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Scotland Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant
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12 Ranked Lawyers

About

Provided by Clyde & Co LLP

We have the largest personal injury defender practice in Scotland. We act for many major insurer clients and multi-national companies. All of our lawyers are technically excellent, giving clear and concise advice, with keen attention to detail and commercial acumen. A number of our lawyers are solicitor advocates. 

Our clients instruct us across the entire spectrum of personal injury work including abuse, casualty, catastrophic injury, cross-border, indemnity, motor, occupational disease, suspected fraud and travel. We are renowned for delivering savings in claims and litigation and have considerable expertise in all matters of costs.

We are renowned for our robust approach in dealing with suspicious claims.

We are well represented on relevant sector organisations including the Law Society of Scotland Civil Justice and Regulatory committees, the Personal Injury Committee of the Scottish Civil Justice Council, the Personal Injury Users Groups at both the Court of Session and All-Scotland Personal Injury Court and the Forum of Insurance Lawyers. We are well-known for engaging with the law reform agenda by responding to all relevant consultations and giving evidence to committees of the Scottish Parliament when requested.

In addition to our Scottish team being truly Scotland-wide, we are proud to form part of a formidable UK and global defendant personal injury offering. We draw upon our cross-border reach and expertise when required. 

Chambers Review

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Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant - Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds
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What the team is known for

Market-leading personal injury practice with a formidable reputation for defence work. Highly regarded for its expertise in catastrophic injury and disease claims, as well as RTAs and employment liability. Noted for its strong track record on abuse claims. A favoured firm for a number of well-known insurers, especially in cases of high complexity. Appointed to a large number of Scottish insurance panels, the firm remains a go-to for exceptional service on high-volume claims.

Strengths

An interviewee notes: "It's a very professional and practical firm. They give our clients comfort that matters are being handled very well and in a pragmatic manner."

One commentator adds: "They act in the best interest of the client and are straightforward in their approach."

Notable practitioners

Gordon Keyden offers clients the benefit of his longstanding experience in the personal injury field, with a focus on fatal injuries, motor accidents, employers' liability and occupational diseases.

Mark Donaldson is often instructed by insurers on employers' and public liability claims, with further strength in RTA cases.
"He is very dedicated and enthusiastic." "He is absolutely fantastic, down to earth and knows his stuff."

Vikki Melville is adept at handling complex fatal accident and catastrophic injury matters following RTAs. She also acts on employers' and public liability claims.
"She is very good - very responsive, knowledgeable and direct in her advice."

Gilles Graham acts on RTAs and employers' and public liability mandates. He offers particular strength in industrial disease cases, including asbestos-related and HAVS claims.

David Tait focuses on occupational disease matters, with particular expertise in asbestos-related litigation.

Andrew Constable is particularly active on catastrophic injury and fatal claims arising from RTAs. He also advises on employers' and public liability matters.
"He has a pragmatic approach."

Toni Ashby acts for insurers and their clients on occupational disease matters, with a particular focus on claims arising from exposure to asbestos.

Tanya Gordon acts for clients on a variety of matters, including claims for employers' and public liability. She has notable strength in RTA cases, with further experience handling claims of historic abuse.
"She is knowledgeable, deals with issues proactively and provides good customer service."

Kim McLeod is particularly active in employers' liability claims, with a focus on those arising from the oil and gas and offshore industries. She also assists with RTA claims.
"She is fantastic."

Karen Dance acts on employers' and public liability claims and offers particular strength in defended reparation cases.

Frank Hughes has expertise in employers' and public liability matters, with claims stemming from workplace accidents and working conditions. He also advises on catastrophic injury claims arising from RTAs and historic abuse claims.

Andrew Gilmour represents clients in occupational disease matters, such as claims involving asbestos and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
"He has good attention to detail, excellent client focus and is quick at responding to queries."

Rachel Henry is instructed by insurance companies to represent their clients in employers' liability and motor claims. She has notable experience in cases involving fatalities and brain injuries.
"Rachel Henry always provides constructive and meaningful dialogue to progress cases."

Ranked Lawyers at
Clyde & Co LLP

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Aberdeen and surrounds

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant

Mark Donaldson
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Mark Donaldson
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Kim McLeod
Kim McLeod
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Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant

Vikki Melville
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Vikki Melville
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David Tait
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David Tait
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Gilles Graham
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Gilles Graham
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Andrew Constable
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Andrew Constable
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Frank Hughes
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Karen Dance
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Andrew Gilmour
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Rachel Henry
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Tanya Gordon
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Tanya Gordon
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Toni Ashby
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Toni Ashby
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Band 4