Tracey Brown success for Pursuer in Almond-Roots v Eljamel

Decision Issued – Ejamel In September 2021, Themis member, Tracey Brown, acted as Junior Counsel in a case reported by the BBC involving the surgeon Mr Eljamel, a former head of neurosurgery at NHS Tayside. The pursuer suffered life changing injuries as a result of her treatment and was awarded over £2.8m in compensation. The action concerned the surgeon’s involvement with the pursuer both in a private and NHS capacity. The decision of Lord Uist on the apportionment of damages between the Health Board and the MDDUS has now been issued [2021csoh130.pdf (].

The action was brought against NHS Tayside for the failure to respond to the findings of a MRI scan which indicated that the pursuer had a large central disc prolapse with evidence of cauda equina syndrome. Mr Eljamel decided she did not have the spinal condition and could have a scan as an outpatient. The case was also brought against Mr Eljamel who later reviewed the pursuer in his private practice and who then performed surgery.

Negligence was admitted pre-trial and the issue for the court was the extent of responsibility allocated to each defender. It was not argued that the later actions of Mr El Jamel broke the chain of causation. The court decided that Mr El Jamel was 100% responsible. The case raises interesting issues in cases where there are two or more defenders and considers apportionment of responsibility. [Surgeon Muftah Salem Eljamel ordered to pay £2.8m compensation bill – BBC News]

Steven Walker KC to speak at the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)

We are delighted to invite you to attend the flagship event of Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) “International ADR Week 2022” with the most excited topic that you are looking for “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic”. 

The webinar is entitled “Arbitration and ADR Beyond the Pandemic” and will feature Steven Walker QC of Themis Advocates.

14th July 2022 at 10:00 – 18:00 (GMT+7 Thailand time)

Please register from this link here



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Commercial / Land & Property Seminar

Friday 21st April 2023

1 William Street, Glasgow G3 8HT

Themis are delighted to invite you to attend our Inaugural Glasgow Conference on Friday 21st April at the Hilton from 1pm-5pm.  Talks will be provided on Commercial and Land & Property.  The event is free to attend, however a donation to our charity of the year Andys Man Club would be appreciated.  You will be accredited 3 hours CPD and is open to all solicitors, trainees and paralegals. 

To register please complete the undernoted registration form.

1:00 – Registration & Refreshments

1:30Andys Man Club (Charity of the Year)

1:45Michael Upton – If Personal Bar is Personal can it also be Real?

2:30Alan McLean KC – The Law of Prescription

3:15 – Refreshment Break

3:30Catherine MacColl – How bright a light at the end of the tunnel? How to consider director’s duties in the face of insolvency following the case of BTI 2014 LLC v Sequana SA.

4:15Julie McKinley – Case law update

5:00 – Conclusion

5:15 – Drinks and Canapes for which all attendees are invited.