Personal injury: pursuer in Scotland

Balfour+Manson LLP

With a strong team of partners, Balfour+Manson LLP is well placed to handle high-profile personal injury cases in Scotland's top courts. David Short is an important figure for aviation claims, and is also very strong in workplace accident and industrial disease claims - he is known for being 'calm in a crisis'. David McIntosh has very broad expertise, covering both personal injury and medical negligence claims, but is notably strong in cases involving motor accidents and workplace accidents.


‘This practice has a number of individuals who are at the peak of their powers in terms of experience and qualification. They have a number of individuals who are high profile across the legal community and in particular in the areas of personal injury and medical negligence.’

‘David Short is a very well-known and hugely experienced practitioner in relation to personal injury law. He is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is very good at identifying the best lines of investigation with cases. He is good with clients and very down to earth in the way he explains things to them. He never loses his sense of humour, even under the highest pressure. He is undoubtedly at the peak of his powers in terms of experience and analytical thinking.’

‘The team are great to work with. They are an experienced group of lawyers and also keen to push the boundaries in law on behalf of claimant’s.’

‘David Short is calm in a crisis and knows his subject well and very good with clients.’

‘Everyone I was in contact with at Balfour+Manson helped make an extremely traumatic experience tolerable and manageable. This team of lawyers are highly regarded and very well thought of in the legal profession. ‘

Key clients

Kenyan Tea Pickers

A group of women under-dosing of chemotherapy

Work highlights

  • Acting on a landmark case against an Aberdeen-based company who face injury claims from tea-picking workers in Kenya.

Digby Brown LLP

Digby Brown LLP is seen as a 'market leader in personal injury work’ - the firm has a sizable team of more than 50 lawyers across three offices, led by Gordon Dalyell, who is highly experienced in handling cases involving work accidents and road accidents, as well as claims for miscarriages of justice. Cross-border work is another key area of focus;foreign and travel head Mark Gibson specialises in advising Scottish citizens who have suffered severe personal injury overseas. In one recent highlight, the firm led on a £5.2m claim against the Motor Insurance Bureau, in which Chris Stewart, who heads the serious injury department, acted on behalf of a motor accident victim who required care and was left unable to work. The 'exceptional' Fraser Simpson, who focuses on industrial disease claims, is also highly recommended. Other key partners include Kim Leslie, who heads the non-accidental/abuse department, and brain injury and spinal cord injury specialist Moira Kay.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Dalyell


‘Digby Brown are indisputably market leaders in personal injury work. Their solicitors are hardworking, talented and experienced individuals who provide a first class service to their clients. First class knowledge of relevant law and procedure; determination; a willingness to pursue difficult cases which may or may not succeed; superb client care.’

‘Fraser Simpson and his team in industrial disease deserve special mention: the team handles cases where a terminal diagnosis has been given, or where a person has died as a result of industrial disease. Such cases call for the most sensitive handling.’

‘ We work closely with Digby Brown on cross-border asbestos cases. They are an outstanding firm and leaders in their field. They are very committed to their clients and highly knowledgeable, skilled and experienced. I do not hesitate to recommend them to any of my clients who need advice on Scottish law. They are outstanding and true leaders in their field. All of their lawyers that I work with are excellent.’

‘Fraser Simpson is exceptional and highly experienced and knowledgeable. I also work with and highly recommend Euan Love who is an extremely capable and intelligent lawyer. They are both standout lawyers in this area and at the pinnacle of their field. They are highly committed and passionate about their work for asbestos sufferers.’

Work highlights

  • Obtained a £4.25m settlement for a car passenger who suffered a brain injury after a car collision.
  • Achieved 26 times the initial offer for a quarry labourer who was injured in the course of his work duties.
  • Secured £1.5m and state-of-the-art prosthetic limb for firefighter whose hand was amputated following a training incident.

Harper Macleod LLP

The team at Harper Macleod LLP provides a 'first-class service for clients'. Practice head Elizabeth Mitchell regularly appears before the Court of Session and is adept in handling claims relating to workplace and motor accidents, often involving seven-figure sums. Heather Calderwood - whose 'professionalism is second to none' - supports Mitchell with the team’s overall management and focuses on wrongful death and fatal claims. Senior associate Marina Harper, who is skilled in claims pertaining to work and road accidents, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Elizabeth Mitchell

Other key lawyers:

Heather Calderwood; Marina Harper


‘Heather Calderwood is a very experienced and able partner who is also a solicitor-advocate. She works hard for her clients and is well organised.’

‘First-class service for clients as the partner retains proper involvement and leads the team strongly. No stone left unturned.’

‘Heather Calderwood is one of the best litigation solicitors I have worked with. She is completely on the ball, reactive and one step ahead. She thoroughly prepares cases and her professionalism is second to none.’

