Una Doherty QC
Una Doherty QC has been ranked in the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 editions of the Legal 500 UK Bar Directory for Personal Injury, Medical Negligence and Professional Negligence.
- 2015 edition: “Great attention to detail and particular strengths in high-value medical negligence claims.”
- 2016 edition: “An impressive ability to assimilate a lot of technical information very quickly.”
- 2017 edition: “Reliable and well organised.”
- 2018 edition: “A high calibre advocate.”
- 2019 edition: “Extremely reliable, quick-witted and efficient.”
- 2021 edition: “Una has an incredible eye for detail and getting into the minutiae of a case. She runs consultations, negotiations and court hearings very well, making her a go-to senior counsel.”
She has also been ranked for clinical negligence in the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of Chambers UK Bar Guide.
- 2017 edition: “Very able and efficient. She’s insightful and good at analysing cases.” “She’s always very well prepared.”
- 2018 edition: “She grasps legal concepts very well, is very tenacious in court, gives very clear advice and is hands-on.” “She has a very broad grasp of how things work on both the defendant and claimant side and is very effective in reaching sensible settlements.”
- 2019 edition, ranked as a new silk: “Very knowledgeable and very thorough.”
- 2020 edition: “She is a thoughtful and diligent advocate.” “Her attention to detail is second to none. She’s also great with clients and is quick to spot issues.”
- 2021 edition: “She is always extremely well prepared and is very thorough. She’s pragmatic and always puts the clients first.” “She is very meticulous, approachable and practical.”
- 2022 edition: “She is meticulous in her preparation and attention to detail. She turns around work extremely efficiently.” “She is extremely thorough and diligent.”
Una has a varied civil practice which covers a range of reparation and commercial disputes, although her main areas of practice are in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. She is instructed both for pursuers and for defenders and acts for clients ranging from individual litigants to insurers and public bodies. She is regularly instructed by the NHS Central Legal Office. She has extensive experience of high value personal injury claims including those involving catastrophic brain injuries. In the area of clinical negligence, she regularly acts in multi-million pound claims, including cerebral palsy cases.
She has been an Ad Hoc Advocate Depute since 2013, and in that role prosecutes criminal cases in the High Court.
She was a Legal Assessor to the General Teaching Council of Scotland from 2017 to 2021, advising panels on questions of law and procedure in Fitness to Teach proceedings.
In 2017, she became a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators after completing an International Arbitration Law course at the University of Aberdeen.
Una took silk in 2018.
In 2020, Una qualified as a mediator.
In 2021, Una was appointed as a Legally Qualified Chair by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). In that role Una chairs panels with social service and lay members to decide whether workers’ fitness to practise is impaired.
Recent selected cases:
Confidentiality prohibits the details of the numerous claims which have settled without recourse to the courts or in the course of proof.
Michael Stuart QC
Michael Stuart QC maintains a wide ranging and successful civil practice. He has a particular interest in cases involving asbestos exposure, multi-trauma, brain injury, neurological functional disorders and chronic pain, professional negligence (including clinical negligence) and general commercial and property disputes. He acts for pursuers, defenders, individuals and corporate clients.
Michael has significant in-court experience, whether at first instance or on appeal and he places great emphasis on the skills that underpin this aspect of his practice. “His court craft is impeccable”is how one experienced litigation solicitor described Michael’s court work. He has amassed considerable experience in leading witnesses at proof or trial and is noted for his skills in leading and cross-examining expert witnesses. Client focused, decisive and with strong communication skills, Michael leads from the front whilst ensuring that all members of the legal team have the opportunity to contribute. As an Advocate Depute between 2009 and 2012 Michael prosecuted many challenging trials, including many charges of murder, serious sexual offending and, at the time, the UK’s largest copyright violation. He maintains an interest in criminal prosecution work, prosecuting as an ad hoc Advocate Depute. Michael acts as Commissioner, whether under section 1 of the Administration of Justice (Scotland) Act 1972 (Dawn Raids), or at commissions to take evidence or for the productions of documents.
Michael holds office as a Court Reporter in respect of child matters. He is a qualified mediator and registered with the Faculty of Advocates Dispute Resolution Service. He was a Standing Junior Counsel to the Scottish Government. He represents the Faculty of Advocates as a member of the Professional Standards and Civil Procedure Committees.
Before retraining to call to the Bar Michael was a director and shareholder of one of Europe’s most successful independent bicycle retailers where he was instrumental in the development and growth of the company’s service related business from its inception to market leader.
Michael is noted for his “strong advocacy skills”, his “go-get” attitude and his “great client handling skills”.
Lauren Sutherland QC
Lauren Sutherland QC called to the bar in 1996 and took silk in 2016. Prior to calling to the Bar she was a Solicitor in private practice specialising in Personal Injury and Medical Negligence work. As a Solicitor she worked for both claimants and defending claims. Since calling to the Bar she has specialised in Clinical and Professional Negligence, Fatal Accident Inquiries, Personal Injury and Human Rights issues in Medical Law. In 2020 Lauren gained CEDR accreditation as a mediator.
Lauren runs a blog providing comment on legal cases in the area of clinical negligence and patient consent and can be viewed here.
Lauren Sutherland QC has advocacy experience gained over nearly 30 years both as a Solicitor in private practice and at the Bar. She has considerable experience in catastrophic injury cases and has a particular interest and expertise in cerebral palsy, cancer and brain injury cases. As a Solicitor she gained experience in the area of nursing practice and this continued when she called to the bar and she had responsibility to oversee the nursing section in the Vale of Leven Public Inquiry. She has also considerable experience in the area of Solicitors professional negligence.
