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Clinical Negligence - Scotland (Bar)
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Band 1

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 advocates is highlighted by interviewees, who note that "they have a strong group of KCs and juniors who have expertise in the area of clinical negligence." The stable's tenants 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. The stable's advocates are also instructed by health boards on high-profile inquiries such as the UK-wide infected blood inquiry.

Client service

"The clerks always respond timeously."

"The clerks provide a wonderful service."

"The clerks at Compass are first class."

Gavin Herd is the practice manager and leads the clerking team.

Marion Caldwell KC
Marion Caldwell KC is a 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. "Marion is a very effective advocate."

Malcolm McGregor
Malcolm McGregor is 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. "Malcolm has a good manner with clients. He is pragmatic and fearless in court." "He is very sought after by defendants."

Andrew Smith KC
Andrew Smith KC is a highly experienced silk with a broad practice who is recognised for his excellent advocacy skills. He stands out for his extensive track record in multiparty actions, including the vaginal mesh litigation. "Andrew gives it his all in court."

Amber Galbraith KC
Amber Galbraith KC 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. "Amber is very experienced in the clinical negligence world and is very knowledgeable." "She is adept at putting vulnerable and anxious clients at ease and at making complex legal issues understandable to them. She has excellent attention to detail and very strong advocacy skills." "She is excellent." "Amber provides clear and concise advice."

Robert Milligan KC
Robert Milligan KC is a 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. "He is calm, highly intelligent and very pragmatic." "Robert is an excellent senior counsel."

Richard Pugh
Richard Pugh is 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. "He is a very good negotiator." "Richard is extremely knowledgeable, personable and approachable."

Astrid Smart KC
Astrid Smart KC is an effective advocate praised for her capability in handling complex and 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. "Astrid is a very able advocate with particular expertise in clinical negligence cases." "She is calm under pressure, easy to work with and excellent at leading a team." "Astrid has a brilliant mind and the ability to grasp complex cases."

Yvonne Waugh
Yvonne Waugh is a 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. "Yvonne is excellent with clients and experts. She is particularly able in dealing with complex medical negligence cases." "She has a calm manner and a wealth of expertise."

Kate Bennett
Kate Bennett's medical negligence practiced is bolstered by her experience working as a clinical negligence and personal injury solicitor. She handles a range of medical negligence matters including delayed diagnosis, birth injuries, and fatal claims which touch on complex mental health issues. She represents both pursuers and defenders and is regularly instructed by NHS Scotland. "Kate is very focused. She is very able in dealing with medical evidence and experts." "Kate provides practical, well thought out and reasoned advice. She is very empathetic with witnesses." "She is hard-working and has high attention to detail."

Robin Cleland
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. "Robin offers clear and concise advice in difficult situations." "He is quick to grasp issues in complex cases."

Ranked Barristers at
Compass Chambers

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Silks (KC)

Scotland (Bar)

Clinical Negligence

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Andrew Smith KC
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Band 1
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Marion Caldwell KC
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Band 1
2
Amber Galbraith KC
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Band 2
2
Astrid Smart KC
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Band 2
2
Richard Pugh KC
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Band 2
2
Robert Milligan KC
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Band 2

Juniors

Scotland (Bar)

Clinical Negligence

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Malcolm McGregor
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Band 1
2
Yvonne Waugh
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Band 2
3
Kate Bennett
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Band 3
3
Robin Cleland
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Band 3