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Henry Kirkup

Work 0113 261 5564

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Personal injury.


Henry has over 20 years’ experience of acting in a variety of employers’ liability and public liability cases including claims for damages for stress/harrassment, brain damage/amputation and claims following fatal accidents. His workload also involves representing clients in the coroners courts and in corporate manslaughter/HSE investigations and prosecutions. He regularly lectures corporate clients and insurers on all aspects of health and safety law and is contact partner for a number of insurers and managing agents.


Trained R Bell & Son; qualified 1996; partner R Bell & Son 1999; Berrymans Lace Mawer 2002; associate 2003; partner 2005. Non-executive director of Stranton Property Company Limited 1996-2001.


Sedbergh School; Liverpool University (1991); University of Northumbria (1994).

Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

BLM’s health and safety practice handles serious and high-profile cases including corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter for private and public sector clients, with particular expertise in care home-related cases involving the elderly and vulnerable children. Henry Kirkup heads the team and is ‘good at cutting to the issues’; he defended Chatsworth House Trust in a case involving fatal injuries sustained by a volunteer who rode his motorcycle over the retaining wall of an unusual feature of the park. Consultant Richard Clarke is ‘hugely experienced and a pleasure to work with’.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

BLM’s ‘technically proficient’ personal injury practice in Leeds is headed by Henry Kirkup, who is ‘a hard negotiator and extremely passionate about what he does’. The practice handles a range of personal injury matters on behalf of insurers, including cases involving severe bodily injury, fatalities, spinal injury and stress. Kirkup is acting for a local insurer in a multimillion-pound claim by a motorcyclist injured in a road traffic accident, which involves a claim for loss of accommodation and care as well as loss of earnings. In an illustration of its travel-related personal injury expertise, Arion Jones is acting for the Freedom Travel Group in a multi-party action brought by seven claimants who suffered gastric illness, which involves complex issues of medical causation and quantum and a dispute between two defendants.

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