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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Glasgow office raise over £14,000 for Simon Community Scotland

Last year, our Glasgow team nominated Simon Community Scotland, a local homeless charity, as their charity partner for 2018. They were delighted to hand over a cheque for £14,114.84 as a result of their year-long fundraising efforts.

Simon Community Scotland tackle head on the causes and effects of homelessness and provide vital services like their 24/7 support helpline, outreach and drop-in hub, residential accommodation and housing support.

But this doesn’t happen without securing ongoing funding and support from communities around them.

Throughout the year, our Glasgow office have given up their time to organise and deliver some exciting fundraising efforts including raffles, sweepstakes and bake sales.

A notable fundraiser was the race night which raised over £2,000 alone for the charity. However, the most rewarding aspect was the weekend our staff volunteered at the charity's warehouse where they sorted through donations to be re-distributed to the homeless.

Digby Brown Glasgow volunteering at Simon Community Scotland Warehouse

Kirsten Smith, CSR Manager at Digby Brown said: “Staff in our Glasgow office have really enjoyed fundraising and volunteering for Simon Community Scotland over the last year.

“We hope that the funds raised will help the tremendous work they do in our community to combat the causes and effects of homelessness.”

Jenna Ingram, Volunteering Coordinator at Simon Community Scotland said: “We would like to give a huge thank you to Digby Brown for their fantastic fundraising, awareness raising and volunteer support over the past year.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive £14,114.84 which will fund our Donation Warehouse, the Youth Homelessness Prevention service 'Nightstop', and a significant contribution to developing the Streetreads project in Glasgow.

“Thank you for organising the fundraising events throughout the year, the donation collections, the volunteer days and awareness raising presentations.

“Every employee from Digby Brown who have engaged with us have been professional, passionate about our services, and determined to make a meaningful contribution that will benefit as many service users as possible. We cannot thank them enough!"

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Digby Brown funds tickets to “The Greatest Snowman” for charities

Digby Brown were proud to support Circus Starr again this year with their production of “The Greatest Snowman”.

Circus Starr was founded in 1987 and provides free places for disadvantaged, disabled or vulnerable children.

This year Digby Brown were able to offer places to a number of local children’s charities including: The Yard, Caudwell Children, The Brae Riding for the Disabled, Finding Your Feet and Bobath Scotland

Performers at the 2019 performance from Circus Starr

For parents the performances offer the opportunity to take their children along to something that they would have previously not considered an option.

One of the parents from the Dundee show said: “I just wanted to say a huge thanks to Caudwell Children and Digby Brown for providing us with the opportunity to visit the circus in Dundee. It was the first time that my son attended such an event and he enjoyed it so much! He even asked to go to the circus again!

“To be honest, I avoided taking my boy to various events due to his challenging and unpredictable behaviour. However, this opportunity taught me that my boy is able to concentrate and is ready to go to events.”

Caudwell Children (Scotland) arranged for families to attend all three performances and were inundated with requests for tickets, saying:

“At Caudwell Children (Scotland) we receive requests from families who feel attending this type of event would be really beneficial to supporting their child with disability. These Circus Starr tickets offer families the opportunity to attend an event that offers a fun but relaxed environment, enabling families’ time away from the demands and constraints of daily life.”

Performers at this year's Circus Starr.

Families from The Yard attended the Edinburgh event and they have had great feedback from the families that attended: “Adam had a lovely time it was great not to have a big wait before hand and staff were very friendly. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity and would recommend this to anyone who gets tickets in the future.”

The team from Circus Starr said: “At Circus Starr we pride ourselves on bringing fun and accessible arts to those that need it most, and we couldn’t do it without the amazing support of businesses like Digby Brown. Their continued generosity is simply amazing, and means that underprivileged children throughout Scotland get to make magical memories that can last a life time.”

Find out more about our work with Scottish charities or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date.

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

New drug driving limits to be introduced in Scotland

The Scottish Government is proposing new laws for a zero tolerance approach in relation to people driving under the influence of drugs in a bid to improve road safety. If passed by MSPs the new law is set to come into force in October this year.

It is already illegal to drive a vehicle if your driving is impaired because of drugs, regardless of whether these are prescription or illegal drugs such as cannabis.

If convicted, penalties include a minimum 1-year driving ban, a fine of up to £5,000, up to six months in prison and of course, a criminal record.

