Daniel Lawson

Year of Call: 1994

PRACTICE AREAS

Clinical Negligence | Commercial Law | Personal Injury

HIGHLIGHTS

Recommended by Chambers and Partners as a Band 1 Leading Junior in Personal Injury

Overview

Dan specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and related insurance law.

He undertakes the full range of personal injury work. Particular areas of expertise include public and employer's liability, construction site accidents, workplace stress, RTA liability, fatal accidents and high value quantum claims.

He has acted in a wide variety of clinical negligence actions, with particular focus on serious brain and spinal cord injuries.

Dan's related insurance work centres upon disputes as to policy construction, third party rights against insurers and avoidance for non-disclosure or misrepresentation.

References

Dan is listed in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 as a Leading Junior in Personal Injury.

Recent entries include:

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

"Recognised by the market as a leading claimant junior" Chambers and Partners 2017

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

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

"He is recommended for his handling of complex technical matters and his attention to detail" Chambers and Partners 2014

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.