Mr David Knifton QC > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC > Liverpool, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC
Exchange Chambers
L2 9XX

Work Department

Personal Injury


David practises exclusively in high-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases, primarily on behalf of claimants. He is recommended as a leader in those fields by both Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500. He will generally only accept new instructions in cases with a value in excess of £1m, and typically achieves settlements each year totalling over £20m.

His personal injury practice covers the following areas:

  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Claims for loss of a limb
  • Other catastrophic injuries

Described by the Head of PI at a major UK firm as “a terrific advocate with a great natural bedside manner”, and by a partner at another leading firm as “simply excellent”, solicitors consistently praise his superb advocacy, thorough preparation, attention to detail, approachable and accommodating nature, clear and well-reasoned advice, excellent negotiation skills, and great empathy with lay clients, whom he involves in every part of the litigation process. Chambers & Partners describes him as “technically excellent…He has a keen eye for detail and gets excellent results”, whilst The Legal 500 describes him as “thorough, quick and tactically astute.”

He has a particular interest in difficult liability issues, such as failures to wear seatbelts or cycle helmets, claims brought by injured servicemen against the MOD, claims arising from aircraft accidents, and claims arising from historic sexual and physical abuse.

He has extensive experience of drafting complex Schedules of Loss in high-value claims, and invariably produces a spreadsheet indicating settlement parameters for any joint settlement meeting, providing the client with clear advice to enable them to make difficult decisions. His experience and proven track record in negotiations consistently leads to outstanding results.


Called 1986; Silk 2018; Recorder 2002; Accredited Mediator 2006.


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Northern Circuit Medico-Legal Association


  • LLB (Hons), University of Nottingham (Class II.i, 1985)
  • Inner Temple, Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Scholarship

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 1

David Knifton QCExchange ChambersA true claimant specialist who is determined to fight for clients.

Exchange Chambers houses a large number of specialist personal injury counsel, across both the senior and junior ranks. A notable niche at the firm is the defense of claims brought against  the military, an area in which William Waldron QC and Louis Browne QC have thriving practices. Christopher Barnes represented former heptathlete Serita Shone in a claim against British Bobsleigh concerning an injury suffered in her first training run as a bobsledder. David Knifton QC co-led the case for the claimant in the Supreme Court in Lewis v Tindale and MIB, which concerned the liability of the Motor Insurers’ Bureau for incidents involving uninsured vehicles on private land; in this instance an elderly farmer ran over a man he believed to be scrap metal thief, causing the claimant to break his neck.