Firm Profile > Clyde & Co LLP > Glasgow, Scotland

Clyde & Co LLP
G2 2HG

Insurance > Medical negligence: defender Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is adept at handling the full spectrum of claims, which range from large-scale group litigation to volume low-value matters. Its recent work included product liability claims emanating from defective medical devices and claims against care homes over allegedly inadequate care and neglect. Graeme Watson has extensive experience of acting for healthcare professionals (particularly doctors and dentists) in clinical negligence claims, fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries. He co-heads the practice with group litigation specialist Duncan Batchelor, who defended Stryker/Depuy International (Finsbury Orthopaedics) in the first Scottish case to consider the question of ‘defect’ under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. Legal director Claire Raftery also provides key support in this area.

Practice head(s):

Graeme Watson; Duncan Batchelor

Other key lawyers:

Claire Raftery; Chris Dunn


‘A well-respected medical negligence team, which is routinely instructed by a range of medical defence organisations. Experienced in handling higher profile/complex litigations. The medical negligence practice is complemented by strong experience in medical product liability cases and medical regulatory proceedings.’

‘Graeme Watson has a range of experience in the medical negligence sector. A calm head and clear strategic thinking. Also a very good manner with clinicians who are invariably anxious about the overall process. Also uses his rights of audience as a solicitor-advocate on occasion to do appearance work as well.’

‘Duncan Batchelor is an excellent lawyer. He is commercially savvy and always tactically ahead of his opponent.’ 

‘The stand out individuals are Duncan Batchelor and Chris Dunn. They know the market better than anyone else, they are always meticulously prepared and their instructions to counsel are second to none. They are simply market leaders and operate at a level far in excess of their competitors.’

‘One of the market leaders. Clyde and Co is a well-resourced firm in the area that handles a variety of disputes. The two partners that head the unit are solicitor advocates, so cases are well prepared.’

‘Both Duncan Batchelor and Graeme Watson are experienced practitioners who prepare cases very thoroughly.’ 

Key clients

Johnson & Johnson Medical Ltd

Stryker/Depuy International (Finsbury Orthopaedics)

Insurance > Personal injury: defender Tier 1

Clyde & Co LLP is a ‘top-end firm with an enviable array of talent from partner level down and through its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen’. Key practitioners in the team are ‘well-versed in personal injury claims of the utmost severity', acting for ‘almost all insurers in all areas’. Areas of expertise include high-value catastrophic injury claims, industrial disease litigation, employers' liability actions and historic childhood abuse claims. Vikki Melville, Mark Donaldson and Gilles Graham jointly lead the group, which is noted for its depth. Also recommended are Andrew Constable, Andrew Tolmie and Tanya Gordon, all of whom handle the full spectrum of road traffic and public liability claims.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Melville; Mark Donaldson; Gilles Graham

Other key lawyers:

Graeme Watson; Andrew Constable; Tanya Gordon; Andrew Tolmie


‘They are all very approachable, very experienced, very flexible and fully understand the needs of their clients.’

‘Top-end firm with an enviable array of talent from partner level down and through its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Probably the market leader in the Insurance – PI: Defender sector. Just a cut above the competition, given its strength in depth.’

‘Broad range of skills covering motor, EL, PL(both injury and property damage) and products liability. Very good in all those disciplines. Senior members of the team are well versed in personal injury claims of the utmost severity and are go-to people for them in Scotland.’

‘Vikki Melville is a proven performer, always on the lookout for protecting client’s position and intensifying the relationship.’

‘This practice is preeminent in personal injury work. It was a pleasant surprise to work with such an organised firm.’

‘They handle the claims proactively and try and deal on a consensual basis with their opponents. They settle claims for the optimum amount and have good knowledge of the relevant law required whether it be EL, PL, Motor.’

‘Tanya Gordon is extremely knowledgeable and a good negotiator achieving good results.’

Key clients



Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

Under the leadership of Gavin Henderson, the practice at Clyde & Co LLP deals with a broad range of professional indemnity claims, excelling in big-ticket claims. While the group defends claims across the full spectrum of professional services, Henderson has built a reputation in high-end construction matters, which are handled on behalf of a mixture of architects, engineers, property developers and surveyors. Anne Kentish remains a ‘go-to solicitor for claims against legal professionals and disciplinary work’. Another noteworthy practitioner is Sarah Crewes, who is frequently instructed by leading insurers to defend professionals in the financial services space.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Henderson

Other key lawyers:

Anne Kentish; Sarah Crewes


‘The firm has unrivalled experience in professional negligence insurance work. In my experience, instructions to counsel are thorough and tactical nous evident.’

‘Anne Kentish remains the ‘go-to’ solicitor for claims against legal professionals and disciplinary work. Gavin Henderson has considerable experience, in particular in claims against construction professionals and accountants. Both are excellent solicitors and bring a wealth of experience to the defence team in any claim.’

Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

Clyde & Co LLP has a strong insurer client base and, as a result of this, is regularly called upon to advise on fatalities and serious injuries arising in the working environment. Its work spans various sectors such as agriculture, transport, manufacturing and construction. As well as advising clients on health and safety investigations by the police, HSE, MCA, FCA, AAIB and SEPA, the team - and practice head and solicitor advocate Mark Donaldson in particular - also handle matters arising from road traffic offences.

Practice head(s):

Mark Donaldson

Other key lawyers:

Ann Bonomy


‘Clyde & Co’s health and safety team in Scotland benefits from practical experience of both civil and criminal cases. This is invaluable and being a small team, they are easily contactable.’

‘A respected practice with UK and worldwide coverage.’

‘Mark Donaldson is certainly the go-to solicitor for serious health and safety cases involving death or serious injury occurring north of Scotland’s central belt. A skilled negotiator, he regularly achieves fantastic results for clients out of court as well as in court. Real top drawer stuff’

‘The health and safety team is led by Mark Donaldson in Aberdeen. Mark is extremely experienced, very able and has great judgement; a true expert in the field.’

‘The team in Scotland has extensive experience of prosecutions, fatal accident inquiries and public inquiries arising from accidents in the workplace.’

‘Ann Bonomy is the stand-out individual in the team. She combines brilliant tactical awareness with extensive knowledge of the law; she is client-focused and gets results. Her in-depth knowledge, breadth of experience and pragmatic approach make her extremely sought after by clients.’

‘Very client-focused and appreciative of the client’s business.’

‘We dealt with Mark Donaldson on a long-running health and safety case which ended this year. He had a fantastic grasp of detail and an ability to cut through to only the relevant information and arguments. He was also mindful of the impact of the case on our reputation and financial reporting and always made sure his advice was not just legally correct but answered the concerns of our plc board.’

Key clients







Regis/Outdoor Activities Mutual


Direct Line


Employment Tier 3

Discrimination law expert Stephen Miller heads up the team at Clyde & Co LLP, which is best known for its litigation capabilities, regularly defending clients against equal and holiday pay alongside unfair dismissal and discrimination claims brought before the employment tribunal. This is also were Frances Ross' strength lies; she regularly defends public sector bodies against equal pay and discrimination claims in particular. While the team acts for an extensive roster of public bodies, its client portfolio also includes corporates, who regularly retain the team to advise on senior exits.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Miller

Other key lawyers:

Graham Mitchell; Frances Ross; Robert King


‘Robert King is quite frankly exceptional. The level of service and advice is exceptional value for money.’

‘Working with Robert King is like having an elite lawyer on my board of directors. He knows my business inside out and the partnership really works for me. He inspires confidence and has such strong people skills that you actually look forward to seeing your lawyer.’

Key clients

City of Edinburgh Council

Royal College of Surgeons

Scottish Ballet

Glasgow City Council

Inverclyde Council

Essar (Oil) UK Limited

Argyll College (UHI)

North Lanarkshire Council

North Ayrshire Council

W.H. Malcolm Limited

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, 1,800 lawyers, 2,500 legal professionals and 4,000 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
T +44 (0)1224 624 924F +44 (0) 1224 626 590

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

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

T +44 (0) 131 557 1545F +44 (0) 131 525 8651

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

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

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

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

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

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

3140 Rowan Place, Oxford Business Park South, Oxford, OX4 2WB
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 has ‘market-leading insurance and shipping practices’ and an ‘excellent reputation for contentious work’. The ‘ambitious’ international firm ‘has demonstrated years of strong growth’ which impressed trainees no end. Recruits really enjoy ‘working on exciting matters which are frequently in the news’. For some respondents, the ‘positive culture’ of Clyde & Co became apparent on the Lex 100 Winner-worthy vacation scheme. Four more gongs have been awarded for living up to expectations, approachability of supervisors, confidence of being kept on and work/life balance. Elaborating on the latter, one trainee commented ‘we are routinely encouraged to log off and enjoy our evening’. Praise abounded for the ‘very helpful and supportive colleagues’ who make clear that ‘they appreciate the work we do’. One gripe is the pay, which some trainees consider to be lower than similar international City firms. Whilst a good work/life balance and clear career trajectory make up for this in part, ‘given the high-profile image Clyde likes to convey, the salary could be higher’. The IT systems and the ‘responsiveness of IT support during the pandemic’ were also criticised, although respondents were reassured that this is now being improved. ‘Taking an attendance note on a call with eight insurers where I had no idea who was talking when’, ‘spending hours on billing tasks’ and ‘a full day of complex electronic bundling’ were trainees’ worst moments. Thankfully, ‘working on a large case which was in the headlines because it went to the Supreme Court’ and ‘undertaking research which was reiterated in a client meeting’ made trainees feel on top of the world. For a ‘dispute-oriented firm’ where ‘everyone is willing to give up their time to help others’, consider Clyde & Co.