Providing specialist legal services to clients in the Highlands in the field of personal injury litigation with the opening of a new Inverness branch is renowned law firm Digby Brown Solicitors.
Adding to the firm’s four offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee and Glenrothes, the Inverness branch will be headed by partner Darrell Kaye, who has relocated from Edinburgh having worked for the firm for nine years. Darrell will be joined in Inverness by colleagues; Liz Grant, Kelly Mitchell, Lauren Macdonald and Kristy Kennedy.
Darrell explained that given the sensitive nature of Personal Injury cases it was important to establish a local presence in order to build a close relationship with clients.
“We have a number of clients in the Highlands but we were having to deal with cases from our offices in the central belt which was not ideal.
“Opening the Inverness office means we can meet with clients face to face and deal with cases locally.
“People often feel quite aggrieved following accident. Their life may have changed dramatically through no fault of their own as well as being injured they might be unable to work, causing financial hardship.
“Going to a solicitors’ office can be daunting at the best of times but with Personal Injury cases it is much easier to explain the process face to face and for clients to ask us questions about their case, especially if they have never been in that situation before.”
As well as having a team to call upon locally, Highland clients will also have access to the firm’s specialists across all its offices.
Digby Brown has a number of specialist Personal Injury departments including Clinical Negligence; Industrial Diseases including asbestos-related conditions); Foreign and Travel Law (the firm has a lumber of fluent Polish speakers) and Catastrophic Injury which includes serious spinal and head injuries.
The Inverness branch also has a video link facility enabling clients to discuss matters with solicitors from sister offices, and advocates acting on their behalf at the court of Session in Edinburgh.
In addition, the firm also has specialists in Employment law. It also acts for the members of one of Scotland’s largest trade unions.
Key to the firm’s long standing success, Digby Brown recognises the financial burden of litigation that many individual clients face and provides access to justice with no financial risk for accident victims through outlays funding and legal expenses indemnity arranged via Compensate.
Insurance companies defending cases often look to settle the case at the lowest level possible. They know many people do not have the financial means to allow them to litigate to obtain a fair and just result. Many insurers now use software deliberately to try and under-settle cases. Litigation is the answer to that.
Through Compensate, clients are fully insured from the commencement of instructions and do not require to pay insurance premiums or outlays. This allows the firm to investigate cases thoroughly with no expense spared, instructing the best experts to bolster the prospects of success.
Established in 1907, Digby Brown has a long history and has won numerous industry awards and accolades for its services over the years.
The firm is ranked band one and tier one in Personal Injury by Chambers Guide to the UK Legal Profession and Legal 500 for five years in a row.
In the last 12 months Digby Brown has won £58.8 million in damages on behalf of clients, opened 5,161 cases and litigated 2,305 cases with a 98 per cent success rate.
Across the firm’s offices, 13 partners are accredited as Personal Injury specialists by the Law Society of Scotland, 19 per cent of all such specialists, and almost double the number of the next largest firm.
The new Inverness office will bean important part of the firm’s continuing success.
“Our business model is to be a specialist firm utilising the skills of qualified and experienced lawyers to provide a top class service for each and every client we serve,” added Darrell.
“We’ve been considering the move to Inverness for a while in order to give a truly national coverage and now have a base to offer an even better level of service.”