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Drummond Miller LLP

Employment > Immigration Tier 1

As well as providing wide-ranging immigration law advice with a focus on personal immigration, Drummond Miller LLP stands out for its litigation capabilities. The Edinburgh-based Humphrey Ndubuisi is a key contact for this and is well versed in handling deportation and depreciation of citizenship cases. The team’s expertise in family migration-related work was further underlined with the partner promotion of Sarah Jack in 2021. She is dual qualified in English and Scots law and is also based in Edinburgh. The Glasgow team is led by Janey Armstrong, whose recent workload includes business immigration matters, most notably post-Brexit sponsor licences and skilled worker visas. The overall team is led by David Brown from Edinburgh.

Practice head(s):


‘Good empathy with clients. Really good at preparing cases for court. Excellent knowledge and understanding of judicial review procedure.’

‘Excellent knowledge of the growing area of law around EU citizens rights.’

‘The team at Drummond Miller LLP are very supportive of engagement with service users of our organisations.’

‘The knowledge the team hold and their approach when working with women who have experienced trauma is exceptional.’

‘Experienced and reliable team. Extremely professional.’

‘David Brown – head of immigration. Comprehensive knowledge of immigration law, and experience in court practice. Excellent at dealing with clients as well.’

Janey Armstrong knows all the intricacies of the constantly changing array of legislation and guidance on the rights of EU and other European citizens to reside and work in the UK.

‘Humphrey Ndubuisi is a highly knowledgeable practitioner and very capable advocate.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a horticulture business on the retention and acquisition of seasonal workers post-Brexit.
  • Advised a Turkish business person on an extension of stay where their original business was no longer viable due to the impact of Covid-19.
  • Advised a business in the food service industry on the prospects of success of a sponsor licence under the skilled worker route in order to find a solution to the problem of a shortage of settled workers.

Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 1

Operating from Edinburgh and Glasgow, Drummond Miller LLP’s practice ‘has a wealth of experience in medical negligence cases’ and focuses on a diverse range of claims, spanning from fatalities to surgical errors. Overseen by litigator Liesa Spiller and Darren Deery who is noted for his ‘astute awareness of how to support clients through a difficult process.Miranda Becher deals with catastrophic injury cases and has a track record of successfully recovering major compensation for clients. At the senior associate level, Lorna Hale has a varied caseload and is recommended for complex fatal claims for families.

Practice head(s):

Liesa Spiller; Darren Deery

Other key lawyers:


‘The lawyers were without doubt the kindest and most sympathetic professionals I have ever encountered.’

‘I was included in almost every meeting with medical professionals, otherwise I was kept fully informed. Their main strengths were people skills, not those honed in an away day awareness course but skills one has inherently.’

‘The knowledge and experience the team had very much ensured I was cared for especially when recounting traumatic events.’

‘As so much in life can go wrong through poor communication, I could only wish this team was negotiating on the world’s stage. My case was difficult, it would have been even more so without the professionalism, sensitivity and realism of everyone I encountered.’

‘It goes without saying that years of experience and knowledge shows but in my encounters particular with Darren Deery it was really glossed over by his kind nature and astute awareness of how to support clients through a difficult process.’

‘Drummond Miller has always treated their clients with respect and empathy, working to obtain the best possible outcome.’

‘They are always prepared to listen to the family members alongside all the experts.’

‘I have worked now with Darren Deery for many years and have always found him very respectful, easy to discuss varying points of view, and very helpful in sending documents that I have required in a timely fashion.’

Work highlights

  • Acting as sole advisors to a family related to the death of a twin baby boy at less than 1 hour of age due to midwifery negligence.
  • Acted for client who suffered biliary sepsis.
  • Acting in a birth damage claim in which negligence is alleged in respect of the management of a high-risk pregnancy, following admission to hospital with preterm premature rupture of membranes back in 1998.

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.