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I am delighted to inform you that I have started a new chapter in my legal career – PBW Law, a boutique practice for selected private and corporate clients.
I believe the marketplace is now demanding a highly concentrated, intimate service for clients who require my personal counsel on a 24/7 basis.
I passionately believe that the Scottish marketplace needs a choice between the larger “legal factory” type of firms and a highly personal service delivered by practitioners with a sound track record and the ability to negotiate and seek mutually satisfactory solutions at the highest levels of government, law, and media.
I was very lucky when I entered the profession. I learned at the hands of two masters – Willie McRae and Len Murray. Both of these legal giants were renowned for the personal service they delivered to their many long standing and loyal clients over many decades and I seek to replicate this service albeit within the modern environment.
I will hand-pick a tight knit, highly talented team of lawyers to provide me with support but let me reiterate, you will be dealing directly with me and I will drive all legal strategy. My relationship with Goodman Derrick in London ensures that cross border cases remain well within my control and oversight. Equally my New York relationships, forged during the long running Lockerbie case, ensure that transatlantic litigation is readily deliverable.
You will note I have new premises and contact details and I trust I can continue to be of service to you in the coming years. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any pressing business. I hope we can talk very soon and I will outline my new vision for a superior legal service in detail.
COVID INQUIRY – FAMILIES CALL FOR SCOTTISH FAILINGS TO BE ADDRESSED
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has today told MPs there will be a full public inquiry in Spring 2022 into the handling of the Covid crisis.
The families of those who have lost loved ones in Scotland are calling for a separate inquiry to address how failings by the Scottish government led directly to Covid transmission in care homes and the death of residents.
Peter Watson, an internationally recognised litigation lawyer, said: “We are acting for number of families who suffered tragic losses in care homes as a result of a complete failure to protect the elderly in Scotland. The former Health Secretary has previously admitted that mistakes were made. Families want to know why their loved ones were not protected. The First Minister has an opportunity now to make the position clear for all.
“The only appropriate course of action is a full and open examination of how Scotland dealt with risks to the elderly. There must be a separate public inquiry in Scotland.”
Ten residents died at Home Farm Care Home on Skye last year after an outbreak of Covid-19, with 29 staff testing positive and few infection control measures in place.
The Care Inspectorate raised the alarm after inspections in April and May 2020 revealed that staff were not adhering to procedures and not wearing PPE consistently. Staffing levels were inadequate on numerous occasions and some staff were working 60 hours a week. Residents were not properly cared for and there was little understanding of appropriate infection control measures.
There have been more than 10,000 Covid-related deaths in Scotland. A third of these occurred in care homes.
In the first wave of the pandemic, more than 1,300 elderly people were discharged from hospitals to care homes in Scotland before a testing regime was put in place.
(Issued on behalf of PBW Law)
12 May 2021