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Stephen Killalea KC has had one of the leading catastrophic brain and spinal injury practices for over the past decade. Specialising in contentious liability cases and the most complex and high value personal injury cases. Steve’s practice is throughout England and Wales and he has Chambers in London and Manchester. An innovative approach to a PPO (adopting the approach of an old-fashioned bottom-up structure) in 2019 led to an approved annual award of £950,000 plus a substantial capital sum (ATX (a Child by her Litigation Friend ATY) v CRS & DPS). Also extensive experience of accidents abroad. Substantial early criminal background (prosecution and defence) has led into Health and Safety prosecutions, actions against the police, and representation at the most difficult inquests.

For more information on Steve’s practice and latest case highlights, please visit his full Devereux profile.


Called to the Bar 1981. QC 2006. Bencher Middle Temple 2012. Advanced advocacy trainer (Middle Temple and international).

Publications: Co-author “Health and Safety: The Modern Legal Framework” (2nd edition) Butterworths 2000. Various contributions to other publications and published books.


Personal Injuries Bar Association. Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.


Sheffield University (LLB).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Stephen Killalea KCDevereuxStephen is outstanding; his down-to-earth nature does not detract from his tremendous authority. He is one of the top silks in the field.’

The personal injury team at Devereux is described as a ‘super set of chambers with a large depth of knowledge’. The ‘razor sharp’ Stephen Killalea KC continues to excel in the field, with consistently impressive work on high-value catastrophic cases, particularly those caused by road traffic accidents. In addition, junior Colin Mendoza is consistently involved in high-quality, independently-led work in high-value cases of serious injury. Notably, he is assisting on quantum in a claim against the event governing body brought by a marshal at a motocross event at Weymouth Beach who, whilst assisting a fallen rider, was hit by the second defendant’s motorcycle after he had ignored yellow flags and took the jump at full speed, landing on the claimant’s head, which resulted in brain damage. Stephen Cottrell , who is frequently led by top-tier silks on the most complex of matters, and Jonathan Butters , who has a developing specialism in mesothelioma matters, both warrant particular recognition also.