Meet the Team at Moray Claims / Grigor & Young LLP
Peter and Marie, below, are both solicitors in the Elgin office of Grigor & Young LLP. Moray Claims is a trading name of Grigor & Young for personal injury compensation claims services.
Peter grew up in Edinburgh, where he also went to University and did his legal training. He joined Grigor & Young in 1992 and was a partner in the firm from 1999. In April 2018, Grigor & Young became an LLP (limited liability partnership) and, from that date, Peter has been a “Member”.
He specialises in personal injury work, holding accreditation with APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) at Senior Litigator level (Peter’s colleague, Marie Morrison, also holds this accreditation).
Peter features in this discussion of various accredited solicitors – on the APIL website – entitled “Why I became a personal injury lawyer“.
Peter is also accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a Specialist in Personal Injury Law.
Peter’s main hobby is playing the fiddle. He’s been a member of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra for over 40 years.
Peter writes the articles for the Moray Claims blog. This gives him the chance to bring up other things that interest him such as: music, marketing, and Moray history and news. Peter is always happy to receive questions about personal injury-related issues because they help us to help you – and provide material for website articles.
When you are not in work, you are most likely…? At home, with my family, maybe listening to podcasts or music. Or walking (maybe even jogging) on the West Beach at Lossiemouth.
Name three people you would most like to have a dinner party with and why? Julie Walters, as she is my favourite actress, Kate Bush as she is my favourite singer and Stewart Francis as he is one of my many favourite comedians.
Where is your favourite place to travel? It’s hard for me to pick one place, so I’ll give you a selection! I would have to pick Germany for my favourite place to go with my family, Shetland because of its fiddle music, wildlife and scenery, and Ireland because of its traditional music, scenery and, of course, its Guinness.
What is the favourite part of your job? It would have to be when a person comes to me with an enquiry, clearly thinking they don’t have a claim, and I am able to advise them that they definitely do. When they walk away with a successful claim, it’s really rewarding to have been able to help.
The bottom line is that we are here to help people. Personal injury claims are very one-sided (in favour of the insurance companies) and we feel strongly that injury victims should have access to specialist legal assistance to help redress that imbalance. We concentrate our attention on Moray and Northern Scotland so, while it’s great to be able to help by taking someone on directly – as a client – it can be just as satisfying to point someone in the right direction and get advice from a specialist solicitor who is more local to them.
We also feel strongly that injury victims should not have to pay for legal advice – whether that’s up front or out of your compensation at the end of the claim. We try our best to handle personal injury claims in such a way that it costs you nothing, win or lose. How is that possible? See this article on the Moray Claims website.
What is your biggest fear? If the office syndicate wins the lottery but none of the other members of staff tell me – I can just imagine turning up for work and finding out that I am ‘Grigor & Young’.
Marie Morrison, although brought up locally, has spent much of her professional life practising law in Glasgow. She graduated with degrees in both accountancy and law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1992. She joined Grigor & Young in 2006. She specialises in Personal Injury with an interest in back pain, brain injury and high value cases and has had cases reported in relation to personal injury law. Marie is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and, like Peter, accredited by APIL as a Senior Litigator.
When you are not in work, you are most likely…? Dog walking, sleeping, cleaning my house or tending to my pets. I also love to spend a weekend in Glasgow, Inverness or Edinburgh.
Name three people you would most like to have a dinner party with and why? My politically correct answer would be Sister Theresa, Ghandi and Nelson Mandela. But I am more likely to select Tommy Cooper, Dermott Morgan (Father Ted) and any of the following: Sid James, Erik Sykes, Eric Morecambe and Ronnie Barker because it would be such a funny evening.
My most wished for would be members of my close family and friends I’ve lost. I would sit them down and tell them things I should have said years ago, when I had the chance. I would, however, have to warn all guests to eat before they come – I’m dreadful in the kitchen!
Where is your favourite place to travel? I have lots of pets so I don’t get the opportunity to travel much, but when I do, I love Prague and Hong Kong.
What is the favourite part of your job? Winning and doing well for my clients. The outcome of a claim can turn someone’s life around for the better. This is particularly rewarding, as most have likely been involved in a horrible accident and probably thought they would never get over it. However they can! They just need help along the way.
What is your biggest fear? I have a few, but the biggest is being mistaken for dead when I’m really just asleep! I hate the thought of being put in a coffin and buried when I’m still alive! Thankfully that doesn’t happen often. I also really don’t like trying to walk on ice for fear of injury, and finally, big moths – I hate them too!
We’re here to help you, especially if you live in or around Moray.
Feel free to contact either Marie or Peter, if you have any personal injury-related questions at all. Initial enquiries are free of charge and without obligation.
Most of the compensation claims we handle are at no cost to our clients anyway – whether the claim succeeds or fails. (If you wonder how that is possible, see this article on the Moray Claims website – How does your personal injury solicitor make money if they do not charge you anything?)
If we can’t help you directly, we’ll do our best to point you in the direction of someone who can.