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Personal Injury Claims

Accident at work

Getting the best possible result for our clients is vital to us. But it’s about more than just winning. It’s about obtaining justice. A subtle distinction, maybe. But an important one for us.

An employer’s negligence leading to the loss of someone’s livelihood, for example, can be devastating. Not only for the person directly affected, but for their loved ones and dependants, too. We want to make sure they’re justly compensated.

It can be a scary and uncertain time when taking an individual to court. Let alone suing a company, council or corporation. So as soon as our clients approach us, we let them know they’re no longer on their own. We take care of thousands of cases every year. Including those referred to us by Unite, the UK’s biggest trade union.

There’s no risk for you. None. If we don’t win, you won’t pay a penny. And unlike most other Scottish firms, we’re even approved to offer insurance to cover the costs of your case.

You also have the reassurance that we have accreditation from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and subscribe as a member of Action Against Medical Accidents.

Our experience covers:

  • Accidents at work
  • Road traffic and bicycle accidents
  • Criminal injury compensation
  • Medical negligence
  • Industrial diseases
  • Repetitive strain injuries (RSI)
  • Slips, trips and falls
  • Fatal injuries

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The employment law expertise you need.

Employment law

When the relationship between employer and employee is troubled or breaks down, the effect can be demoralising for the individual and may be disruptive for the employer.

If you need to bring or defend an employment tribunal claim, our employment law experts have considerable experience of representing both employees and employers in the tribunal. As panel solicitors for the UK’s biggest trade union, Unite, our employment solicitors have particular expertise in representing employees in tribunal claims, as well as dealing with appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal and to the Court of Session.

Over many years, we have successfully dealt with:

  • Settlement agreements
  • Contracts of employment, procedures, policies and handbooks
  • Disciplinary and grievance issues
  • Unfair/constructive/wrongful dismissal
  • Redundancy and business reorganisations
  • TUPE transfers
  • Unlawful deductions from wages
  • Discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief or age
  • Maternity and paternity rights
  • Equal pay disputes
  • Holiday pay issues
  • Whistle-blower protection
  • Stress, bullying and harassment at work
  • Privacy, data protection and protection of confidential information
  • Collective employment issues, including industrial action, trade union recognition, collective bargaining and protective awards

Unfair dismissal

An employer accused of dismissing an employee unfairly has to establish a potentially fair reason for dismissal. This could include redundancy, misconduct, capability (i.e. underperformance or absenteeism), law-breaking or other substantial reason.

Once an employer establishes the reason for dismissing the employee, the tribunal decides whether it was fair or unfair, taking into account all of the circumstances.

Settlement agreements

A settlement agreement is one that offers compensation; but it comes at a price: surrendering the right to make a future claim. It’s important to decide whether what’s being offered is a fair exchange for giving up rights to make a claim against an employer.

We’d be happy to give you advice and talk about your rights without you having to commit to anything. In fact, if everything’s fairly straightforward, we’ll aim to make sure there are no legal costs for you to pay.

Discrimination

Have you been treated unfairly because of your age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, maternity, pregnancy, race, religious beliefs or sexual orientation? If so, call us to discuss your personal circumstances. We’ll advise you on what your next steps might be.

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Civil Litigation

Employment law

If you think you may have to take someone to court, let's discuss it. Ideally sooner rather than later. If we act quickly, we can explore other ways of resolving the dispute. But, of course, if legal action is required, you couldn't ask for better counsel than that provided by our disputes team.

We cover Sheriff Court hearings and appeals, mediation, judicial review, commercial actions and Court of Session actions and appeals. And if you're the one being taken to court? Admittedly, it's a daunting prospect for anyone to face. But with our experience and guidance backing you up, you can rest assured that your rights will be rigorously protected and your assets defended.

What we can help you with:

  • Landlord and tenant disputes
  • Slander and defamation
  • Boundary and property disputes
  • Disputes with neighbours
  • Contesting wills
  • Negligence from a professional adviser
  • Business disputes
  • Building and planning issues
  • Insolvency and debt

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McDougall McQueen

With you every step of the way.

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