Expertise and experience
Scott represents clients who have sustained spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, amputations, brachial plexus injuries and fatal injuries. These claims typically involve jurisdictional, applicable law and service disputes or are brought under the Package Travel Regulations.
Scott currently acts for UK nationals who have been injured in a number of overseas jurisdictions including: USA (Hawaii), Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Jersey and Isle of Man as well as foreign nationals who have been injured in England and Wales.
Recent settlements include:
The client, an Irish national, who was 44 years old at the time of his accident, sustained an injury at work on a construction site in England which resulted in him having a below knee amputation of his right leg. Shortly after instructing Scott liability was admitted in full and interim payments were obtained which enabled him to progress with his rehabilitation and to explore his prosthetics options. The claim settled for a lump sum payment of £2,550,000.
The client sustained an above knee amputation of her right leg as a result of a road traffic accident in N Ireland. She instructed Scott after being unhappy with the progress a local solicitor had made with her case. Her claim settled for over £2m, which is believed to be the highest settlement for a single amputation injury in N Ireland.
Scott acted for the family of a resident of the Netherlands, who sustained fatal injuries as a result of a road traffic accident in England. The claim required a complex analysis of the deceased’s employed and self-employed business interests in the Netherlands in order to quantify his family’s financial dependency claims, which settled for a combined total of over £600,000.
Scott is ranked in Legal 500 2020 as a Leading Individual, they comment that he is a “calm head on strong shoulders, and a match for the fiercest of opponents.
Ranked in Chambers 2020, they report that one client commented “He manages the process and those involved with obvious knowledge, experience and expertise. He also has the ability to strategise and guide any decision-making, especially in areas where we have little or no knowledge.”
Ranked in Chambers 2019, they praise Scott as someone who “enjoys a strong reputation as a “very good technical lawyer,” with sources also commending him as a “really great people person” who is a “great listener, sympathetic and supportive.”
Scott was recommended in The Legal 500 2018, they said “The ‘effervescent’ Scott Rigby’s ‘lively enthusiasm wins over clients and opponents alike, facilitating settlement where others might struggle’.”
In Chambers 2018, they commented he is able to “put clients at ease with his ability to intuitively tune into their concerns, offering the perfect balance of knowledge and bedside manner.” Further interviewees acknowledge his “excellent interpersonal skills and experience in the field,” and note that he has “an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of cases.”
Scott qualified as a solicitor in 2003 having trained at Leigh Day. He joined Stewarts in 2006 and became a partner in 2013.
Accreditations and Memberships
- Member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) – accredited Senior Litigator, Spinal Cord Injury Specialist, Brain Injury Specialist, Accidents Abroad Specialist, and Accidents Abroad Specialist Assessor
- Travel and Tourism Lawyers’ Association
- Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers
- Headway & Spinal Injuries Association
- Member of International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO)
Scott has had articles published in APIL’s PI Focus and the Solicitors Journal. He is regularly invited to speak at the AGM of the Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injury Group, for whom he provides a free legal service.
Scott enjoys travelling, especially in Europe and North America, visiting museums and National Trust properties, and Italian food and wine.
"Without question, Scott Rigby has been incredibly insightful in guiding us on an emotional and distressing rollercoaster. He manages the process and those involved with obvious knowledge, experience and expertise."A client interviewed by Chambers
"Scott Rigby is super knowledgeable, very calm under pressure, very measured, very meticulous."Chambers
"Prepares cases meticulously and has very accomplished client-handling skills."Legal 500