier Construction

    Subsea 7

    North of England P&I Association

    Thomas Miller Claims Management

    Resolute Management

    Halliburton

    Stena Drilling

    Sunderland Marine

    R&Q

    Standard Club

    Work highlights

    • Nominated by Subsea 7, a subsea engineering, construction and services company serving the offshore energy industry, to defend its personal injury claims in Scotland.
    • Nominated by Halliburton, a services company serving the energy industry, to defend its personal injury claims in Scotland.
    • Nominated by Resolute Management, an insurance company, to defend its asbestos and noise related claims in Scotland.

    DWF

    DWF is singled out by clients and peers for its well-established counter-fraud offering, which is a key feature in its personal injury practice. Jointly managed by Jill Sinclair and Andrew Lothian, who has a focus on defending insurers, the group is well-placed to handle an assortment of high-value defence-side insurance litigation, often cross-border for a host of clients including Aviva and RSA. Director Lynne Macfarlane is recommended for employers and public liability cases. Justine Reilly deals primarily with fraudulent motor claims. Elsewhere, senior associate Julia McDonald has now left the firm.

    Practice head(s):

    Andrew Lothian; Jill Sinclair

    Other key lawyers:

    Lynne Macfarlane; Justine Reilly

    Testimonials

    ‘Andrew Lothian is a great safe and professional pair of hands.’

    Key clients

    RSA

    Aviva

    Zurich (Zurich Commercial, Zurich Municipal, Zurich Global Corporate Risks, Zurich Engineering and Zurich Risk Services)

    Liverpool Victoria

    QBE

    Tokio Marine Kiln

    Hastings

    Travelers

    Allianz

    Civil Nuclear Police Authority

    Work highlights

    • Advising insurer on sensitive causation issues in major claim where road traffic accident victim died 7 months post-accident with other medical complications.
    • Advising on family claims following death of employee in tragic roller shutter door case.
    • Counter fraud team seek to further educate judiciary on fraudulent claims in Scotland. Sheriff in his judgement criticises the behaviour of the claims management company.

    Plexus Law

    Plexus Law acts for leading insurers and corporate clients across employer’s liability, public liability, regulatory and disease claims. Practice head and dual-qualified Cameron McNaught is active in catastrophic injury cases and holds the Lloyds syndicates as a key base of clients. Calum Mathieson deals with large loss employers and product liability claims and is rated by clients, while Julie Fisher is the name for motor and casualty claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Cameron McNaught

    Other key lawyers:

    Calum Mathieson; Julie Fisher

    Testimonials

    ‘Calum Mathieson is robust and experienced.’

    ‘My contact is primarily with Calum Mathieson, Partner in Edinburgh. He provides strong support throughout the litigation lifecycle, clear and concise reporting and realistic reserve recommendations.’

    ‘Calum Mathieson is particularly good at understanding insurer requirements, is a good communicator & is always available to discuss.’

    ‘A professional and efficient team providing a TPA service for all our EL and PL Claims.

    ‘Cameron McNaught (Partner) provides personable and knowledgable advice supported by a team of specialists in a number of fields. Because of the jurisdiction they are naturally expert in their field, they instantly know the experts to go to, legal counsel and generally know the opposition well enough to make negotiations go smoothly. They put the client at ease by sharing their knowledge and experience.’

    ‘I work with Calum Mathieson a great deal and his knowledge and experience of the gas & oil/offshore industry makes him one of my top “go-to” lawyers for claims of this nature.’

    ‘Calum Mathieson. Technically excellent and provides an exceptional service.’

    Key clients

    Direct Line Group Including Churchill, NIG, Direct Line and Privilege)

    QBE

    AIG

    Ageas

    EMR Group

    Tesco

    BMI Healthcare

    Mears Group

    Shetland Islands Council

    Work highlights

    • Instructed to represent their insured Thameside Fire Protection Co Ltd (TFPC) in relation to the Louisa fishing vessel foundering which resulted in 3 fatalities.
    • Instructed by the Defendant’s motor insurers in a personal injury claim arising when the Claimant alleged serious injury after falling while exiting a taxi.
    • Instructed to defend a PI damages claim as a result of an RTA. The sum sued for was £500K. The Pursuer alleged multiple orthopaedic injuries and scar contracture in relation to his pre-existing necrotizing fasciitis with ongoing symptoms and restrictions.

    Keoghs LLP

    Keoghs LLP is singled out for its ‘pragmatic legal advice and great results in litigation’, and acts for an assortment of insurers and multinational clients on defendant work. Based in Glasgow, Douglas Cowan handles casualty claims and is supported by David Hennessy who is skilled in disease claims, including asbestos, as well as historic abuse. Emily Jeffrey oversees the firm’s counter-fraud practice and excels in motor fraud. Also in the core team is Calum Fife.

    Practice head(s):

    Douglas Cowan; David Hennessy ; Emily Jeffrey; Calum Fife

    Testimonials

    ‘Emily Jeffrey  is very knowledgeable, very astute, very professional, very efficient, very personable.’

    ‘The team are all very friendly and approachable which is essential when dealing with claims in a different legal jurisdiction. The rules and practices are very different in some respects and it is helpful to be able to discuss these in depth in order to understand and assess any given claim.’ 

    ‘The breadth and depth of experience means that all levels of claim are handled effectively.’

    ‘David Hennessy has repeatedly demonstrated his ability to handle claims of varying values and complexities to a very high standard, always retaining a client focus and commercially aware approach to advice and strategies.’

