Compass Chambers is the only Stable ranked Band 1 for Personal Injury by Chambers UK 2016. The directory says “Compass Chambers is the top stable for personal injury work in Scotland. Its advocates are skilled across the whole spectrum of issues and have handled a number of prominent cases spanning everything from occupiers' liability to industrial diseases.
The stable is also repeatedly praised by market sources for its expertise in cases concerning catastrophic injuries, fatal claims and employers' liability. One impressed solicitor noted: "Compass Chambers is widely considered the leading chambers for personal injury work at the Scottish Bar."
Legal 500 2016 – Noted for its ‘breadth and depth of quality’, Compass Chambers is ‘the pre-eminent stable for personal injury/reparation work’.
Instructing parties state that Compass Chambers has ‘the best personal injury advocates at all levels’.
Most leading personal injury cases in recent times have involved members of Compass, often on both sides e.g. Kennedy v Cordia Services (Supreme Court); Young v MacVean (Inner House); and MacDonald v Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Outer House). Members of Compass are also heavily involved for all parties in the ongoing multi-party litigation involving trans vaginal mesh and metal hip implants.
The majority of members engage in personal injury related work including representation of parties at Fatal Accident Inquiries and claims involving industrial accident/disease, catastrophic injury, clinical negligence, liability of air carriers, road traffic/MIB litigation, offshore accident, occupational stress, duties of local authorities and occupier's liability.
Members regularly appear in all courts (the Sheriff Court, Court of Session and Supreme Court). Our members have considerable experience of appearances in civil jury trials, for both pursuers and defenders. Members of Chambers have been involved in many major reported cases in Scotland in recent years.
We are able to provide both a litigation and more general advice service. We encourage instruction in potential litigation at an early stage to seek to limit costs to the clients and ensure settlement on the best terms possible.
Members act for Pursuers/Claimants and Defenders. The wide knowledge and varied experience of members who practice in this area permits for the provision of a high quality, efficient legal service. Our members regularly deliver seminars and talks in all personal injury matters throughout the UK, and we have close connections with Crown Office Chambers in London. We are able to provide advice concerning cross border litigation and damages claims in personal injury.
Members routinely take on speculative and legal aid work in appropriate cases. Instructions are accepted in accordance with the Faculty of Advocates' Direct Access Guidelines.
Compass Chambers encourages the agreement of fees in advance to ensure a fair and transparent provision of legal services. Agreements can be tailored to suit any particular case and can either be on a block fee basis or on an hourly rate.
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