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Drummond Miller LLP

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

Drummond Miller LLP is a respected player in the market, providing wide-ranging advice on personal and business immigration alongside nationality law with particular strength in the first-mentioned segment which also constitutes Janey Armstrong's key focus; she heads up the Glasgow team, while David Brown leads the overall practice from Edinburgh and advises clients on the full spectrum of immigration, nationality, human rights and EU law. As another key member of the team, Humphrey Ndubuisi is noted for his immigration litigation expertise.

Practice head(s):

David Brown


‘I have been very impressed by team’s people and mission-oriented practice. The team is very supportive. They are friendly and able to make complex legal provisions readily understandable to a no- legally qualified audience.’

‘Jenny Armstrong stands out due to her deep understanding of client needs and her communication skills.’

David Brown is approachable and gives clear, straightforward, practical advice.

‘The team has the ability to understand complex legal issues, but also to understand lived experience of vulnerable clients; the firm has a range of solicitors who collectively probably have greater experience of representing EU citizens in immigration and other citizens’ rights issues than any other firm in Scotland. They also have a genuine commitment to corporate social responsibility.’

‘The premier petitioner-side immigration firm in Scotland. Well resourced and highly professional. Excellent knowledge of Court of Session and tribunal practice/procedure.’

‘Humphrey Ndubuisi has a deep knowledge of immigration law and practice, as well as a very good way with clients.’

‘The team is always reliable; an ever-present in the Scottish immigration world, they get the job done, without unnecessary fanfare. The firm I would instruct if I had an immigration problem.’

‘David Brown is always a font of knowledge on the immigration rules and their practical application.

Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

With an enviable track record in securing major settlements for clients, Drummond Miller LLP fields a group of dedicated clinical negligence lawyers who almost exclusively handle medical negligence claims. Demanding the 'utmost respect of her peers, not only for her knowledge of complex medical and legal matters but also for her integrity and judgement', practice co-head Liesa Spiller is instructed in an assortment of claims, including cases relating to fatalities, surgical errors, and misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, as well as birth injuries. Sharing the department lead with Spiller is Darren Deery, whose extensive workload includes cases at all levels. Notably, Deery was appointed to a working group to consider potential changes to the new Chapter 42A procedure under which most clinical negligence actions are now litigated.

Practice head(s):

Liesa Spiller; Darren Deery

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Rose; Lorna Hale


‘The Drummond Miller clinical negligence team are, in my view, extremely expert in all that they do. The client is the most important thing to them and no stone is left unturned when it comes to investigations.’

‘Liesa Spiller really is one of the most experienced and able practitioners in this field. She has the utmost respect of her peers, not only for her knowledge of complex medical and legal matters but also for her integrity and judgement.’

‘Liesa Spiller is tenacious and focused on success for her clients, while Darren Deery displays very good interpersonal skills with difficult clients.’

‘Drummond Miller have a very strong pursuer clinical negligence team, from partner level down. They are certainly a top-tier practice in this area.’

‘Very well respected in the area of medical negligence with individuals who care about their clients and cases.’

‘Liesa Spiller and Darren Deery are absolutely superb and probably the best two medical negligence solicitors in Scotland. They have trained up a team of highly competent and dedicated assistants and associates.’

‘Absolute dedication, with the client being given clear priority over making money.’

‘I have worked extensively with both Darren Deery and Liesa Spiller and you really can’t get two better solicitors in this field. They can and do deal with the most complex cases, including massive cerebral palsy claims, and they do an incredible job.’

Drummond Miller is a leading firm of solicitors with offices in five locations throughout central Scotland. It comprises 14 partners and 61 fee-earners.

The firm: Drummond Miller is a modern and progressive law firm with origins dating back to the 19th century.

The firm’s head office is in Edinburgh; branch offices are located in Bathgate, Dalkeith, Glasgow and Musselburgh. This structure benefits clients who can access advice from a local solicitor while at the same time receiving high-quality specialist representation from across the firm.

Drummond Miller mainly acts for individual clients and focuses on providing these clients and their families with specialist advice in niche areas, such as clinical negligence and immigration law, in addition to offering a full legal service in the core areas of family law, private client and property law.

The firm is committed to taking good care of its clients by achieving the best possible outcome for them and by providing them with clear and honest advice from the outset. All its people are fully committed and passionate about providing excellent client care. To the firm excellent client care means not only delivering a positive outcome but ensuring that throughout the journey clients understand the steps in their legal process and have confidence in the firm’s ability to provide a solution to their legal problem.

Types of work undertaken: The firm’s commitment to providing legal excellence in niche areas is underlined by the number of solicitors who hold accredited specialisations from the Law Society of Scotland. The firm has accredited Law Society specialists in the areas of clinical negligence, family law, immigration and personal injury.

Clinical negligence: the firm’s clinical negligence team is led by partners Liesa Spiller and Darren Deery. Both are highly rated within the industry and by UK Chambers and The Legal 500.

Liesa and Darren are both accredited in clinical negligence law by the Law Society of Scotland,  and deal exclusively with claims for pursuers.

The team specialises in all types of clinical negligence claims including: birth damage; missed diagnoses; surgical; cancer; orthopaedic; GP failures; and nursing failures.

