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Clyde & Co LLP

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550480 EDINBURGH-45
Aberdeen, Abu Dhabi, Atlanta, Beijing, Brisbane, Bristol and 47 more

Duncan Batchelor

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Clyde & Co LLP


Duncan specialises in clinical and professional negligence (defender), professional discipline and product liability and is a key member of the healthcare team. His clients include medical and dental professionals, their unions and insurers. Duncan is a solicitor advocate with extended rights of audience in the Court of Session. In addition to court work he also appears regularly on behalf of healthcare professionals before various regulators including claims arising from allegedly defective products, non-recent abuse and human rights claims. He offers his professional negligence expertise to; accountants, insurance brokers and independent financial advisors, amongst others.


Qualified 2003; joined Simpson & Marwick 2004; partner 2011.


The Law Society of Scotland; Forum of Insurance Lawyers; Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant

Within: Product liability: defendant

Clyde & Co LLP's client base is a mix of insurers and manufacturers, frequently from the aviation, agriculture and food, automotive, medical devices and pharmaceutical, and retail sectors. The firm's international network allows a close cooperation with product liability groups in the rest of Europe, North America and Asia, which is particularly valuable in multi-jurisdictional product recalls and disputes. Neil Beresford specialises in claims involving  insurers, manufacturers and retailers and Jason McNerlin is the key contact for recalls. Edinburgh-based duo Duncan Batchelor and Claire Raftery, as well as Victor Rae-Reeves and legal director Erika Rainger in London are other names to note.

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Scotland: Insurance

Medical negligence: defender

Within: Medical negligence: defender

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.

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