Simpson & Marwick is a leading UK dispute resolution legal practice.  Our professionals have the in depth experience to assist large corporate companies with their employment and litigation needs, and individual clients with the full range of private client services. We have offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Dundee, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Newcastle, and residential property outlets in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and North Berwick.

People are the heart of our business, both our staff and you our clients. In every case our aim is to ensure that your interests are protected by someone who not only knows the law but can use it in order to achieve the best outcome for you. Whether you are a commercial body, public sector organisation or a private individual you will find us expert, experienced and above all approachable.

For further information on the service areas below please visit www.simpmar.com

Employment Law

We provide the full range of employment law services to business clients large and small across many business sectors, and to private individuals. We are routinely instructed in the Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal across the UK, and have an unrivalled standing across Scotland’s tribunals and courts. Our particular expertise in jurisdictional matters, TUPE and offshore employment law issues is well-known. 

We help our clients to manage and avoid risk through our ability to both train and advise businesses. Our clients recognise the value of a stable, productive workforce, as do we.  We aim to help clients manage their employee relations effectively, to avoid risk and disputes, and therefore offer bespoke training for our clients’ in-house personnel, our employment law and HR support service, as well as expert advice and mediation services.

Advocacy

Our Advocacy Unit is central to our practice as it extends the representation we can offer clients to all courts in Scotland and to the Supreme Court without the need to appoint counsel. Our in-house advocates liaise closely with our solicitors at every stage of a dispute, in a way that appointed external counsel cannot readily do. This seamless service not only produces better results for our clients, it also saves them money.

Our advocates provide early and effective strategic management of complex personal injury actions, including the drafting of written pleadings through to consultations, pre-trial meetings and contested hearings. They are also skilled and experienced in commercial court advocacy.

Administrative & Public Law

Our expert team have a deep understanding of Scotland’s public sector derived from a business relationship which stretches back over a century. With services ranging from advice to advocacy, our team handle employer’s and public liability claims, judicial reviews, internal disciplinary appeals and public inquiry representation and disputes arising from construction contracts. The firm also acts as legal advisers to the Chief Investigating Officer of the Standards Commission of Scotland, an appointment that has provided an invaluable insight into the challenges faced by our public sector clients.

Commercial & Business Disputes

We offer expertise across the wide range of commercial disputes, particularly in shareholders disputes and in actions brought to protect intellectual property. Regardless of the type of dispute, and there are many, we aim to bring a pragmatic expertise to bear on the problem, seeking the solution which is best for our particular client. In doing so, we have dealt with cases through traditional litigation, adjudication, arbitration (both domestic and international) and, more recently, mediation.

Health & Safety

Our health & safety team are rated top-tier in both Chambers Legal Guide and the Legal 500. They have in-depth knowledge of health & safety legislation and regulation, and work with insurers, their insurers and employer clients to prevent accidents and promote policies and procedure to protect both employees and their employer’s interests. However, where accidents do occur, they offer expert and practical assistance with investigations as well as the superior defence in prosecutions, fatal accident inquiries and in court for which Simpson & Marwick are renowned.

Motor

Our specialist motor services form a very significant and important part of our practice. We assist a large number of insurance and corporate clients – both directly and through their appointed loss adjusters and claims managers. Gordon Keyden is the appointed solicitor in Scotland for the Motor Insurer’s Bureau.

Our skilled and experienced team offer the full range of motor services including handling claims large and small, representation at motor prosecutions, recoveries and credit hire. They are supported by sophisticated technology, in particular our case management system, which promotes fast, efficient and economic handling of our motor caseload, with compromising on quality or the time needed to investigate and negotiate. This winning combination of first-class people and technology allows us to implement our strategy of settling motor claims as early as possible, often pre-litigation. However, where cases are to be fought, we are formidable opponents.

Occupational Disease

This is one of our largest practice areas. Our Occupational Disease Unit offers clients expertise and experience across the board, from the well-established conditions of noise induced deafness, hand arm vibration syndrome and asbestos-related disease to workplace stress and recent and evolving conditions. Our Unit also handle the difficult and often emotive claims of physical, mental and sexual abuse.

This is also an area in which we deliver outstanding results. Our strength in this specialism offers clients both ground-breaking court experience and efficient and successful volume case handling. Our Occupational Disease Unit consists of solicitor advocates, accredited specialists, solicitors and paralegals who share knowledge, best practice and court success. We also work pro-actively with clients to develop policies and procedures to manage and reduce incidents and claims.

Professional Indemnity

Our professional indemnity practice is ranked top-tier in Chambers Legal Guide and the Legal 500, and assists a wide range of insurance and professional clients, including construction, financial, healthcare and legal professionals. We are standing advisers to the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and are panel solicitors for the Law Society of Scotland. In addition to our strong Scottish presence our team regularly meets and advises clients from our office in the City of London. Our professional indemnity unit liaises closely with our employment unit to provide a seamless service from internal disciplinary procedures to regulatory investigations and hearings.

Personal Injury – Employer’s and Public liability

We are the largest defenders’ personal injury practice in Scotland, and have been ranked as a first class firm by Chambers in the category of Personal Injury Defendant for over twenty years. Our practice includes claims large and small, from trips in the office to explosions offshore and all aspects of occupational disease. Our services are therefore expert and comprehensive, ranging from consultancy and training, through handling pre-litigation claims to representing our clients in high value complex actions in the Court of Session.

Employer’s liability work forms a major part of our liability practice. Our services to employers include providing training in risk management, claims reporting and investigation. These risk reduction services decrease the likelihood of claims and litigation, whilst building beneficial relationships. However, where accidents do occur, we provide skilled assistance with any Health & Safety Executive investigation and superlative representation should a prosecution ensue.

Construction

We offer a full construction law service covering all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work. Our services include Arbitration, Adjudication, Litigation and Mediation. We also assist clients in drafting building contracts, sub-contracts, professional appointments and collateral warranties.

Led by Anthony Wallace, the team boasts a further three qualified solicitors who have a breadth and depth of experience that can match any other firm. Anthony has fifteen years of experience in the construction industry and has held senior position in two other recognised construction orientated legal firms before establishing the largest boutique construction firm in Scotland. He has advised in a number of key construction issues in the last decade and is highly regarded by his clients for his straight-talking, pragmatic advice.

For further details of the service we offer in any of these fields, please visit www.simpmar.com

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Simpson & Marwick is the trading name of the Residential Property Division of Clyde & Co (Scotland) LLP, a limited liability partnership registered in Scotland under number SO305618 and with its registered office at Albany House, 58 Albany Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3QR, United Kingdom. Clyde & Co (Scotland) LLP is authorised and regulated by the Law Society of Scotland and uses the word "partner" to refer to a member of the LLP, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications. A list of members is available at:clydeco.com.