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Clive Garner

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Partner in the personal injury division and head of Irwin Mitchell’s international personal injury, product liability and aviation law teams. Clive specialises in acting for the victims of severe brain and spinal injury arising overseas and in complex fatal accident and mass tort claims arising in the UK and overseas following aviation, marine, road traffic or other incidents. Clive has successfully represented thousands of victims in more than 300 group actions arising in numerous countries around the world. He has also acted in several precedent setting cases both in England and overseas and has won record awards of damages for a number of clients and for the families of those killed in fatal accidents. Author of several published articles and a contributor to several legal textbooks on international personal injury. Clive has chaired numerous international events and has regularly presented at International conferences and conventions across Europe and the US. He has been consulted on law reform issues by the European Parliament and the European Commission, The Law Society, The Consumers Association and the Ministry of Justice. He is a regular commentator in the media. Winner of the Birmingham Law Society ‘International Lawyer Of The Year 2013’.


Trained Irwin Mitchell 1990; qualified 1992; partner 1997.


UK Governor of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), member of AAJ International Relations Committee and past chairman of its International Practice Section; secretary and executive board member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL); fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies; member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA); past executive board member of the Institute of European Traffic Law (IETL); member of the Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association (TATLA); member of the British Spanish Lawyers Association.


Kingston University 1985-1988 (LLB); University of Manchester 1989 (MA); Nottingham Law School 1997 (LLM).


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London: Insurance

Product liability: claimant

Within: Product liability: claimant

Irwin Mitchell  is ‘a leading firm in product liability claims and not afraid to take on large group actions’. In Sheffield, Sallie Booth  ‘is an excellent solicitor’ who is ‘not afraid to challenge the established way of doing things when this is in her clients’ interests.’ Booth has brought proceedings against manufacturers from Canada, Scotland and various other jurisdictions for a number of claimants relating to transvaginal mesh, which allegedly caused serious injuries, including soft tissue erosion, severe pain and perforation to surrounding organs. Also in Sheffield, partner Tim Annett  – who is praised as ‘practical and thorough in his approach to cases’– leads the product liability team and is acting alongside Booth in claims related to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth. Solicitor Matthew Newbould  is also working on the DePuy group action, and continues to act for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Clive Garner splits his time between London and Birmingham and is national head of the personal injury and product liability department.

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London: Transport


Within: Leading individuals

Clive Garner - 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


Within: Leading individuals

Clive Garner  - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Transport

Irwin Mitchell  focuses on high profile personal injury incidents that occur across all areas of transport. Clive Garner  heads the practice and is known for working on international injuries suffered by British citizens. He represented 12 claimants affected by the Costa Concordia cruise disaster that occurred in 2012, including passengers and employees that were present during the incident.

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West Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

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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