Daniela is a specialist in personal injury with over 20 years’ experience in defending employer, public, road traffic and product liability claims for major insurers, self-insureds, multinationals and public authorities.

She is an expert in occupational disease claims handling, both long and short tail claims, and predominantly high value complex fatal claims in the Court of Session. Her expertise includes asbestosis, asthma, COPD, cancer, hearing loss, hand-arm vibration, back injury and upper limb disorders.

In addition to her civil practice, her work includes the investigation of health and safety breaches, health and safety prosecutions and road traffic prosecutions,

Daniela has stellar relationships with her clients as a result of her approachability, client focus and high-quality service. She regularly delivers seminars, training, and claims clinics specific to the clients’ needs.

Examples of topics covered include legal updates in relation to occupational disease claims, quantification of damages in fatal claims, along with exploring the key differences between Scotland and England when quantifying damages and setting reserves.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in Scotland in 2001

Work highlights

  • Flaherty v West Dunbartonshire Council: Daniela successfully defended this HAVS action at proof by establishing there was no causal link between the claimant’s employment and his condition of bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Connolly v Whitbread: Daniela successfully defended this public liability claim arising out of an injury to a member of the public during the course of a game of tennis at proof. The case concerned the issue of whether or not the defenders were negligent in failing to provide sufficient warning of which footwear to use on the surface of their tennis court.
  • Linda Stevens v Brown Brothers & Co Ltd: Daniela successfully defended a live mesothelioma claim by an office worker advancing arguments in respect of time bar, date of knowledge, and medical causation.
  • Michael Strachan v Brown Brothers & Co Ltd: Daniela successfully defended a claim for asbestosis brought by an apprentice turner on the grounds of time bar and date of knowledge.
  • Daniela represented a UK-wide construction company in connection with a criminal prosecution arising from a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This was in respect of safety failings after a barrier was blown on top of a pram injuring an 18 week old baby.