Scottish medical negligence firms agree to merger


Two law firms have merged to create Scotland’s most accredited medical and clinical negligence team.

The deal will see Drummond Miller join Peacock Johnston, bringing together some of the best-known medical negligence lawyers in the east of Scotland with their counterparts in the west.

Peacock Johnston’s 11-person team – six lawyers and five other staff – will join the Glasgow office of Drummond Miller, which has 14 partners and 100 other staff across five offices, including the head office in Union Street, Edinburgh.

The merger will see partner Andrew Pollock and certified clinical negligence specialist Susith Dematagoda become partners at Drummond Miller.

Ken Waddell, a partner at Peacock Johnston since 2004, will work as a consultant, while Laura Ceresa, a board-certified clinical negligence specialist, will also take on a consulting role.

While financial details of the deal remain confidential, the merger will add approximately 10% to Drummond Miller’s projected annual revenue.

Ian Hartley, Chief Operating Officer of Drummond Miller, said: “While the two companies were already the best known in the field of medical and clinical negligence, this union takes us to a whole new level.

“Together we are becoming by far Scotland’s foremost expert in this area – we hope this will also give even more confidence to clients pursuing business, who are often extremely vulnerable people in damaging and distressing situations.”

Pollock, a partner at Peacock Johnston since 1993, added: “Beyond the work on clinical negligence, this merger will also allow us to add real weight to Drummond Miller’s Glasgow office in terms of litigation presence and family law, labor law and criminal labor, particularly at the Sheriff Court.

“It’s a great match. It’s tremendously enjoyable to join a like-minded company that shares our values ​​and where we can continue to be proudly independent.

Drummond Miller’s origins date back to the 18th century, with the company in its present form formed in 1991 by the merger of two Edinburgh companies, Drummond & Company and Pairman, Miller & Murray.

In 2000 it acquired MacPhail & Co and L&L Lawrence to establish its Glasgow office, while in 2020 it expanded its Musselburgh business by taking over Alex Mitchell & Sons; which traces its history 130 years ago.

Peacock Johnston was formed in 1981, earning a reputation in clinical and medical negligence law.

To ensure continuity, the team coming from Peacock Johnston will continue to use the brand name with the majority of its existing customers, in the short and medium term.

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