Geoff Clarke QC

Year of Call 1994 Year of Silk 2008

"Considered to be one of the foremost experts in industrial disease claims." "He has very good negotiation skills and is particularly good at seeing the whole picture rather than getting bogged down in the details." - Chambers UK 2020

“Robust and authoritative in negotiation.” - Legal 500 UK 2020

Geoff is an established silk having been appointed QC in 2008. He specialises in personal injury, professional negligence (including medical negligence) insurance, consumer protection, commercial and contract litigation.

He also acts for many of Scotland's Assessors and Appellants in Rating and Valuation disputes. He has a special interest in disease claims and claims of utmost severity.

He is ranked as a Band 1 Silk by Chambers and Partners for Personal Injury and is also ranked by Legal 500 for Personal Injury and Medical Negligence. He is experienced in a wide range of civil litigation with a particular emphasis on advocacy ability and strong technical and scientific knowledge.

He is an arbitrator, a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), an accredited mediator and has an interest in alternative dispute resolution. He is involved in the teaching of advocacy skills and is an Assessor of Advocacy skills for the Faculty. He has appeared in a number of inquiries and has a particular knowledge of health and safety issues. He is Chairman of Faculty Services Ltd.

Representative Cases

McN v Greater Glasgow Health Board (awaiting judgement)
The deceased had previously suffered from complications following ureteroscopy for removal of a kidney stone. One x ray showed a further stone and she was listed for review. A second x ray did not show a stone. The questions were, was surgery nevertheless reasonable and was the deceased, who was described as terrified, properly consented on risks set against the possible benefit. If there was no stone then there would be no benefit.

McM v Chief Constable - Settled 2019
The Pursuer was a constable who was the subject of a horrifying assault at a time when he should not have been passed fit for active duties.

AS v Police Scotland - Settled 2019

The Pursuer was seriously injured when her police horse fell onto concrete crushing her leg. There was evidence that the horse had fallen a number of times previously and veterinary evidence was that that was very unusual. The question therefore was whether the horse was fit to be a police horse but cctv suggested its hooves may have slipped on smooth concrete.

G v Reid Group - Settled 2018
A difficult case for a former special forces soldier kidnapped from his duties as a security manager in Libya leading to PTSD. The case concerned the foreseeability of non judicial arrest by militias and the need for training despite military experience.

B v Lord Keen (MOD) - Settled 2018
A young soldier badly injured in theatre when lighting a burn pit in a FOP. This is the most common cause of non combat injury (except for driving accidents) affecting military personnel. In addition to severe burns from which a good recovery had been made the Pursuer suffered from severe PTSD and required support in training and gaining employment as a civilian. Medical advice was that getting very significant damages would likely undermine his recovery from PTSD. This required a balancing of his entitlement to obtain maximum damages and encouraging him to be positive about his new employment.

Paterson v Macleod & Highland Council [2017] CSOH 20
A long running Proof following a serious road traffic accident involving a collision with a stationary Refuse Lorry. The Highland Council for whom Geoff was acting were absolved of any blame.

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