- A Ranked Lawyer (Band 4) for ‘Personal injury: mainly defendant (Glasgow, Edinburgh and surrounds)’
Chambers UK 2018
- ‘Personal injury: defender (Scotland)’
“[He] ‘provides clear and concise advice’”.
The Legal 500 UK 2017
- Qualified in Scotland in 2001
- Qualified in England and Wales in 2003
Rory is the lead liability partner for Kennedys in Scotland. He qualified in Scotland in 2001 and became qualified in England and Wales in 2003. 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.
Rory represents insurers and self-insureds in relation to liability matters. He specialises in personal injury claims including catastrophic injury and fatal claims across many different sectors, including manufacturing, construction, oil and gas and 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 (FAIs).
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 HSE prosecutions. He is regularly called upon to assist in the immediate aftermath of incidents.
Rory is well known in the Scottish profession and was 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, FAIs and Scottish pre-action protocols.
Rory has a leading role ensuring the coordination and development of Kennedys’ Scottish practice. He joined Kennedys in 2014 as part of the team setting up the Scottish offices, having been a partner in another law firm’s insurance team working in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
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 the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (Edinburgh branch).