Legal & Welfare Advice
At Spinal Injuries Scotland, we provide a legal and welfare advice service and this is free for our members.
The aim of the service is to provide prompt access to legal advice. An enquiry on any legal matter is referred to specialist solicitors at Digby Brown .
The firm has more than 40 years’ experience dealing with every aspect of someone who has sustained a spinal cord injury.
With seven offices across Scotland, they can help people all over the country. They have a team of dedicated experts who can advise on a huge array of legal issues, at no cost, that may affect an individual and their family following a spinal injury.
Access to effective and timely legal assistance can be as important as rehabilitation. In fact, effective legal assistance is often necessary to sustain the needed rehabilitation services over a period of years. It is important that this advice is obtained as early as possible.
At the same time, following initial advice, help with completing benefit forms is available as well as representation at hearings.
We recommend Digby Brown for anyone in Scotland with a spinal cord injury looking for legal or welfare rights advice.
They not only aim to help clients receive full and proper compensation for their spinal cord injury, but also to achieve the best outcome physically, psychologically and emotionally.
Key individuals within their serious injury legal and welfare departments:
Chris is a Partner and heads up their Serious Injury Department. He qualified as a solicitor and notary public in 2000 and became a solicitor advocate (civil) in 2006. He has extended Rights of Audience in the Court of Session, House of Lords and Privy Council. Chris has considerable experience in Personal Injury in both the Sheriff Court and Court of Session. He has gained expertise in Freedom of Information and Data Protection; is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); and of the Society of Solicitor Advocates and is responsible for the firm’s in-house advocacy training.
Moira is a Partner and works in Digby Brown’s Serious Injury Department. She has a specialist interest in cases involving brain and spinal injury. Moira provides a legal counselling service for Spinal Injuries Scotland and at Huntercombe Neurodisability. She is co-author of the publication entitled “Claiming Compensation after Head Injury in Scotland” for Headway. Moira is the only lawyer in Scotland to be accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist and Spinal Cord Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and has been involved in pursuing claims for damages, not only in Scotland, but also in Europe and in North America.
Stuart BartonStuart is a Partner within Digby Brown’s Serious Injury Department. Stuart regularly litigates complex cases in the Court of Session. He has run cases to proof in the Outer House and dealt with appeals in the Inner House. Stuart has extensive expertise gained from dealing with particularly complex care needs of those who have suffered brain or spinal cord injuries. He has particular knowledge and experience of dealing with issues arising from adults with incapacity. Stuart appears regularly in the Sheriff Court seeking the appointment of Financial and Welfare Guardians. He has also carried out internal and external training on this issue. Stuart is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a Notary Public.
With over 25 years of experience in the Department for Work and Pensions, Jacqueline now heads up the Welfare Rights Team in Digby Brown. She joined us in 2010 and is responsible for advising clients on their entitlement to Welfare Benefits. This includes completion of benefit application forms and assisting with appeals including representation, where appropriate. In addition, Jacqueline provides training to staff throughout Digby Brown, delivers benefit advice presentations to charities and local groups and produces the firm’s benefit advice leaflets.
In 2019 the welfare rights department delivered benefit gains for our clients of over £750k.