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Mr Louis Browne KC
Commercial; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence
Louis is an experienced and well known civil practitioner, who has wide-ranging experience in commercial, employment, personal injury and public law.
In the personal injury field he acts predominately for defendants, including several local authorities and registered social landlords in very high value personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has represented the Home Office at trials brought by Prisoners claiming damages for psychiatric injury allegedly caused by Prison Officers contending that the Home Office were vicariously liable and alleging misfeasance in public office. Louis has also acted for and against government bodies including the Ministry of Defence in high value personal injury actions. These include bullying and historic sexual abuse claims.
Louis has extensive experience in all areas of public law/judicial review. He frequently acts on behalf of claimants and defendants in the administrative court. His particular areas of specialism are human rights based challenges in the context of community care, immigration, education and mental health.
Louis has a particular interest in professional negligence actions against construction professional’s e.g. architects and surveyors.
Called 1988; Silk 2017; Recorder
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Professional Negligence Bar Association
- First Class Honours Degree, Law
- Postgraduate Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law, Balliol College, Oxford
Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Administrative and public law (including civil liberties and human rights)(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1
Exchange Chambers’ members have substantial expertise in handling judicial review claims before the Administrative Court, acting for both claimants and defendants. Its clients include government departments, local authorities, regulated bodies, private care providers, and private litigants. Police disciplinary work is also an area of focus for the set. Public law and judicial review expert Louis Browne KC acted for Liverpool City Council in the first case to consider the scope of statutory provisions concerning the grant of indemnity for serving members of Council. Brynmor Adams acts exclusively for public authorities, which is demonstrated in his involvement in R (on the application of the Governing Body of X) v Ofsted, a case concerning a local authority controlled school applying for a High Court injunction to restrain publication of a critical inspection report. David Sandiford is also a key name in defending police officers in civil claims.
The members of Exchange Chambers are highly adept in advising private individuals and companies on GDPR matters and claims regarding the Freedom of Information Act, as well as group actions involving data breaches. Louis Browne KC handles significant data breach claims for individuals and companies where third parties have breached personal and sensitive data, and he has previously advised the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Of recent note is Browne’s instruction on a group claim against Ticketmaster following a significant data breach in June 2018.
Exchange Chambers has been praised as a ‘superb set‘ and its members represent a wide range of individuals and groups, including trade unions, clinical practitioners, government bodies, and members of the police force and emergency services. Key areas of expertise for the department include inquests and inquiries relating to deaths in police and prison custody as well as in psychiatric institutions, and fatal accidents at work. Louis Browne KC has substantial experience acting for families and public sector clients and is involved in both the Grenfell and Manchester Arena Inquiries. The set is also home to David Sandiford , who receives frequent instructions from the Government Legal Department.
Exchange Chambers is ‘very highly regarded in claimant personal injury work’ . The set’s members undertake a wide variety of cases, including fatal accidents, industrial disease, server brain injuries and catastrophic spinal cord injuries. William Waldron KC is deputy head of chambers and he, Gerard Martin KC and Louis Browne KC are all highly experienced in handling catastrophic brain and spine injury claims. Laura Gooding and Christopher Barnes KC have particular expertise in military claims, as does David Knifton KC who acts regularly for claimants in catastrophic injury claims. The set also houses Catherine Knowles, who primarily represents defendants in high-value multi-track claims.