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Medical Negligence

Claire Paterson


I pride myself in being able to help clients who have suffered injuries through no fault of their own. As most of my clients haven’t been through the claims process before, I aim to make it as straightforward as I can to help them to achieve the best possible resolution for their claim.

Expert profile of Claire Paterson

Get to know Claire

I joined Slater and Gordon in 2015. Before qualifying as a solicitor, I worked as a litigation executive and trained with the firm. I am now based in our clinical negligence team.

I specialise in a range of complex medical negligence cases including claims concerning surgical errors, spinal injuries, dental negligence, eye surgery negligence, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis. I have a particular interest in managing fatal claims made by relatives who have lost a loved one and have experience in dealing with claims involving complex injuries.

Additionally, I have experience in advising clients on personal injury claims, including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability and public liability claims.

Career highlights

Every time I achieve compensation for a client is a career highlight for me. However, one case that stands out for me is during my training I had the opportunity to assist in a complex fatal accident enquiry on behalf of a family, who had a relative suffer a fatal accident at work. This experience has led to my interest in assisting families who have lost a relative as a result of medical negligence achieve justice for their loss.

I have been recognised in the 2022 edition of the independent legal guide, Legal 500, as a 'Key Lawyer' in my field. It states: "Claire Paterson’s approach is always client-focused. She has good judgement and is a welcome support."

The extra mile

I am currently serving as Secretary of the Scottish Young Lawyers’ Association (SYLA), who aim to educate and represent young lawyers across Scotland. I have been involved in the committee since 2017 and throughout my time have organised a number of CPD and social events.

I also volunteer as a mentor through the Law Society of Scotland’s career mentoring programme.

Contact Claire

Telephone: 0330 995 5717
Office: Edinburgh
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