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John Caddies

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Hill Dickinson LLP


Head of our Marine PI and Regulatory, John worked with the previous head of department, Maria Pittordis, for 28 years and has taken over the role as a result of her sad passing. 

Specialising in high-value, complex personal injury and industrial disease claims, John joined the firm in 1988 and has dealt with complex and high-value employers' liability and public liability personal injury claims for over 25 years, varying from athletes to divers. 

A marine and transport claims' specialist, he regularly visits ports and attends onboard vessels to carry out immediate post-accident investigations, liaising with the HSE, MAIB, MCA and the police, and advising in relation to both the consequent criminal prosecutions as well as the civil claims. John has significant expertise in dealing with fatal claims, psychiatric injuries and multi-party litigation in the “BOWBELLE”/“MARCHIONESS” and “COSTA CONCORDIA” litigation, and leads a team with extensive experience in GI, legionella, norovirus and sexual assault claims.

John also has specific expertise in dealing with industrial disease claims, particularly asbestos, asthma, vibration white finger and stress at work and argued the only successful date of knowledge defence for ship owners in the reported case of G Smith (deceased) -v- P&O Bulk Shipping Limited.

He regularly lectures and provides training to clients both in the UK and Europe on both personal injury and industrial disease claims.


Trained Hill Taylor Dickinson; qualified 1990; associate 1995; partner 1999; joined Hill Dickinson on merger 2006.


Law Society.


Silcoates School, Wakefield; Newcastle University (1987 LLB Hons 2(1)); College of Law, Guildford (1988 solicitors’ finals).


Tennis, golf, family.

London: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant

Within: Personal injury: defendant

Hill Dickinson LLP is singled out for its expertise in handling cases involving crew and passenger accidents, sexual assault, class actions and fatalities throughout the marine sector. Clients include DFDS, P&O Ferries, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. The firm is also on the BP Shipping and RSA Marine panels. Other areas of expertise include aviation, offshore and general travel. John Caddies heads the marine personal injury and regulatory practice and specialises in cases involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries, class actions, legionella, stress and asbestos claims. Other key individuals include Laura Dobbs, who has a track record of handling cases involving sexual assault, class action gastric illness and fatal accidents. Joanna Kolatsis left the firm to establish a legal consultancy business.

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London: Transport


Within: Travel

Hill Dickinson LLP handles a range of regulatory, commercial and personal injury matters for travel sector clients, with particular expertise across cruise, ferry, aviation, hotels, travel operator and ports matters. Headline work included advising a French-based company on a JV arrangement with a well-known hotel group for the sale of package holidays to the UK market; advising a US-based cruise business in relation to the on-board sale of future cruises and the regulatory implications; and advising Ocean Holidays on software and licensing matters. Archers Tours, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Riviera Travel, Thomas Cook and Jet2 are clients.  John Caddies heads the travel personal injury and regulatory department and is active on defendant personal injury matters. Legal consultant Javed Ali and associate Lucy Schofield are also key members of the team. Joanna Kolatsis left the firm to establish her own legal consultancy business

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