Philip Turton > Ropewalk Chambers > Nottingham, England > Barrister Profile

Ropewalk Chambers

Work Department

Personal injury, catastrophic injury, disease, clinical negligence, abuse, group actions, insurance, counter fraud, criminal regulatory.


Philip has over 20 years’ experience of personal injury cases and specialises in high-value personal injury actions, clinical negligence claims and industrial disease cases, including Group Actions. He has been cited as a leader at the Bar in the field of personal injury work for many years. Notable cases include: Jolly v Harsco Infrastructure Services Limited [2012] LTL 8-11-2012 Cranston J (civil procedure; personal injury; Part 36); Cairns-Jones v Christie Tyler South Wales Division Ltd [2010] EWCA Civ 1642; (2010) LTL 27-2-2012 (personal injury; group litigation; industrial deafness; limitation); Smith v Skanska Construction Services Ltd [2008] EWHC 1776, (2008) LTL 5-8-08 Ousleley J (retrial of Smith v Kvaerner, below) (personal injury; road traffic; Thai law; effect of defendant’s claim on Thai motor insurance policy on claimant’s action in UK for negligence; approbation and reprobation; ratification of torts; abuse of process); KR & others v Royal & Sun Alliance plc [2007] PIQR P14; [2007] Bus LR 139 Court of Appeal (appeal from Simon J [2006] EWHC 48) (child abuse; effect of exclusion clause in insurance policy where abusers were directors/managers of defendant company); Smith v Kvaerner Cementation Foundations Ltd, Bar Council intervening [2007] 1 WLR 370; [2006] 3 All ER 593; [2006] CP Rep 36; [2006] BLR 244; [2006] ACD 51; (2006) 103(14) LSG 33; (2006) 156 NLJ 721; [2006] NPC 35 Court of Appeal (recusal; apparent bias of tribunal; waiver); Coulson v Griffiths (2003) LTL 26-11-03 (personal injury; whether road traffic accident caused by automatism attributable to encephalitis); S v Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd (2003) LTL 7-5-03 Burnton J (application of Group Litigation Order to historical child abuse claims); KR & others v Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd [2003] QB 1441; [2003] 3 WLR 107; [2004] 2 All ER 716; [2003] 1 FLR 1203; [2003] 1 FCR 385; [2003] Lloyd’s Rep. Med. 175; [2003] Fam Law 482 Court of Appeal (child abuse in children’s homes, liability; limitation; knowledge of significant injury/discretion to disapply limitation period; quantum of damages); James v Starbuck [2002] 6 QR 6 (personal injury; brain injury; loss of opportunity in employment; damages); Long v Tolchard & Sons Ltd [2001] PIQR P18 Court of Appeal (fresh evidence; limitation; discretion to disapply limitation period); Milner v Hepworth Heating Ltd (1998) LTL 28-7-98 Court of Appeal (limitation; noise-induced deafness); Wilson v Governors of the Sacred Heart RC School [1998] 1 FLR 663; [1998] ELR 637; [1998] PIQR P145; [1998] Fam Law 249 Court of Appeal (education; teacher’s duty to supervise).


Called 1989; Bar Standards Board appointed external moderator for the Bar Professional Training Course (Civil Litigation) 2010-2012; appointed (with Marc Howe) to reformulate the syllabus for the Civil Litigation module on the BPTC course in 2014; delivers annual lectures on drafting to the Bar Professional Training Course at Nottingham Trent University and the Kaplan Law School in London; delivered guest lectures to students at the University of Darwin (Northern Territories, Australia) on the subject of Tort law; voluntary adviser at the Hyson Green Law Centre since 1990.


Personal Injuries Bar Association; Professional Negligence Bar Association; Health & Safety Lawyers Association; Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society (committee member).


University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (LLB Hons).

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Midland Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Philip Turton – Ropewalk Chambers ‘Philip is enormously experienced. He is calm and unflappable. He is thorough in his preparation and provides pragmatic and effective advice.’