Abigail Scott

Call: 2019
Abigail Scott

Abigail joined Ropewalk Chambers in 2020 upon successful completion of her pupillage.

Abigail holds a First Class (Honours) degree in Law. She was graded Outstanding on the BPTC at Nottingham Law School where she was ranked first in her year.

She is now developing a busy practice encompassing small claims trials, Fast Track trials, applications, CMCs and CCMCs, stage 3 hearings and infant settlement hearings, alongside an expanding paperwork practice. She is a robust trial advocate and a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior scheme.

During the BPTC, Abigail volunteered for the Free Representation Unit and Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre. She was awarded the Dean’s Scholarship for Academic Excellence and the Richard Bagley Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Pro Bono Activity by Nottingham Law School, in addition to the Harmsworth Scholarship by Middle Temple.

As an undergraduate, Abigail won two national mooting competitions (The Times and the UK Environmental Law Association moots). The final rounds of each were judged by Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and/or High Court judges.

Prior to joining the Bar, Abigail was a senior manager in a motorcycle dealership. This gave her varied experience in commercial, employment and business matters, including data protection and GDPR compliance, human resources and online marketing.

Abigail accepts instructions across the breadth of Chambers’ practice areas. She is a member of Chambers’ Editorial Committee and an Editor for the Ropewalk Personal Injury Blog.

In her spare time, Abigail enjoys running, cycling, hiking and kayaking. She is a keen horsewoman.

Disease

Having completed pupillage primarily in the field of industrial disease (under the supervision of Kam Jaspal), Abigail has experience in this area beyond her year of Call.

She has drafted robust pleadings, advices, Part 18 requests and complex schedules and counter-schedules of loss across a wide range of disease cases. She is well versed in limitation and causation issues - with a particular interest in the latter - and has conducted preliminary issue hearings involving the joinder of parties outside the limitation period.

Abigail is a regular contributor to the Ropewalk Disease Blog.

Clinical Negligence

Abigail welcomes instructions in this area. During pupillage, Abigail drafted pleadings and advices in matters concerning delayed diagnosis and negligent treatment. She also has experience of drafting pleadings in dental negligence claims.

Personal Injury

Abigail drafts robust personal injury pleadings and provides practical and comprehensive advice on liability, quantum and strategy. She regularly appears on the Fast Track, instructed by both claimants and defendants.

Abigail receives instructions across the breadth of personal injury disputes including employers’ liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability, Package Travel claims, defective premises, construction accidents, product liability, sports injury claims, road traffic accidents and Highways Act claims. She is willing to accept instructions on a CFA in appropriate cases.

Abigail is a regular contributor to and editor of the Ropewalk Personal Injury Blog. 

Counter Fraud

Abigail welcomes instructions in this area and regularly deals with fundamental dishonesty arguments on the Fast Track. 

Credit Hire

Abigail regularly deals with credit hire claims, acting for claimants and defendants in both small claims and Fast Track trials. She is conversant with the key issues around enforceability, need, period, impecuniosity, rate and intervention. She regularly deals with claims for taxi hire.

Employment

Abigail has a growing employment practice. Prior to pupillage, she volunteered for Free Representation Unit and Nottingham Law School Legal Advice Centre, appearing in the Employment Tribunal. In tenancy, she has advised on merits and remedies, conducted costs hearings and assisted with a disclosure exercise in an employment matter for the Government Legal Department.

Data Protection

In her previous career, Abigail gained practical experience of GDPR compliance and handled matters involving the Information Commissioner’s Office. During pupillage, she assisted with disputes involving data breaches, including advising on liability. Abigail welcomes instructions in this area.

Motor

Abigail is experienced in road traffic accident disputes, appearing regularly on the Fast Track in both liability and quantum trials. She is proficient with issues relating to credit hire and fundamental dishonesty.

Abigail produces robust pleadings and advice in RTA matters and is familiar with issues arising from indemnity, driver identity and claims involving the MIB.

Commercial Dispute Resolution

Abigail accepts instructions in sales of goods claims, Consumer Rights Act claims and wider breach of contract claims. She has drafted pleadings in breach of contract claims involving the provision of services and defective goods and has successfully defended claims of poor workmanship.

Animals and Equine

Abigail welcomes instructions in this area, having experience of claims involving dogs and horses. Abigail is also a keen horsewoman and brings that experience to bear in disputes involving equines. She is a member of the UK Centre for Animal Law.

Property & Real Estate

Abigail welcomes instructions in this area. She has knowledge of charging orders and orders for sale; enforcement of Tomlin orders containing provisions for the sale of a property; and claims for nuisance arising from neighbouring properties.

Planning and Environmental

Abigail has an interest in planning law, having been supervised during pupillage by Jonathan Mitchell and observing planning inquiries.

Appointments

  • Member of the Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme

Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • UK Centre for Animal Law

Education

  • BPTC (Outstanding), Nottingham Law School
  • LLB (First Class), Open University

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