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Scotland: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2


Acting for corporates, public sector clients and individuals, BLM is well versed in handling a wide range of health and safety work, including fatal and serious injury cases, corporate manslaughter investigations, environmental exposures and food safety matters. The 'very capable' James Varney heads the team.

Practice head(s):James Varney

Key Clients



QBE Insurance

Glasgow City Council

Work highlights

  • Achieved success at trial for Robert Purvis Plant Hire, which was prosecuted for allegedly causing the death of an employee through a failure to have a safe system of work in a vehicle maintenance workshop.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 1


BLM added four new solicitors to the team during 2018, consolidating its market-leading position in personal injury. The practice handles the defence of complex public liability and employers’ liability claims, road traffic accidents and fatal claims, including cross-border matters and class actions. The team includes Gillian Rushbury, the head of the firm's solicitor advocacy unit in Scotland, and Ian Leach, who is working with associate Catriona MacLean on claims arising from the Glasgow bin lorry tragedy. The team's partners regularly give advice during government consultations on topics such as legal costs.

Practice head(s):Ian Leach; Gillian Rushbury

Other key lawyers:Rachel Rough; Catriona MacLean


'Rachel Rough's team's knowledge of the local market is extensive. Their desire to provide a first class service moulded to our requirements has inspired confidence in our relationship.'

'The team at BLM are very hard working and knowledgeable.'

'Iain Buchanan is clever, hard working and dedicated.'

'Louise Gallagher is intuitive, firm and practical.'

Key Clients

1st Central










AXA Insurance

BAI Claims Services Ltd


Direct Line



Charles Taylor Adjusters



City of Edinburgh Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for Admiral in act for the defender in ongoing litigation relating to a road traffic accident in which the pursuer sustained a severe brain injury along with other multiple injuries.
  • Achieving a favourable settlement for QBE in a road traffic accident claim involving a loss of future earnings advanced by an employee of the British Army.
  • Achieving a substantially reduced settlement for Aviva in a workplace accident claim against the company.
  • Acting in a series of occupational disease claims, including mesothelioma, on behalf of BAI Claims Services' policyholders.
Leading individuals

Gillian Rushbury - BLM

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2


Leading individuals

David Taylor - BLM

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Scotland: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4


BLM 's team of 'true specialists' work particularly well with difficult financial cases, such as divorce proceedings involving allegations of domestic abuse, the division of assets held in multiple countries, and a novel civil partnership dissolution that raised a dispute about the ownership of embryos. In terms of child law, the practice advises clients on residence disputes, contact orders and exclusions orders - in one highly contentious matter, former practice head Siobhan Kelly was instructed as child welfare reporter to represent the interests of a child facing the prospect of foster care. Caroline Gillespie - who is 'always a step ahead of the opposition' has particular expertise in international child relocation and cohabitation cases.

Practice head(s):Caroline Gillespie

Other key lawyers:Siobhan Kelly


'Caroline Gillespie is on the ball and always a step ahead of the opposition.'

'The team has a great breadth of experience and diversity of knowledge, and an excellent reputation.'

'Passionate about their clients' outcomes, Siobhan Kelly and Caroline Gillespie both stand out.  Both have a huge knowledge base and are very well respected within the industry.'

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