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PEOPIL President John Beer has today welcomed the appointment of prominent Scottish Barrister Lauren Sutherland QC as the new head of its medical negligence section comprised of Specialist European Clinical Negligence Lawyers. The section’s objectives include putting together a framework for the exchange of cross-border information on issues of medical negligence, organising medico-legal conferences and lobbying European institutions to protect victim’s rights.
Lauren was called to the Scottish bar in 1996 and became a QC (Queen’s Counsel) in 2016. Prior to becoming a Barrister Lauren was a Solicitor in private practice specialising in Personal Injury, Professional and Clinical Negligence. She appears regularly in court and has appeared in the Sheriff Court, Outer House of the Court of Session, First and Extra Division of the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court. She has conducted many complex Fatal Accident Inquiries into hospital deaths.
Commenting on her appointment PEOPIL President John Beer said today “We are delighted that a person of the calibre and experience of Lauren Sutherland QC has agreed to become the new Chair of our medical negligence section. Lauren’s career has centred around fighting for the rights of medical negligence victims to receive proper compensation for injuries caused by medical negligence. In 2009 she was one of two Counsel’s appointed by the Scottish Government to lead the Vale of Leven Hospital inquiry into the outbreak of C difficile at the hospital and has lectured extensively to lawyers and doctors on clinical negligence”.
Lauren Sutherland QC