Kate Donachie > Brodies LLP > Edinburgh, Scotland > Lawyer Profile

Brodies LLP
Capital Square
58 Morrison Street


Kate has represented defenders in personal injury claims for over 15 years. Her expertise includes health & safety prosecutions, public inquiries and administrative matters. Her caseload is predominantly complex and high value claims where she uses her specialist expertise to provide strategic and case by case advice to a variety of clients. She regularly acts on behalf of corporate clients, insurers and public authorities. She also provides advice and representation to Charities and Third Sector organisations in relation to their management of risk and liability and in the context of litigation and claims.

Kate has a sound understanding of the actuarial approach to complex future losses and most recently the impact of the new personal injury discount rate. She was involved in the scrutiny of Civil Litigation (Expenses and Group Proceedings)(Scotland) Act when it was passing through the Scottish Parliament and gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament in relation to the Damages (Investment Returns and Periodical Payments) (Scotland) Act which has changed the method of calculating the discount rate in Scotland.

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Scotland > Insurance > Medical negligence: defender

Brodies LLP‘s full-service medical negligence practice advises clients on claims across various specialist areas, including ophthalmology, dentistry, product liability and social care. The firm has a growing cosmetics and aesthetics claims practice and is particularly skilled at representing governmental and private sector clients in national medical inquiries. Laura McMillan and Lynn Livesey now lead the team following the departure of former practice head Duncan Mawby to BTO Solicitors LLP in 2022. McMillan, an experienced clinical negligence solicitor advocate, acts for private healthcare clients on contentious and non-contentious matters, while associate Livesey advises insurers and private healthcare clients on fatal accident inquiries and cosmetic surgery cases. Associate Kate Donachie is another key individual.