Family law: the family team is headed by Lynne Stratford who, as well as being recognised by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in this field, is also a trained collaborative lawyer and family law mediator.

The family team is spread across offices, allowing the firm to provide specialist advice at a local level. It has a large Court of Session practice in the Edinburgh office headed by partner Victoria Varty, who is regularly instructed by firms throughout Scotland in complex financial and child-related issues.

The team is able to offer advice covering the whole spectrum of family law and strives to offer a personal and compassionate service to clients at some of the most difficult times of their lives.

General litigation: the general litigation team is led by partners Miranda Becher and Laura McDonagh.  Miranda is an accredited specialist in personal injury litigation, whilst Laura is widely recognized as an expert in the field of Judicial Review.

The team undertakes a wide variety of cases in the Sheriff Court and Court of Session including personal injury, judicial review, commercial actions and statutory appeals.  The team also handles Edinburgh agency work for a large number of solicitor firms from outwith Edinburgh, for which it is highly regarded.

Immigration law: the firm’s immigration team is unrivalled in Scotland in terms of both its size and the length of experience of its senior team members. David Brown, the department founder, has practised for over 25 years and is a Band 1 ranked lawyer by Chambers. David sits on the Accreditation Panel of the Law Society and is on the UNHCR Panel of solicitors.

Private client: the private client team is led by Charles Ogilvie. He has developed a particular expertise in guardianships, intervention orders and other matters relating to adults with incapacity.

The firm aims to achieve solutions for clients’ particular circumstances and communicate in easily understood terms.

Examples of the services it provides include: wills; trusts; inheritance tax planning; executries; powers of attorney; guardianship; finance and care for elderly people; administration of trusts and charities.

Other offices: Bathgate, Dalkeith, Glasgow, Musselburgh.

Chair David Browndbrown@drummondmiller.co.uk0131 243 1203
Number of UK partners : 14
Number of other UK fee-earners : 61

Drummond Miller is committed to providing pro bono legal advice to those most in need, regardless of their situation.

Our immigration department has a long history of running surgeries in collaboration with community groups where people can seek much-needed legal advice, such as at the Pakistan Society of Edinburgh and the Fife Arabic Society. Each month we also provide a free legal surgery at Shakti Women’s Aid, where we advise black minority ethnic women on their immigration status in cases where there has been relationship breakdown due to domestic abuse.

In the run up to Brexit, our immigration team has travelled across Scotland – from the Central Belt to the Highlands and Islands – speaking at seminars on the rights of EEA nationals and their family members to remain in the UK. These events have been delivered as part of the EU Citizens’ Rights Project Scotland.

Our family law team runs a free drop in service from our Dalkeith office every fortnight. This legal clinic receives referrals from third party organisations, such as the Citizens Advice Bureau and advises individuals on matters such as separation, divorce and contact.

Throughout the year our firm also supports charitable causes with partners and staff raising money through events such as the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

This work is at the heart of what we do – we believe no one should be deprived of legal advice or assistance, no matter the position they are in.

CLIENT: Ms A F (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: First of all we would like to thank all the team at DM. The word professional is really meant for this company. You have all been a great support and strength at the same time.

CLIENT: Ms J F (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Thanks very much for all you’ve done for me, your patience and compassion was much appreciated

CLIENT: Mr D I (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you very much for your help with the application, you made the entire process seem effortless which from my experience with it I know for certain that it is not, not to mention the record time we managed to secure the residency thanks to your help. We wish you and the entire team all the best.

CLIENT: Ms D I (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Thanks again for all of your help. We have been dealing with Drummond Miller since applying for my husband’s first visa in 2013. In addition to this initial visa, Drummond Miller have supported and guided us all of the way through the formal visa process to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain and more recently British Citizenship. The service provided was exceptional and of the highest standard. The staff were highly professional, approachable and supported us from start to finish through what at times can be a stressful process. We would have no hesitation in recommending Drummond Miller.

CLIENT: Mr G T (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I also just want to say how grateful I am for the advice and support you have provided me with over the last couple of years. Your counsel has always struck the right balance and you’ve always told me what I need to hear and consider rather than what I necessarily want to hear!

CLIENT:Ms H L (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Another thing I am grateful for is yourself and how you have proceeded with everything, just want you to know that I really do appreciate it. You have made an unbearable situation a bit more bearable. You have had empathy and understanding which has truly helped.

CLIENT: Mr D F (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Cannot thank you enough for not only doing such a splendid job, but also for making it so stress-free for us and being so friendly all along the way. You’re an absolute star. Kind regards and many thanks from all of us

CLIENT: J (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: This is a very good news and I am grateful. I need more than these 2 words to thank you and all who supported you while you stood in the gap for me…but please accept my sincere gratitude for all you have given to ensure my victory.

CLIENT: Mr F T (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for your confirmation and for all of your help regarding this matter… I also won’t hesitate to recommend you to others that require immigration services.

CLIENT: Mrs M M (individual client)
COMPANY/FIRM: Drummond Miller LLP
TESTIMONIAL: You and your team have been amazing and I can’t thank you all enough. Thank you again for everything you have done for our family, for the compassion, diligence and respect you have shown us.