John Browne > Slater and Gordon > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Slater and Gordon
CF10 3GA

Work Department

Personl Injury: Industrial Disease


John is a Principal Lawyer and the Head of Industrial Disease at Slater and Gordon in Cardiff. He specialises in claims concerning disease and represents a number of trade unions and is an expert in asbestos related cases and other respiratory complaints.

John has successfully run group and class actions to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court of England and Wales. He has also brought specific and novel points of law to the High Court and Supreme Court Judiciary for consideration.


John joined Leo Abse and Cohen in 1994 and became a Principal Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in 2015.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

(Leading individuals: Personal Injury: Claimant)

John BrowneSlater and Gordon

‘Very knowledgeable and well practised in the industry’, Slater and Gordon has a strong grounding in handling personal injury and clinical negligence matters and is ‘unafraid to litigate difficult cases to trial’. A ‘first-class lawyer in every respect’Yvonne Agnew spearheads the firm’s clinical negligence offering which has wide-ranging expertise in handling cases, including those of the utmost severity. The team is also able to undertake cases for those lacking the financial means, by virtue of its Legal Aid franchise; in addition it is also able to assist those lacking the mental capacity through the provision of its in-house Court of Protection service. Able to draw from a ‘large knowledge base of specialist clinical negligence matters’, Julia Reynolds manages the catastrophic injury team and has particular expertise representing clients in obstetric cases and those involving paediatric brain damage. Lorraine O’Brien is ‘very pleasant to work with and experienced in handling difficult cases’, including on behalf of the firm’s large roster of union clients. At an associate level, Lara Bennett is ‘well-suited to handling high-value cases’, including birth injury claims, fatal accident issues and amputation claims, and the ‘hardworking and caring’ Kelly LLoyd Davies is ‘forthright and dedicated‘. On the personal injury front, Andrew Owen heads up the serious injury team, which regularly handles brain and spinal injury cases and is also well-regarded for handling claims brought under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority. The office is also well-versed in handling occupational disease matters, including as it relates to industrial disease, an area that John Browne is particularly accomplished. Nicholas Collins is also recommended.