Darren Lewis > Chambers of Matthew White > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Matthew White
St John's Chambers

Work Department

Personal Injury, Employment


Darren specialises in personal injury and employment matters, and was called to the Bar in 2004. He is a leading junior on civil fraud, fundamental dishonesty, S57 defences as well as committal for contempt of court. He has extensive expertise in strategy, tactics and risks defending dishonest claims from their inception to stike out/dismissal and even committal for contempt of court. He has lectured extensively on all aspects of civil fraud for defendants.

Darren is one of the leading personal injury costs barristers in the South West, and ranked in tier 1 by The Legal 500. He has appeared in some of the leading cases following the recent rule changes arising from Jackson, QOCS and fixed fees.

He has extensive experience in industrial disease litigation and employer’s liability, with an emphasis on emerging fields such as non-freezing cold injury claims, as well as more typical NIHL, asbestosis and upper limb disorders. His clients range from heavy industries, like Tata Steel, to Public Bodies like NHS Wales.

He works in all aspects of local authority liability ranging from highways, employer’s and occupier’s liability, to very sensitive claims arising from assaults and accidents in secure units, specialist schools and respite centres. He has a loyal following among local authorities ranging from Walsall MBC to Plymouth City Council. He also represents owners of privatised housing estates, housing associations and arms-length management organisations like V2C and Tai Tarian.

Darren has a significant specialism in costs and has dealt with leading cases arising from Jackson, QOCS and Fixed Fee reform. For example Casseldine v The Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (a charity), to Bruno Manuel Dos Santos Mendes v Hochtief Construction (UK) Limited against Nicholas Bacon QC in the High Court, and Wynne v Miller Foundations on the recoverability of VAT on the obtaining of medical records under the present rules.

He is frequently instructed on accidents abroad, Rome II, jurisdictional disputes and choice of law. In addition he acts in Athens and Montreal Convention cases.

Darren has an employment law practice that complements his industrial disease and employer’s liability work. He specialises in the crossover between personal injury and employment law with an emphasis on stress at work and cases featuring whistleblowing, as well as regular unfair dismissal and discrimination matters.


Called 2004; joined the personal injury practice group St John’s Chambers 2006.


  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Employment Law Bar Association


  • LLB (Hons) Warwick

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Costs

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Darren LewisSt John’s ChambersDarren is a trusted name in costs matters on the Western circuit. Solicitors have the same confidence in entrusting him with work as one would a barrister from a specialist London set. His knowledge is current and broad, his advocacy is sharp and effective, and his advice is to the point.’

Regional Bar > Western Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 3

Darren LewisSt John’s ChambersDarren is a tenacious advocate who presents his clients’ cases with true passion. He is a formidable presence in court; he consistently demonstrates tenacity and rigour and is fearless in cross-examination.’