Lesley Shand KC

Year of Call 1990 Year of Silk 2005

"Lesley is undoubtedly one of the top seniors in Scotland.  She has a reputation as always being extremely well prepared, tenacious, and committed to achieving the best results for the client." - Chambers UK 2024

"Lesley is an exceptionally talented advocate.  Her technical skills are second to none, and her work ethic is phenomenal." - Legal 500 UK 2024

An accomplished civil litigator, Lesley has considerable experience in a range of areas of civil litigation acting for both pursuers and defenders.

Her work has taken her most often to the Court of Session (Inner and Outer House) and to Sheriff Courts throughout Scotland, but she has also appeared before a variety of tribunals. A substantial proportion of Lesley’s practice consists of personal injury litigation, including medical negligence cases. She has particular expertise in high value claims, catastrophic injury claims, including brain damage and spinal injury cases, claims in respect of industrial diseases and psychiatric injury and fatal claims.

Lesley is experienced in advising on and litigating property damage reparation claims.

Also well respected for her work in professional negligence disputes, Lesley has acted in claims implicating architects, surveyors, lawyers and social workers.

Lesley has frequently represented parties in fatal accident inquiries, including inquiries into deaths in hospital and prison, and arising from road traffic accidents.

Representative Cases

Scott Forbes v Wishaw Abattoir Limited: Civil Jury and Lord Stewart, March 2015. 

Jury trial on quantum of damages. Pursuer sustained serious eye injury. Claims made for solatium, past and future wage loss, loss of employability, services and outlays. Complex medical evidence. Sum sued for £500,000. Acted for defender. Pursuer failed to beat tender.

Scottish Water Business Stream Ltd -v- Automatic Retailing (Scotland) Ltd & another [2014] CSOH 57

Property damage; flooding of office premises; liability

Ruddy v Chief Constable & Anr: Sheriff Court, Glasgow A623/05; and [2011] SC 527

Human rights; damages for alleged breach of Article 3 of ECHR - cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. (see also 2013 SC (UKSC) 126)

Anthony Brookes v First Aberdeen Ltd [2010] CSOH 16

Personal injury. Causation. Pursuer suffering injuries in bicycle accident which he alleged included Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (aka reflex sympathetic dystrophy)

Sarah Smith v Lorna McNair [2008] CSOH154

Causation. Damages. Personal injury. Claim by pursuer that accident accelerated onset of Parkinson’s disease

Jackson v Hughes Dowdall [2008] CSIH 41, X A50/07

Professional Negligence. Claim against solicitors in respect of alleged negligence in the conduct of the pursuer’s divorce.
Acted for defenders in Glasgow Sheriff Court, Commercial Court and on appeal to Court of Session


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