Limits are expected to be introduced for eight illegal drugs, namely cocaine, ecstasy, ketamine, cannabis, LSD, heroin, methylamphetamine and benzoylecgonine. The limits set will be very close to zero to eliminate any cases of accidental exposure.

Other prescribed drugs used for medical reasons such as methadone, diazepam and morphine will also have limits in place based on their impact on driving ability.

If you are taking medication prescribed by your doctor, it is important to check the potential impact these may have on your driving ability to make sure you are not a danger on the road.

Currently, prosecutors must prove that a person’s driving ability was impaired due to that person having drugs in their system.

However, the new law being proposed will enable drivers to be prosecuted if they are over the drug limit whilst driving a vehicle, similar to drink driving.

We see far too often people injured in road traffic accidents which could have been prevented and welcome changes that could improve road safety in Scotland.

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Monday, January 21, 2019

New legal promotions at Digby Brown

Digby Brown Solicitors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Associates.

Rona Hayworth and Rachel Walker were recognised this month following a successful 2018 for the firm.

Rachel Walker and Rona Hayworth new Associates.

Both Associates joined the firm as trainees in 2011 – Rona now works with the Foreign & Travel Law team in Edinburgh while Rachel is with the Network department in Glasgow.

The pair earned their promotion through proven technical ability and consistent delivery of results for clients.

Rona said: “I am delighted to have been selected for promotion to Associate.

“I find the work challenging and rewarding and hope to build on my Foreign & Travel law experience whilst continuing to help client's in their time of need."

And Rachel added: “I am delighted to have been promoted to Associate at Digby Brown and look forward to helping more clients in the future."

The promotions followed the latest ranking figures from Chambers & Partners which saw Digby Brown graded as ‘Band 1’ in both the personal injury and clinical negligence fields.

Fraser Oliver, Chief Executive of Digby Brown, welcomed the new Associates into their new roles.

He said: “Both Rona and Rachel have consistently proven their technical expertise, commitment to the firm and passion for helping clients since they first joined seven years ago.

“We aim to surpass the expectations of our staff, legal peers and our clients and we believe that investing in our staff is just one aspect of unlocking this potential as we aim to lead in the field of Scottish personal injury litigation.”

A further five legal staff members were also promoted to Senior Solicitor at Digby Brown.

Digby Brown 2018 promoted Senior Solicitors.

From left to right: Fiona Fowle - Serious Injury Team, Amy Ferguson - Serious Injury Team, Vicki Alexander - GPIL, Maite Gurpegui - Foreign & Travel Team, Caroline Fraser - GPIL

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Record £80,000 raised at Digby Brown Winter Dinner Dance

A record £80,000 has been raised to help those living with a spinal cord injury thanks to the Digby Brown annual Winter Dinner Dance.

The event on Friday last week was held to raise funds for Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS), its volunteers and the inspiring work they do for spinal injury survivors across Scotland.

It was the 16th year Digby Brown hosted the fundraiser compered by top radio DJ Des Clarke along with a guest performance by world-class illusionist Colin Cloud.

Colin Cloud wows guests at the Winter Dinner Dance 2018 fundraiser for Spinal Injuries Scotland

Nathan Macqueen, an archery Paralympian who sustained a spinal injury in a motorbike crash, also gave an emotional speech highlighting the great work done by SIS.

Nathan Macqueen, Paralympian, speaks to Des Clarke at Winter Dinner Dance 2018

Entertainment also included some classic games of Family Fortunes, Generation Game and Play Your Cards Right along with a live rendition of the U2 song ‘Beautiful Day’ from members of Spinal Injuries Scotland, organisers and guests from the evening - see the video below.

Guests take part in classic games including play your cards right at Digby Brown Winter Dinner Dance 2018

Thanks to the kindness of more than 540 guests, the previous record total of £73,000 was surpassed. 

Chris Stewart, Partner and Head of Serious Injury at Digby Brown, said: “It’s nothing short of humbling to witness the generosity of those who attend every year – but to then realise they’ve helped raise the highest amount ever at £80,400 is just astonishing.

“Every day we see first-hand the devastating impact a spinal cord injury can have and we know from speaking to our clients how grateful they are for the support offered by SIS.

“Spinal Injuries Scotland matters to hundreds across the nation and that’s why we’ve continued to work passionately alongside them for more than 20 years.

“Thank you to everyone who attended on the night, to Des Clarke for his energetic hosting and to everyone behind the scenes who made the night possible.”


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