April AC Meechan
LLB (Hons) Dip LP NP
April heads up our Personal Injury, Civil Action and Public Inquiries Department. She is one of the most experienced personal injury solicitors in Scotland, having worked on behalf of hundreds of accident victims and their families over the past 30 years as well as clinical negligence.
Her fields of practice include Fatal Accident Inquiries and Public Inquiries. This includes the Sheku Bayoh Inquiry which is currently ongoing. She is acting for our clients in relation to the forthcoming Scottish and UK Covid Public Inquiry, but also the suicide cases of Katie Allan and William Lindsay at Polmont YOI.
April heads our specialist casework department that deals with death in hospitals, police and prison custody, immigration detention, mental health settings and deaths involving multi-agency failings or where wider issues of state and corporate accountability are in question.
At the heart of April’s approach is to ensure that the experiences and needs of bereaved people are recognised because to do so means holding the state to account and changing policy and practice to prevent future deaths.
She has been instructed in a wide variety of personal injuries litigation in the Sheriff Court, All Scotland Personal Injury Court, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the Outer House and Inner House of the Court of session.
April has experience of a wide area of personal injuries litigation to include road traffic accidents, stress at work, accidents at work, public liability and occupiers liability, industrial diseases, where clients have been exposed to for example excessive noise at work, asbestos which has given rise to conditions such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
April has a particular interest in catastrophic cases involving brain, spinal and fatal injuries. She was instructed in the groundbreaking fatal case of McGhee v RJK Building Services. She represented the McGhee family following the death of Mr. McGhee senior. The case set a new standard in Scotland for the award of damages to close relatives following a fatal accident.
April also represented a number of individuals in the Glasgow Bin Lorry case. April regularly gives advice to interested groups including professionals and members of various communities.
April is known for her sensitivity and compassionate manner with clients and their families, often when they have suffered traumatic injury or loss. April’s focus is always on achieving best outcomes for our clients.