Chris McKinney > Shoosmiths LLP > Northampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Shoosmiths LLP
Bedford Road

Work Department

Personal Injury - CAT team.


I have been undertaking personal injury claims for more than 30 years and only act for the victims of accidents. I act for individuals who have suffered life changing injuries.

I provide support to my clients and their families from my first instruction to the end of their claim making sure I am available and accessible to them and to promote and maximise their recovery by arranging suitable rehabilitation and treatment.

Most of my instructions come from personal referrals from existing and former clients and other professionals. I adopt a sensible, realistic and pragmatic approach in my dealings with other parties and will engage with them to ensure individual claims are progressed to early settlement.

I am a member of the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway Panel and the Professional Negligence Association.

Brain injury

I have a particular interest and specialism in brain injury claims and have won numerous £ million compensation claims for the victims of such accidents, and several multi-million pound claims.

I am a member of the Headway Panel, a trustee and company secretary of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Headway, and Company Secretary and steering Committee member of the Northampton Acquired Brain Injury Forum.

Spinal injury

I have an expertise in spinal injury cases and have acted for clients who have suffered both quadriplegic and paraplegic injuries, and have negotiated settlement of claims both on a lump sum and annual payments basis.

Amputation injuries

I have undertaken many claims for inured people who have suffered amputation injuries and catastrophic injuries that have resulted in surgical amputations.


I carry out much of my own advocacy, and regularly appear as an advocate in inquests and in the county and High Court.


“My Solicitor has been brilliant from the beginning through to the end.  He helped and guided me through the many ups and downs of a 5 1/2 year compensation claim which was extremely stressful.  Nothing ever seemed too difficult, no question was ever deemed to be too trivial, deadlines were always met well in advance, and every stage, however complicated and confusing, was handled professionally but also compassionately.” (Sally Francis)

“The situation I have been involved in has been overwhelming and having such good support from Mr McKinney was the stability I needed and guidance” (Michelle Aveyard)

“Exceptional service, knowledge, approachability. Professionalism of the highest order” (Wayne Smith).

“From the initial meeting to discuss my case I felt that I was being dealt with as a person rather than a reference number. All queries I had were answered promptly and thoroughly I would have no hesitation in recommending Shoosmiths” (Will Stephens)

“Thank you for everything you have done for me over the last few years. You made a stressful time feel easy to understand” (John Quinn).

Chambers 2018

Christopher McKinney wins plaudits for his “excellent professional integrity” and is known for his work in brain, spinal and amputee claims. According to his clients, “he inspires confidence through his expertise and ability to manage cases in a way that gives the least stress possible. He is able to totally understand clients ‘needs and how best to communicate them.

Chambers 2019

Christopher McKinney focuses his practice on catastrophic injuries, covering brain injury, spinal injury and amputation cases. A client notes: “He’s just been brilliant throughout the whole process; he’s very easy to talk to, offering us very good, independent advice and letting us make our own decisions while letting us know what the consequences might be.”

Legal 500 2018Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team provides ‘exceptional’ advice and ‘second-to-none expertise’ with a ‘personal touch’. Chris McKinney ‘instils confidence’.

Legal 500 2019

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘fantastic’ team provides ‘first-class service’ in both personal injury and clinical negligence. The key quartet includes Northampton practice heads Chris McKinney.


I qualified as a solicitor in 1984. I joined  Shoosmiths in July 2010. I was previously a partner at Ironsides and Nelsons Solicitors.


I am a member of the Spinal Injuries Association, Headway Panel and the Professional Negligence Association.

Lawyer Rankings

East Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Shoosmiths LLP have a reputation as ‘industry leaders in client care‘ with clients praising the ‘reliability, honesty and top-of-the-market expertise‘. Other departments of the firm, such as Court of Protection, family and wealth management, assist to offer a holistic service to clients. Christopher McKinney heads the personal injury team nationally and ‘amazing‘ and ‘supportive solicitorSharine Burgess heads the Northampton office. Burgess specialises in high value claims, including psychiatric illness and sexual abuse. Birth injury and cauda equina case specialist Andrea Rusbridge ‘fights hard for all her clients‘ and heads the clinical negligence team.

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Shoosmiths LLP has a large, experienced and well-established clinical negligence team under the leadership of the ‘very impressivePhil Barnes. It has a varied case load of high-value and complex claims with particular expertise in birth and spinal injuries as well as amputations. It also deals with fatal claims and associated secondary victim claims and represents its clients at inquests. Kashmir Uppal has particular expertise in dealing with claims against ‘rogue surgeons’ and managing multi-party actions. Nicholas Tubb is vastly experienced in surgical errors, spinal and brain injuries as well as complex birth injury cases. London-based Richard Follis is also recommended. Principal associate Richard Bannister works on a range of complex cases and is an accredited CEDR mediator. The personal injury team works closely with its clinical negligence team. Head of team Chris McKinney specialises in spinal and brain injury cases as well as amputation claims and is developing a reputation for his work on claims involving novel areas of personal injury law. Senior associate Kate Price-Marson frequently helps claimants where the defendant cannot be traced or there is a company that is no longer trading.