Scott is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution team.
Working for public companies in the leisure and waste sectors, with extensive property portfolios and thousands of employees and customers, defending the businesses against claims for compensation in regard to accidents on their premises, public and employer liability. This ranges from minor accidents though to catastrophic life-changing injuries, often taking cases to trial to mitigate damages or see off vexatious claims.
In addition, Scott also works with business clients and their insurers in regard to subrogated claims, where he recovers the costs of remedying damage to premises, buildings, fixtures and fittings which have been caused by a contractor or sub-contractor through flood, fire or other negligent actions.
Scott advises businesses on their insurance policy terms, coverage and indemnity issues, and works to neutralise, deflect or mitigate claims. He often achieves favourable settlements through the use of medical experts and surveillance evidence, and has successfully defended claims all the way to the Court of Appeal.
Experienced in a range of commercial litigation, bringing or defending breach of contract or negligence, enforcement of loans, enforcement of security, partnership disputes, warranty claims following sale of limited companies, and applications for injunctive relief.
Recent examples of how Scott has supported clients include:
- seeing off a £850,000 personal injury compensation claim from an employee who had a minor accident on work premises, due to surveillance evidence which showed that the employee had not been incapacitated;
- recovering £600,000 from the manufacturer of a tumble dryer which caused a fire in a public house;
- defending Six Continents (now part of Mitchells & Butlers) from a £2.5 million personal injury claim when an inebriated guest fell out of a hotel window: Lewis-v-Six Continents Retail Limited 2005;
- recovering £450,000 in damages from a roofing contractor who set fire to a building due to careless use of a blowtorch; and
- advising a business owner on recovery of the costs of flood damage after a plumbing company installed a new water system and is alleged to have failed to properly test the system.