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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Over 300 people at Head Injury Information Day Edinburgh

We were delighted to welcome over 300 guests to our Head Injury Information Day in Edinburgh held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on 29th May 2019.

This is the third year we have held the event in Edinburgh, which continues to go from strength to strength. The theme this year was ‘Overcoming Obstacles’ with speakers focussing on the various difficulties often faced following a brain injury and their experiences on how to overcome them.

People were able to listen to a number of inspirational speakers about overcoming behavioural problems, discussing issues claiming Personal Independence Payment (PiP) and hearing about the day in a life of an ABI survivor – to name just a few.

Presentations at Edinburgh HIID 2019

There were 28 exhibitors at this year’s event from a range of services including: Edinburgh Headway Group, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, Care for Carers, Disability Information Scotland, Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living (LCiL), Neural Pathways and Scottish Nursing Guild. All of the exhibitors were there to share information about the services and support available to someone following a serious brain injury.

Exhibitors at Edinburgh HIID 2019

The day ended with a panel discussion featuring:

- Dr Alasdair FitzGerald - Consultant in Neurorehabilitation & Clinical Lead at Astley Ainslie Hospital

- Dr Sarah Gillanders - Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist at Case Management Services Ltd

- Lorraine Allan - Trustee and Unpaid Carer at Edinburgh Headway Group

- Paula Gribben - Senior Occupational Therapist and Community Liaison Discharge Manager at Murdostoun Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Neurological Care Centre.

The feedback from those that attended was fantastic, “A most enjoyable day and the speakers were fantastic, very inspirational” and “Without your help, we brain injury survivors would not be as well informed”.

Kirsten Smith, CSR Manager at Digby Brown, reflected on the day saying: “It is a privilege to be able to facilitate these information days to help bring brain injury survivors together, along with their family, friends and carers. We truly hope all who attended enjoyed the selection of speakers and discovered the further support available to them locally to aid their recovery and improve day-to-day living. We are already looking forward to next year’s head injury information days and hope our attendees are too.”

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Monday, May 20, 2019

Gordon Dalyell is first Scottish President of APIL

We are delighted to announce that Gordon Dalyell, Partner from Digby Brown’s Edinburgh office, has been appointed as the President of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - the body’s first ever Scottish leader.

Gordon, who has been with the firm since 1998 and is Head of our Network department, earned the position following his sector-leading work in road traffic and workplace injuries, and cases involving miscarriages of justice.

His new role with APIL will allow him to further campaign for the rights of people across Scotland - and indeed the rest of the UK - who have been injured through no fault of their own.

On stepping into his new role, Gordon said: “As I step into this role I will work as hard as I can to ensure that the interests of injured people are at the very forefront of everything we do. It is only fair that people injured, often critically through no fault of their own, have the chance to rebuild their lives. Damages must meet their needs.

“What we do is really important, for our clients, of course, but also for wider society.

“At times, we do need to remind ourselves that every day, all of us, can and do make the difference to the lives of people that need our support and help.

“As president, I look forward to helping APIL do more for injured people by continuing our campaigns to improve their lives and defending them when Government reforms fail to recognise what is fair.”

Fraser Oliver, Chief Executive of Digby Brown, said: “The whole of Digby Brown is incredibly proud to see Gordon named President of APIL - especially the first Scottish one.

“Gordon is highly regarded within the personal injury sector, as well as across the wider legal community. He has been a passionate campaigner for decades while fighting for the legal rights of those who have been negatively impacted by the actions of others.

“Quite simply, he does everything he can - both in and out of the court room - to improve safety across the UK so each and every one of us may get home safe to our families.

“Everyone who knows Gordon knows there is no person more suited for the job, and on behalf of everyone at the firm, we wish him all the very best in his new role with APIL.”

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Thursday, May 02, 2019

Head Injury Information Day returns to Glasgow and Edinburgh this May

Head Injury Information Days – major annual events bringing together people living with brain injuries, their families, friends and carers alongside charities and support groups working in the local area - are coming to Glasgow and Edinburgh once again this May.

Both Head Injury Information Days are organised and run by Digby Brown. Our Glasgow event is supported by the Brain Injury Network Group in Glasgow - an informal network of organisations who work with people with acquired brain injury and the Edinburgh event is supported by the local brain injury community.

Why come along?

It is a completely free event and open to everyone. It is a fantastic opportunity to speak with others living with a brain injury, their families and carers, learn more about the support available in the local area and hear from professionals working in the field of brain injury.

Over 25 local exhibitors providing support and help to those with a brain injury

We have thirty-eight local organisations exhibiting at our Glasgow HiiD, and twenty-nine at Edinburgh HiiD. They will provide free information on the support they can deliver locally on a range of medical, legal and welfare issues to individuals and families affected by acquired brain injury.

Presentations from leading experts in brain injury

Both Head Injury Information Days will also feature presentations from leading professionals working in the field as well as looking at life as an ABI survivor.

Glasgow and West Central Scotland Head Injury Information Day 2019

This is the ninth year the event has been held in Glasgow attracting thousands of people from across the West of Scotland.

This year, the Glasgow and West Central Scotland Head Injury Information Day (HIID) will be held in the city’s DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Cambridge Street on Wednesday 22nd May 2019, running from 9.00am to 3.30pm, and will be focusing on the theme ‘Vision and Breakthroughs’.

You can also head along to presentations about how exercise changes your brain, looking into an accessible future with rehabilitation and hearing first hand from an ABI survivor, plus much more.

Find the full list of exhibitors and speakers within our Glasgow Head Injury Information Day programme.

Edinburgh & Lothians Head Injury Information Day 2019

This is now the third year that we have held a Head Injury Information Day in Edinburgh and the Lothians, and this year the theme is ‘Overcoming Obstacles’.

The day itself will be held at the capital’s Sheraton Grand Hotel at 1 Festival Square on Wednesday 29th May 2019 and will run from 9.00am until 3.30pm.

You have the opportunity to hear from speakers about overcoming behavioural problems, discussing the issues in claiming Personal Independence Payment (PiP) and hearing about the day in a life of an ABI survivor – to name just a few.

Find the full list of exhibitors and speakers within our Edinburgh Head Injury Information Day programme.

"I would really encourage individuals and families living with a brain injury to come along.”

Kirsten Smith, Digby Brown’s CSR Manager and organiser of Head Injury Information Days, is encouraging anyone affected by a brain injury or working in this field to attend.  Kirsten said:

“Brain injuries are often called a ‘hidden disability’, but for those affected by an acquired brain injury and their families, the reality is far from hidden. Fortunately, no one has to deal with a brain injury alone - there is a vast amount of support available locally from organisations throughout Scotland.

“The Head Injury Information Days have helped thousands of people find help, support and advice, and this year’s event is looking like it will be our biggest one yet.

“The day is completely free for anyone to attend, and I would really encourage individuals and families living with a brain injury to come along.”

Follow #GlasgowHiiD, #EdinburghHiiD and @headinjuryinfo for live updates from the event, as well as any exciting announcements in the lead up to the day.

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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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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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