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Barrister specialising in personal injury, professional negligence, employment and insurance-related disputes. Personal injury: Extensive experience in substantial claims in all areas, especially employer’s liability for accidents/stress at work and industrial disease. Regular speaker and contributor to legal journals on personal injury and related matters. Notable cases include: Kenyan Emergency Group Litigation (ongoing group action by 40,000 “Mau Mau” and related claimants alleging UK Government responsibility for alleged mistreatment during the Kenyan Emergency in the 1950s); Pascoe v MoD, LTL 5.6.13 (noise-induced hearing loss – hearing loss at 6KHz not noise-induced despite meeting “Coles criteria”); and Drysdale v Hedges  3 EGLR 105 (landlord’s liability for personal injury to tenant; ambit of Defective Premises Act; scope of “immunity” derived from Cavalier v Pope). Professional negligence and product liability: Particular experience of clinical negligence claims, including those with a product liability aspect, as well as claims against solicitors, valuers and construction professionals. Speaks regularly on both liability and quantum issues. Notable cases include: Martin v Frimley Foundation Hospital Trust & Bard Ltd (Ongoing. One of various cases addressing the safety of trans-vaginal “mesh” products and associated treatment concerns); The Seroxat litigation (Ongoing. Product liability action relating to the safety of the SSRI anti-depressant Seroxat); and Pratt v MoD & Rogers (Ongoing. Whether MoD and/or locum practitioner at military medical centre liable for alleged catastrophic renal failure of officer deployed in Germany). Employment: Acts for and advises claimants and respondents in all areas of employment law, including unfair dismissal, discrimination, harassment, redundancy, ill-health retirement, flexible working, transfer of undertakings, pensions, and human rights issues. Notable cases include: Naeem v Secretary of State for Justice  ICR 472 (whether pay scheme for prison chaplains indirectly discriminatory on grounds of race or religion); and Fanis & Ricciardi v DWP (2013) London South ET (lead claims addressing reason for dismissal at conclusion of civil service fixed-term contracts – whether entitled to redundancy payment).
Called 1999; Inner Temple; Attorney’ General’s Panel (B). Has contributed to “The Law of Human Rights” (Clayton & Tomlinson, Oxford) and “The Law of Motor Insurance” (Merkin & Stuart-Smith, Sweet & Maxwell). Accredited advocacy trainer for the Inner Temple and for the Employment Lawyers’ Association. Pupil supervisor.
Employment Law Association; Employment Law Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; London Common Law Bar Association.
Woodbridge School, Suffolk; Jesus College, Cambridge (1998 MA Law); Inns of Court School of Law (1999). First Class Hons in Law of Tort, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, European Law, European Human Rights Law, Law and Philosophy.