Ampersand Advocates is active in a range of heavyweight personal injury and medical negligence litigation, with to some extent a focus on the latter, an area in which it is instructed by Scotland’s leading pursuer firms as well as defenders. Douglas Ross QC is active in both these areas, and in the personal injury field, he has a following in pursuer-side work concerning workplace incidents. Graham Primrose QC and Simon Bowie QC are instructed for the NHS in the mesh implant class action litigation. Vinit Khurana QC, who is also a member of 2 Temple Gardens in England, is thought to be the only doctor-turned-advocate in practice in Scotland. Medical regulatory work is another area of expertise for the team.
Personal injury and medical negligence in Scottish Bar
‘The stable has a great selection of advocates with very specialist medical negligence experience. I have never had an issue with availability of counsel.’
‘They provide annual training on clinical negligence which is always helpful. Very helpful clerking team. Good range of expertise.’
‘Ampersand has a fantastic variety of advocates at all levels. They provide annual seminars on specialist areas like clinical negligence. They are very much on the go-to stables for any clinical negligence matter.’
‘The Ampersand clerks are very helpful, responsive and knowledgeable of their counsel’s work.’
‘Alan Moffat is my go to clerk at the stable. He is excellent at helping to find the right talent for the job and is the driving force behind the stable’s aim of maintaining a roster of excellent juniors.’
‘Alan Moffat is very approachable and commercially aware. He is always available to discuss queries and take time to understand complex and sensitive instructions and make recommendations on counsel. Sheena Hume never fails to be positive and would do anything she can to make life easier for counsel and agents.’
Compass Chambers features expertise across the reparation space, including in traditional personal injury work, In Burnett or Grant v International Insurance Company of Hanover, Robert Milligan QC and James Hastie represented the widow of a man strangled to death by a nightclub bouncer, who was convicted of assault but acquitted of murder – at issue was if those facts were covered by an exclusion under the insurance policy covering “liability arising out of deliberate acts” of an employee; Robin Cleland was part of the team representing the insurer.
‘The offering of counsel is extremely impressive at every level. The clerking team is very pleasant to deal with and will bend over backwards to help.’
‘A go-to personal injury stable in Scotland.’
‘Compass Chambers is the leading personal injury stable in Scotland in my view, and has considerable strength in depth. The result is that it is rarely in the position of not having a suitable advocate available at short notice.’
‘A first port of call for any personal injury litigation.’
‘The Compass clerks are fantastically helpful and extremely well organized.’
‘The clerks at every level are a pleasure to deal with. Gavin Herd, despite being the practice manager, is happy to help with day-to-day enquiries. Lesley Hogg is always a joy to speak with on the phone and Lucy McConville is also lovely.’
‘Gavin Herd heads up an excellent team of clerks, with Lucy McConville and Leona Crosby being particularly helpful to me in the past.’