THE NOT SO LONELY LITIGATOR’S CLUB 17: GORDON DALYELL: MEMBERSHIP FROM NORTH OF THE BORDER
Membership of our club is not confined to any one jurisdiction. Gordon Dalyell was invited to become our first club member in Scotland (and also because there can never be enough Gordons in any organisation). Gordon is a partner with Digby Brown LLP based in Edinburgh. He is President of APIL (for another 10 days).
CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF IDEA OF HOW THINGS ARE GOING ALONG IN SCOTLAND
This is a view from north of the border, and of course a different jurisdiction. Much of the day-to-day effect is broadly similar to the rest of the UK. Solicitors, Counsel, Insurers, and Experts have generally adapted to working from home or remotely, and whilst perhaps not at usual levels, the progress of cases has been able to continue. The significant constraint, I have to say, has been the courts. In contrast to England & Wales, the Scottish courts have been much slower in adapting to the crisis. Urgent business, strictly defined of course, has been dealt with, but we have a PI system which is designed essentially to run itself, provided there is a certain level of administrative support. It is taking some time to make any progress and whilst very recently there have some positive signs, we have some way to go. Balancing the safety of court staff with the interests of progressing cases will always be delicate, but the experience in England & Wales does suggest it can be done more effectively.