Each year, Digby Brown Solicitors hold free Head Injury Information Days in two cities in Scotland, one in Glasgow and another in a new location.
This year, Digby Brown held their first Head Injury Information Day in Edinburgh on Wednesday 17th May, and we were delighted to see over 200 people come along to learn more about a brain injury.
"Absolutely brilliant day, very informative, excellent presentations. Visual perception presentation - eye opening!!!"
Our Head Injury Information Days are tailored for brain injury survivors, their families and carers as well as anyone with an interest in this area who would like to learn more.
There were over 20 head injury support groups and organisations there to share information about what they did and how they can help someone after a brain injury, including Edinburgh Headway Group, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, Child Brain Injury Trust, and Disability Snowsport UK.
The day featured presentations from brain injury support groups, Digby Brown Solicitors and brain injury survivors.
"Particularly inspired by the story of Scott Sutherland. A true inspiration. Excellent presentation by Scott. A true fighter"
Guests were treated to songs from the music group at Edinburgh Headway Group during lunch.
The Edinburgh Head Injury Information Day marked the last event for 2017 but it will return again for 2018.
In the meantime, we have put together a directory online of support available for brain injury. You can find out more at http://www.hiid.org.uk/
Solicitors and staff within our Edinburgh office nominated Fresh Start as their local charity partner for 2017. Last year the Edinburgh office supported Radio Forth Cash for Kids and raised £17,143.36.
Fresh Start was set up to help people who had previously been homeless furnish and decorate their houses but it has expanded to helping previously homeless people get their life back on track.
Each individual or family is given a starter pack which contains basic household items to get them started. It is quite often a struggle for homeless person to get a tenancy and then when they secured that tenancy furnishing and having all the basic household items was a further difficulty to the starter packs include linen, cutlery, plates, mugs, basic food items and cleaning products.
Quite often when people manage to get their tenancy, they are faced with a flat or house with bare walls and floors stripped back to the floor boards. So the charity can send out squads of volunteers who will decorate two rooms for the person. The person can pick their own colours and they have carpet.
The charity also provides cooking lessons and have recently set up a vocational training course so that people can learn essential life skills and hopefully go on to gain employment.
Jen McQuistan, Corporate Partnership Co-ordinator at Fresh Start, will be visiting our Edinburgh office on Wednesday 24th May to speak to all staff about how they can get involved and the difference they can make.
So far, our Edinburgh office will be helping Fresh Start put together their starter packs to help people get settled into their new homes. On top of this, our Edinburgh office will be fundraising throughout 2017, beginning with the Edinburgh Marathon on 27th-28th May.
For further information about Fresh Start, please visit http://www.freshstartweb.org.uk.
To keep up to date with our charity fundraising, please see Edinburgh local news.
In this month's edition of The Journal of the Law Society of Scotland, Digby Brown Partner Fraser Simpson discusses a decision of the Sheriff Appeal Court in an asbestos-related case which has wider importance for people seeking the assistance of counsel (an advocate) when raising a personal injury case in court.
Recent changes in the law mean counsel can only be employed in some cases with the agreement of the court. This case centred on whether the court allowing the use of counsel in an asbestos-related case was reasonable - the Sheriff Appeal Court found that it was.
The article first appeared in the May 2017 edition of the Journal
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A decision of the Sheriff Appeal Court in an asbestos-related personal injury case has wider significance for those wishing to seek sanction for instructing counsel
The Sheriff Appeal Court opinion in Cumming v SSE plc  SAC (Civ) 17 (21 April 2017) confirms the reasonableness of the employment of counsel in an asbestos-related pleural plaques case raised in the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court and contains some helpful comments on motions for sanction for the instruction of counsel generally.
The pursuer in this case, a former craftsman electrician, sought compensation for his diagnosis of pleural plaques, which developed because of exposure to asbestos when he was at work delivering and installing storage heaters and electricity meters in homes.