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Friday, April 05, 2019

Digby Brown support mental health charities across Scotland

For the last three years, each of our seven offices across Scotland have nominated a local charity to support and we have been proud to support charities such as Cash for Kids, Fresh Start, Food Train Dundee, MacMillan Cancer Support and Finding Your Feet - to name just a few.

This year we have done something a little different and each of our offices have chosen a local mental health charity to support for the upcoming year.

Considering the type of work we do – personal injury, employment, family law – we help people who are going through a very difficult and often traumatic time in their life. This can often have a knock on impact on their mental health and we are proud to support mental health charities that are helping improve people’s wellbeing.

Glasgow - Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms offer support to men, of any age, who are down or in crisis and empower them to ask for help when they need it, without feeling a failure if they do.

Brothers in Arms our Glasgow offices new charity for 2019

(From left to right: Kevin Moulds and Ashleigh-Jane Mitchell from Digby Brown Glasgow office, Daniel Proverbs from Brothers in Arms, Kirsten Smith, Fraser Ewing, Gillian McCarron and Mat Piskorz from Digby Brown Glasgow office).

Edinburgh – Health in Mind

Health in Mind charity has been set up to promote positive mental health and wellbeing by offering a range of services such as Counselling, Therapies, Day centres and Befriending in the community.

Kirkcaldy - Support in Mind Scotland, Fife Services

Support in Mind Scotland seek to support and empower all those affected by mental illness, including family members, carers and supporters.

Dundee - Wellbeing Works

Wellbeing Works promotes better wellbeing for those who face mental health challenges: building confidence, learning new skills, connecting with others and having a positive impact. They have been providing support and services for people of Dundee for more than 50 years.

Inverness – Mikey’s Line

Mickey’s Line is a charity in the Highlands founded in 2015 for those in emotional distress, lonely or isolated.

Aberdeen - Sunrise Partnership

Sunrise Partnership offers a free, confidential service for children and young people up to age 18 who have been affected by loss and bereavement. 

Sunrise partnership our Aberdeen office's charity partner for 2019

(From left to right: Paul Thomson, Neil Davidson, Amy Shand, Kerry Whyte and Carrie-Anne Mackenzie from Digby Brown Aberdeen office, Eileen Wheeler from Sunrise Partners and Kimberley MacLennan from Digby Brown Aberdeen office).

Ayr - Beautiful Inside & Out

Beautiful Inside & Out (SCIO) is a Scottish registered charity, supporting bereaved parents and siblings of suicide victims; promoting feelings of self-worth.

Last year alone, we raised over £60,000 for our charity partners and we hope to take this figure and add more this year.

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Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Aberdeen office raise over £6,000 for Cash for Kids

The team in our Aberdeen office were delighted to present Northsound Cash for Kids with a cheque for £6,533.50. Cash for Kids were selected by the office as their continued charity partner for 2018.

The Aberdeen Team at the Race Night

The funds were raised throughout the year at a variety of events and fundraising activities including a gruelling 10K, the Edinburgh Marathon Hairy Haggis Relay, Tough Mudder and a recent race night which raised over £2,000 alone.

The Aberdeen relay team getting ready for the Edinburgh Marathon Festival.

In addition to this the office was a registered drop off point for Cash for Kids Mission Christmas and spent time at the warehouse helping to sort presents into age categories, ready to be delivered to disadvantaged children in the Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire area.

Aberdeen solicitors help in the warehouse for Mission Christmas

The cheque was presented on Tuesday 2nd April to Louise Douglas, Charity Fundraising Executive from Northsound Cash for Kids. Louise said: “We cannot thank Digby Brown enough for supporting Northsound Cash for Kids again this year – they raised a phenomenal £6,533.50, which helped us to support local children with the basics such as clothes, beds, carpets and ensuring that disabled children have the equipment they need.

"We also supported groups providing much needed activities and food for children during school holidays. Local children often go without a meal during the holidays and your support ensured that we were able to help."

Neil Davidson, Partner in our Aberdeen office said: “This is the second year we have chosen Cash for Kids as our charity partner for the year and we are elated to have been able to raise such a fantastic amount of money for them.

“The services offered by the charity are so important to so many families across  Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and it is great to know that local children will be able to benefit from the money raised.”

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Monday, March 25, 2019

Pros and cons of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route

The long-awaited Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) was finally opened in full on 19th February after 14 million working hours.

The 36-mile road provides a direct link between the south of Aberdeen at Stonehaven with the north at Tipperty.

Stewart Mackie, Chief Inspector of road policing in the north of Scotland, anticipated and predicted that the road would be the safest in the country and prevent more than 80 road traffic collisions per year.

Transport Scotland claimed the AWPR will provide a range of benefits to people and businesses across the north east, including:

  • reducing congestion
  • cutting journey times
  • improving safety
  • lowering pollution

In the first month of opening we want to consider the positives and negatives this new road has brought to the north east of Scotland.

Not only has the AWPR decreased congestion in the city centre, but it provides much needed safer routes between Aberdeenshire towns as well as an uninterrupted road between the north and south of Aberdeen.

