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12 King's Bench Walk

Chambers of Paul Russell QC

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James Candlin

Work 020 7583 0811
12 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Paul Russell QC)


Barrister with general civil practice specialising in personal injury and professional negligence (including clinical, dental and pharmaceutical claims). Acting for both claimants and defendants, he has extensive experience of fatal catastrophic, chronic pain type and occupational illnesses and product liability claims. In clinical cases he has particular experience of tumor misdiagnosis and cosmetic cases surgery. Regularly instructed in highways, schools and residential care home liabilities of local or public authorities as well as their employers’ liability claims. James has prosecuted and defended in a wide variety of health and safety-related prosecutions. He also has an interest in and significant experience of holiday claims and other cases with jurisdictional issues, foreign law and requirement of liaison with foreign lawyers. He takes an interest in scientific and novel infectious disease cases having successfully fought several and has been involved in cases concerning events in UAE, Uganda, Zambia, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Italy, Turkey, France, Spain, Belgium and Finland. He was called to the bar of Bermuda 1994-1997 for three actions. Details of practice areas: Package Tour Regulations etc 1992 & Overseas injury: notably food poisoning and post-infective irritable bowel syndrome, falls, boating, light aircraft and road traffic accidents with foreign jurisdictional issues. Public Authority Liability: Highways Act Claims – appearing extensively for highway authorities in relation to section 58 defences but also for claimants. Local Authority liability particularly in relation to nursing homes, care institutions and schools. Also some local authority enforcement in relation to planning infringements (advertising hoardings) and highway encroachment. Road traffic: including catastrophic and fatal accidents and those concerning MIB agreements. Employers liability: industrial and construction accidents and disease work including major injury/fatality, occupational deafness, VWF, WRULD, asbestos exposure, occupational sensitisation including asthma, dermatitis and allergic sentisation to latex, ammonia and scabies mites. Clinical negligence: wide experience including delivery/birth injury, failure successfully to effect therapeutic abortion, dental treatment, infection, prescribing errors and iatrogenic illness. Various lack of informed consent cases in particular cosmetic surgery, dental cosmetics and laser eye surgery. Insurance: contractual disputes concerning policy terms notably in connection with critical illness and permanent health insurance policies but also property claims; fire/flood and buildings insurance claims. Interesting cases: HSE v Wyatt (2010) fatal tractor accident occasioned by coupling failure; Re: Parbury inquest into motorcycle race accident during competition; Re Rayatt inquest into death by crushing in rubber factory (2010) HSE v Schenker (2009) crown court prosecution arising from fatal accident concerning pedestrians working near a bulldozer, facial/head; Birtenshaw & 124 others v Peltours Ltd & 6 others (2012) high court group action concerning food poisoning at Egyptian resort, Part 20 contribution action against resort operator, preliminary issues concerning applicable law and liability of a foreign parent company for an Egyptian subsidiary relying on Chandler v Cape principles; Eldridhe & 55 others v My Travel Group Plc (2009) group action concerning mass gastrointestinal infection allegedly sustained through the use of a Majorcan hotel swimming pool with deficient filtration and management systems; Labourne v Thomas Cook (2008) defence of tour operator against action arising from a fall by a child from a high wall within the precinct of a Majorcan hotel.


Called1991; Lincoln’s Inn.






Clifton College, Bristol; University of Aberdeen (1988 BSc Hons); University of Westminster (1990 CPE); Inns of Court School of Law (1991).


Sport, boxing, motorsport, three children.

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Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

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