She is currently ranked in Chambers UK and the Legal 500 (Band 1) for Clinical Negligence. She has consistently been ranked band 1 for Clinical Negligence.
Chambers UK have said:
Strong silk who brings her skills to bear in the full array of clinical negligence and personal injury cases. She is adept at navigating complex causation and quantum issues and is especially knowledgeable about claims relating to cerebral palsy, brain injuries and fatal incidents. Instructing solicitors frequently praise her for her medical knowledge. (Chambers 2021)
“Excellent on her feet and very well prepared.” (Chambers 2021)
“She is pragmatic, great at managing expectations and very practical.” (Chambers 2021)
“She has an apparently inexhaustible energy to prepare and argue some of the most ground-breaking cases”, “A highly regarded and experienced advocate recognised for her personal injury and medical negligence experience” (Chambers 2020)
“She is absolutely superb, and she fights a client’s corner pretty fiercely… hugely knowledgeable and really applies herself“.
In the 2016 edition she is described as “Deeply knowledgeable in medical negligence matters. I don’t think you could find a more committed advocate to medical negligence cases.” “She’s a real leader in this field; the most specialised claimant clinical negligence advocate in Scotland“.
In 2017 Chambers say of her “Her knowledge of the legal and medical aspects of the cases she handles is phenomenal” “Absolutely superb at medical negligence cases. She goes the extra mile to understand the expert knowledge.”
Lauren was junior counsel in the landmark case on Consent to medical treatment – Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board  UKSC 11. She presented the first argument for the claimant in the Scottish Inner House and was part of the team who conducted the case in the UK Supreme Court. This case was instrumental in changing the approach to consent in the UK and has been described as one of the most significant clinical negligence cases in recent years. Lauren has published a book on Consent post Montgomery available on Amazon (see Law Brief Publishing for details).
Lauren has been involved in a number of high profile Fatal Accident Inquiries, the Nimrod litigation and is currently involved in the Product litigation involving the use of TVT and mesh in gynaecological procedures and orthopaedic product litigation.
She was appointed by the Scottish Government as junior counsel to the Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry in October 2009. The Inquiry had a wide remit to review deaths from C difficile infection. Her involvement required extensive knowledge of care of the elderly, nursing and medical practice, and infection control in hospital.
She was invited to participate in the review panel Chaired by Professor S McLean on the issue of introduction of no fault compensation in Scotland.
Lauren was a key speaker at the Association of Breast Surgery Conference on 13th May 2019 at the SEC Glasgow where she lead the Medico-Legal case discussion on consent and practical case studies on issues of patient consent confidentiality.
In 2020 Lauren was appointed Head of Medical Negligence at PEOPIL (Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers).
Brian Fitzpatrick has a wealth of experience in civil advocacy and advice. Prior to calling at the Bar he had been a solicitor in Glasgow, Edinburgh and London for 8 years. His training principally was in personal injury cases, fatal accident and Public Inquiries and employment law. As an advocate he has continued to develop his expertise in these areas. He has a particular interest in head and spinal injuries cases. Having served as Head of Policy in the First Minister’s Policy Unit for the late Donald Dewar, Brian has a unique insight into the workings of government and policy makers at Scottish and UK levels together with bodies including the British – Irish Council and European Union. A former member of the Scottish Parliament, he is well-versed in its practice and procedures. In personal injury cases, Brian mainly acts on behalf of individual pursuers – including those supported by trade unions or on a speculative basis.
Susanne Tanner QC FCIArb
Susanne Tanner QC took Silk in 2016, having called to the Bar in 2000. She is an experienced court practitioner who is always thoroughly prepared and has superb attention to detail.
She has built up and maintained a quality practice spanning:
- Reparation law, including personal injury and clinical negligence;
- Criminal law, both prosecution and defence, in first instance work and appeals, including appearing in the Supreme Court, as well as a complex private prosecution application;
- An interest in regulatory criminal matters, Health and Safety prosecutions, corporate financial crime and civil recovery proceedings;
- Fatal Accident Inquiries and public inquiries, including an appointment as Counsel on a high profile public inquiry;
- Property law and conveyancing;
- Commercial law; and
- Alternative dispute resolution, in particular arbitration, in which she holds professional qualifications and is working towards Chartered Arbitrator status. She is a Member of the Faculty Dispute Resolution Service and has been appointed as arbitrator for Motor Insurers’ Bureau cases for untraced and uninsured drivers.
She also sits as a tribunal chair in the First-tier Tribunal Housing and Property Chamber as well as the Health and Education Chamber, holds a number of academic appointments and is the Executive Editor of Green’s Scottish Education Manual.
Susanne is also a Door Tenant at Crown Office Chambers, London.
Roderick Campbell FCIArb
Roderick Campbell is available for instruction in civil work.
Roderick Campbell has extensive experience in defender insurance work, in particular in professional negligence. Prior to calling at the Bar, he spent eighteen years as a partner in an international law firm based in London.
For many years he was Honorary Legal Adviser to a Citizens Advice Bureau and he has an LLM in Human Rights Law. A member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for Fife North East from May 2011 to May 2016, he was Parliamentary Liaison Officer for the Cabinet Secretary for Justice from 2014-2016.
He has a certificate in Regulatory Law and Practice and recently completed an postgraduate course in international Arbitration Law.
He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a CEDR Accredited Mediator and RICS Accredited Evaluative Mediator.