David Swanney

Year of Call 2017

"David has been excellent since going to the Bar. He is able to understand all points, however complicated, and get to the nub of the matter." Chambers UK 2024

"David is extremely diligent, well prepared, pragmatic and a pleasure to deal with." Chambers UK 2024

"David is very empathetic with clients. He is able to handle matters sensitively and offers excellent advice to clients." Chambers UK 2024


David has a wealth of experience in all areas of personal injury work.  

He regularly receives instructions from many of the leading firms in this area, acting on behalf of both Pursuers and Defenders, and appearing in the Court of Session (both the Inner House and Outer House) and the Sheriff Court (including the Sheriff Appeal Court). 

David’s practice encompasses a broad range of personal injury litigation, including employers' liability, occupiers' liability, road traffic accidents, industrial disease, clinical negligence, foreign and travel, and fatal accident cases. He also has experience in professional negligence claims and has appeared at Fatal Accident Inquiries. 


Representative Cases

Victoria Rose & Othes v WNL Investments

With Robert Milligan KC for the pursuers in a procedure roll debate in respect of fatal workplace accident, addressing questions of the existence, nature and extent of the duty of care owed to the deceased, including the relevancy of the “six pack” health and safety regulations following the Enterprise and Regulatroy Reform Act 2013.

Helen Lennox v Iceland Foods  

For the pursuer in the first written decision in respect of the definition of “manifsetly unreasonable” and “abuse of process”, following the introduction of QOCS. (See also further decisions in Murray v Myktyn and Henry Clarke v Marks & Spencer Plc)

Maxwell Davidson v Clyde Training Solutions Ltd

For the pursuer in an opposed motion following acceptance of a pursuer’s offer by the defender, in circumstances where withdrawal of the pursuer’s offer had been intimated via email prior to said acceptance.  

Cara Webster v Bianca MacLeod

For the pursuer/appellant in the Sheriff Appeal Court, in appeal addressing the correct construction of the rules relating to the certification of skilled persons, and the practice in relation to those rules.

Stephanie McCullough v Network Rail

Successfully representing the family of a train driver fatally injured in the Stonehaven derailment in respect of a claim for damages under the Damages (Scotland) Act 2011.

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    Parliament House
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