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Philip Banks

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Irwin Mitchell

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Personal legal services.


Heads a team within Irwin Mitchell’s international travel litigation group, acting for clients who have been injured in accidents whilst they are travelling or working abroad or for foreign nationals who have accidents in the UK. Specialises in acting for victims of severe brain and spinal injury in complex cases arising from aviation, maritime and road-traffic accidents overseas. Has acted for clients who have successfully pursued claims in over 30 different jurisdictions. Committed to obtaining the rehabilitation that clients need and has secured considerable interim payments from both foreign and UK-based insurers to fund rehabilitation packages.


Trained Jones & Co, qualified 1997; Geffens 1997-98; Blythe Liggins 1998-2000; joined Irwin Mitchell 2000, partner 2008.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyer (APIL); Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL); Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association (TATLA); committee member PEOPIL.


King Edward VI Grammar School, Retford; Reading University (BA); Nottingham Law School (CPE and LPC).


Most sports, travel, music, reading, food and wine.

London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Philip Banks - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Travel

Irwin Mitchell is ‘one of the pre-eminent firms’ for claimant travel personal injury work. Headline work includes representing the families of two BP employees in civil claims following the hostage-taking and death of 40 men in a terror attack at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in 2013; representing 12 claimants who significant psychological injuries in the Costa Concordia Cruise disaster of 2012; and representing almost 100 claimants in a group action against Thomas Cook Tour Operations regarding gastrointestinal illnesses suffered during holidays taken in Zante, Greece in 2016. International personal injury department head Clive Garner is the ‘godfather of international travel litigation’. He is recommended alongside Philip Banks, who is ‘calm, very knowledgeable and fearless’; Demetrius Danas, who has an ‘encyclopaedic knowledge of international personal injury law, is a master tactician and is never outmanoeuvred’; Amandeep Dhillon, who is an ‘excellent leader and achieves outstanding results’; and Suki Chhokar, who heads the group actions illness team. Elizabeth Tetzner and Jennifer Lund are also key figures, as is senior associate Simon Prew, who specialises in claims from illnesses abroad.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

For some, Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham is 'without doubt the pre-eminent personal injury firm'. Managing partner Stuart Henderson leads the personal injury division and has extensive experience in handling brain and spinal cord injuries. Stephen Nye heads the serious injury team and is 'a tough operator' and 'a great man to have in your corner'. Hilary Wetherell has a particular focus on brain injury and lack of capacity cases. Clive Garner has 'a well-deserved and leading reputation as one of the foremost international personal injury lawyers in the country'. He advised a number of claimants who suffered physical and psychological injuries from being involved in the Costa Concordia Cruise disaster of 2012. Philip Banks also works on international claims and is 'a calm and wise head in the most difficult and complex cases'. Public health specialist Amandeep Dhillon is 'a genuinely creative lawyer who thinks outside the box' and recently represented a widower whose wife died from consuming contaminated food at The White Horse restaurant in London. Another key figure is the healthcare-focused Luke Daniels , who  is 'very senior', 'very experienced' and 'completely unphased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases'. Suki Chhokar, Alida Coates, Satinder Bains and Elizabeth Tetzner are also recommended.

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