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The 2013 Jackson reforms have had a long-lasting effect on the personal injury Bar, which was the practice area worst affected by the legislation changes; cost budgeting has now become a major part of personal injury litigation, and the market has undoubtedly taken a hit due to the changes in conditional fee agreements, although these are still producing a healthy amount of work for several barristers. Ever-growing competition in an already saturated market has resulted in an increased amount of specialisation from barristers, although it is possible we will see a reversal of this trend in the future as some barristers prefer to “keep their options open”. More than ever, cases are settling before they reach the court, meaning that juniors are gaining less experience in litigation and having to focus their talents on interlocutory proceedings and joint-settlement meetings.

12 King’s Bench Walk is a ‘very high-quality set’ with ‘an outstanding team’ of counsel. Barristers are regularly instructed in high-value spinal and brain injury cases but have expertise across the full spectrum of personal injury law. Travel litigation and industrial disease are other areas of notable strength.

39 Essex Chamberscontinues to provide a wide range of excellent barristers for personal injury work’. Members have broad experience, including in travel-related cases and fraudulent claims. Senior practice manager Ben Sundborg is ‘particularly impressive’.

Crown Office Chambers provides ‘good strength in depth’ and ‘very responsive’ barristers. The set is recommended for its strengths in stress and disease claims, particularly asbestos, asthma and vibration white finger cases.

At 9 Gough Square, members regularly handle cases that reach the courts. Although better known for its claimant work, chambers also acts for defendants in high-value cases. Psychological and brain injury claims feature among chambers’ recent workload.

Members of Devereux are ‘always ready to provide advice’. The set specialises in catastrophic injury work, including spinal and brain injury claims.

Outer Temple Chambers contains ‘a wide range of high-quality barristers at all levels’. The set is known for its prowess in sexual abuse disputes and industrial disease claims, among other areas.

2TG – 2 Temple Gardens’ thriving defendant practice is now complemented by its growing amount of claimant work. The set provides a ‘well-managed and excellent standard of service’, and has recently appeared in several brain injury and workplace accident cases.

7BR provides ‘a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in personal injury law’. Numerous barristers are currently working on historic abuse claims, as well as focusing on other areas of personal injury.

Farrar’s Building provides ‘strength in depth and a very able team’. The set is proficient in substantial road traffic accident claims, as well as other aspects of personal injury law.

At Old Square Chambers, members ‘can deal with instructions urgently’ and clerks will ‘always assist in finding representation’. The set is recommended for catastrophic injury and psychiatric claims.

Temple Garden Chambersalways has a barrister available to assist when needed’. The set is known for its experience in fatal accident cases and travel litigation, and has related expertise in inquests.

The personal injury expertise at 1 Chancery Lane is complemented by clinical negligence and public law practices. Recent work includes multiple spinal cord injury cases and fatal accident claims.

3 Hare Court is ‘an excellent personal injury set’, which has expertise in industrial disease cases, particularly asbestos claims, and travel litigation.

Cloisters’ houses ‘some excellent juniors and truly great leaders’. The personal injury practice is also able to draw on expertise from chambers’ renowned clinical negligence and employment teams.

Hardwicke acts for claimants and defendants in this space. Charles Bagot was instructed in one of the highest value injury claims of 2015, concerning a young girl who was hit by a car on a pedestrian crossing.

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