Neil Taylor BDS, LLB, Dip LP

Head of Services

Neil Taylor is qualified in Dentistry, Law and a retired five year member of the Faculty of Advocates. Neil qualified as a Dental Surgeon in 1991 from the University of Glasgow. Whilst in practice as a General Dental Practitioner for 13 years Neil obtained a Law degree in 2003, with an interest in pursuing a career in medico-legal/dento-legal work.

Neil obtained a diploma in legal practice and after a period as a solicitor he embarked upon a one year devilling course at the Faculty of Advocates. Neil called to the Scottish Bar as an Advocate in 2007. Neil was instructed by Insurance companies and solicitors in the Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary, Appeal Courts and Sheriff Courts on a regular basis, defending clients' interests.

Neil is an excellent defender with an extremely high success rate. In order to provide a service to dentists in Scotland Neil has resigned from the Bar. With the unique qualifications that Neil has, he is an excellent defender, mediator, negotiator and mitigator. Neil's main interests are fraud, negligence, professional misconduct, regulation and statutory interpretation.

Neil has unparalleled qualifications and experience in dental legal advice and assistance.


Stuart Anderson

Operations Director

Stuart began his professional career in business in 1999, as Senior Business Relationship Manager for Royal Bank of Scotland, followed by a role as Director of Business Development with Bank of Scotland.

Stuart has been Operations Director within a number of dental corporates since 2009.

Stuart joined TDS in October 2017 as Operations Director, bringing a wealth of experience to the team. Stuart is our first point of contact for prospective clients, and is more than happy to discuss all aspects of the service provided by TDS.


Cloe Pettigrew

Operations Assistant

Cloe is the latest addition to our team, having joined us in August 2020. Cloe previously worked as a Sales & Events Coordinator, after graduating in 2018 with a first-class honours degree in Events Management.

Cloe provides TDS with operational and claims administrative support and is likely to be a familiar face both in terms of joining and throughout your time with TDS, should you ever require assistance.




Lindsay Fitzpatrick

Head of Claims

Lindsay joined TDS in June 2018 following her graduation from the University of Strathclyde, where she achieved LLB (Hons) 2:1. She had a keen interest in Medical Law and Ethics whilst studying law, and focused her dissertation study period in this area. Family ties have also given her a background knowledge of dentistry, and she is delighted to have the opportunity to pursue this interest further with TDS.

As our Head of Claims, Lindsay’s duties include daily management of the claims team and liaising with brokers/insurers as required. Lindsay also deals with her own cases, working with our clinical advisers when necessary. She has a keen interest in cases with regulatory involvement for non-clinical matters and inter-professional disputes.

Lindsay also provides valuable input in other matters such as marketing including our monthly newsletter & social media accounts.



Victoria Holden

Senior Dental Advisor

Victoria qualified in 1999 from Sheffield University and has worked in general dental practice ever since. She has been practising at The Briars Dental Centre in Newbury since 2007. Since graduating she has been awarded the MFGDP(UK), Diploma in Implant Dentistry and the Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and more recently an LLM in Medical Law from Northumbria University. She has experience as an expert witness in both clinical negligence and Fitness to Practise cases.

With her clinical background and legal experience Victoria is ideally placed to advise on dental queries and concerns.




Michael Dhesi

Dental Adviser

Michael qualified from the University of Glasgow in 2012 attaining a BDS with Honours. He has been active in postgraduate dental education from the outset of his career achieving Membership to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2013.

Michael is a passionate advocate of evidence-based dentistry with particular interests in restorative dentistry, digital dentistry, implantology, oral surgery and conscious sedation. He holds an MSc with Distinction from the University of Birmingham and a Membership in Primary Dental Care from the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is also actively involved in delivering hand-on courses via NHS Education for Scotland and is a marker for the MSc in Advanced General Dental Practice at the University of Birmingham.

Michael joined Taylor Defence Services as a clinical advisor in 2017 and has enjoyed assisting clients in all aspects of their dental careers.


Claire Walsh BDS, MML, Dip FMS, MFFLM

Dental Adviser

Claire Walsh graduated in Glasgow in 1993, and practiced as an associate in corporate practice in Glasgow for 15 years, as well as sessions for the Salaried Dental Services at Glasgow Dental Hospital Emergency Department. She then took up a role as Clinical Director for Integrated Dental Holdings' Scottish practices, assisting dentists with all aspects of clinical governance, compliance with NHS regulations and patient management.

Claire was formerly an Associate Dentolegal Adviser/Dentolegal Consultant with Dental Protection, gaining extensive experience in the handling of clinical negligence claims in several jurisdictions.

She was active in local and national dental politics/committees early in her career, and for many years contributed a regular opinion column in the Scottish Dental Magazine. Claire has completed postgraduate studies in Forensic Medical Sciences and Medical Law, and became a Member of the Faculty of Forensic & Legal Medicine in reflection of her experience in the dento-legal field.

Claire is now a full-time Dental Adviser with TDS.


Damien McNee BDS, MSc, PgCert (Dental Law & Ethics)

Dental Adviser

Damien graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2007 and has worked in both NHS and Private practice ever since, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of patient care in the process. Damien has focused heavily on continuing education as part of his career development, obtaining an MSc in Implant dentistry, alongside postgraduate certificates in both restorative dentistry and dental law and ethics.

Damien is actively involved in general practice and focusses much of his time on restorative and implant dentistry, alongside endodontics.

Damien joined Taylor Defence Services in 2021 and is enjoying using his own experiences and knowledge to assist clients with any concerns they may have.


Kerry Morrison

Head of Administrative Services

Kerry joined TDS in 2016, bringing many years of experience and knowledge in IT systems, general administration, and accounts management.

Kerry is our main point of contact for clients for queries regarding payments, updating personal details and any other general non-claims queries.







Hannah Bradley

Administrative Assistant

Hannah is the newest member of the team, having joined TDS in October 2019. She gained experience in administration roles, and also as an Accounts Assistant, involving payroll, banking, invoicing and all related tasks. Hannah will assist with all administrative tasks, and is a welcome addition to the team.