    ‘Experience and a real appreciation of client’s needs; great team working with counsel.’

    ‘Calum Fife is a great partner to deal with: he sees the big picture.’

    ‘Pragmatic legal advice and great results in litigation.’

    Key clients

    Allianz

    LV

    First Central

    Transport for Malta

    Motor Insurers’ Bureau

    Tesco Stores

    Marks and Spencer

    Ageas

    Work highlights

    • Advising Transport for Malta in a high profile motor injury case which occurred in Malta.
    • Acting for insurers and their customer in defending a personal injury action raised by a cyclist who was involved in a collision with our client’s customer driving a car.
    • Acted for a hardware retailer in a claim for damages arising from a trauma incident when a claimant came into collision with a manual pallet truck being pulled by an employee.

    Ledingham Chalmers LLP

    Ledingham Chalmers LLP offers clients ‘a fantastic, knowledgeable, hardworking team dedicated to delivering excellence’, and has expertise dotted across fraudulent claims, catastrophic injuries and claims against local authorities. John Chalmers in Edinburgh, accredited specialist Graeme Edward in Aberdeen and Victoria Leslie in Inverness jointly manage the group. Sarah Morris has a specialism in dealing with stress-related issues at work.

    Practice head(s):

    John Chalmers; Graeme Edward; Victoria Leslie

    Other key lawyers:

    Sarah Morris

    Testimonials

    ‘Fantastic, knowledgeable, hard working team dedicated to delivering excellence.

    ‘Sarah Morris is the lead partner – Sarah is a very experienced and able solicitor. She’s been working for various local authorities as clients for several years now and has excellent instincts for which cases should be settled and which should be fought. She’s very well prepared and organised and doing cases for her is always a pleasure.’

    ‘They have impressed and surpassed all expectations.’

    ‘They have a real breadth and depth of knowledge and have acted as a successful counsel in tricky litigated situations.’

    ‘Billing is clear and easy to follow, never had any concerns on that point. We work well together and long may we continue to do so.’

    ‘Sarah Morris gives it her all with comprehensive and detailed advice, drilling down into every detail – she misses nothing out. Sarah is first on my list with new instructions.’

    ‘Sarah Morris is more than a safe pair of hands, I would say an exemplary custodian. I feel she is approachable, patient and extremely knowledgeable. Her advice and guidance has been invaluable in the defence of some very high-value litigation. She is a straight shooter and the one you want in your corner. I will continue with instructions to Sarah without hesitation.’

    ‘Graeme Edward is exceptional, a stand out in the Scottish market.’

    Key clients

    Direct Line

    Gallagher Bassett

    Zenith Insurance

    Tradex Insurance

    Markerstudy Insurance

    North Lanarkshire Council

    Zurich Insurance

    Highland Council

    East Lothian Council

    Work highlights

    • Advising insurer on the defence of a claim following an accident rendering the pursuer paraplegic.
    • Advising Local Authority on the defence of a mesothelioma case following exposure in the 1970’s.
    • Advised insurer in connection with high value proceedings issued following a road traffic accident where a pedestrian sustained life changing brain and spinal injuries.

    Weightmans LLP

    Weightmans LLP offers ‘a dedicated and highly efficient team with knowledge in the insurance industry’ according to clients, and is noted for its handling of historic abuse and neglect claims as well as catastrophic injuries. Spearheaded from Glasgow, the practice is jointly managed by Pamela Stevenson and Seonaid Busby.

    Practice head(s):

    Pamela Stevenson; Seonaid Busby

    Testimonials

    ‘The team have an excellent knowledge of disease claims, which can be quite specialised and not easily understood across the board.’

    ‘The team provide excellent advice, timely updates and first-class understanding of the issues and claims that we come across and the service they provide is worth the fees presented. They are also friendly and engaging.’

    ‘Excellent team. Passionate, sensible, and committed. Weightmans is particularly innovative with technology.’

    ‘Pamela Stevenson is a standout solicitor in defenders’ reparation. She has an extraordinary breadth and depth of experience, dealing brilliantly with industrial disease, road traffic, medical, and other cases.’

    ‘A highly regarded, able and professionally competent team of solicitors.’

    ‘More than capable of conducting high-value, complex, catastrophic injury claims in all courts in Scotland. Knowledgeable, personable and hard-working.’

    ‘I have worked with Seonaid Busby and Pamela Stevenson. Both are highly efficient and have significant legal and procedural knowledge in this practice area.’

    ‘They are organised, pragmatic, personable and diligent.’

    Key clients

    Zurich Insurance

    Markerstudy (formerly the Co-Operative Insurance)

    First Central Insurance

    AIG Europe

    Sabre Insurance

    Peel Ports

    PIB Insurance Brokers

    First Underwriting

    AXA XL

    BAI

    Work highlights

    • Acting in a high value, complex amputation RTA action, which was one of the first cases in Scotland to consider Swift v Carpenter and the appropriate approach to take to accommodation claims.
    • Acting in Anna Imrie & Ors v Fife Council (MMI) in a complex Court of Session fatal mesothelioma action in respect of the death of the late Andrew Imrie in which the date of knowledge of the risks of asbestos exposure was a live issue.
    • Acting for David Arthrell v Iain Tait (Markerstudy) in a complex high value action arising from a RTA on 21 July 2016 which has complex medical causation issues.