Robert Milligan QC

Year of Call 1995         Year of Silk 2009

"Widely revered and considered one of Scotland's most eminent personal injury advocates." - Chambers UK 2017

"Very able – makes complicated cases straightforward" - Legal 500 2016

Robert is co-director of Compass Chambers.  He acts for pursuers and defenders equally and is instructed regularly by most leading firms in Scotland. He is ranked as a leading silk in both Legal 500 and Chambers.

Robert has a particular interest in occupational stress claims, fatal claims and catastrophic injuries. He speaks and writes regularly on personal injury related matters, particularly in relation to damages. He is also involved in teaching the Personal Injuries Elective to Diploma students at the University of Edinburgh. Robert appears regularly in the Sheriff courts as well as the Court of Session.

Robert was until December 2013 a member of the Scottish Courts Service Board. He is a member of various Faculty committees.  In March 2014 he gave evidence to the Justice Committee in relation to the Courts Reform Bill

Thomson v Dennis Thomson Builders Ltd 2012 SC 486

Pratt v Scottish Ministers 2013 SLT 590

McGlinchey v General Motors UK Ltd  2012 CSIH 91

Murphy v East Ayrshire Council 2012 SLT 1125

Tortolano v Ogilvie Construction Ltd 2013 SC 213

MacDonald v Aberdeenshire Council 2014 SLT 2

Shields v Crossroads (Orkney) 2014 SLT 190

Leonard v Loch Lomond and Trossachs NPA [2015] CSIH 38

  • Young v McVean 2014 SLT 934 (OH) and 2015 SLT 729 (IH) – fatal claim and secondary victims
  • Stanger v Flaws (June 2016 – fatal claim before a jury)
  • Dewar v Graham’s Dairies [2016] CSOH 151 – exacerbation of pre-existing back condition
  • J v C 2017 [CSIH] 8 – timebar in clinical negligence claim
  • Bowes v Highland Council 2017 SLT 749 – duties of roads authorities
  • Warner v Scapa Flow Charters 2017 SLT 239 – limitation and the Athens Convention (currently under appeal to Supreme Court)
  • Brits v Kilcoyne & Co [2017] CSIH 47 – waiver of timebar plea
  • Kennedy and ors v MacKenzie [2017] CSOH 118 – inference of negligence in fatal RTA.




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