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Ampersand Advocates

Clinical Negligence

17 ranked barristersBand 1Scotland (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table

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Client service:

Ampersand Advocates retains its reputation as a market-leading stable for clinical negligence matters. Its advocates continue to provide expert legal advice and representation to both pursuers and defenders in a wide range of disputes, including claims relating to birth and catastrophic brain and spinal injuries. Members are well versed in cases arising from alleged failures in diagnosis and surgical errors, and regularly appear at fatal accident inquiries. The stable also houses considerable expertise in multiparty actions stemming from the use of medical equipment, and several of its advocates have recently been involved in the Scottish Mesh Litigation, a class action in which over 500 claims were brought against the NHS in connection with allegedly defective vaginal mesh.
"The clerking team are fantastic and always very helpful." "The clerks go out of their way to help. They are approachable and knowledgeable." "Very efficient and pleasant." "The clerking is excellent: very responsive, helpful and on the ball. Alan Moffat, the advocates' clerk, has such experience and really runs a great team there."

Strengths:

Archie MacSporran QC
Archie MacSporran QC is an experienced advocate who is valued for his handling of clinical negligence claims, particularly those with difficult quantum and causation issues. His broad expertise includes birth injury and failed diagnosis cases, as well as fatal injury claims. He is renowned for his prowess in cerebral palsy cases.
"An extremely reliable and very experienced advocate who is a pleasure to work with." "He specialises in clinical negligence and he has got a fantastic reputation. He is very attentive to details."

Strengths:

David Stephenson QC
David Stephenson QC operates a successful defence-side clinical negligence practice. His instructions concern a diverse set of issues including severe birth injuries, delayed treatment and lack of medical consent. He is renowned for handling cases with complex quantum and causation issues. "Has an excellent legal mind and great forensic skills. He's an excellent advocate and always timely in response." "He is a difficult opponent who is very thorough." "He is quick on complex issues and one of the top in this field."
Recent work: Represented the Greater Glasgow Health Board in a fatal accident case arising from a delay in diagnosing post-operative sepsis.

Strengths:

Fiona Drysdale
Fiona Drysdale represents clients on both the pursuer and defender sides of clinical negligence cases. She is noted for her strength in claims resulting from maximum-severity birth injuries. She is also experienced in fatal claims and delayed diagnosis cases.
"She is very experienced." "She has sound knowledge of clinical negligence law and she is calm and measured with clients. She is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the pursuer in a stillbirth and birth injury case arising from failure to diagnose diabetes in pregnancy.

Strengths:

Geoffrey Mitchell QC
Geoffrey Mitchell QC has a wealth of experience in handling complex clinical negligence claims for pursuers and defenders. He demonstrates an impressive proficiency in instructions involving surgical errors, failures to diagnose and serious injuries sustained at birth. His practice also encompasses fatal claims and stroke cases.
"Geoffrey is very experienced in medical negligence cases and is very thorough and precise." "Hard-working and an impressive performer in court."
Recent work: Defended the Greater Glasgow Health Board in a brain injury case arising from allegations that the defendants had failed to detect a fractured skull.

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Graham Primrose QC
Graham Primrose QC is a notable silk much praised for his calm demeanour when dealing with claims of the utmost complexity. He represents both pursuers and defenders in surgical errors, fatal claims and cases concerning failed or delayed diagnosis.
"He is bright, a hard worker and highly regarded." "He is just plain excellent. He takes the instructions, rolls his sleeves up and achieves results." "Very calm on his feet, persuasive and very well thought out. He is a great advocate and very good to deal with."
Recent work: Instructed in a fatal case arising from a failure to diagnose the deceased with Wilson's disease. The matter involved complex causation disputes.

Strengths:

James McConnell
James McConnell is an experienced advocate who assists both pursuers and defenders with a variety of clinical negligence claims ranging from catastrophic birth injury to brain injury cases. He is also well versed in cases concerning lack of consent and failed diagnosis.
"He is excellent with clients and has good attention to detail." "Very thorough and meticulous." Recent work: Successfully represented Grampian Health Board in a consent case concerning neurosurgery to remove a brain tumour. The pursuer alleged that they were not informed of the risks of the surgery or the alternatives.

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Jamie Dawson QC
Jamie Dawson QC is a committed advocate who has vast experience acting for both pursuers and defenders in complex clinical negligence cases. His wide-ranging caseload spans such circumstances as birth injuries, dental malpractice and fatal accidents. He also has experience in mental health and cancer diagnosis cases.
"He has a great grasp of detail and is a good strategist."

Strengths:

Lauren Sutherland QC
Lauren Sutherland QC is a strong silk who brings her skills to bear in the full array of clinical negligence and personal injury cases. She is adept at navigating complex causation and quantum issues and is especially knowledgeable about claims relating to cerebral palsy, brain injuries and fatal incidents. Instructing solicitors frequently praise her for her medical knowledge.
"She's got an encyclopedic knowledge and she handles complex cases with ease."

Strengths:

Lisa Henderson QC
Lisa Henderson QC is a highly impressive silk with a fantastic track record of taking on clinical negligence instructions of the utmost severity. She represents both pursuer and defender clients and has an aptitude for handling cases with complex quantum and causation issues arising from brain and birth injuries.
"Lisa is rigorous, thorough and a really hard worker." "She is a good advocate and very experienced in clinical negligence."

Strengths:

Maria Maguire QC
Maria Maguire QC is roundly considered the leading silk in the field of Scottish clinical negligence litigation. She acts on behalf of both defenders and pursuers in a diverse array of cases and has a particular knack for high-value birth injury claims. Her extensive advocacy experience enables her to get to the bottom of the thorniest medical causation issues.
"She is an outstanding clinical negligence advocate." "A formidable opponent." "She has a significant reputation in the market."

Strengths:

Mark Fitzpatrick
Mark Fitzpatrick manages a busy defence-side clinical negligence practice and often undertakes advocacy on behalf of health boards. His cases touch on such issues as medical consent, failures to diagnose and delays in diagnosis, and typically involve difficult causation elements.
"An excellent advocate and an absolute joy to work with." "He has got very good judgement which is shaped from handling a number of cases."

Strengths:

Paul Reid
Paul Reid is a prominent junior advocate who is sought after by clients on both the pursuer and defender sides of clinical negligence claims. He is well acquainted with the full range of allegations, including cauda equina, delayed diagnoses, delays in treatment and birth injuries. He also has significant experience handling matters concerning defective medical products.
"He is excellent - bright, diligent and good in court." "Excellent to work with, a pleasure to instruct. Always responsive and a good strategist."
Recent work: Instructed in the Scottish Mesh Litigation, a large group litigation arising from over 500 claims concerning consent, standard of care and product liability.

Strengths:

Philip Stuart
Philip Stuart is a well-regarded advocate whose practice comprises a mix of clinical negligence and personal injury instructions. His cases concern delayed diagnoses and fatal claims, in addition to surgical errors and other serious injury cases.
"He's extensively experienced and very good with detail." "He is very diligent and very good with clients."

Strengths:

Simon Bowie QC
Simon Bowie QC is a highly regarded silk who is regularly retained to defend institutions and individuals implicated in alleged medical negligence. His instructions concern a variety of matters, from catastrophic injuries to fatalities. He is widely recognised for his thoughtful approach and his involvement in large group actions.
"An excellent strategist who works incredibly hard." "He is really good to work with, he's very approachable and he puts the clients at ease." "An excellent advocate with first-class skills in dealing with clients."

Strengths:

Simon Di Rollo QC
Simon Di Rollo QC is an established advocate with a wealth of expertise in medical negligence claims, in addition to his personal injury work. He regularly handles complex spinal injury and surgical error cases. Instructing solicitors are often impressed by his tenacious advocacy and extensive knowledge.
"He is a very strong QC."

Strengths:

Una Doherty QC
Una Doherty QC is a former solicitor who concentrates on litigating cases in the connected areas of clinical negligence, personal injury and professional negligence. She focuses her practice on the representation of defenders in connection with the gravest of allegations, including those pertaining to childbirth-related injuries.
"She is meticulous in her preparation and attention to detail. She turns around work extremely efficiently." "She is extremely thorough and diligent."
Recent work: Defended Forth Valley Health Board in a fatal accident case concerning the treatment provided by a cardiologist. The pursuer alleged that the care provided was negligent.

Strengths:

Vinit Khurana QC
Vinit Khurana QC is a former GP who is held in esteem for his command of the medical intricacies behind clinical negligence cases. He is primarily instructed by defenders and has dealt with a vast array of allegations, including delays in diagnosis and surgical errors. He also has notable experience advising clients on complex disputes concerning lack of consent. "He knows clinical negligence as a subject matter inside out." "Extremely knowledgeable, understanding and patient. He is very thorough and leaves no stone unturned. He has excellent negotiation skills and determination." "A very determined and resolute representative who is a delight to work with."

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Archie MacSporran QC
New Silks
David Stephenson QC
Star Individuals
Geoffrey Mitchell QC
Band 2
Graham Primrose QC
Band 2
Jamie Dawson QC
Band 2
Lauren Sutherland QC
Band 1

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