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Jackson, Rory
Rory Jackson
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Recommended lawyer - The Legal 500 UK 2017

The Legal 500 UK 2016 - Recommended lawyer

Legal 500 UK - recommended lawyer

Rory Jackson


Rory is the lead liability partner in Kennedys Scotland. He has 15 years post-qualified experience and is dual-qualified in Scotland, and England and Wales. Rory has an interest in health and safety law, is National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (NEBOSH) qualified and manages teams based in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

He deals with fatal claims and catastrophic injuries along with motor, credit hire, employers liability and personal liability matters. Rory has a particular expertise in personal injury claims including catastrophic injury and fatal claims across many different sectors including manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, farming etc. He is experienced at defending health and safety executive (HSE) prosecutions and managing high value claims. He has extensive experience in dealing with fatal accident inquiries (FAI).

Rory represents insurers and self-insured large corporates across the full range of casualty work. He is experienced in dealing with high profile fatal accidents and health and safety prosecutions. He was instructed in relation to the death of Declan Hainey which was a high profile FAI into the death of a child. He also dealt with the fatal accident relating to a migrant worker, Petr Adamik, which attracted a lot of interest in the local press. He has dealt with a number of cases relating to vulnerable people including the death of Danielle Scott. Rory acts for specialist motor insurers dealing with issues of policy response.

Rory is well known in the Scottish profession and was the youngest solicitor to be appointed chair of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL) in Scotland (2013/14). He was the Scottish Representative on the Disease Sector Focus Team for two years. During Rory’s chairmanship, the focus of FOIL in Scotland was on the Court Reform Act which is dramatically altering personal injury practice in Scotland. He chaired the FOIL response to consultations on Court Reform, Fatal Accident Inquiries and Scottish Pre-Action Protocols giving him an in depth understanding of the changes occurring in Scotland. Rory has a leading role ensuring the coordination and development of the Scottish practice.

He is regularly invited to speak at events hosted by clients to provide training and information. He is also sought as a speaker by external organisations including IOSH (Edinburgh branch).

Rory is ranked as a Recommended Lawyer in The Legal 500 UK 2017 for Personal injury (defendant), where he is described as providing 'clear and concise advice'. His Professional indemnity team is described as "…‘consummate professionals’ [who] defend a range of claims, often related to extreme sports, construction and product liability.", The Legal 500 UK 2016. He is Leading individual for personal injury, Chambers UK 2017 and 2018.

Work highlights

Managed a £5m claim involving an industrial accident resulting in C4/5 spinal injury. Complex issues of ongoing care resolved for circa £3m out of court settlement.

Managed/conducted numerous complex fatal accident inquiries including representing a social worker in respect of the death of Declan Hainey, toddler. Very high profile incident acting for one of the key social workers whose role was focused upon by the Sheriff. See also determinations in Petr Adamik, Danielle Scott, David & Stuart Black and James Love.

Handling the defence of a fatal claim by the family of a deceased saturation diver. Including issues of causation, familial relationships and issues around loss of support given his irregular career path.

Handling complex high value road traffic accident claims including CAT claim in respect of inability to continue career as an electrician due to loss of wrist function. Challenging valuation of loss of employability / future wage loss (including outlandish claims in terms of the INA Report) and subsequently settled out of court.

Advising a large haulage company in relation to various large incidents including fatalities allegedly caused by blind spots on commercial vehicles and alleged breach of tachograph regulations. Minimising negative coverage for the client throughout.