‘Marina Harper always displays a very sound understanding of the issues arising in each case and how best to deal with those. Excellent rapport with clients who clearly trust her judgement and her commitment to achieving the best outcome for them.’


The team at Lindsays operates under the leadership of David Armstrong - who is regarded as having 'built an incredible business platform' since joining from Brodies LLP in 2017 - and the 'excellentJonathan Cornwell. The team's workload includes claims involving road and work accidents, alongside other cases that involve child abuse and neglect, as well as sexual harassment at work. The team works alongside its commercial brand, Calio Claims.


‘David Armstrong is one of the best litigators in Scotland and has built an incredible business platform since bringing his team over from Brodies. ‘

‘They really are a strong and flexible team. If I was injured, I would instruct them.’

‘Lauren Pasi is dedicated and unflappable.’

‘Well experienced in every area of personal injury with particular strength in complex injury cases.’

‘David Armstrong heads up a strong and dedicated team.’

‘David Armstrong has a very good rapport with clients, expert witnesses, and counsel. He knows well the role he plays in the legal team presenting a case and performs it well such that others can perform their role well too.’

‘David Armstrong provided an exceptional service and achieved a satisfactory outcome. David was very understanding given the circumstances and always made himself available to speak over the phone when required – he was very reassuring when explaining legal terms to give me an understanding.’

‘Communication was always responded to promptly. I have been impressed by their use of technology to good effect in marshalling paperwork in a paper-free environment. ‘

‘Client care seems to be at the top of their agenda, as is pressing for the maximum amount possible in compensation. The legal knowledge and competence of the firm should place them at the forefront of the market.’

Key clients

Simply Legal Solutions

Scotland Claims

RGB Associates Limited

33 Legal Limited

Calio Claims Limited

Freedom Management Group Limited

First Accident Assist Limited

Knights Solicitors

Legal 2020 Limited

Ward Haddaway

Work highlights

  • Advised on a motor accident where two family members died and the surviving member suffered life changing injuries.
  • Advised on a workplace accident where the victim suffered severe physical and neurological injuries.
  • Advised on an ongoing personal injury action against the victim’s mother arising out of the physical abuse and neglect he experienced whilst he was a young child.

Morton Fraser

Morton Fraser handles a wide range of personal injury claims with a team of lawyers based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Jenny Dickson leads the practice; she is supported by senior associate Nicola Edgar. The team advises on cases involving road traffic accidents, accidents at work and abroad and industrial disease.


Thorntons Law LLP

Thorntons Law LLP’s Dundee office is a key name in the market for personal injury cases outside of the Central Belt; the firm also has a strong offering in Edinburgh. Gordon McBean, who is based in Dundee has 'a wealth of experience in the personal injury market' and is regarded as a 'strong communicator'. Clare Macpherson, who is based in Edinburgh office, has a broad skillset across personal injury and clinical negligence and is 'a force to be reckoned with'. Other key figures include solicitor-advocate Michelle Adam, senior associate Richard Poole and associate Kathleen-Erin Lawson.


‘The team were extremely professional but they translated so well to someone who knew so little about the matter at hand. This made meetings with them less daunting and overwhelming when sensitive issues were discussed.’

‘I found this to be a very positive experience and could not have expected any more from those who were involved in my case.’

‘Richard Poole was very responsive and always showed genuine interested in my feelings and what I had to say; this was very important as it allowed me to feel at ease and comfortable throughout. Phonecalls, emails and face-to-face contact were all frequent methods of communication used to keep me informed about the case.’

‘I have dealt with six different solicitors in the Thorntons team over a number of years and the team are very efficient and professional in their work. Their strengths are their interpersonal skills and a thorough knowledge of personal injury pursuer practice.All solicitors I have dealt with are extremely proficient, knowledgeable and professional. ‘

‘A pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is excellent and work very well together. Claire Macpherson is the lead partner in charge of the litigation and dispute resolution team. She is a force to be reckoned with. Well prepared, tenacious, good with clients and an excellent lawyer. ‘

‘Michelle Adam is great with clients and very well prepared. She is experienced in both personal injury and clinical negligence and a pleasure to work with. ‘

‘Thorntons are a very dynamic firm and have built up from being a country practice based outwith the central belt in Scotland to becoming one of the largest multi-service firms in Scotland. Their growth has been phenomenal. Despite that, they have retained their friendly hands on approach to clients.’

‘Clare Macpherson runs the Edinburgh office and has expanded that office into a huge concern with partners in numerous disciplines. Clare is a highly skilled lawyer and businesswoman and has been instrumental in driving the Edinburgh office forward.’

‘Gordon McBean has a wealth of experience in the personal injury market. Gordon is a strong communicator and he is also very reliable and easy to work with.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on the recovery of of £300,000 for a brain injured adolescent with life changing injuries.    
  • Acted on the recovery of £170,000 for a brain injured pedestrian in a contested RTA case.
  • Advised on the recovery of £140,000 pre-litigation for a pedestrian who tripped on a country estate.

