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; insurance coverage disputes; MIB claims.

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 2022: "Comfortably the best counsel I’ve ever used in relation to liability. He has incredible attention to detail and forensic examination of the evidence.”

Legal 500 2022: "Unquestionably one of the leading claimant PI juniors.”

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."

APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIPS

APIL

PIBA

PUBLICATIONS AND TRAINING

Dan 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 - Successful claim 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.