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Clyde & Co LLP

Medical negligence: defender Tier 1

With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Clyde & Co LLP 's Scottish practice has ‘unparalleled breadth and depth of experience’; the team’s expertise spans all types of defendant medical negligence and personal injury cases. Scotland managing partner Vikki Melville leads the personal injury group which advises almost all of the region’s largest insurers on a broad range of complex work and is particularly noteworthy for its historic abuse practice. The clinical negligence group, led by Graeme Watson, is among the largest in Scotland and is instructed by a number of medical defence unions in addition to major corporations. Claims relating to defective medical equipment is an area of recent focus.

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It is probably the biggest insurer team in Scotland, dealing with almost all of the high value and complicated claims that are raised in the Scottish courts.’

Clyde & Co have a wide base of experience – without exception all contacts are easily accessible and happy to provide advice or explanation sought.

On the medical side a very strong practice, headed by two very able lawyers – Graeme Watson and Duncan Batchelor. Both know the area of work very well and provide very good instruction to counsel.

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Personal injury: defender Tier 1

With offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen, Clyde & Co LLP 's Scottish practice has ‘unparalleled breadth and depth of experience’; the team’s expertise spans all types of defendant medical negligence and personal injury cases. Scotland managing partner Vikki Melville leads the personal injury group which advises almost all of the region’s largest insurers on a broad range of complex work and is particularly noteworthy for its historic abuse practice. Tanya Gordon is highly regarded for her 'fantastic understanding of how to achieve her clients' objectives'. The clinical negligence group, led by Graeme Watson, is among the largest in Scotland and is instructed by a number of medical defence unions in addition to major corporations. Claims relating to defective medical equipment is an area of recent focus.

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The stand-out defender team in Scotland. Vast experience and breadth of knowledge.’

Vikki Melville is a class act.’

‘Bruce Goodbrand is highly experienced in the field. He is pragmatic, knowledgeable and client-focused. He is clearly valued and well-liked by insurers and commercial clients. A pleasure to work with.’

An excellent, leading firm with a fantastic and well-deserved reputation for servicing the needs of insurance and public sector clients. The PI team has an enviable reputation and impressive client base..’

Tanya Gordon could not be better organised; she has a fantastic understanding of how to achieve her clients’ objectives.’

The team is made up of very able individuals who understand defender insurance litigation and practise it to great effect within the Scottish courts. They are unsurpassed in that regard.

‘Tanya Gordon is very knowledgeable and secures settlements at the correct amount in a timely manner. She is proactive, not reactive, and has an abundance of technical knowledge. She interacts well with customers and is able to explain in plain English the issues in the claim.’

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Professional negligence Tier 1

At Clyde & Co LLP, the professional negligence team is seen as being 'dynamic and commercially aware' and is led by Gavin Henderson. The team has expertise across the commercial, reputational and regulatory space and acts for insurers, legal professionals, and surveyors. Anne Kentish is the name for defending professionals, particularly for her defence of solicitors and advocates in complex claims, whilst Sarah Crewes acts for insurers and other clients in the financial services sector. The practice has a track record of work on significant multimillion-pound claims.

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‘The team are dynamic, commercially aware and available. They are genuinely client focused and helpful.’

‘Gavin Henderson is practical, sees the bigger picture and understands our philosophy.’

‘Sarah Crewes has always been excellent to deal with. She combines knowledge, commercial awareness, and a sharp legal mind with approachability and an understanding of the client’s perspective.’

‘Gavin Henderson understands where we are positioned in the market and will always give honest feedback.’

Health and safety Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP is regularly called upon to assist with health and safety investigations and prosecutions arising from serious and fatal accidents in, among others, the construction and transport sectors, and frequently acts for insurers. Handling matters pertaining to dangerous and careless driving and subsequent road traffic prosecutions is another key element of the team led by Aberdeen-based solicitor advocate Mark Donaldson.

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I rate the team at Aberdeen very highly for their concise and accurate instructions, the timely provision of evidence and generally for keeping me abreast of any developments with the case.’

Clyde & Co has a small but highly effective and much sought after regulatory team in Scotland specialising in health and safety and road traffic work. They are extremely well instructed by large corporate clients and insurers, which is a testament to the quality of service offered.

Very experienced health and safety regulatory practice, unlike many firms they have a presence in the north of Scotland which makes them ideally positioned for cases in this area.

Very professional and knowledgeable about the matters at hand, they were able to dig deep to allow us to open up about the situation we found ourselves in and to appreciate what we needed to do to defend ourselves.

The team is particularly strong at incident response, travelling all over Scotland at very short notice to attend at accident sites. The firm also works closely with specialist counsel in the preparation and presentation of cases at court.

They are usually accessible and often return calls or emails outside normal office hours. In my dealings with Mark Donaldson, I have always found him to be approachable and enthusiastic. In my experience, his interaction with a client during case preparation or while at court is always supportive, relevant and compassionate.

