Ben Priestley > Serious Law LLP > Bolton, England > Lawyer Profile

Serious Law LLP
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Catastrophic injury / Major Trauma


Ben is a solicitor and partner at Serious Law. He has been responsible for many for the firm’s most complex and high value cases and has represented numerous adults and children in cases involving, brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation, cerebral palsy, other serious injuries and fatal accidents. Ben’s focus is always rehabilitation and support for his clients together with ensuring they achieve the best possible outcome in their claim. He regularly concludes multi-million pound settlements on behalf of his clients, usually involving a lump sum of damages combined with periodic payments. Many of his cases involve pedestrians (often children), being struck by vehicles leading to catastrophic injuries, but he has also acted in many clinical negligence cases including nursing negligence; mismanaged delivery leading to cerebral palsy; neonatal hypoglycaemia and negligently performed spinal surgery, leading to paralysis. Ben also receives instructions in cases where a previous serious injury claim has been under-settled by the client’s former solicitors. He also acts in criminal injuries compensation claims – including the successful appeal of a previous award resulting in a maximum award available under the scheme.


Trained at Serious Law and qualified in 2003. Partner in 2010. Member of Headway. Panel solicitor for BASIC, (The Brain and Spinal Injury Centre). Leads Serious Law’s relationship with various NHS Trusts, to provide expert legal advice to individuals who have suffered major trauma.

Ben was invited to join the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors in early 2021.


University of Manchester (BA Hons, Government and Law, 2:1); Chester College of Law (Legal Practice Course).

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Leading individuals: Personal Injury)

Ben PriestleySerious Law LLP

Bolton-based Serious Law LLP specialises exclusively in serious personal injury cases. The practice has a strong record in spinal, brain, and other catastrophic injury claims, and is particularly recommended for complex liability cases. Ben Priestley jointly heads the department with Tim Walters, who also heads the Court of Protection team. Jonathan Syddall is noted for his experience in fatal accidents and amputations.