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 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