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Chambers of Oliver Segal KC
Old Square Chambers
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Work Department

Personal injury, clinical negligence.


Charlie specialises in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests.

He has enormous experience acting for Claimants and Defendants predominantly in high value and serious or fatal injury cases arising from road traffic, industrial and other accidents. His caseload includes accidents resulting in brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and cases involving contested mental capacity. Charlie has a particularly strong reputation acting in claims by members of the armed forces and for acting for insurers in cases involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Pain and associated disorders, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Functional Neurological Disorder. 

He has considerable experience of claims that arise out of accidents, often fatal, involving industrial machinery including cranes, trains and other engineering equipment in which Charlie is regularly instructed to act at inquest and in civil proceedings. 

He has considerable experience in clinical negligence acting at inquest and in civil proceedings in a wide range of clinical accident claims including fatal accident claims, obstetric negligence claims and claims arising from delayed diagnoses.



Called 1997; Bridewell Chambers; Old Square Chambers 2005-present; he regularly lectures on procedural and substantive matters.

Publications of note:
Charlie is a contributor to Munkmari on Employers Liability.


London School of Economics (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Personal injury, industrial disease and insurance fraud

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Woodhouse KCOld Square Chambers

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Woodhouse KCOld Square ChambersHe has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe.

The personal injury set at Old Square Chambers is renowned for its ‘talent in the personal injury field’. Recent developments amidst the team include the 2022 appointment to silk of Charles Woodhouse KC, and the continued impressive caseloads of Paul Rose KC and Ben Collins KC respectively. At the junior end, Kara Loraine has been led on matters including the ongoing £33m High Court case of Mathieu v Aviva, wherein she is acting for an art student who suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by a moped in 2015 but went on to become a successful contemporary artist; discussions include whether provisional damages can be awarded for the risk of developing dementia and on the taxation of damages for a claimant residing abroad claiming for the onset of later illness. In addition, Adam Samuel is notable for his representation of high-profile defendant insurers on multi-million-pound matters, including Galvin v Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, wherein the claimant policeman was seeking damages against the force for injuries suffered whilst he pursued a suspected thief, and his proceeding retirement from front line duties in the force – the claim was dismissed in full.

London Bar > Clinical negligence

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Woodhouse KCOld Square Chambers

Old Square Chambers has a strong reputation for its clinical negligence ‘expertise’ and its ‘strength-in-depth’ in the field. Ben Collins KC continues to act on impressive matters, including the high-profile blood inquiry case of McLean v Secretary of State for Health and the dental cases of Hughes v Rattan and Pawley v Whitecross Dental, which established that patients have the right to sue dental practices, not just individual dentists. Junior Sophie Beesley  is developing a specialism in complex brain, birth and psychiatric injury work. Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in the 2022 round.

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(2022 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Charles Woodhouse KCOld Square Chambers

At Old Square Chambers, the personal injury team continues to handle a wide range of defendant and claimant work. Toby Kempster counts claimant-based instructions as a key strength, with notable expertise in high-value fatal accident claims, employer’s liability cases and occupational disease claims. Sophie Beesley is regularly instructed in road traffic accident claims, as well as employer’s and occupier’s liability claims. Kara Loraine is a key name for representing defendants and claimants in complex multi-track claims. In recent news for the set, Charles Woodhouse KC took silk in March 2022 and Daniel Neill joined from Guildhall Chambers in May 2022.