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Drummond Miller LLP

Immigration Tier 1

Edinburgh-based David Brown heads up the team at Drummond Miller LLP, which is recognised by peers and clients alike for its 'substantial' expertise handling the full spectrum of business and personal immigration law. Janey Armstrong heads the team in Glasgow.

Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

Drummond Miller LLP's medical negligence team pursues a high volume of fatal claims arising from both surgical and diagnosis errors, in addition to high value birth injuries resulting in cerebral palsy and incurring expenses for lifelong care. The team also wins settlements for clients who sustain permanent injuries during the course of surgery, including a case in which medical staff failed to obtain their patient's informed consent. Practice head Liesa Spiller, who sits on the Law Society of Scotland's Panel for granting specialist accreditations, acts on in fatal and catastrophic injury claims, while Darren Deery primarily represents clients in high value birth injury cases.

Leading individuals

Drummond Miller is a leading firm of solicitors with offices in five locations throughout central Scotland. It comprises 11 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 Spiller is accredited in clinical negligence law by the Law Society of Scotland and also sits on the Society’s Accreditation Panel. Liesa and Darren both 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.

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 rated a ‘Star Individual’ 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
 David  Brown  photo David  Brown
 Darren Deery  photo Darren Deery
 Laura McDonagh  photo Laura McDonagh
 Humphrey Ndubuisi  photo Humphrey Ndubuisi
 Charles Ogilvie  photo Charles Ogilvie
 Liesa Spiller  photo Liesa Spiller
 Victoria Varty  photo Victoria Varty
Number of UK partners : 12
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.

COMPANY/FIRM: Manchester Athenaeum
TESTIMONIAL: “Hugh Jones Solicitors came highly recommended and from my first contact with Charlotte I could understand why. Charlotte got to grips with a very complex situation extremely quickly and then expertly navigated the way forward to achieve a very positive outcome. Charlotte is always calm, measured and impressively clear-sighted. I couldn’t have asked for more, THANK YOU!”

COMPANY/FIRM: Manchester Athenaeum
TESTIMONIAL: “Chris dealt with the knotty problem expertly and calmly. I had total confidence in Chris from the start when he grasped the very complex issues straightaway.  Chris’ extensive knowledge and competence  in his highly specialised  field led to a very successful outcome.  Very impressive, thank you!”

CLIENT: Kurt Lang
TESTIMONIAL: ‘I found Charlotte, my Solicitor, to be very knowledgeable and helpful. Charlotte always provided detailed advice and was happy to seek supplemental advice for me from colleagues that did not fall under the remit of her assigned role in dealing with my parent’s estate, which was a lengthy, complex and testing issue for all concerned. The thing that impressed me most with Charlotte was the almost instant response to emails I sent her, no matter how lenghty. Even at times when my email thread would almost become ‘live chat’, Charlotte would patiently and quickly reply in every instance until I fully understood all aspects of the particular issue/s under discussion.’

COMPANY/FIRM: Rochdale Council
TESTIMONIAL: ‘we are completely happy with the service that we have been receiving’.

CLIENT: Cath Conway
TESTIMONIAL: We are very happy with the service and support Hugh Jones Solicitors provide.

They are very professional and always there to help with any matters that arise. We would be happy to
recommend them.

CLIENT: Pat Wilson
TESTIMONIAL: I would like to say ,that my experience over the years of dealing with Hugh Jones Solicitors
Has been a pleasure. Everyone involved always courteous, helpful and very pleasant to deal with.
Their advice, guidance and support has been greatly appreciated by me.
So huge Thankyou to Anne Clarke and Charlotte Pisuto especially and of course Hugh Jones.

CLIENT: Lydia Rees
TESTIMONIAL: I am a Trustee for various trusts administered by Hugh Jones Solicitors. I have complete confidence not only in their professional work but also their patience and kindness when dealing with vulnerable people.

COMPANY/FIRM: Weightmans
TESTIMONIAL: Rebecca Brown has provided evidence on the likely costs of a professional Deputyship in several high value claims with catastrophically injured claimants.  Her opinion is invariably impartial and realistic.  On several occasions, the opponent has conceded that Ms Brown’s opinion is agreed.

COMPANY/FIRM: Ian Gardiner, Partner, Hill Dickinson LLP
TESTIMONIAL: I have used Hugh Jones solicitors for a number of years to prepare professional deputy reports for clinical negligence cases and have always found them to be excellent, both in terms of the content of their reports themselves and in their handling of the process. In recent times I have primarily dealt with Rebecca Brown, though I have also used other individuals at the firm