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Compass Chambers

Clinical Negligence

9 ranked barristersBand 1Scotland (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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Compass Chambers is praised by instructing solicitors as a leading stable in the Scottish medical negligence market, and houses expertise spanning a wide range of disputes. The stable's strong bench of both senior and junior advocates is highlighted as a particular strength by interviewees, who note that "you can find high levels of expertise at all levels of seniority." Its advocates are experienced in the handling of complex and high-value claims arising from delayed diagnoses, birth injuries and surgical and dental negligence, and regularly instructed to act for both pursuer and defender clients. Additional areas of expertise for the team include wrongful birth and fatal claims.

Client service:

"The clerks are very efficient and always answer queries very quickly. They're also all very personable and easy to get along with." "The clerking service is exceptional - practice manager Gavin Herd runs a very impressive operation."

Strengths:

Amber Galbraith QC
Regularly handles complex clinical negligence claims as part of a dynamic civil practice. She represents both those pursuing claims and those defending against them, and displays an aptitude for addressing issues such as catastrophic injuries and fatal claims.
"Very thorough and prepared to fight her client's corner in a firm and professional manner."

Strengths:

Andrew Smith QC
Highly experienced silk with a broad practice who is recognised for his excellent advocacy skills. Stands out for his extensive track record in multiparty actions, including the vaginal mesh litigation.
"He's always well prepared and is a very good tactician."

Strengths:

Astrid Smart QC
Outstanding advocate admired for her effectiveness in complex, high-value cases of medical and dental negligence. Her broad civil practice extends to related areas of law such as personal injury and professional negligence.  Instructing solicitors praise her extensive medical knowledge.
"Extremely intelligent and able to grasp very complex cases quickly. She is particularly good at dealing with medical experts." "She's intellectually superb and has incredible empathy with clients." "She thinks outside the box and is always two steps ahead. She's logical, practical and able to think on her feet."
Recent work: Successfully defended a general practitioner in a medical negligence action relating to the allegedly delayed diagnosis of Cushing's disease.

Strengths:

Malcolm McGregor
A well-established advocate who boasts extensive experience in the field of clinical negligence litigation. He predominantly represents clinicians, including medical and dental professionals, but also acts for private individuals on the claimant side.
"A good negotiator - he gets straight to the heart of the issues." "He is absolutely unflappable and never flustered."

Strengths:

Marion Caldwell QC
Highly regarded silk who demonstrates solid credentials in the clinical negligence space. She draws on a wealth of experience in personal injury more generally to deal with a variety of claims relating to brain damage, fatal accidents and birth injury matters.
"Extremely experienced and a very safe pair of hands."

Strengths:

Richard Pugh
A dual expert in personal injury and clinical negligence who provides representation to both pursuers and defenders. He tackles a range of complex claims, including those regarding fatal injuries and delayed diagnoses of cancer.
"An intelligent advocate who is very detailed in his advice."

Strengths:

Robert Milligan QC
Robust advocate who operates a specialist clinical negligence and personal injury practice. He represents both pursuers and defenders in connection with catastrophic injury claims and fatal accident inquiries.
"Very knowledgeable, experienced and good under pressure."

Strengths:

Robin Cleland
Acts for both pursuers and defenders in high-value birth injury cases, delayed diagnoses, wrongful birth claims and surgical negligence matters. He also has a considerable, established personal injury practice.
"He is very straightforward, experienced and has good attention to detail." "He is good at determining what the important issues in a case are and picks up complex concepts very quickly."
Recent work: Instructed in a fatal claim concerning a woman who died after undergoing a gastrectomy in hospital.

Strengths:

Yvonne Waugh
Capable former solicitor with a wide-ranging practice in clinical negligence as well as personal injury. She assists claimants and their families with fatal accident, cerebral palsy birth injury and eye-related injury cases. Instructing solicitors are particularly impressed by her client skills.
"She has a great way with clients, keeps to timescales and is very supportive." "A fantastic negotiator."

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Silks (QC)

Scotland (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Amber Galbraith QC
New Silks
Andrew Smith QC
Band 1
Astrid Smart QC
Band 2
Marion Caldwell QC
Band 1
Robert Milligan QC
Band 2

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Clinical Negligence


Malcolm McGregor
Band 1