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20 January, 2016
Tracey Rae v James Freeman t/a Saffron Private Catering
In what was described as a “challenging” case by the presiding judge Lord Pentland, the jury delivered an award of over £260,000 to the Pursuer in this Court of Session civil jury trial. The Pursuer suffered campylobacter food poisoning as a result of eating undercooked chicken liver at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society Restaurant in Leith in April 2009 and developed post infection Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The continuing symptoms of the IBS were likely to be permanent and affected her ability to undertake full-time employment. The verdict of the Jury delivered on 19 January 2016 included £50,000 for Solatium and £175,000 for loss of future income. There was also an award for the extra costs of the pursuer’s altered dietary requirements consequent on her condition. The Pursuer was represented by Mr Hugh Campbell Q.C. as Senior Counsel and Dana Forbes as Junior Counsel both from Ampersand.
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