Susan Duff

Year of Call 2003        

"Encyclopaedic knowledge of Health and Safety Law" - Legal 500 2015

"An absolutely formidable advocate" - Chambers UK Bar 2016

Susan receives a significant volume of instructions in mainstream criminal cases but specialises in defending corporate clients and individuals charged in regulatory and enforcement proceedings.

She appears regularly in the High Court of Justiciary and Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland and in the Employment Tribunal in Health and Safety enforcement proceedings. She also appears in the Court of Session in civil proceedings related to Proceeds of Crime and confiscation cases.

Her regulatory practice includes financial and computer crime as well as complex food safety and environmental offences. She is regularly instructed in criminal prosecutions, both in the High and Sheriff Courts, arising from fatal road traffic accidents.

Her particular specialism is in the defence of charges under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and related Regulations. In a field where, because of commercial reality, few clients plead not guilty and proceed to trial, she has conducted a number of defences at trial where the allegations have involved the death of an employee.

Solicitors instructing Susan find her to be highly experienced in her chosen fields of expertise and someone who establishes good and understanding relationships with their clients.

The most important aspect of her relationship with any client is mutual trust. This means that she is not afraid to give the right advice even if it is difficult, initially, for the client to accept. Clients and solicitors quickly recognise her skill and judgment and accept her advice as offering the best solution in a difficult situation.

In many of the cases in which Susan is instructed the charges are strongly disputed and there is no prospect of the case resolving without a trial. Susan is highly experienced in conducting trials and evidential hearings contesting, on average, in excess of 15 per year.

Susan also appears regularly in Fatal Accident Inquiries arising out of a range of circumstances including deaths in prison and industrial accidents.

She is recommended in both Legal 500 and Chambers UK Bar (Band 1) in Health and Safety.

(Current year and last year only)

2016 Provision of advice to a large food brand ( Food Hygiene (Scotland) regulations)

2016 HMA v Mulhearn and others (Conspiracy)

2016 HMA v Mitchell (Moneylaundering, POCA section 327-329)

2016 HMA v Downie (RTA s.1)

2016 PF v Stewart & Shields Limited (Construction (Design and Management) Regulations Regulation 34)

2016 HMA v Blyth (RTA s.2B)

2016 - HMA v Merit Projects Ltd (Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations and HSWA s.3)

2016 - HMA v John Sisk & Sons and Hemsec Ltd (HSWA s.3 for Hemsec)

2016 - PF v Wilson (RTA s.2)

2016 - HMA v Cresswell ( RTA s.2B)

2016 - HMA v Graham (RTA s.2B)

2016 PF v Tinto (Environmental Protection Act 1990 s.34)

2016-2015 - FAI re death of Sarah Mitchell

2015- PF v British Telecommunications plc (HSWA s.3)

2015 - PF v Marshall ( RTA s.3)

2015 - HMA v Dixon (RTA s.2B)

2015 - HMA v Reid (Money laundering offences in what BDO Fraudtrack described as the highest value reported fraud in Scotland, POCA s.327-329)

2015 - HMA v Watt (Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 s.107- highest value breach of copyright prosecution in Scotland)

2015 - Herron v Poundland (Civil proceedings re Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006)

2015 - GSR Distributions Ltd v South Lanarkshire Council (Civil proceedings re Food Safety Act s.9)


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