Julian is a graduate of the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow Graduate School of Law. He has an Honours Degree in Scots Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies.
Throughout his career, he has acted exclusively for claimants in personal injury cases. He has almost 17 years experience of doing so. He works throughout Bonnar Accident Law’s Central Scotland offices and has considerable experience in dealing with a wide variety of types of personal injury claims. He has a particular interest in dealing with complicated accident at work cases and road traffic accidents.
Julian is dedicated to working on behalf of injured people and their family to achieve the maximum compensation for them. He appreciates that most injured people prefer to reach a settlement of their case and uses his expertise, skills and knowledge in order to achieve that in the majority of cases. Where, however, this is not possible he is a confident litigator in the Sheriff Court, the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court and the Court of Session. He has successfully pursued a number of cases to trial.
In his private life, Julian is married with two children and likes to spend as much time as he can with them. When time allows he also enjoys the odd game of golf.
In a case which proceeded to trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, the client slipped on a patch of ice which had formed on a public pavement. The surrounding pavements were dry but ice had formed on this patch as a result of a leaking overflow pipe from the defenders’ property. There was evidence of a number of previous complaints to the defenders from the local authority. Despite this, liability was denied.
Julian was successful in persuading the Sheriff that the failure of the defenders to act on previous complaints amounted to negligence and, therefore, our client was entitled to compensation.
Julian recently acted on behalf of a client who was injured in a serious road traffic accident. Unfortunately, the accident involved a head-on collision and both drivers were seriously injured. Our client was the innocent victim and required a number of months off work. She then managed to return to work in a very demanding professional position before eventually being forced to retire earlier than she had planned to.
A Court of Session action required to be raised. Settlement was achieved at a pre-trial meeting with the defenders with our client receiving in excess of £300,000.
Julian recently acted on behalf of a client who was injured in an accident on a construction site whilst working on a self-employed basis as a joiner for an independent building company. He suffered injuries when attempting to lift plywood boards on to a set of joists on a construction site of a new extension. No proper scaffolding had been erected by the principal contractors and he had not been provided with any assistance in order to do the job.
Liability was denied and a court action required to be raised in the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court. The principal defence was that the pursuer being self-employed was essentially responsible for his own health and safety. Following negotiation, with the assistance of Counsel, we managed to persuade the defenders to settle the case achieving a significant sum in compensation for our client.