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Marc Willems QC

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Cobden House Chambers (Chambers of Richard Hartley QC)


Marc is a civil practitioner with a busy paper and court practice. He specialises in serious personal injury, with considerable experience of acquired brain damage claims, clinical negligence, fatal accident claims, contractual disputes, consumer credit, and insurance and regulatory law, including HSE prosecutions. He was instructed in 2002 as junior counsel in the highest ever value sex discrimination claim brought in the employment tribunal (at that time), which achieved an award of £2.3m. His work is divided equally between claimants and defendant insurers. He regularly drafts consumer credit contracts and advises companies on their standard written terms. He has represented clients in high-profile litigation in other cases, such as Burnett v Harper, and test litigation involving credit hire, credit repair and CFA insurance (including the Hamco Liverpool test cases and the LDH Medway test cases). In personal injury and clinical negligence work he has, in recent years, concluded cases achieving judgments of £5.5m, £4.5m, £3.91m, £3.15m and £1.35m on behalf of claimants and defended a claim which was disposed of for £1.4m. Special interests: Mr Willems enjoys cases involving complex medical causation issues, detailed factual disputes and legal arguments. He regularly gives talks on his experience in litigation and on topics as diverse as consumer credit and the motor insurers’ bureau and is a significant contributor to chambers’ programme of seminars and lectures to firms of solicitors. Recent important cases: Dimond v Lovell [2000] 2 WLR 1121 (consumer credit, consequential loss and mitigation); Donachie v The Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police [2004] EWCA Civ 405 (primary victims, tort, personal injury); Tinsley v Sarkar [2004] EWCA Civ 1098 and First instance PIQR [2006] Q1 (brain injury, mental health, provision of care by state, interim payments); King v Daltry [2003] EWCA Civ 808 (costs conditions on appeal and consumer credit).


Called 1990, Lincoln’s Inn; Recorder 2004.




Personal Injuries Bar Association; Northern Circuit Commercial Bar Association; Northern Circuit Medical Law Association; Manchester and District Medico Legal Society.

Regional Bar : Northern Circuit

Personal injury and clinical negligence

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