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Clyde & Co LLP

ALBANY HOUSE, 58 ALBANY STREET, EDINBURGH, EH1 3QR, SCOTLAND
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Work 0131 557 1545
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Fax 0131 525 8651
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550480 EDINBURGH-45
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Scotland: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP is best known for undertaking commercial litigation as a result of instructions from insurers or direct from nominated corporates. As well as its insurance sector expertise, the team led by Gordon Keyden also handles various construction-related disputes as well as product and professional liability matters.

Practice head(s):Gordon Keyden

Other key lawyers:Gavin Henderson; Anne Kentish; Andrew Constable; Duncan Batchelor; Vikki Melville

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Scotland: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has carved out a 'strong' practice defending clients, most notably from the public sector, against various claims brought before the Employment Tribunal; its contentious work typically concerns whistleblowing, discrimination, equal pay and unfair dismissal claims alongside mass holiday and equal pay litigation. The 'excellent' Stephen Miller heads the team, which includes 'very efficient' discrimination law expert Frances Ross.

Practice head(s):Stephen Miller

Other key lawyers:Graham Mitchell; Frances Ross; Robert King

Testimonials

'Provides robust and efficient advice that's easy to understand.'

'Excellent customer service.'

'The team are good communicators and always on hand to assist when required.'

'Takes the time to understand the client's business and provides tailored advice.'

'Approachable and very supportive.'

'Stephen Miller is balanced in his approach. He clearly has extensive knowledge of his field and delivers his advice in a way that is not only well presented for the in-house lawyers but is also readily understood by non-lawyers.'

'Robust in its commercial outlook when giving legal advice.'

'Graham Mitchell's intellect, calm nature and vast experience help enormously when it comes to navigating through complex legal matters.'

Key Clients

Glasgow City Council

The City of Edinburgh Council

Scottish Police Authority

Malcolm Group

Devro Group

J & J Denholm

Scottish Ballet

Airth Castle Hotel

Argyll, Lomond & the Islands Energy Agency

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland

Work highlights

  • Supporting Glasgow City Council in the defence of equal pay and sex discrimination claims since 2005, with the number now exceeding 14,000 claims.
  • Defending the Scottish Police Authority against whistleblowing claims brought by a director.
  • Defending claims challenging the Fife Council's job evaluation scheme.
Leading individuals

Stephen Miller - Clyde & Co LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's 'pragmatic' team jointly led by Mark Donaldson and Gilles Graham has a fine reputation among insurers but it also acts for individuals and commercial entities in criminal prosecutions and associated civil claims. The group has been particularly active handling investigations and prosecutions arising from severe and fatal workplace accidents while environmental health investigations work constitutes another key area of expertise.

Practice head(s):Mark Donaldson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Constable

Testimonials

'Strong litigation firm with the breadth and depth of experience to handle health and safety prosecutions and any corresponding civil claims.'

'Swift response times.'

'Mark Donaldson's communication, advice and explanations of complex matters in a clear and sympathetic way is absolutely outstanding.'

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender
Medical negligence: defender - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Following recent growth, Clyde & Co LLP boasts the largest clinical negligence defender team in Scotland. Experienced and well-respected solicitor-advocates Graeme Watson and Duncan Batchelor run the practice, which acts for a variety of medical defence unions as well as major corporations and individuals. The team also advises on fatal accident inquiries, criminal proceedings and internal disciplinary hearings and has expertise in defending complex multi-party claims. Watson is noted for his recent work defending manufacturers in high value product liability claims. Dual-qualified senior associate Claire Raftery assists partners with a broad caseload encompassing fatal accident inquiries and aesthetic surgery cases.

Practice head(s):Graeme Watson; Duncan Batchelor

Other key lawyers:Claire Raftery

Testimonials

'The team at Clyde and Co is very experienced in the healthcare sphere and does a very good job.'

'Associate Chris Dunn is definitely an up-and-comer in the field of medical negligence.'

Leading individuals

Graeme Watson - Clyde & Co LLP

Rising stars

Claire Raftery - Clyde & Co LLP

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

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP acts for eighteen of the top twenty UK insurers and all of Scotland’s defence organisations, covering all types of claims. The practice has a track record of successfully defending high value road traffic accidents and fatal claims, and in recent years has established itself as a leading authority in historic abuse litigation, with partner Graeme Watson taking charge of these matters and giving evidence to the Scottish parliament on the crucial issue of limitation.

Practice head(s):David Tait; Giles Graham; Mark Donaldson

Other key lawyers:Graeme Watson; Andrew Constable

Testimonials

'There is clearly a culture of trust at Clyde & Co which allows lawyers assisting the partners to flourish.'

'Partners at Clyde's offices in Aberdeen and Edinburgh are extremely robust. If I want a case defended in the Scottish Sheriff Courts, I'm instructing Clydes.'

'Mark Donaldson is a vastly experienced hand in the oil, gas and energy sector. He is uniquely placed to offer sound advice on both civil and criminal matters.'

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a religious order in the defence of claims arising out of alleged historic abuse at children's homes in Scotland.
  • Successfully defending the first case in Scotland to be brought under the Limitation (Childhood Abuse) (Scotland) 2017 act.
Leading individuals

Andrew Constable - Clyde & Co LLP

Graeme Watson - Clyde & Co LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP's professional negligence practice defends insurers, legal professionals, surveyors and architects in high value claims involving complex elements including alleged fraud or breach of fiduciary duty. The team is led by the dual-qualified Gavin Henderson, who defends claims against construction professionals, accountants and surveyors, and has a strong track record on extremely high-profile cases, assisted by the 'knowledgeable and experienced' Anne Kentish, who specialises in defending claims against legal professionals.

Practice head(s):Gavin Henderson

Other key lawyers:Anne Kentish

Testimonials

'Great capabilities, practical and commercial thinking. Ability to think outside the box when faced with a problem.'

'Gavin Henderson maintains a good tactical and strategic overview of a case as well as investigating and analysing the details necessary for a successful outcome.'

Work highlights

  • Advised Hiscox on an attempt to overturn a ruling that searchers owe a duty of care to the holder of an inhibition, following  failure by a firm of searchers to register an inhibition on their website blocking the debtor from selling his property until he paid off his debts.
  • Successfully defending a firm of architects in enforcement proceedings following an adjudication arising from alleged defects in a leading boutique hotel.
Leading individuals

Anne Kentish - Clyde & Co LLP

Gavin Henderson - Clyde & Co LLP

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Scotland: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 4

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP has sector-specific contentious and non-contentious employment and discrimination law work at its core. The 'entirely committed' practice acts for higher and further education institutions, local authority education departments and other educational bodies and frequently defends against claims of unfair dismissal, race and age discrimination as well as various forms of abuse. Employment lawyer Graham Mitchell heads the team.

Practice head(s):Graham Mitchell

Other key lawyers:Frances Ross; Graeme Watson; Stephen Miller

Testimonials

'Provides sound and timely advice.'

'Understands complex situations very quickly.'

'You can have complete confidence in their judgement.'

'Questions are answered promptly, often outside office hours.'

'Graeme Watson is highly knowledgeable and has the ability to be both empathetic and strong in his guidance. He has a very calm yet determined approach.'

Key Clients

Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

EIS

Argyll College

The University of Edinburgh

University of St Andrews

Forth Valley College

New College Lanarkshire

University of Glasgow

West College Scotland

Work highlights

  • Advising the client on the terms of the 2019 pay offer to teachers and associated threats of industrial action.

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