Mark Donaldson is very experienced and especially adept at putting clients at ease. Knowledge of the local area in the north of Scotland which is very useful.’

Mark Donaldson is especially good at strategic incident response, where he is on-scene to advise clients from the earliest stages of an investigation. He has a clear vision as to how cases should be prepared and gets very good results for clients through his meticulous planning, attention to detail and diligence.

‘Ann Bonomy is the stand-out individual. She is experienced, knowledgeable, and tactically astute. Her client handling skills are exemplary. She maintains an impressive caseload of high quality work, mainly in fatal workplace accidents. I cannot praise her highly enough. Ann also maintains her own court practice, taking many cases to trial herself, which gives her an unrivalled degree of credibility.’

‘Ann Bonomy is an excellent and reliable practitioner in the health and safety regulatory field.’

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William Munro Construction (Highland) Limited

R. B. Wilson (Electrical) Limited

Employment Tier 3

Clyde & Co LLP stands out for its litigation capabilities, particularly with regards to mass holiday pay and equal pay claims, as well as its discrimination law expertise, but the team also regularly represents its public and private sector clients in employment tribunal proceedings arising from unfair dismissal, unlawful treatment and bullying claims. Employment disputes expert Stephen Miller heads up the team, which includes discrimination law specialist Frances Ross.

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As a very small part of their customer base we are nonetheless given excellent advice and given a personal service experience which makes us feel valued. They know who we are, they understand our environment, they tailor the advice to suit, and importantly they remember what they have told us and we don’t have to explain more than once.

The team comprises a group of highly competent and experienced employment lawyers who work well together and are experienced in dealing with high-value clients. It has had particular exposure to equal pay claims and has developed in this area a level of expertise (especially relevant to employers defending claims).

Stephen Miller provides clear timely advice that is proven to be trustworthy and improves confidence in our actions.

Frances Ross provides detailed advice that not only meets our needs but provides a learning experience and depth to allow various approaches to be considered.’

I have worked closely with two employment partners: Stephen Miller and Frances Ross. They are both extremely competent and professional lawyers, who combine a high level of technical expertise with extensive practical litigation skills and common sense. Both have developed strong links with the clients they serve and are held, justifiably, in high regard.

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W. H. Malcolm Limited

Essar Oil (UK) Limited

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

The firm:  Clyde & Co is a leading global law firm, specialising in the sectors that underpin global trade and commercial activity, namely: insurance, transport, infrastructure, energy, and trade and commodities. It is globally integrated, offering a comprehensive range of contentious and non-contentious legal services and commercially-minded legal advice to businesses operating across developed and developing markets. Clyde & Co is committed to operating in a responsible way. This means progressing towards a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the diversity of its communities and clients, using its legal skills to support its communities through pro bono work, volunteering and charitable partnerships, and minimising the impact it has on the environment. The firm has 440 partners, 1800 lawyers, 2500 legal professionals and 4000 staff in over 50 offices and associated offices worldwide.

Sectors: The firm hires the best people in its chosen core sectors – genuine specialists. This combination of sector expertise and legal excellence allows the firm to provide the most innovative and commercial solutions to clients. The firm’s long history of working with the world’s insurance markets has led Clyde & Co into advising on the many facets of its core sectors. These include trade and commodities, insurance, transport, infrastructure and energy. Its strategic aim is to be the best and most complete provider of legal services to businesses engaged in these core sectors. As patterns of global trade have shifted, the firm has actively invested in its international network to meet the evolving needs of clients and has always been an early mover into key hubs of international commerce, as demonstrated by its offices and associate offices. Mirroring clients across the spread of their operations, the firm views the world from the clients’ perspective, fully aware of their ambitions and mindful of the commercial realities of their markets. Clyde & Co’s reputation in disputes, and particularly international cross border disputes, is outstanding.

International work: The firm has the largest dispute resolution practice of any UK law firm and with its international spread it has become a specialist in international arbitration in both developed forum and emerging market centres. Clyde & Co has a significant US and Canadian trial capability; a specialisation in financial institutions, shareholder and other commercial disputes; as well as deep experience of bilateral treaty disputes. The firm specialises in assisting businesses when they enter, operate and grow in emerging markets, helping them access funding and transact in the world’s capital markets. The firm has one of the largest dedicated global corporate practices based in London, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The commercial team has a particular focus on IP, franchising, technology and outsourcing. Clyde & Co also has one of the largest employment practices of any City law firm, and has dedicated employment expertise across its entire international network.

