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Suzanne McGarrigle


| Glasgow
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Suzanne specialises in defender personal injury work, covering the full range from employer liability to public liability claims, RTA work as well as some product liability cases. A particular area of her practice is related to industrial disease claims and the particular challenges associated with these types of claims. These include a large amount of claims arising from alleged asbestos exposure resulting in a whole range of medical conditions from pleural plaques through to mesothelioma and also an increasing number of noise induced hearing loss claims.

Suzanne’s clients range from self-insured companies to loss adjusters, insurers and public sector bodies. She has experience of dealing with claims in both the Sheriff Court and the Court of Session. Her focus is on being proactive and developing a strategy as soon as possible, being aware of each client’s needs and communicating effectively so the legal process is clear and her clients feel comfortable making decisions. Suzanne particularly enjoys developing an understanding of a defender’s operation and what they do.

Suzanne is also a Solicitor Advocate, which permits her to represent clients in the civil courts at all levels.

She is recommended in Personal Injury (Defender) in the UK’s legal directories, The Legal 500 and Chambers UK where she has a reputation as being “an iron first in a velvet glove“.

Suzanne regularly speaks at clients’ in-house training sessions on developments in liability insurance and aspects of Scottish court procedure.


"She is very strong all round and successfully manages highly complex, high-value cases."

- Chambers UK 2024

"Suzanne McGarrigle is highly professional and experienced, alive to commercial realities and litigation risks but also focussed on getting the best results for her clients."

- The Legal 500 2024

"Suzanne is diligent and insightful in her handling of cases."

- Chambers UK 2024

"Suzanne McGarrigle justly deserves her reputation for being an iron first in a velvet glove. Pleasant and professional to deal with, but also tenacious and one step ahead of the opposition."

- The Legal 500 2023

"Suzanne McGarrigle focuses on each client's commercial objectives and is good at building a rapport with them."

- Chambers UK 2023


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