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The idea of going to court is daunting – especially when you have no understanding of the court process or where to begin. However, the litigation team here at The McKinstry Company will help you navigate what can be a complex legal landscape. We regularly advise and represent both businesses and individuals on litigation matters. From employment to accident claims, and contract disputes to professional negligence, our team have years of experience in handling even the most challenging cases. We focus on securing the outcome that our clients want, tailoring our service and approach to meet their needs. To discuss your specific circumstances with our specialist litigation team, contact us today by calling 01292 281711 or complete our enquiry form and we will get back to you right away.

Expert Personal Injury, Employment, Contract Disputes and Medical Negligence Lawyers in Ayrshire & Dumfries and Galloway

Our litigation team, led by Partner Robert Honeyman, has extensive experience in all aspects of litigation. We provide an expert service, with the personal and customer-centric approach our firm is built on.

Dealing with a wide range of issues, our principal areas of expertise are: –

We regularly handle cases for individual and commercial clients, appearing frequently in the Sheriff Courts, Court of Session, and other courts and tribunals.

Accident Claims

If you have been involved in accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation. Our lawyers have years of experience in helping clients make successful claims for compensation following a broad range of accidents.

Regardless of whether you were involved in an accident at work, a road traffic accident or have suffered as a result of medical negligence, we can help you reclaim the financial compensation you deserve. We understand that making a claim might seem daunting at an already challenging time for you, but we aim to make the process simple and stress free.


When it comes to issues at work, understanding your rights is vital.

Our Litigation team act for both employers and employees in connection with a wide range of employment matters. We routinely assist clients with matters relating to:

For Employees

The time at which you consult a solicitor will depend upon the issues which you are experiencing. Some people consult a solicitor when they are experiencing ongoing issues at work, for example by way of disciplinary proceedings or grievances, and others consult a solicitor when their employment has come to an end, either by them being dismissed or resigning.

If you are an employee, it is very important that you instruct a solicitor early. There are strict time limits which apply in lodging applications with the Employment Tribunal.

For Employers

Our Litigation team have extensive experience in assisting employers with a range of employment issues, including the drafting or revising of contracts of employment, assistance with sickness absence or disciplinary policies and procedures, or providing advice in relation to disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Medical Negligence

While most people have a positive experience with medical treatment, either from the NHS or from a private healthcare provider, there are occasions when things do not go to plan and people are left dissatisfied.

Often where a client has experienced treatment which they do not consider was correct or appropriate, our Litigation team will assist with the submission of a formal complaint to the healthcare provider to ask questions about their treatment.

Medical negligence litigation is a complex area and it is important that you instruct a solicitor who has the knowledge and expertise to deal with your claim.

Our Litigation team will take a detailed history from you and obtain your medical records from your General Practitioner and from any hospitals that you have attended. To succeed in a claim for medical negligence, you are required to establish that the treatment you have received is below the standard to be expected of ordinarily competent medical professionals. Success in medical negligence matters is entirely dependent upon expert evidence and in many cases, expert reports are required. The team at the The McKinstry Company, with their skill, expertise and success will ensure you get the legal assistance you require, tailored to your specific circumstances.

Professional Negligence

Our team regularly handle professional negligence cases for both individual and professional clients. Professionals including doctors, dentists, architects, surveyors, builders and even solicitors must meet the required standard when performing their duties. Where they fall below the standard expected when carrying out their role, their client may face hardship or loss – this is known as professional negligence.

We have experience in acting for both parties to a professional negligence action and fully understand the procedures and complexities involved. Whether you are facing a professional negligence action, or you have been let down by a professional, we can help.

Construction and Building Contract Disputes

Construction and building disputes are common. Where projects run for longer than agreed, even months or years overschedule, significant costs can be incurred by both parties to a contract. Delays might have been unforeseeable or completely unreasonable and as such disputes can quickly become complex. Regardless of whether you are a contractor, developer, occupant or buyer our litigation team can help bring your dispute to an efficient resolution. We have years of experience in handling construction disputes, and so understand the complexities of resolving them.

Contact The McKinstry Company Litigation lawyers in Ayrshire & Dumfries and Galloway

If you have a legal concern which may need to be resolved in court, contact us today. We are ideally located to serve all of Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway and beyond and strive to make resolving your case as straightforward as possible for you. When you get in touch with us, we will discuss your options with you clearly and concisely – we will always be upfront about the chances of your case being successful, as well as any costs involved in bringing a case forward.

For more information or to discuss your needs, contact our Litigation team on 01292 281711 or complete our online enquiry form.

Robert Honeyman Partner View Robert's Profile

Robert is Head of our Litigation Department, where he oversees all contentious cases. His remit includes employment, contract disputes, commercial court work and all aspects of personal injury litigation. With extensive experience of handling cases in the Employment Tribunal, Sheriff Court and Court of Session, Robert was recognised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Law Society of Scotland in 2010, as a Specialist in Personal Injury Litigation.

Having joined the firm in 1997, Robert is well respected among clients and peers, and is widely regarded as an organised, proactive and diligent litigator, who will go the extra mile to get the best results for his clients.

Robert is a keen golfer (although not reflected in his handicap) and enjoys running. He also supports a number of charitable and community projects, and is Past President of Largs Cronies Burns Club.

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