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Stewarts Law LLP

9 BOND COURT, LEEDS, LS1 2JZ, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 222 0022
Fax:
Fax 0113 222 0044
Email:
Web:
www.stewartslaw.com
Leeds, London

Ben Townsend

Tel:
Work 0113 222 0022
Email:
Stewarts Law LLP

Work Department

Personal Injury

Position

Partner in the Personal Injury department. Ben specialises in brain and spinal cord injury claims. 

Expertise
Ben advises on high-value personal injury claims, particularly brain and spinal cord injuries, including claims with an international element. He has experience of equestrian cases, as well as burn and amputation injuries.

Experience
Ben has acted in many brain and spinal cord injury claims, including accidents abroad. He has supervised fee earners conducting many more. His highlights include achieving multimillion pound settlements resulting from a range of types of accidents, including road traffic accidents and accidents at work.

Recognition
Ben has been ranked in a leading legal directory where they commented that he is “always on top of every last detail of his case” and that he “is phenomenal, leaves no stone unturned, and is dedicated and hard-working”.

Publications
Ben has given many talks about personal injury and related topics to organisations such as Headway UK, the Office of the Official Solicitor, BIRT and Barchester Homes. He has been published in the Solicitors Journal.

Career

Trained Armstrong Foulkes, Middlesbrough; qualified 1997; assistant solicitor 1997-2004; senior assistant solicitor Stewarts Law 2004-05; associate solicitor 2005-06; partner 2006.

Member

Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is a founding assessor for their brain and spinal cord injury panels.

Education

Nunthorpe Comprehensive, Middlesbrough; South Park VI Form College, Middlesbrough; Warwick University (1994 LLB 2(1)); Nottingham Trent University (1996 LPC Commendation).

Leisure

Reading, music, his triplets.


London: Transport

Travel

Within: Travel

Stewarts Law LLP is the ‘best in the business’ for complex, high-value cases for those who have been seriously injured abroad; it has the ‘technical skills, the know-how and the commitment to make a real difference to any serious case’ and is ‘sympathetic, realistic and pragmatic’. It is acting for a claimant, who was 19 when he suffered a massive brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident in Jersey; and is representing a claimant who suffered multiple orthopaedic, vascular and chest injuries in an accident at work in Austria. Head of international injury Julian Chamberlayne is a ‘tenacious litigator, who is confident in his creative use of the law who runs rings around most opponents’. The ‘effervescentScott Rigby’s ‘lively enthusiasm wins over clients and opponents alike, facilitating settlement where others might struggle’. Senior associate Christopher Deacon is a ‘superb travel lawyer; he is knowledgeable, tenacious, compassionate and intellectually astute’. Head of aviation James Healy-Pratt is ‘quite simply brilliant; his understanding of multi-jurisdictional law, his ability to deliver challenging issues in a kind and patient manner, his understanding of the coronial system and his brilliant strategic overview give his clients the confidence to know that he really is fighting their corner’. The aviation team acts for pilots and passengers, and their families, who are involved in aviation accidents and aviation disasters worldwide, often involving multi-jurisdictional litigation. Sarah Stewart is ‘extremely good with clients who have suffered losses in aviation disasters; they have complete confidence in her’; and Peter Neenan has an ‘incredible forensic mind and an eye for detail’ and is ‘fantastic on aviation-related cases’. Daniel Herman leads the Leeds-based personal injury team which also features Ben Townsend.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Ben Townsend - Stewarts Law LLP

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Highlighted as 'true specialists in personal injury matters' Stewarts Law LLP Leeds is described as 'the pre-eminent firm for catastrophic injury claims'. The team handles fatalities, brain and other serious injuries, with 'particular expertise in dealing with spinal cord injuries'. 'Highly knowledgeable' and 'frighteningly intelligent' practice head Daniel Herman  is 'a formidable opponent, but puts clients at ease'; he led representation of six claimants based in India following a minibus crash in England, which resulted in one fatality and five individuals sustaining serious injuries including spinal cord and brain injuries. In this complex cross-border matter, the team successfully argued for a discount rate of -5% rather than 2.5%, achieving a substantial result for clients. The team's other key partners, Warren Maxwell - who is singled out for his 'charm, sheer tenacity and attention to detail' - and 'master tactician' Ben Townsend, have specialisms in employer and occupiers liability cases and brain injury claims respectively. Senior associate Rebecca Hill is also a key name to note.

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