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Medical Negligence

Sarah McWhirter

Principal Lawyer

I represent clients who have placed absolute faith in a medical professional to care for them or a loved one but then something happens, through no fault of their own, which has devastating consequences. I'm passionate about helping these clients seek justice and access the care and rehabilitation they need.

Expert profile of Sarah McWhirter

Get to know Sarah

I joined Slater and Gordon in 2017 and head up our Edinburgh medical negligence team.

I represent clients from all over Scotland in a wide variety of claims covering all aspects of medical negligence, including claims concerning birth injuries, surgical errors, nursing errors, dental negligence, misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis. I have a particular interest in amputation claims and have experience in dealing with claims involving complex injuries as well as fatal claims made by the relatives of a victim.

I'm a confident litigator and have appeared in Sheriff Courts across Scotland.

Career highlights

Every time I achieve compensation for a victim of medical negligence, it's a career highlight for me. A very recent career highlight is a heath board agreeing to settle a case involving multiple amputations. This means that the client most likely won't need to go to court and we will achieve a swifter outcome for the client, allowing them to move on with their life as best they can.


Independent legal guide, Legal 500, ranked me as a rising star in the 2022 edition. It states: "Sarah McWhirter is, in my opinion, the most outstanding pursuer clinical negligence solicitor in Scotland. She is organised, diligent and forward-thinking."

It also states: "Sarah McWhirter is thorough and meticulous. She is well versed in cases concerning challenging and sensitive medical records and in guiding clients through difficult times. Her approach is always balanced and measured."

"Sarah McWhirter stands out as an individual who is a rising star in medical negligence. She is extremely diligent and I enjoy working with her. She is a valuable member of the team and brings her skills to cases. Clients really like her."

"Sarah McWhirter is a shrewd solicitor who takes a great interest in the claimants, who are usually in a state of distress. She deals with each individual in a sympathetic but realistic manner."

I was recently ranked as an 'Associate to Watch' in the 2022 Chambers and Partners independent legal guide. It states: "Sarah McWhirter has notable experience of birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy and neonatal deaths, as well as handling related psychiatric injury. She also acts on delayed diagnosis, surgical negligence and amputation cases. She is excellent. She has a very clear grasp of the issues and is sensitive to clients’ needs."

The extra mile

I enjoy supporting Finding Your Feet, a charity who provide support to amputees and people suffering from limb difference. I've arranged for Slater and Gordon to provide regular financial support to the charity, hosted fundraising events and volunteered at their rock climbing club. The charity provide essential support to some of my clients and so giving something back to them is the least we can do.

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