Robert Milligan QC

Year of Call 1995         Year of Silk 2009

"Widely revered as one of Scotland's most eminent personal injury advocates." "He is extremely adept and willing to take instructions in cases that may create new jurisprudence. He's absolutely superb." - Chambers UK 2019

"Pragmatic, decisive and an excellent negotiator" - Legal 500 2020

Robert 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 and is rated as the Star Individual for Personal Injury work in Chambers

Robert has a particular interest in product liability claims, fatal claims and catastrophic injuries. He was instructed by the defenders in the Vioxx litigation and acts for the pursuers in the group litigations relating to metal on metal hips and vaginal mesh implants.  He speaks and writes regularly on personal injury related matters, particularly in relation to damages.

Robert is a legal chairman of the War Pensions Appeal Tribunal and sits on the SRU Discipline Panel.  In 2017 he represented the Scotland player Ryan Wilson following an incident in the Calcutta Cup match of that year.

Robert was until December 2013 a member of the Scottish Courts Service Board. He was co-director of Compass until July 2018.  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 (OH) and 2018 SC 499 (IH) – duties of roads authorities
  • 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.
  • Manson v Henry Robb Ltd 2017 SLT 1173 – loss of society awards in mesothelioma claims
  • Pocock v Highland Council [2017] CSIH 76
  • Anderson v Imrie 2018 SLT 717 – duties of adults in loco parentis and role of appellate court
  • Brown v Craig Nevis Surgery [2018] CSOH - fatal medical negligence claim
  • Spencer v Cruddas [2018] CSOH 95 - limitation and s19A plea
  • AH v Greater Glasgow Health Board and ors 2018 SLT 535 - product liability claims in relation to vaginal mesh (Consumer Protection Act 1987)
  • GR v Greater Glasgow Health Board and ors 2019 SLT 133 - product liability claims in relation to vaginal mesh (common law)
  • Anderson v Imrie 2019 SC 243 - pursuer's offers
  • LT v NHS Lothian Health Board [2018] CSOH 29; [2019] CSIH 20 - cerebral palsy claim
  • Warner v Scapa Flow Charters 2017 SLT 239 (IH) and 2019 SC (UKSC) 1 – limitation and the Athens Convention (Supreme Court)
  • Grant v International Insurance Company of Hanover Ltd 2019 SC 379 - indemnity clause in insurance contract relating to a door steward





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