David Taylor > BLM > Glasgow, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

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Work Department

Insurance litigation.


Specialises in high value property damage work , defended and recovery, and in providing policy indemnity advice . Niche experience in flooding litigation having lectured and written on flood prevention law. Acted for consortium of insurers in recovery proceedings arising out of flooding in Edinburgh in 2000 – see Viewpoint Housing Association Limited 2007 SLT 772. Past experience in disease work, particularly asbestos related litigation. Gave evidence to Justice Committee of Scottish Government on implications of the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill.Granted extended rights of audience in 1999.


Trained John Wilson & Co, Glasgow; qualified 1988; MacRoberts, Glasgow 1988-93 (associate1991); Cochran Sayers & Cook (now HBM Sayers) 1993-todate; partner 1995; partner BLM 2014 to date, following merger with HBM Sayers. Publications of note: Commercial Insurance – Trial by Jury (Summer 1996); Greens Reparation Bulletin – Contributory Negligence – Seatbelts (Jan 2005); Greens Reparation Bulletin – Suffer the little children – child abuse claims and the long negative prescription (Jan 2005); Greens Reparation Bulletin – Land of the mountain and the flood (Sept 2005) – flood recovery litigation in Scotland; Greens Reparation Bulletin – Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me (Dec 2006) – further thoughts on Majrowski. The Protection from Harassment Act 1997 and the Workplace (joint with Andrew Gilmour).


Member Civil Justice Committee Law Society of Scotland; former Scottish representative on national Executive of Forum of Insurance Lawyers FOIL; former chairperson Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL), Scotland region; former member Medical Ethics Committee Southern General Hospital 1990-96.Former Head of BLM Scottish Business Stream and former member of Executive Board.


Hermitage Academy, Helensburgh; Edinburgh University (1985 LLB (Hons); 1986 DipLP)


Newlands Lawn Tennis Club – tennis and squash; Otium Leisure Club.

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David Taylor


BLM predominantly acts on the defendant side, with particular strength representing insurers in construction disputes and additional expertise handling solicitor negligence claims, including claims of fraudulent misrepresentation. The firm also advises on cases involving negligent tax advice and equal pay disputes. Solicitor advocate David Taylor has niche expertise in flood litigation and broad knowledge of policy coverage disputes.