Key facts:
•One of the top ten largest firms in the City of London and 60 globally
•Over 4,000 staff in over 50 offices worldwide
•Senior Partner: Peter Hirst
•Number of partners: 440
•Number of fee-earners : 1,800 lawyers, 2,500 legal professionals
•Market Leader in MENA and other emerging markets
•Doubled in size twice over the last ten years
•The largest dispute resolution practice of any UK law firm
•Unrivalled in-depth sector focus and expertise across both contentious and transactional disciplines in its core and related sectors
•The highest concentration of leading practitioners of any insurance law firm
•One of the largest employment and pensions practices of any City law firm

International offices:  Over 50 offices and associated offices on six continents

Atlanta, Caracas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, New Jersey, New York, Orange County, San Francisco, Santiago*, São Paulo, Toronto, Washington DC

Asia Pacific
Auckland*, Beijing, Brisbane, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur*, Melbourne, New Delhi*, Perth, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Ulaanbaatar*

Aberdeen, Bristol, Dublin, Dusseldorf, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Guildford, Hamburg, Leeds, London, Madrid, Manchester, Nantes, Newcastle, Oxford, Paris

Middle East and Africa
Abu Dhabi, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Doha, Dubai, Johannesburg, Muscat*, Riyadh

*Associated offices

UK Office details:

Silver Fin Building, Orega, Office 106, 455 Union Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6DB, United Kingdom
T +44 (0)1224 624 924F +44 (0) 1224 626 590

10 Victoria St, Bristol, BS1 6BN, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 117 313 5600

28-32 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
T +353 (1) 234 2515

EH1 3QR, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 131 557 1545F +44 (0) 131 525 8651

144 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 2HG, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 141 248 2666F +44 (0) 141 248 9590

1 Stoke Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4HW, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 20 7876 5000F +44 (0) 20 7876 5120

5th Floor, 2 Wellington Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4AP, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 113 234 1775F +44 (0) 113 318 8718

St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London, EC3A 7AR, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 20 7876 5000F +44 (0) 20 7876 5111

Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7EF, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 161 829 6400 F +44 (0) 161 829 6401

Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 191 249 5400

3140 Rowan Place, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford, OX4 2WB, United Kingdom
T +44 (0) 1865 336 600F +44 (0) 1865 336 611

Department Name Email Telephone
Aviation Maria Cetta
Aviation finance Mark Bisset
Clinical negligence and healthcare Chris Burdett
Clinical negligence and healthcare Neil Jamieson
Commercial Nick Purnell
Commercial Mark Williamson
Commercial litigation Chris Burdett
Commercial litigation Neil Jamieson
Commodities Marko Kraljevic
Commodities Michael Swangard
Commodities John Whittaker
Competition John Milligan
Construction and infrastructure Liz Jenkins
Construction and infrastructure John Morris
Corporate insurance Stephen Browning
Corporate insurance Ivor Edwards
Employment, pensions and immigration Terry Saeedi
Finance Chris Lenton
Finance Andrew Foster
Fraud James Dadge
Health, safety and environment David Leckie
Health, safety and environment Chris Morrison
Insolvency and reorganisation Andrew Foster
Insurance Simon Konsta
Insurance James Cooper
International arbitration Ben Knowles
International arbitration John Whittaker
International arbitration Maurice Kenton
Mediation Jane Andrewartha
Personal injury James Dadge
Police and emergency services Hugh Mullins
Police and emergency services Siobhan Mullins
Product liability Neil Beresford
Product liability Ian Plumley
Professional negligence Sarah Clover
Professional negligence Richard Harrison
Professional negligence Simon Konsta
Public international law John Whittaker
Rail Victor Rae-Reeves
Real estate and planning Ian Ginbey
Real estate and planning Robert Pilcher
Real estate and planning Graeme Taylor
Reinsurance Nigel Brook
Retail David Wyatt
Shipping Simon Culhane

The Lex 100 Verdict

Clyde & Co is a growing City firm with impressive international reach, boasting a 'Silver Circle-chasing' calibre of work and prowess in the insurance field, all of which make it a highly attractive place to train. Popular with prospective trainees looking for a 'global reach, insurance capabilities and early responsibility' within the training contract, the firm's sector focus, say respondents, make the firm's training better than others. Clyde & Co's 'specialised industry focus means that you can tailor your training contract to your specific interests, whether that is shipping, aviation, construction or something else'. The training programme also allows for 'high levels of exposure to litigation' and a host of international and client secondment opportunities, all highly praised. Trainees consider the hours to be broadly better than at other similar firms, one added that 'there are very few trainees I know of that have worked weekends or past midnight and compared to our equals in terms of size and revenue that is quite impressive'. However, remuneration was a consistent concern for respondents, who feel that the pay is 'just not on par with our equals', particularly at NQ level. While the work/life balance is applauded, there were grumbles over office technology and perceived differences between regional and London offices. However, trainees present an overall positive feeling about the firm, saying 'there's a culture to support and help each other thrive no matter what level you are' and they feel welcomed. As one respondent said, 'Clyde & Co felt like a family during the vacation scheme and it still does'.