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Digby Brown LLP

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

Digby Brown LLP 's clinical negligence team, which is praised for its 'willingness to pursue difficult cases', is primarily based in Glasgow and Edinburgh - in Glasgow, Ruth Kelliher now heads up the department; she is accredited as a specialist in clinical negligence by the Law Society of Scotland and has handled cases involving bile duct injuries as well as missed fractures and birth injuries. She works in tandem with associate Trish McFadden.

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‘Their solicitors are hard working, talented and experienced individuals who provide a first class service to their clients.’

‘First class knowledge of relevant law and procedure; determination; a willingness to pursue difficult cases which may or may not succeed; superb client care.’

Personal injury: pursuer Tier 1

Digby Brown LLP is seen as a 'market leader in personal injury work’ - the firm has a sizable team of more than 50 lawyers across three offices, led by Gordon Dalyell, who is highly experienced in handling cases involving work accidents and road accidents, as well as claims for miscarriages of justice. Cross-border work is another key area of focus;foreign and travel head Mark Gibson specialises in advising Scottish citizens who have suffered severe personal injury overseas. In one recent highlight, the firm led on a £5.2m claim against the Motor Insurance Bureau, in which Chris Stewart, who heads the serious injury department, acted on behalf of a motor accident victim who required care and was left unable to work. The 'exceptional' Fraser Simpson, who focuses on industrial disease claims, is also highly recommended. Other key partners include Kim Leslie, who heads the non-accidental/abuse department, and brain injury and spinal cord injury specialist Moira Kay.

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‘Digby Brown are indisputably market leaders in personal injury work. Their solicitors are hardworking, talented and experienced individuals who provide a first class service to their clients. First class knowledge of relevant law and procedure; determination; a willingness to pursue difficult cases which may or may not succeed; superb client care.’

‘Fraser Simpson and his team in industrial disease deserve special mention: the team handles cases where a terminal diagnosis has been given, or where a person has died as a result of industrial disease. Such cases call for the most sensitive handling.’

‘ We work closely with Digby Brown on cross-border asbestos cases. They are an outstanding firm and leaders in their field. They are very committed to their clients and highly knowledgeable, skilled and experienced. I do not hesitate to recommend them to any of my clients who need advice on Scottish law. They are outstanding and true leaders in their field. All of their lawyers that I work with are excellent.’

‘Fraser Simpson is exceptional and highly experienced and knowledgeable. I also work with and highly recommend Euan Love who is an extremely capable and intelligent lawyer. They are both standout lawyers in this area and at the pinnacle of their field. They are highly committed and passionate about their work for asbestos sufferers.’

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; road traffic accident claims; accidents at work; foreign and travel accidents (including dedicated native Polish and Spanish speakers); motorcycle accident claims; cycling accident claims; 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