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Dead fireman Ewan Williamson's family seeks damages

Your Expert Witness Ewan WilliamsonEwan Williamson died while tackling a blaze at a bar in Edinburgh

The family of a firefighter who was killed tackling a blaze in Edinburgh is raising an action for damages in the Court of Session.

Ewan Williamson, 35, died while fighting a fire in the Balmoral Bar in Dalry on 12 July 2009.

The results of an official investigation into what happened have yet to be made public.

He is the only firefighter in the history of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service to die tackling a blaze.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:34


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Caroline’s dual qualification gives her the edge in personal injury litigation

Caroline Kerr, a senior solicitor at law firm Hart Brown, has qualified for the Law Society’s Personal Injury Accreditation Scheme.

Caroline joined the personal injury team at Hart Brown in 2008. She originally qualified and worked as a doctor (specialising in anaesthetics), before retraining as a solicitor, and has a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics. She now has extensive experience of a broad range of personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

The head of the personal injury department at Hart Brown, Paul Grimwood, commented: “We are delighted that Caroline’s expertise, experience and dedication to her clients have been recognised in this way. She is a valued member of our specialist personal injury and clinical negligence team.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:35


Scope of expert’s assessment can be limited by court

The following story about when the court can decide the limit of an expert witness’s assessment of likely value of damages was featured on the website of Goodman Legal in December.

The case concerned the estate of an elderly woman. When she died her daughter – who was her personal representative – realised that some of her late mother’s land was occupied unlawfully by three people. She brought an action against them, seeking to recover possession of the land and claiming damages for ‘use and possession’ of it.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 09:15


A tough year in store for experts – and solicitors

 Law Society directory with expert witness articleA number of new pressures on expert witnesses will combine to make this year a seminal one for experts in all disciplines, according to an article in the Law Society Gazette's Legal Services Directory. The initiatives are the cap on fees, introduced in October (with the setting of London levels lower than those outside London), the removal of immunity from prosecution, proposals for pre-trial assessment of witness evidence and the introduction of 'hot-tubbing' of witnesses already being trialled in the Family Court and Chancery Courts. The eventual introduction of Jackson LJ's proposals on civil costs will add to the squeeze.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 February 2012 19:14