Scott Whyte
Scott Whyte

Scott Whyte, Managing Director, Watermans Accident Claims and Care, 34

As managing director and owner, Scott is responsible for the overall running of Watermans on a daily basis. He sets targets and budgets for the business and works closely with his management in Edinburgh and Glasgow to ensure these are clear and achievable.

He is a hands-on managing director and his main focus in business development in a number of areas. Firstly, case acquisition from direct clients and generating referrals through the firm’s website and marketing messaging. Secondly, case acquisition from work providers, which involves managing relationships and accounts with other businesses.

Scott is a qualified solicitor and still maintains a small caseload of his own, often dealing with incidents involving fatal injury claims.

He has played a major role in the growth of the business, initially as an employee and in the past couple of years as the owner. When Scott joined Watermans in 2010 as a solicitor turnover was £1m. He rose quickly through the ranks and was named Emerging Director of the Year for Edinburgh, Lothian and the Borders by the Institute of Directors (IOD) in 2014, by which point turnover increased to £3.3m. Last year this grew to £3.8m and this year the business is on course to achieve £4.3m.

As a result of this upward trajectory under Scott’s stewardship Watermans opened an office in Glasgow last year. The business now has 35 employees across the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices and numbers were recently bolstered by an intake of three law graduates and a newly qualified solicitor.

Scott is a member of the IOD and Watermans is a member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce. The business also has membership of two industry specific bodies; the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Motor Accident Solicitor Society (MASS). Watermans also acts as the sole Scottish legal panel member for national road safety charity RoadPeace. The firm champions the charity’s work, which includes changing the language around road accidents and making sure victims are properly remembered.

He has been a vocal advocate of rights and protections for accident victims and always keen to contribute his voice to topical news in the industry. Scott has championed the likes of presumed liability to improve protections for vulnerable road users and has led calls for more joined-up thinking between law firms, universities and the Law Society of Scotland to maximise the chances graduates have of succeeding with a career in law in challenging circumstances.

Scott has been the driving force behind Watermans Sports Ambassadors. The firm sponsors young Scottish athletes to help them progress professionally. Swimmer Hannah Miley, boxer Lewis Benson and rally driver John MacCrone are the current ambassadors.