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Digby Brown LLP

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

Digby Brown LLP has a reputation for taking on high value claims and consistently achieving strong results for clients. The tenacious, specialist team are highly active in the Court of Session, where they pursue the full range of medical negligence claims, often involving negligent surgery or misdiagnosis. 'Formidable' practice head Sue Grant has more than 20 years of litigation experience and is accredited by the Law Society of Scotland in both personal injury and medical negligence. The team recently negotiated a six-figure settlement for the partner of a man who suffered irreparable brain damage following late diagnosis of an aneurysm.

Practice head(s):

Sue Grant


‘The go-to personal injury pursuer firm for high value contentious claims in Scotland.’

‘A pleasure to work with. They are committed to achieving the best outcome for all of their clients. ‘

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 1

Digby Brown LLP has an impressive share of personal injury claimant work in Scotland, fielding a large team across offices in seven different regions of Scotland. The practice, which is led by Gordon Dalyell, is particularly well-known for its work on claims relating to road traffic accidents, mesothelioma and aviation disasters such as the Clutha Helicopter crash in which Mark Gibson achieved settlements for all of his clients. In 2018 the firm raised approximately 1,300 court actions, bolstered by Compensate, a new in-house funding package. Solicitor advocate Chris Stewart heads up the firm's serious injury department.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Dalyell

Other key lawyers:


‘A very efficient and effective model – the firm has specialist teams which mean their lawyers develop expertise in working on different types of cases, and junior staff are rotated to give them broad experience.’

Family Tier 4

Digby Brown LLP has carved out a specialism in pursuing contested adoption orders for clients, leading to a string of successful adoptions. Besides this line of work the firm has a reputation for advising high net worth individuals on prenuptial agreements and in representing clients in divorce proceedings, often with international aspects such as parties who reside in different countries. 'Charismatic and knowledgeable' associate Roger Mackenzie, who joined the firm in 2015 to set up the family law team, regularly acts in cases involving valuations of business interests. Sue Grant advises Scottish Adoption and sits on the Board of Clan Child Law.

Practice head(s):

Roger Mackenzie

Other key lawyers:

As the largest specialist personal injury practice in Scotland, acting almost exclusively for claimants, the firm is known for its expertise across personal injury and clinical negligence-related claims, as well as work on employment issues.

The firm: Digby Brown was named Law Firm of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Firm of the Year at the Scott & Co. Legal Awards 2018, the latest in a series of national awards reflecting its status and CSR work in recent years. Delivering results for clients is at the heart of the firm’s work. 2017/18 saw Digby Brown recover £105m on behalf of personal injury pursuers and gain a series of notable legal successes which will benefit pursuers throughout Scotland such as the Clutha helicopter and Glasgow bin lorry tragedy.

Independently verified statistics show that the firm has consistently achieved for clients, on average, more than three times the pre-litigation offers made by defending insurers. Digby Brown offers a complete funding and indemnity package through its litigation funding company, Compensate, giving clients access to justice and providing funding for all case expenses. Client service across the firm is consistently rated highly in independent reviews which is illustrated via Digby Brown’s five-star Trustpilot rating.

The firm continues to lead in successful civil litigation, including in the number of actions raised in the Court of Session and All Scotland Personal Injury Court. The Compensate Personal Injury Network now has over 500 members across Scotland and England who can refer cases to Digby Brown, ensuring that clients achieve the best possible outcome.

Digby Brown is one of only a small number of Scottish firms to have a professional support lawyer function, represented at partner level, particularly among firms specialising in personal injury litigation. November 2016 saw Digby Brown become the first law firm in the UK to achieve platinum level accreditation with Investors in People, having achieved gold level accreditation in 2014. The firm has been an accredited Living Wage Employer since 2014

Types of work undertaken: The firm has specialists in every area of personal injury, with each case managed by specialist departments broken down by type of accident, injury, location and/or nationality of clients. The departments are: serious injury; insurance litigation for road traffic accidents and accidents at work; foreign and travel accidents (including dedicated native Polish and Spanish speakers); motorcycle or cycling accidents; oil, gas or shipping accidents; criminal injuries; and industrial and asbestos-related disease.

Noted areas of expertise include brain and spinal injuries. The foreign and travel law department meets the needs of Scots injured abroad and foreign nationals injured while either working or living in Scotland. Medical negligence work is undertaken by a well-regarded specialist department, with particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. Industrial disease experience ranges from asbestos-related conditions and occupational asthma to dermatitis and vibration white finger. Digby Brown has solicitors specialising in non-accidental injuries, including helping victims of historic abuse.

More broadly, the firm has a leading-edge family law service focusing on financial provision on divorce, cohabitation claims and child law as well as continuing its long-standing work in adoption. An employment private client offering helps clients with claims relating to discrimination in the workplace, unfair dismissal and redundancy, settlement agreements and disputes where representation at employment tribunals is necessary.

Other offices: Glasgow, Dundee, Inverness, Aberdeen, Kirkcaldy, Ayr

Department Name Email Telephone
Chief executive Fraser Oliver
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gordon Dalyell  photo Gordon Dalyell Gordon joined Digby Brown in 1998, and heads up the network department.…
 Graeme Garrett  photo Graeme Garrett Graeme has specialised in personal injury litigation on behalf of trade union…
 Sue Grant  photo Sue Grant Sue is a graduate of Aberdeen University and joined Digby Brown in…
 Simon Hammond  photo Simon Hammond Simon became a partner in Digby Brown’s insurance litigation department in 2015,…
 Kim Leslie  photo Kim Leslie Kim is a graduate of the University of Strathclyde and joined in…
Number of UK partners : 24
Number of other UK fee-earners : 166