Michaela Guthrie

Senior Associate

Litigation (Personal)

About Michaela

I am fortunate to have spent my entire legal career at Balfour+Manson. I spent the final year of my traineeship in the Litigation Department, working closely with Ann Logan and gaining experience in Medical Negligence and Personal Injury before qualifying as a Solicitor in August 2016.

I understand that many of my clients have experienced life-changing injuries and I provide an empathetic and personable service. I take pride in providing straightforward advice to clients in cases which are often complex. The interests of my clients are my priority.

You’ve been nothing short of awesome from start to finish. I really can’t believe all you have done for me and my family.”


Client

Michaela has been trained by the best. She is well prepared, tenacious, excellent with clients and great to work with.”


Legal 500 2021

Specialist area

I specialise in Medical Negligence and Personal Injury work. I am accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers in both areas and by the Law Society of Scotland in relation to Medical Negligence law. I am instructed in a wide variety of cases in the Court of Session and the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court.

I understand that many of my clients have suffered life-changing injuries or the tragic and untimely loss of a loved one, so I strive to provide an empathetic and personable service. I take pride in providing straightforward advice to clients in cases which are often complex. The interests of my clients are my priority.

I am experienced in cases involving failures to properly obtain patient consent before surgery and other procedures. Balfour+Manson secured the ground-breaking decision of the Supreme Court in the case of Montgomery v Lanarkshire Health Board which revolutionised the law in relation to consent.

I also have experience in Fatal Accident Inquiries in the Sheriff Court and in obtaining Criminal Injuries Compensation for those injured as a result of criminal acts.

I am pleased to accept instructions and referrals from agents throughout Scotland.

Memberships

  • Accredited as a Specialist in Medical Negligence Law by the Law Society of Scotland
  • Accredited Senior Litigator – Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

  • Notary Public

  • Scottish Legal Action Group