Anderson Strathern

Anderson Strathern advises on claims involving catastrophic injuries, industrial diseases and accidents experienced at home and abroad, and regularly receives referrals from local solicitors and the Royal College of Nursing. The firm's former chair Robert Carr leads the practice and is an accredited specialist in both medical negligence and personal injury - he is highly experienced in pursuing Court of Session claims. Another key name is senior associate Gary Burton who has advised nurses and prisoners on personal injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Robert Carr

Other key lawyers:

Gary Burton


‘They inspire confidence, and have excellent client skills. ‘

‘Gary Burton is pleasant and straightforward to deal with, yet tenacious for his client. ‘

‘Anderson Strathern is an excellent specialist firm in the area of medical negligence and personal injury. Their attention to detail and professionalism sets them aside from their competitors in this market.’

‘The people we have dealt with from the firm are very engaged in securing the best possible case. They work with us as a team in taking on board our input towards strengthening every aspect of the case. They are transparent in every way and honest about particulars that could help or hinder the interests of the case.’

‘The individuals of the practice take a positive and personable approach. They engage with us fully in matters concerning out case thoroughly and patiently.’

‘The legal team worked very well together; all ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ and were able to fill me with confidence that I had their support throughout.’

Key clients

Harper, Robertson & Shannon

Martin & Company

Masson & Glennie

Quantum Claims


Wallace Quinn

Lynn Herbert & Co

Smith & Grant

Royal College of Nursing

Irwin Mitchell Scotland

Irwin Mitchell Scotland is continuing to build on the wider firm's reputation as a market leader for both personal injury and clinical negligence. Senior associate solicitor David Bell is a key name in the Glasgow market and is highly experienced in fatal accident and serious injury claims. The team handles the full range of personal injury claims, ranging from road traffic and workplace accidents, as well as industrial diseases and prisoner injuries.

Practice head(s):

David Bell


‘The firm are knowledgeable in specialist areas such as asbestos litigation and military accidents and are determined to fight for the best results for their clients. I have worked with the team in many cases where an excellent settlement or result in court has been achieved as a result of their determined efforts.’

‘David Bell shows exceptional diligence with his investigation into cases and a very high level of professional care with his clients. He is very adept at managing his cases and for ensuring that clients remain well-informed throughout their litigation and that they achieve an excellent outcome.’

Jackson Boyd LLP

Jackson Boyd LLP is regarded as 'a firm that is most definitely on the up and one to be watched'. Managing partner Alan Macdonald leads the practice - he is 'excellent with his clients who both like and respect him'. The team has extensive experience of cases involving road traffic accidents, with a strong track record of work before the Sheriff Courts and Court of Session. Debbie Milne, who handles the practice’s workplace accident claims, is also highly recommended; associate Dave Berry is also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Alan Macdonald 

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Milne; Dave Berry


‘They take on cases that others would not.’

‘Debbie Milne is level headed and focused on getting good results for her clients.’

‘Debbie Milne and Dave Berry are particularly experienced and provide an impressive service to their clients.’

‘The firm’s lawyers are highly experienced and proficient in handling complex, high value, catastrophic injury claims on behalf of claimants. A firm that is most definitely on the up and one to be watched. ‘

‘Alan Macdonald is a dedicated, knowledgeable and pragmatic lawyer who is excellent with his clients who both like and respect him.’

‘Dave Berry is a hard working, highly capable lawyer who is good-humoured, gets on exceptionally well with his clients and stands out for his rapid and clear responses.’

‘Debbie Milne is a highly able solicitor advocate with real expertise in handling disease and catastrophic injury cases built up over many years at the top of her game.’

Work highlights

  • Recovering 14 times the original settlement offer for a 52 year old woman who was left unable to return to work following a road traffic accident.
  • Acting for the husband and children of a young mother killed in a road traffic accident.

Slater and Gordon

Slater and Gordon 's Edinburgh team works with a number of trade unions, and is notably strong in handling asbestos cases. Other areas of interest for the practice include advising on catastrophic motor accidents and representing victims of abuse. Stuart Cochran leads the team, working with legal executive Karyn McPhee.


‘Fantastic firm with a large highly skilled team. Their professionalism is second to none and client care is exceptional.’

‘Stuart Cochran, Karyn McPhee and Sarah McWhirter are highly knowledgeable in all aspects of their specialist subjects and provide reliable input to allow cases to be settled quickly and at the highest possible level.’

Work highlights

  • Advised on a road traffic accident involving a severe leg injury.
  • Acted on behalf of an elderly lady who suffered a road traffic accident.
  • Advised an Australian family of a person who died suffering from malignant mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos.