Ampersand Advocates is a highly regarded stable for personal injury matters and houses a number of dedicated senior and junior advocates. Members act for both pursuers and defenders, including several major insurers, in the full range of claims, and offer considerable expertise in the handling of catastrophic injury cases arising from road traffic and workplace accidents. Jennifer Nicholson-White acted for the first defender in a claim brought by the pursuer who suffered a significant head injury while at work following a fall. The team is also well regarded for its expertise in complex product liability and occupiers' liability disputes and matters involving accidents abroad. The stable's tenants are regularly called upon to appear in fatal accident inquiries, where they have experience of acting for government agencies, health boards and local authorities. Interviewees report: "Ampersand offer counsel with strong expertise across a wide range of practice areas." Another adds: "They provide consistently excellent and pragmatic advice."
"The clerks are responsive and willing to help. They will often go above and beyond the call of duty to find solutions to difficult situations."
Alan Moffat heads up the clerking team.
Maria Maguire KC
Maria Maguire KC is a towering figure in both personal injury and clinical negligence matters. She specialises in complex catastrophic injury claims, as well as fatal accidents, abuse claims and psychiatric injuries. She is further equipped to handle sophisticated bullying and harassment at work claims. She acts on behalf of defenders including several local authorities, insurers and professional bodies. She is also regularly instructed to act on behalf of individual pursuers."Maria's ability to analyse complex matters is unsurpassed.""She is a phenomenal negotiator.""Maria's advocacy skills are fantastic.""She has a remarkable ability to remain calm under even the most intense pressure.""Her client service is second to none."
Graham Primrose KC
Graham Primrose KC acts for both pursuers and defenders, and is considered an expert on aviation-related cases. He is capable of handling catastrophic injury as well as asbestos-related claims."Graham is very experienced in complex and high-value matters.""He is excellent with clients and in negotiations.""Graham is one of the leading KCs."
Simon Di Rollo KC
Simon Di Rollo KC is a specialist in high-value and complex catastrophic injury claims. He has a broad practice covering industrial disease, employers' liability and medical negligence claims. His capabilities include disputes concerning the calculation of damages in personal injury awards. He has experience appearing before the Scottish courts at all levels, as well as the House of Lords and the Supreme Court."Simon is very knowledgeable."
Lisa Henderson KC
Lisa Henderson KC maintains a varied practice, often handling employers' liability, product liability and road traffic accident claims. She is respected for her medical knowledge and her ability to apply it to catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. She acts for both pursuers and defenders."Lisa is an extremely experienced and capable advocate.""She has an excellent grasp of the complexities that arise in cases.""Lisa has a wonderful manner with clients."
Euan Mackenzie KC
Euan Mackenzie KC is skilled in a number of areas relating to personal injury, including employers' liability, catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He has recently been active in public inquiries and receives praise from the market for his medical knowledge."Euan is an excellent advocate.""He has a good eye for detail and an excellent manner with clients and experts alike.""Euan takes a measured, reasoned approach and is a reassuring presence."
Christian Marney acts primarily for defenders in a wide range of personal injury cases, including occupiers' liability, health and safety, and industrial disease claims. He is routinely instructed by major insurers as well as individuals, companies, solicitors and construction professionals. He is particularly strong in cases that involve tricky quantum issues."Christian is a very safe pair of hands for personal injury work.""He is an experienced advocate."
Douglas Ross KC
Douglas Ross KC is noted for his extensive experience acting for the Scottish Government at fatal accident inquiries. He also regularly represents health boards at inquiries into deaths in hospital."Douglas is a pragmatic and very skilled counsel."
Alan Cowan has experience of appearing in serious personal injury claims arising from road traffic accidents and accidents at work. He is well regarded for his handling of claims involving issues surrounding liability, and also practises in employment law."Alan is effective, commercially aware and practical.""He is good with clients and very down to earth."
Isla Davie KC
Isla Davie KC is a talented silk who acts for both pursuers and defenders. She has a wide-ranging civil practice which spans both personal injury and medical negligence claims. She has a reputation for taking a methodical and considered approach to cases. Her capabilities include representing pursuers and defenders, and she is frequently instructed by local authorities and businesses."Isla inspires confidence.""She is a very safe pair of hands and a pleasure to work with."
Jennifer Nicholson-White has a varied personal injury practice and regularly acts for both defenders and pursuers. She is noted for her expertise in claims arising from accidents at work or on the road."Jennifer is a very experienced and able counsel.""She is excellent with clients in emotional and complex claims."