Ian Mackay QC

Year of Call 1980 Year of Silk 1993

"He's very knowledgeable. He manages expectations and fights the client's corner. His experience helps to make sure the client gets the best settlement possible." "He's known to be one of the best cross-examiners." - Chambers UK Bar

Ian has a wide experience in many areas of civil litigation.

He specialises in professional negligence (including medical negligence) and personal injury work in which he is instructed on behalf of both Pursuers and Defenders through Insurers, Loss Adjusters, Local Authorities and Trade Unions. He has appeared in the UK Supreme Court and House of Lords in eight cases. He regularly appears in the Court of Session and Sheriff Court.

He has particular expertise in clinical negligence claims, catastrophic injury claims, including head and spinal injury cases, claims in respect of industrial diseases, psychiatric injury and fatal claims.

Representative Cases

Allan Lynch v Greater Glasgow Health Board 2020
Court of Session – for pursuer – medical negligence – failure to diagnose/treat C. Diff – settled

Zoe Kennedy V- Greater Glasgow Health Board and Another 2020
Court of Session – for pursuer – medical negligence – failure to diagnose discitis – settled

Glasgow City Council – 2019
Court of Session – for the pursuer – science teacher exposed to asbestos in Bunsen burner stands contracting mesothelioma – 1st case in UK involving science teacher - settled

Mary Docherty & Others v Parkes of Hamilton 2019
Court of Session – for defenders fatal accident on A9 – cyclist struck by bus. – settled

Candice Westerman & Others v Fugro Subsea 2018
Court of Session – for the pursuers - fatal accident involving diving bell in Nigerian waters – settled.

Scott Fowler v Wyse Solicitors 2017
Court of Session - for the pursuer – professional negligence – whether solicitor settled personal injury claim substantially below value – settled.

Ashley Thomson & Others v Brachialwood Medical Practice  2017
Court of Session  – for the pursuers - medical negligence – failure to diagnose fatal condition – settled.

Ian Campbell v Aberdeen City Council  2017
Court of Session – for the defenders – whether teacher’s temporary suspension in breach of employer’s duty of care – abandoned.

Megan Miller v Hazel Gibson & Tradex Insurance 2017
Court of Session (Lord Brailsford) – for the defenders – whether the pursuer suffered from lifelong psychological damage following RTA – settled during proof.

Tracey Kennedy v Cordia (Services) LLP 2016 SC (UKSC) 59
for the pursuer – successful appeal to UK Supreme Court – landmark decision on common law duties of care and the role of expert witnesses.

Anderson v Brig Brae Garage Ltd [H.S. At W. 2015,. 21(3),6] (Lady Stacey and a jury: 25 June 2015)
for the pursuers – record damages awarded to widow and family of a 35-year-old garage mechanic.

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  • Compass Chambers
    Parliament House
    Edinburgh
    EH1 1RF