Personal injury in Regional Bar
Doughty Street Chambers' personal injury team in Bristol has recently been strengthened following the arrival of Andreá Risoli from Old Square Chambers. Risoli has a particular focus on high-value claims involving complex medical causation issues and is regularly instructed in cases involving catastrophic injuries and high-value fatal accidents. In recent work of note, he successfully acted for a 39-year-old claimant who suffered lower-limb fracture injuries and a wrist fracture in a road traffic accident; a £900,000 settlement was achieved on the basis of future needs against background ageing and loss of potential self-employment earnings.
KBG Chambers' personal injury team includes Thomas Challacombe who has a varied personal injury practice that regularly sees him instructed on high-value and complex claims. In the past 12 months Challacombe has acted in a number of fatal and catastrophic road traffic accidents, and also undertaken various public and employer liability claims. He is recognised by one client for his 'attention to detail' and 'willingness to accept instructions in difficult matters at the last minute'.
The personal injury team at Pump Court Chambers provides representation across the full spectrum of issues in the field, from infant settlements to complex multi-party litigation. Head of the practice at the set, Adam Gadd specialises in all types of personal injury litigation and appears on behalf of both claimants and defendants, often in cases where allegations of fraud have been pleaded; Gadd has also been involved in cases before the Court of Appeal. Kevin Haven is another key name to note at the set.
Queen Square Chambers
Queen Square Chambers is described as 'a very friendly and approachable set with good depth in numbers and quality practitioners'. An accredited mediator, Joanna Lewis' caseload includes complex high-value workplace accidents, product liability, industrial disease claims, catastrophic road traffic accidents, factitious injury, fatal accidents, and cases involving pain disorders, amongst others. She recently successfully acted for a claimant who received severe scarring and nerve damage to his arm, as well as PTSD, after a glass window from multi-storey building fell on him. Lauren Seager is another key name to note at the set.
Led by the 'impressive' Emma Zeb, the personal injury team at St John's Chambers is home to a number of notable barristers. The 'dependable' Andrew Mclaughlin was recently instructed in a case that settled for the highest ever periodical payments order (PPO): £950,000 per annum, plus a lump sum of £3.1m. Ben Handy is 'excellent to work with' according to one client and has acted in several seven-figure injury claims in the past year. Matthew White is 'exceptionally user-friendly' and advises on and litigates all areas of personal injury work with particular interests in highway claims, occupational illness litigation, pain conditions, and accidents at work.
The personal injury team at Guildhall Chambers provides high-standard advisory and advocacy services for both claimants and defendants nationwide. Instructions received vary from multi-million-pound catastrophic claims down to less complex claims. Gabriel Farmer has a 'forensic grasp of detail' and enjoys a mixed claimant/defendant, senior-junior caseload in the band of £100k-£2M. With a 'fantastic eye for detail', James Bentley is instructed by both claimants and defendants in high-end fast-track and multi-track matters. His caseload covers all areas of negligence, but is particularly sought after for advice and representation in public liability claims. Dr Daniel Neill is particularly sought after for cases involving fundamental dishonesty.
Old Square Chambers has both a claimant and defendant presence and acts for numerous clients in all forms of personal injury enabling it to service advocacy and advisory work, nationwide. Charlie Woodhouse has particular expertise in acting for defendants with chronic pain and mild traumatic brain injury claims and in acting for members of the armed services. Christopher Walker heads the practice and was recently instructed in a multi-million-pound claim in which a motorcyclist injured in a road traffic accident suffered paraplegia from his upper chest down. Kara Loraine regularly acts in complex and high-value multi-track claims in the High Court and County Court. The 'fantastic' Sophie Beesley is often instructed in high-profile, sensitive inquests and civil claims , and she is praised for her client handling skils: 'She really empathises with their situation and puts them at ease which means she often gets the best out of them'.
'A leader in his field', Mark Lomas is a key member of the personal injury team at 3PB. Lomas has a particular interest in catastrophic injury claims involving both traumatic brain injury and spinal injury and also in fatal accident claims. Michelle Marnham is another key member of the team and has a particular interest in CRPS cases, while Duncan McNair has particular expertise in employers' liability, specifically cases involving accidents at work. Luke Ashby deals with life-changing injuries and fatal accidents and has a specialist counter-fraud practice. As a whole, the team provides advice to both defendant and claimant clients in all aspects of personal injury litigation, with cases ranging from the simplest to the most complex.