The barristers at 18 St John Street Chambers cover all levels of work, from small claims to the most complex matters, including catastrophic injury claims and other high-value litigation, with specialist areas including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, public liability, and product liability claims. Head of the civil and personal injury department, Kane Simons is 'a personal injury junior who is on his way up'. The 'very thorough' Elahe Youshani's practice encompasses a mix of higher value fast-track and multi-track cases, including road traffic accidents, employers’ liability, personal liability, industrial disease, occupiers’ liability. 'As good as a silk', Mark Laprell is also recommended.
Personal injury in Regional Bar
Personal injury is a major area of work for members at Atlantic Chambers. Barristers are skilled in acting in road traffic accidents and associated credit hire claims, employers’ liability, public liability, and industrial disease, as well as clinical negligence. Described by one client as 'an excellent all-rounder' John Benson QC is a key member at the set, as is the 'excellent' Michael Armstrong who solicitor say is 'a great advocate, and has a commendable work ethic, always reliable with papers. He is very good with any client from the most demanding to those needing the most support'. Andrew Pickering is another name to note as he is able to 'utilise his vast knowledge of all areas of PI work to obtain the best possible result for his clients'.
Formerly of Cobden House Chambers, and a new addition to Garden Court Chambers in London, Abigail Holt is described as being 'excellent in cross-examination' and undertakes a wide range of personal injury work including industrial disease, with considerable success in asbestos-related disease cases.
Yaqub Rahman is a key practitioner at Oriel Chambers with regard to personal injury law. He is particularly experienced with defendant work, as well as cases involving complex medical causation arguments. John Gray is instructed in high-value litigation, including subtle brain injury cases, permanent restriction/diminution in the ability to work, industrial disease claims, and overseas accident claims.
Byrom Street Chambers' personal injury team is home to a number of well-regarded barristers, especially at the silk end where they have been further strengthened relatively recently following the elevation of Peter Burns QC in 2019. Head of chambers Winston Hunter QC is instructed in significant cases arising out of claims for personal injuries, and is described by one client as having 'outstanding intellect'. Rhiannon Jones QC acts for both claimants and defendants in all types of personal injury claims but with particular expertise regarding quantum in spinal and brain injury claims. In one example of his work, Christopher Melton QC acted for a 19-year-old boy whose arm was caught in machinery at a waste recycling plant resulting in the arm having to be amputated in situ by a local surgeon. A five-day trial found the claimant to be 10% at fault, a decision which was later overturned on appeal for the client. At the junior end, Darrel Crilley 'is a highly-skilled, technical barrister' who works across the entire spectrum of claims ranging from serious brain injury through functional neurological disorders to life-changing polytrauma.
The 'highly intelligent' Bill Braithwaite QC is an experienced member of the large personal injury team at Exchange Chambers, and is regularly instructed in high-value claims compensation for catastrophically injured claimants. The team, which has strength in depth at all levels, handles high-value, complex cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, fatal accidents, industrial disease, and severe brain and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. Also among the set's silks, the 'pragmatic and considered' Gerard Martin QC specialises in brain injury and spinal injury cases for adults and children, and Louis Browne QC is noted by one client for his 'excellent interpersonal skills' and has particular experience of pain syndrome and related claims. At the junior end, Laura Gooding 'provides an approachable and prompt service with clear, understandable advice'; Christopher Barnes is considered to be 'a QC in waiting' and has a specialism in military claims for claimants, while Catherine Knowles is regularly instructed to act on behalf of government departments for injuries to service personnel, often with the claims involving substantial claims for future loss of earnings and pension.
9 St John Street
Members at 9 St John Street accept instructions from claimants and defendants alike and act for trade unions, insurers, public bodies, and private clients. Members are specialists in catastrophic injury work, industrial disease claims, and low impact and fraudulent road traffic claims. Head of chambers Christopher Kennedy QC 'is renowned for his exceptional ability in handling catastrophic injury claims'. He is currently acting for the defendant in Bennion v Conway, a catastrophic spinal injury case that raises issues about the extent to which participants in sports with an element of danger have to be protected from risk. The set has a strong bench of leading juniors such as the 'very able' Matthew Snarr who has a caseload predominantly consisting of High Court cases with a value exceeding £500,000 and up to £10m; a former law firm partner, the 'thorough' Julie-Anne Luck has an established multi-track practice covering complex issues in road traffic accidents and employers' liability claims; Philip De Berry has a broad PI practice but with a niche in historical sexual abuse claims in which he 'navigates the sensitive issues very well.'; a 'great advocate', Zoë Thompson is head of the set's travel team and has experience of cases that involve dishonesty and/or credibility issues.
