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Chambers of Paul Russell QC

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William Featherby QC

Work 020 7583 0811
12 King's Bench Walk (Chambers of Paul Russell QC)


Barrister specialising in personal injury, medical negligence, professional negligence, insurance and reinsurance; particular expertise in catastrophic claims, brain injury claims, and claims relating to occupational and industrial disease and injury; also a specialist in complex medical issues; recent reported case: Evans v Pontypridd Roofing [2001] PIQR Q61 (Court of Appeal); Read v Edmed, The Times 13 December 2004. The bulk of William’s work is heavy personal injuries litigation, particularly trial work. He is a leader in his field and is well known in the personal injuries world. He has been noted as an effective cross-examiner in the legal press. He is featured in the personal injury section of ‘Legal Experts’ and as a leading junior for personal injury in ‘Chambers UK’ and ‘The Legal 500’. About two-thirds of William’s work is for insurance companies; the rest is for claimants, equally divided between union-backed and other work. The personal injuries work is a combination of accidents at work, industrial and occupational disease, road accidents and clinical negligence. William specialises in difficult medical issues, catastrophic injuries (especially brain damage), industrial disease (especially repetitive diseases and asbestos-related disease) and fraud. He is regularly involved in the disposal of claims involving more than £2.5m damages. William is noted for bringing teams of experts together for the efficient disposal of claims. He is regularly briefed to appear against silks. William is also a specialist in health and safety prosecutions. Recent cases have involved prosecutions arising out of deaths and serious accidents, leading to Crown Court trials. He is noted as an able advocate and tactician in this field. William also specialises in legal, medical and professional ethics. Recent cases include: Walton v Kirk [2009] EWHC 703, contempt of court; Kirk v Walton [2009] 1 All ER 257, contempt of court; Deadman v Bristol City Council [2007] EWCA Civ 822, stress at work; Eyres v Atkinsons Kitchens [2007] EWCA 365, falling asleep at the wheel; Van Wees v Karkour [2007] EWCA 165, brain damage, very large claim for loss of earnings.


Called 1978; silk 2008; before joining 12 King’s Bench Walk practised in the US; former member, Professional Conduct Committee of the Bar Council; appointed recorder SE Circuit 2008; member of the Civil Procedure Rules Committee.




London Common Law Bar Association; PIBA; South Eastern Circuit.


Trinity College, Oxford (MA Law).

London Bar

Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

Within: Insurance fraud – Leading silks

William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkUndoubted leader in the field.

Within: Personal injury – Leading silks

William Featherby QC - 12 King's Bench WalkParticularly excellent.

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