Steve Love QC

Year of Call 2001 Year of Silk 2016

"He has excellent advocacy skills, is clear and concise, cuts straight to the main issue and is solution-oriented." - Chambers UK 2020

"User-friendly, down-to-earth, and great with clients" - Legal 500 2020

Steve is co-director of Compass Chambers.  He is recognised as a specialist in regulatory matters and reparation. 

He has: advised and appeared for individuals and companies in relation to prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Food Safety Act 1990 and related statutory regulations; advised and appeared for appellants in relation to improvement and prohibition notices served under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974; advised and appeared for the accused in prosecutions under the Road Traffic Act 1988 and other road traffic related provisions; and represented parties at Fatal Accident and Public Inquiries.

He has considerable experience in dealing with claims arising out of employment, clinical negligence, road traffic accidents (particularly those involving motorcycles), claims against the Motor Insurers Bureau, claims arising from accidents involving aircraft, claims related to industrial injury and disease and claims in connection with childhood abuse. He is highly experienced in catastrophic injury and high value claims. 

In July 2020  he was appointed as a Member of Scottish Gymnastics Conduct in Sport Panel

Representative Cases


HMA v Morris & Spottiswood – Glasgow June 2015 – represented interests of company charged on indictment under and in terms of sections 3(1) and 33(1) HSWA

 FAI into the Death of Margaret Gilchrist – Glasgow March 2016 – representing the interests of a local authority in connection with the death in a bath while being cared for at home

HMA v J & J Currie Limited - Ayr June 2016 - representing accused in prosecution under and in terms of sections 3(1) and 33(1) HSWA 

FAI into the Death of Mark Burry – Dundee November 2017 – representing interested party following a death arising in the course of employment when heavy, steel pipes fell from an A frame 

HMA v Dow Waste Management Limited & Others - Stirling May 2018 - representing accused in prosection under Envionmental protection Act 1990

PF v E.On & Another - Dumfries August 2018 - representing accused in prosecution under and in terms of sections 3(1) and 33(1) HSWA 

South Lanarkshire Council v Errington Cheese Limited - Lanark 2018 - representing the relevant food authority in Summary Applications brought under the Food Safety Act 1990 and the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006

Scottish Child Abuse inquiry - Edinburgh 2018 to current - representing Core Participant in Case Studies 3 and 4


Lesley Jackson v Andrew Murray & Another 2015 SC (UKSC) 105 – appeal to the Supreme Court in relation to the assessment of contributory negligence in a “dashing out” case  

David Robinson v Scottish Borders Council [2016] CSOH 47 – cyclist injured when he fell from his bicycle as a result of unexpected metalwork in the carriageway of an A road – issue of whether defect presented a foreseeable danger to cyclists and whether the local authority ought to have identified it on a reasonable inspection

Peter Dewar v Scottish Borders Council [2017] CSOH 68 – whether defect in a road was, on balance, the cause of the pursuer’s loss of control over his motorcycle and whether the local authority ought to have identified the defect and repaired before the accident

Mark Gordon v AD Walker Limited - CSOH October 2018 (unreported) - whether the pursuer sustained serious personal injuries in an accident at work and in the circumstances which he offered to prove 

Morag McKenzie & Ors v Asda Group Limited & Another - [2018] CSOH 102 - whether and to what extent drivers were responsible for a collision between a delivery vehicle and a tanker carrying aviation fue

Fairley & Lowdean v The City of Edinburgh Council & Others - [2019] CSOH 50 - whether the tramlines in Edinburgh presented a foreseeable danger to cyclists exercising reasonable care

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