Deans Court Chambers
Deans Court Chambers has 'a wealth of talent at their disposal' offering 'quality counsel who also are personable and approachable' for claimants and defendants alike. Providing 'a balanced and fair view and achieves great outcomes', Jonathan Grace acts for claimants and defendants in high value, complex cases including fatal accidents. 'Impressive to watch', Alex Taylor was instructed to represent a family following a fatal accident in which the father was killed, achieving a substantial six-figure settlement. An 'effective advocate', David Boyle has been kept busy with a diverse range of high-value claims, as well as more than 100 trials for longstanding client TUI in respect of holiday sickness claims. James Hogg is instructed in a broad spectrum of claims from road traffic accidents to industrial disease and occupational stress claims, with an emphasis on cases involving dishonest fabrication or exaggeration. He successfully represented a defendant in a claim brought on behalf of two minors; the litigation friend was found to be fundamentally dishonest. Simon McCann acted for the insurer in AXA v Masud, a £250,000 personal injury claim where the defendant was given a 16-month sentence for contempt of court having exaggerated the effects of his injury. 'Well prepared and very thorough in her approach,' Zoe Earnshaw is instructed by the defence in high-value, complex catastrophic injury claims, including those with allegations of fraud or overinflation of damages.
The personal injury team at Kings Chambers deals with brain and spinal injury cases as well as offering strategic advice to many leading insurers and large self-insured organisations. The 'down-to-earth, pragmatic and sensible' Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC acts for both claimants and defendants in cases of maximum severity or complexity and has a large portfolio of high-value cases. With an 'encyclopaedic knowledge of the law', Michael Rawlinson QC's practice covers asbestos litigation, major trauma, aviation accidents, claims arising from military life, and inquests. Gerard McDermott QC is well-respected in the field of high-value brain and spinal injury cases, as well as cross-border personal injury litigation. Among the junior ranks, Fiona Ashworth 'has unrivalled knowledge and experience when it comes to chronic pain cases'; Richard Livingston is an expert in industrial disease practice focuses almost exclusively on asbestos-related litigation; Stephen Maguire recently appeared in two cases of note: JG (A Protected Party) v Ellis and CE (A Protected Party) v The estate of Mr Jason Jones (deceased) (1) The estate of Adrian Falcon-Wilson (deceased) (2) & MIB (3). Nigel Poole QC has been appointed a Justice of the High Court and will start his new appointment on 1 October 2020.
7 Harrington Street's personal injury team is instructed by the leading law firms in the area in both the defendant and claimant space.' Able to get to the heart of the issues quickly', chambers' head of civil and catastrophic injuries Tim Grover is regularly instructed in claims involving complex issues of medical causation and high-value claims. 'Reasoned and balanced thinker' Fraser Lindsay has experience in a wide field of personal injury matters with a particular emphasis on employers’ liability, public liability, and road traffic accidents. A 'class senior junior with a silk's PI practice', Tim Wilkinson specialises in catastrophic brain, spinal cord injury, and amputation cases. 'Tenacious, but with an easy, charming style in court', former solicitor Mark Roberts works exclusively for defendants and their insurance companies in defence of fraudulent personal injury claims and associated credit hire.
Cobden House Chambers
'A friendly and down to earth set', the personal injury team at Cobden House Chambers acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in a range of matters including small claims, fast track, and multi-track matters involving major multi-million-pound litigation. In instructions of note, Richard Hartley QC, leading Lee Nowland, successfully acted for the claimant in a £10m tetraplegia claim following a road traffic accident (RTA). Marc Willems QC deals with the most serious personal injury and clinical negligence litigation and has extensive experience of claims involving foreign nationals. 'A skilled negotiator', Michael Jones specialises in group litigation and catastrophic personal injury litigation, particularly brain injury litigation. Described by one client as 'a safe pair of hands', Anthony Mazzag's claimant and defendant practice includes high-value claims arising from fatal accidents at work and RTAs.
St John's Buildings
The team at St John's Buildings deals with all aspects of personal injury and related litigation. With 'a strong belief in access to justice', Michael Redfern QC is a go-to silk for claimants suffering from either catastrophic or brain injuries. Leading Sufiyan Rana, Redfern QC successfully acted in a high-value claim for a front-seat passenger who, following a road traffic accident (RTA), suffered a moderately severe traumatic brain injury and later attempted suicide. The pair are also acting for Chris Tuson, a professional rugby league player who retired having sustained spinal injuries following an unsafe training drill. Also at the junior end, the 'robust and confident' Daniel Frieze heads the personal injury group in chambers, acting for both claimants and defendants in catastrophic injury claims. Richard Norton 'has a lovely manner with clients' and has a broad practice covering clinical negligence, personal injury, and industrial disease practitioner, but specialising in complex, expert-heavy cases. Peter Harrison has extensive knowledge of employers' liability, public liability, sports injury, and RTA claims, and holds a particular interest in product liability and motorsport-related cases. Philip Grundy is a go-to for claims involving brain injury, amputation, or para/tetraplegic cases.