Personal injury in Regional Bar
Cornwall Street Chambers
Sofia Ashraf at St Philips Chambers represents both claimants and defendants in a range of personal injury cases, with some matters involving alleged fundamental dishonesty and injuries abroad on package holidays. Colin Baran is particularly strong on employer's liability claims in the public sector, with several recent defences of emergency services following injuries sustained during training exercises.
No5 Barristers Chambers is home to a large personal injury group with strong experience across both claimant and defendant work, and are praised by clients as the 'first choice for general personal injury matters' in the region, with 'great strength in depth'. Chris Bright QC is well regarded for catastrophic injury claims, particularly those involving road traffic accidents, such as his recent claimant-side work in a multi-claimant road collision claim with a value in excess of £10m and significant liability issues concerning the alleged impairment of the driver. Henry Pitchers QC took silk in the 2020 round, while senior juniors such as Richard Moat, Robert Smallwood, and Matthew Brunning regularly appear opposite silks without a leader.
Ropewalk Chambers one of the premier names in the East Midlands for personal injury cases, with clients praising the 'tremendous wealth of expertise' on show and the team's 'strength at all levels'. Industrial disease remains the set's most notable area of practice, with several solicitors referring to them as a 'go-to' for this area, and several barristers regularly acting on noise-induced hearing loss, hand-arm vibration syndrome, and mesothelioma cases, with most practitioners leaning more towards defendant-side work. Jayne Adams QC represented the employer, and Patrick Limb QC acted for the claimant, in the first beryllium poisoning case brought before the English courts. Notable figures from the junior ranks include Andrew Lyons, who recently represented an employer in a multi-track claim where it was alleged that it was vicariously liable for the consequences of a prank played by one employee on another, and industrial disease specialist Richard Gregory whose recent work has included several complex noise-induced hearing loss cases.
Kings Chambers is 'an excellent set for personal injury work' which is 'increasing its profile in the region' and competing with the more established Birmingham sets. Satinder Hunjan QC is one of the strongest names within the team, focusing primarily on claimant catastrophic injury matters, including brain and spinal damage, amputation, with some work coming from claimants lacking mental capacity. The set is also home to highly specialist practitioners such as Fiona Ashworth, who is highly recommended for her work on chronic pain cases, with recent cases having issues of contested surveillance evidence.