Daniel Lawson

Year of Call: 1994

PRACTICE AREAS

Personal Injury

HIGHLIGHTS

Recognised by Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a top band Leading Junior in Personal Injury.

OVERVIEW

Daniel Lawson practices in the field of personal injury law.

He specialises in handling challenging liability disputes on behalf of claimants. Particular areas of expertise include complex public and employer’s liability claims; construction industry accidents; work-related psychological injury; road traffic accident reconstruction; claims involving insurance coverage disputes.

He generally acts in high value claims involving injuries of great severity. He has wide experience of dealing with spinal cord injury, serious brain injury, amputation claims and fatal accidents. He has also represented claimants who have suffered severe burn injuries due to electrocution or gas explosion.

Dan has for many years been ranked as a leading junior in the field of personal injury law by the main legal directories.

REFERENCES

Chambers & Partners 2021: "His knowledge of the law and ability to get results for his clients are unparalleled”

Chambers & Partners 2020: “A thorough, clever and tactically astute lawyer who is willing to take on difficult and challenging cases.”

Chambers & Partners 2019: “Often appears unled against silks in complex injury claims. He is known to handle high profile liability cases."

Chambers & Partners 2017: "Recognised by the market as a leading claimant junior."

Chambers & Partners 2016: "His legal knowledge is supreme and he is able to grasp things very quickly."

Chambers & Partners 2015: "Wins strong praise for his skills in the courtroom, particularly when handling matters that involve difficult issues of liability."

APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS

APIL

PIBA

AvMA

PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING

Dan regularly provides in-house training to solicitors.

QUALIFICATIONS

BA (Hons) Oxon

MA London

HIGHLIGHT CASES

• Chisholm v D & R Hankins (Manea) Ltd [2018] EWHC 3407 - Tipper lorry contacting power lines; haulage company's liability for failure to train in safe system of work.

• Malvicini v Ealing Primay Care Trust [2014] EWHC 378 - Vulnerability discounting in respect of severe Conversion Disorder.

• Collins v Serco Group Plc [2014] EWHC 731 - Serco's liability for assault by immigration detainee upon custody officer.

• Cooper v Bright Horizons [2013] EWHC 2349 - Employer liable for nursery worker's cauda equina syndrome caused by placing baby in defective cot.

• Tafa v Matsim Properties [2011] EWHC 1302 - Work at Height Regulations; liability of company director for construction site fall causing paraplegia.

• Hawley v Luminar leisure [2006] EWCA Civ 18 - Vicarious liability for temporary deemed employees; meaning of "accidental bodily injury" in public liability policy.