Michaela Guthrie

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.

I completed my legal studies at the University of Aberdeen, where I volunteered with the Aberdeen Law Project – providing pro bono legal advice and representation to members of the public.

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

Specialist area

I specialise in Medical Negligence and Personal Injury work. I am instructed in a wide variety of cases in the Court of Session and the All-Scotland Personal Injury Court. I am accredited by the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers.

I have obtained compensation for many clients injured or bereaved as a result of negligence. Cases recently successfully settled involved acquired brain injuries, spinal injuries, pharmaceutical negligence, surgical negligence, accidents at work and road traffic accidents.

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 regularly apply the Voluntary Pre-Action Protocol for cases involving clinical negligence and the Compulsory Protocol for personal injury cases. 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 Litigator – Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

  • Notary Public

  • Scottish Legal Action Group