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Gran Canaria coach crash: lawyers highlight differences between Spanish and UK laws about accident injury compensation claims

News release: 25 September 2004

Responding to enquiries that they have received regarding last Monday’s tragic coach crash in the Canary Islands, two members of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL), Spanish lawyer Alberto Perez Cedillo and Ayr solicitor Angus Logan, have pointed out the implications of differences in the Spanish and UK legal systems regarding accident and injury compensation claims.

Under Spanish law, criminal and civil proceedings usually run in tandem, whereas in the UK criminal proceedings take place first, after completion of which civil proceedings may be considered.

Victims of the Canary Islands coach crash and their families might be well advised to consider initiating accident and injury compensation claims in Spain as soon as possible, and not at a later date as might have been the case had the accident happened in the UK.



Angus Logan is Scottish Secretary of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL). Angus is also the Director of, a division of Ayr-based solicitors Frazer Coogans. was set up in 1998 by Frazer Coogans senior director Norman Geddes.


Ayrshire solicitors Frazer Coogans have expanded rapidly from small beginnings in the 1980s to offer a friendly and personal service to all clients from their modern premises in Ayr town centre. From their Ayr base, Norman Geddes, Lauren Fowler and associate Angus Logan – all experienced solicitors - along with their professional and dedicated staff provide a comprehensive suite of legal services to Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland and the UK, with particular expertise in accident claims, personal injury damages, property conveyancing, divorce and family law, wills, estates and executries.

Frazer Coogans’ Ayr office operates a specialist Accident Claims & Personal Injury Damages centre to assist clients in making claims for personal injury damages after road traffic, workplace, slip and trip accidents and also in criminal injuries compensation. This Ayrshire firm of solicitors has also established a significant presence in Scotland’s property conveyancing market, advising clients on all aspects of buying, selling and leasing premises both domestic and commercial, and handling property conveyancing for diverse clients across Scotland.

UK divorce and family law is another area in which Frazer Coogans solicitors possess particular expertise, advising on the legal, financial and child related issues associated with divorce, providing negotiation for amicable settlement and undertaking litigation where needed. Frazer Coogans solicitors also offer a professional, dedicated and sympathetic service for wills and estates in the UK, including the administration of estates and appointing Executries.


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