Douglas, along with Partner Laura Donald, heads BTO’s clinical defence team and is ranked in band 1 by Chambers UK. Douglas has a wealth of experience in representing the interests of health professionals and is a vastly respected figure in his field. Praised for his “eye for detail and his sympathetic manner”, Douglas is “enormously experienced” and market sources have described him as "one of the sharpest and shrewdest defence representatives around." (Chambers UK). The Legal 500 highlights his “impressive tactical awareness in cases of the utmost seriousness.”
Douglas specialises in acting on behalf of clinicians in regulatory matters and has been involved in representing professionals in complaints to the GMC, GDC and GCC. Market commentators say they are “impressed with his knowledge of legal and medical issues,” and praise him for his “excellent case management skills and collaborative, holistic approach to proceedings.” (Chambers UK)
As well as representing health professionals at regulatory hearings, Douglas has for over thirty years acted on behalf of doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals in Public Inquiries, Fatal Accident Inquiries and actions of damages in the Court of Session and Sheriff Courts.
Douglas’s achievements include: representing a number of individual doctors and nurses at Fatal Accident Inquiries and acting for medical and dental practitioners in defending complaints against them to the General Medical and General Dental Council. Douglas has also acted for a variety of insurers in catastrophic injury claims and has represented individuals and employers in health and safety prosecutions and their associated Fatal Accident Inquiries.
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