Clyde & Co LLP

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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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, employment liability and product liability cases. 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 One interviewee highlights its "really good industry and local expertise, mixed well with its pragmatic approach," adding: "They have an extremely good team to work with, in terms of injecting some humanity and good nature into what is otherwise a real grind."

Notable practitioners

Andrew Constable acts for a number of insurers on EL/PL, RTA and fatal accident claims. Clients appreciate that he is "very approachable, always willing to help and very knowledgeable."

David Tait is renowned for his expertise in disease-related claims and is particularly noted for his work on asbestos litigation. One market commentator notes: "David is a specialist in disease and a very good lawyer. He represents his clients extremely well."

Gilles Graham is described as "the go-to for advice on disease claims" by an interviewee, who adds: "He is a complete professional and nothing is too much trouble for him." He is also recognised for dealing with EL/PL and fatal accident claims.

Gordon Keyden is highly regarded for handling complex, high-value cases. He maintains an excellent track record advising insurers on a wide range of claims including motor, fatal injuries and EL. One client states: "He is extremely knowledgeable and capable. His advice is always sound."

Mark Donaldson is noted for his extensive experience in complex catastrophic injury claims, regularly working on criminal and regulatory actions. One client states: "He is fantastic to work with. He is highly experienced and knowledgeable," adding: "He knows how to manage difficult and sensitive situations and makes collaborative working enjoyable due to his friendliness and very pleasant manner."

Vikki Melville is well respected in the market for handling high-value RTA and EL/PL claims. Sources say: "She is thorough and dedicated, she's not afraid to think outside of the box and she has a great sense of commerciality."