According to Transport Scotland, feedback from businesses and the public has been overwhelmingly positive. Access to Aberdeenshire businesses has improved, welcoming in new customers and decreasing journey times for many workers.

Drivers have been able to experience parts of Aberdeenshire they may have avoided before due to lengthy journeys on narrow, country roads, bringing custom to many businesses. Brand new bus routes mean accessing Aberdeen Airport has never been quicker. 

Journey times have easily been cut in half or more with the introduction of the AWPR. 

Previously, travelling from Stonehaven to Dyce would have taken more than an hour across single track, winding country roads.

The AWPR cuts this time to around 30 minutes and involves a smoother and safer route along a dual carriageway. These time-saving routes can be seen across Aberdeenshire allowing drivers more time to get to their destination safer. 

However, the reaction isn’t all positive.

Poor signage on the AWPR has been linked to a number of incidents including three separate lorries driving straight over the roundabout at the junction with the A956 Cleanhill.

Since these incidents, yellow rumble strip markings were installed on the approach to the roundabout in hope that this alerts drivers to the roundabout. But is it enough?

Additionally, despite pleas for motorists to decrease their speed until they become familiar with the new road layout, nearly a dozen have been clocked driving above the speed limit of 70mph.

This road is perfectly constructed to allow comfortable driving at this speed and with the massive cuts in journey times, this should encourage motorists not to exceed the speed limit - making the road safer for everyone.

There have also been a handful of accidents on the AWPR, mainly owing to users not taking enough care on unfamiliar ground.

On the whole though, the AWPR has been receiving very positive feedback and remains an excellent and wholly needed addition to the north east of Scotland.

It may be too early to tell if the road has improved general road safety, but motorists are encouraged and reminded to drive safe to avoid unnecessary accidents.

Digby Brown reminds motorists to keep safe on the AWPR:

  • Make yourself familiar with the road before use. Videos on the Transport Scotland website provide an overview of all the junctions
  • Drive at a sensible speed and don’t exceed the limits.
  • Be aware and keep focussed when approaching bends, junctions and roundabouts.
  • Be considerate of all other road users
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Friday, March 22, 2019

Digby Brown scoop top prizes at 2019 Scottish Legal Awards

We are proud to retain the prestigious awards of Firm of the Year and Community Contribution titles at last night’s Scottish Legal Awards ceremony.

For us, these accolades recognise all the good work we do at Digby Brown and this wouldn’t be possible without the commitment of all the people working within the firm to deliver excellent results for our clients.

Every day we work alongside organisations and charities across Scotland and we were proud to have this recognised again when we won Community Contribution award.

It matters to us that we make a positive difference in the communities in which we work all year round such as Spinal Injuries Scotland and the Child Brain Injury Trust - each of our seven offices also support a local charity of their choice throughout the year.

Fraser Oliver, Chief Executive of Digby Brown Solicitors said: “We’re humbled to earn these awards and have our commitment to charitable, welfare and community-based initiatives recognised by industry experts and our peers.

“We do significant work for key charities and individuals in the areas of welfare rights and benefits, as well as supporting clients beyond core obligations, such as fatal accident inquiries.

“In the last 12 months alone we’ve supported the Spinal Injuries Scotland BBQ & Activities Day and raised more than £80,000 for the charity as well as supporting road safety events, holding our own Head Injury Information Days and raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos to today’s workforce.

“Our dedicated and talented staff - both legal and non-legal – consistently deliver a top quality service and share our passion for providing excellence in access to justice.

"Not only winning but retaining the Firm of the Year title is therefore a very proud moment as our commitment to helping clients is very much a team effort across the board and I’d like to acknowledge the hard-working Digby Brown staff whose efforts made this recognition possible.”

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Over £2,000 raised for Cash for Kids at Aberdeen race night

Our Aberdeen office organised a race night in aid of Northsound Cash for Kids last Thursday.

The night took place in the Duthie Suite in The Holburn Bar and the team managed to raise an outstanding £2,305.

There were a number of great prizes for the winners of each race, with races sponsored by Ampersand and Arnot Manderson and the final race sponsored by Alex Quinn and Partners with a prize of a £100 John Lewis voucher up for grabs.

the team from Digby Browns Aberdeen office at their race night

As well as the racing, the team put on a raffle where guests could win a round of golf at Cullen Golf, a £50 voucher for Slaters Menswear and a cheese hamper to name a few of the prizes.

Michelle Ferguson from Northsound Cash for Kids said: “We are absolutely delighted that Digby Brown are fundraising for Northsound Cash for Kids, we support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and we can only do that through the help and kindness of others.

"The money raised will go into our next grant round and will help local children when they need it most. We fund groups and activities and often support children with the basics such as beds, bedding, clothes and specialist equipment for children with special needs.”

Neil Davidson, Partner in our Aberdeen office said: “This was a truly fantastic evening and we thoroughly enjoyed putting together this event to support Northsound Cash for Kids.

“I would like to say a special thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests who helped us raise an incredible amount for this great charity – we couldn’t have done it without you.”

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