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Drummond Miller LLP

Immigration Tier 1

Drummond Miller LLP is a respected player in the market, providing the full range of immigration services across all areas of personal immigration and nationality law. Founder and overall practice head David  Brown has recently been particularly active providing advice on Brexit and the EU Settlement Scheme, but handles all aspects of immigration, nationality, Human Rights and EU law. Janey Armstrong is the main contact in Glasgow and Humphrey Ndubuisi for immigration litigation.

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Everyone that we have encountered at Drummond Miller has been very professional and empathetic towards us. We are allowed to make our own decisions with as much time needed to review them; with any additional information provided quickly. The knowledge on immigration laws in particular is second to none.

Great team, that is extremely knowledgeable and always willing to help. The Court of Session team is highly competent.

What makes them stand out: the courteous but efficient way they respond to cases; the legal and practical knowledge of their solicitors; the broad range of legal expertise within the firm; the way in which they are totally on top of court procedure; their commitment to CSR in their pro-bono work, in particular to support EU citizens facing the uncertainties and challenges of Brexit.

For the many years we have liaised with David Brown; he has always been amenable to our requirements and supported many community-based events within Fife. The vast knowledge they have and the honesty exhibited is very refreshing.

David Brown: up-to-date legal knowledge of his areas of expertise.

David Brown is extremely well respected within the immigration sphere, and a fountain of knowledge for fellow practitioners.

Janey Armstrong has very good legal knowledge and an excellent ability to present.

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

Drummond Miller LLP's clinical negligence practice is regarded by some as 'the leader in their field'. The 'hugely experienced' Liesa Spiller leads the team and is an expert in claims concerning birth injuries and surgical errors, with a consistent record of major settlements. 'Extremely tenacious' fellow practice leader Darren Deery is very active on claims involving misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis, with certain cases going to the Court of Session, often reaching seven-figure settlements.

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‘The team at Drummond Miller are a great team of lawyers, totally committed to the work they do. The clinical negligence team is outstanding and they passionately believe in acting and doing the best they can for claimants.’

‘Elizabeth Rose believes passionately in helping and supporting claimants in clinical negligence claims and is a fierce negotiator.’

‘Liesa Spiller leads the team – there is nothing she does not know about clinical negligence. She is a great lawyer, absolutely excellent with clients and calm in the face of adversity. She has trained her team extremely well and is always there for the problem cases.’

‘Darren Deery is extremely tenacious. He always does his best for the client. He leaves no stone unturned. An excellent lawyer who is great to work with. ‘

‘Drummond Miller’s clinical negligence team has unsurpassed strength in depth. They are excellent at every level – partner, associate, assistant. They are a pleasure to work with. ‘

‘Working with specialised teams like Drummond Miller makes a huge difference in a medical negligence pursuer case.’

‘Liesa Spiller is hugely experienced and very able. One of the main figures in Scottish clinical negligence litigation.’

‘Darren Deery is very able and hardworking and very well organised.’

‘Lorna Hale is a very able lawyer with excellent attention to detail and very good experience in clinical negligence.’

‘This is the leader in the field. They are very proactive and go above and beyond for their clients. They take enormous care to instruct counsel who have good interpersonal skills to match their excellent legal skills and this is mirrored in the strength of their own team. ‘

‘Drummond Miller have a diverse team and they really care about the clients they represent. Darren Deery is an outstanding solicitor, leading a team with the excellent Lorna Hale, who is like a more junior vision of Darren – they are both very intellectually able and proactive with excellent interpersonal skills.’

‘They are, in my view, the best clin neg team in Scotland. Seriously, they really are good. I can’t speak highly enough about them. Completely caring and compassionate but tremendously efficient. Their ability to handle fast moving and difficult court deadlines, and also the most complex evidence in a hugely difficult area of law is quite incredible.’

‘The clin neg team at Drummond Miller are really excellent. In Liesa Spiller and Darren Deery they have two of the best clin neg specialists in Scotland.’

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Chair David Brown 0131 243 1203
Photo Name Position Profile
 Miranda Becher  photo Miranda Becher Partner
 David  Brown  photo David  Brown Chair, Partner and Head of Immigration
 Darren Deery  photo Darren Deery Partner
 Lorna Hale photo Lorna Hale Senior Associate
 Sarah Jack  photo Sarah Jack Partner
 Laura McDonagh  photo Laura McDonagh Partner
 Ailsa Meiklejohn  photo Ailsa Meiklejohn Partner
 Humphrey Ndubuisi  photo Humphrey Ndubuisi Partner
 Charles Ogilvie  photo Charles Ogilvie Partner and Head of Private Client
 Anna Rani  photo Anna Rani Senior Associate
 Liesa Spiller  photo Liesa Spiller Partner and Head of Litigation
 Victoria Varty  photo Victoria Varty Partner
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.