Harry qualified as a solicitor in 1992. Having joined the Dundee office of Simpson & Marwick in 2001, Harry was assumed partner in 2003 and then managed the Dundee office. He now leads the Casualty team within the Aberdeen office.
He has a vast experience of personal injury claims, including high value road traffic and employer’s liability and public liability actions in the Court of Session, ASPIC and Sheriff Court. He provides advice on policy coverage and indemnity issues that arise frequently in the oil & gas sector. His case load also involves health and safety prosecution, road traffic prosecutions and fatal accident inquiries. He has extensive experience of professional regulation, particularly in connection with social service workers. He has additional interest and experience of commercial dispute resolution including building contract arbitration and commercial property disputes.
Harry also has an interest in human rights issues, particularly in the commercial sphere. Human rights are a live issue in social work regulation in Scotland. Harry has, in the past, taken an Article 1, Protocol 1 case to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg in the context of commercial losses.
In Ferguson v Ferguson (2015) Harry successfully defended an appeal following a civil jury trial in respect of a dog bite and the defences available under the Animal (Scotland) Act 1987.
He defended the bus company in Forbes v Bluebird Buses (2014). The case helped to clarify the approach to be taken by the court to the range given to the jury in respect of damages in Scotland.
Harry acted on behalf of one of the appellants in one of the most quoted cases determining the approach to be taken to fines in Scottish health and safety prosecutions: Dundee Cold Stores Ltd v HMA (2012)
Harry successfully defended a Crown appeal in HMA v Discovery Homes & Pratt (2010) against sentence arising from a fatal accident prosecution.
Harry deals exclusively with all dispute resolution matters in Scotland for one of the largest UK's infrastructure providers.
Harry deals exclusively with all personal injury matters in Scotland for one of the largest tyre manufacturers in the world.
An excellent court practitioner, Harry leads the Casualty team within the Aberdeen office. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution and matters involving professional regulation, prosecution and health and safety.