An accomplished civil litigator, Lesley has considerable experience in a range of areas of civil litigation acting for both pursuers and defenders. Her work has taken her most often to the Court of Session (Inner and Outer House) and to Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland, but she has also appeared before a variety of tribunals. A substantial proportion of Lesley’s practice consists of personal injury litigation, including medical negligence cases. She has particular expertise in high value claims, catastrophic injury claims, including brain damage and spinal injury cases, claims in respect of industrial diseases and psychiatric injury and fatal claims.
Lesley is experienced in advising on and litigating property damage reparation claims.
Also well respected for her work in professional negligence disputes, Lesley has acted in claims implicating architects, surveyors, lawyers and social workers.
Lesley has frequently represented parties in fatal accident inquiries, including inquiries into deaths in hospital and prison, and arising from road traffic accidents.
Scott Forbes v Wishaw Abattoir Limited: Civil Jury and Lord Stewart, March 2015.
Jury trial on quantum of damages. Pursuer sustained serious eye injury. Claims made for solatium, past and future wage loss, loss of employability, services and outlays. Complex medical evidence. Sum sued for £500,000. Acted for defender. Pursuer failed to beat tender.
Property damage; flooding of office premises; liability
Ruddy v Chief Constable & Anr: Sheriff Court, Glasgow A623/05; and  SC 527
Human rights; damages for alleged breach of Article 3 of ECHR - cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. (see also 2013 SC (UKSC) 126)
Personal injury. Causation. Pursuer suffering injuries in bicycle accident which he alleged included Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka reflex sympathetic dystrophy)
Causation. Damages. Personal injury. Claim by pursuer that accident accelerated onset of Parkinson’s disease
Jackson v Hughes Dowdall  CSIH 41, X A50/07
Professional Negligence. Claim against solicitors in respect of alleged negligence in the conduct of the pursuer’s divorce.
Acted for defenders in Glasgow Sheriff Court, Commercial Court and on appeal to Court of Session
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