Andrew Axon > Chambers of Christopher Williams > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Christopher Williams
Parklane Plowden
19 WESTGATE
LEEDS
LS1 2RD
England

Work Department

Andrew Axon is a barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers who specialises in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Inquests & Fatal Accidents, Public & Admin Law and Military Claims.

Position

Andrew is “An intellectual heavyweight” [Legal 500, 2017] specialising in high-value personal injury and clinical negligence cases of the utmost complexity. Described by clients as “my absolute go-to” he is “very polished, very charming and is very well respected by clients” [Chambers & Partners, 2018].

His expertise and quality of practice is reflected by the fact that he is the only Junior Barrister on the North Eastern Circuit who is ranked in Band 1 of Chambers & Partners 2018 for both personal injury and clinical negligence.

Andrew is instructed by many of the UK’s leading injury and clinical negligence lawyers, undertaking both Claimant and Defendant work. As one client puts it, “He ticks every box, he really does. If you’ve got a difficult case, he seems to iron it all out for you. He’s phenomenal” [Chambers & Partners 2016].

During his career he has honed his ability to grasp complex issues in the most difficult of cases including those involving serious brain injury; paraplegia; tetraplegia; severe birth trauma; diabetes and bowel injuries.  “He is carrying out very senior work and I would consider him for cases where I might otherwise instruct a QC” [Chambers & Partners, 2017].

As Head of Chambers between 2012-2016 Andrew demonstrated his considerable strategic vision and leadership skills by conceiving and overseeing Chambers’ radical and unique business restructure in 2015. This paved the way for Chambers to cement its reputation for commercial awareness and innovative solutions for the delivery of barrister services.

Career

Called: 1992
Head of Chambers: 2012 – 2016

Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Association for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA); Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Leeds Medico-Legal Society

Education

MA (Cantab), Magdalene College, Cambridge

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew AxonParklane PlowdenAndrew has a analytical approach to cases and is very able to grasp very complex issues and disseminate them with flair and panache. He is always willing to get his sleeves rolled up in order to find a negotiated way forward in a case and work towards a successful conclusion. His negotiation skills are exceptional and I am sure he is on the fast track to turning silk very soon.

The ‘dominantParklane Plowden is ‘exceptional and certainly head and shoulders above the majority of other sets in North East and Yorkshire‘. The ‘tactically brilliantAndrew Axon has particular expertise in representing claimants with severe brain injuries, who lack capacity and have complex rehabilitation and care needs. The ‘technically astuteRichard Copnall led the ‘razor-sharp’ Abigail Telford in Edwards v Hugh James Ford Simey, a claim under the industrial disease scheme for vibration white finger; the Supreme Court case clarified what evidence can be taken into account when determining the loss of chance of bringing a claim and how to deal with later-coming evidence. The ‘very passionateMichael Ditchfield specialises in industrial disease claims, particularly dust-based diseases, and novel issues arising as to the date of guilty knowledge and foreseeability of risk. ‘Superb with cool-headed analysis‘, Elizabeth Hodgson is a go-to counsel for employers’ liability claims and public liability claims against local authorities, as well as for limitation issues. Chambers has been strengthened following the arrival of Justin Crossley from Zenith Chambers.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Andrew AxonParklane PlowdenFocused and excellent at getting results in often challenging and complex cases. Great with clients and generally a very safe pair of hands for all types of medical negligence cases.

Parklane Plowden remains one of the stand-out sets in the region when it comes to clinical negligence work. With 39 specialist clinical negligence barristers, the team act in a broad range of cases including those involving birth injuries, failure to diagnose, and surgical negligence. The ‘focused’ Andrew Axon has over 25 years’ experience and is instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants in cases of the upmost severity, with claims typically valued between £5m-£15m. Described by one client as ‘practical and reliable’, Elizabeth Hodgson acts on a wide range of clinical negligence cases, many of which are high-value claims arising from catastrophic or very serious birth injuries.