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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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Monday, October 22, 2018

How easy is it for victims of low asbestos exposure to secure compensation?

For decades, employers exposed their workers to the known harmful substance asbestos. Employees that have then gone on to develop an asbestos related disease have been able to secure compensation following the negligence of their employer.

In saying this, those who have been exposed to low levels of asbestos have come across difficulties when trying to access compensation for their condition.

In the past it wasn’t just workers handling asbestos on a daily basis that came into contact with the dangerous fibres. Other trades within the workplace had the potential to be exposed to the harmful substance as well as the families of workers.

Some of those exposed to low levels of asbestos have gone on to develop an asbestos related condition later in life. For these individuals it is more difficult to prove that employers were at fault in order to secure compensation for their disease.

However, it looks like this could be changing.

Recently the English Court of Appeal overturned a previous ruling that enforced a high level of proof for those looking to prove the employer was at fault in a low level exposure case.

Not long after this, there were two Scottish cases which have reinforced the position in favour of low level exposure cases.

In a case against North British Steel Group, a member of staff based in the office would go to the factory floor where asbestos blankets were used, to run errands around 3 times per week. It was determined that the worker had been subjected to an adequate level of asbestos dust for North British Steel Group to be responsible for their asbestos condition.

In a further case against Babcock International Limited, the company was held accountable for secondary exposure of asbestos when a wife died of mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, after asbestos fibres made it into her home on the clothes her husband wore at work.

The legal tide seems to be turning in favour of claimants in lower exposure cases, and that is encouraging for those that are suffering from asbestos related diseases and their families. It shows that they should not give up hope and instead put their faith in the legal experts who are specialists in this field.

Fraser Simpson Partner in Digby Brown's Industrial Disease Team

Fraser Simpson,
Head of Industrial Disease

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Glasgow office raise an amazing £2,359 for Simon Community Scotland

Solicitors in our Glasgow office held a Race Night last week, raising a fantastic £2,359 for their chosen charity Simon Community Scotland.

As well as the racing there was a raffle on the night. Prizes included a year’s membership at 29 Members Club, various overnight stays and afternoon tea at the Grand Central Hotel. 

Jenna Ingram, Volunteering Coordinator, from Simon Community Scotland opened the night with some information on the charity and what they do in the local area to help.

Simon Community Scotland are trying to combat the causes and effects of homelessness and offer services like 24/7 helpline support, street outreach and drop-in hub, residential accommodation and housing support.

On Facebook they said: “Huge thanks to the Digby Brown Glasgow team for raising £2,300 at their Race Night on Friday.“

Jenna Ingram from Simon Community Scotland starts the Digby Brown race night in Glasgow

Kirsten Smith, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Digby Brown, said: “Staff in our Glasgow office hosted a fun-filled event which raised a fantastic amount for Simon Community Scotland. We are proud to partner the charity and hope that the money raised will support their vision of combatting the causes and effects of homelessness in our community.”

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Delighted to support wheelchair basketball in Scotland

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with basketballscotland to support Wheelchair Basketball in Scotland.

On Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th of August, three wheelchair basketball teams will go head to head in the second Wheelchair Basketball Invitation Challenge. The tournament will see Scotland's U19's Wheelchair Basketball team battle it out with Invictus Games and Glasgow Rocks at the National Training Centre in Inverclyde.

Wheelchair Basketball 2018 Games supported by Digby Brown

Tina Gordon, Disability Talent and Pathways Manager at basketballscotland said:

“We are thrilled to welcome Digby Brown Solicitors to the Wheelchair Basketball family for the 2018 Digby Brown Solicitors Wheelchair Invitational. The team at basketballscotland are really looking forward to working with Digby Brown to promote this event and we are looking forward to working closely throughout the 2018-19 season as the sport continues to go from strength-to-strength.”

Kirsten Smith, CSR Manager at Digby Brown added:

"Actively supporting groups and projects that increase the well-being and confidence of communities is something Digby Brown is passionate about. basketballscotland is one such example of an organisation that is dedicated to giving wheelchair users back their independence by engaging in a sport that is thriving across the country.

“We look forward to supporting basketballscotland as it pursues its goals of enhancing the lives of its members and supporters."

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Supporting Spinal Injuries Scotland Activities Day

We were proud to be able to support charity Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) annual BBQ and activities day for the fourth year, taking place on Wednesday 27th June at the wonderful grounds of Castle Semple in Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park.

The day began at 10am and welcomed members from Spinal Injuries Scotland and patients from nearby Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit where the charity provides peer support and advice.

The aim of this day is to give people with a spinal injury the opportunity to try something new and perhaps something they thought they would not be able to do again. There was a variety of water and land activities available including Hand biking, Kayaking, Sailing, Canoeing and Powerboating – all suitable for wheelchair users.

Attendees of the SIS BBQ get to enjoy powerboating

SIS guests enjoying handbiking in the sunshine

Guests with spinal injuries get the opportunity to try sailing.

One of our guests who has a spinal injury gets the opportunity to drive one of the speed boats

Chris Stewart, Partner and Head of Digby Brown’s Serious Injury team, attended the day along with members of the team.

“We were thrilled to be able to see people get involved with the activities on offer at Castle Semple – it was truly inspiring.

“Working in the serious injury team at Digby Brown, we see the incredible difference that Spinal Injuries Scotland and the Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit make to people’s lives.

“We were delighted to be able to support this incredible day for the fourth year.”

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