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Our personal injury barristers are rated by the leading independent directories as some of the very best in the field. They’ve appeared in many of the biggest and most complex cases and recovered hundreds of millions of pounds for injury victims. Over the last year alone members of our team, who act predominantly for claimants, have recovered more than £150 m in compensation on behalf of injured victims.

We have particular expertise in catastrophic injury cases including those suffering from brain injuries, spinal injuries, amputations, serious psychiatric injury and severe burns. One of our members was instructed in the case of Farrugia v Burtenshaw in which the claimant aged 17 suffered severe neurological injuries as a result of a road traffic accident. The claimant recovered a capitalised sum of circa £9.7 m, which at the time of judgment in March 2014 was believed to be the highest court assessed personal injury award ever made.

Our team has been instructed in many of the landmark PI cases such as the leading House of Lords stress claim Barber v Somerset County Council; Majrowksi v Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Trust, the leading House of Lords case on harassment; A v Hoare, the House of Lords lotto rapist case – extending limitation for rape victims; and Gravil v Redruth Rugby Football Club (vicarious liability for pitch violence by employed players).

Recent Court of Appeal cases include Connor v Surrey County Council, a personal injury stress claim; Hartman v South Essex Mental Health and Community Care NHS Trust, one of the leading Court of Appeal level stress claims; Stanton v Collinson (no contributory negligence for failure to wear a seat belt); Noble v Owens (where the defendants sought to reopen a £3 m claim on the grounds of fraud); Henry v Thames Valley Police (successful claimants appeal against finding that a police officer had not been negligent when he ran over a motorcyclist who had failed to stop).

Recent high court cases and settlements include the tetraplegia cases of Sarwar v Ali, Pankhurst v White & MIB and Wasim Mohammed (which settled for £11.15 m); Houghton, a £4m claim for a severely brain damaged, infant following an RTA; D V F, a £3.9 m paraplegia case; B v M a £5 m partial tetraplegia case; the Godstone Farm e-coli group action; and Smith v Bailey an appeal upholding the Master’s decision to make a significant interim payment.

Our members have also been instructed in several recent record-breaking claims on behalf of amputees, recovering in excess of £4 m for those suffering below and above knee amputations.

The team is led by Simon Taylor QC and has a large number of highly respected practitioners including PI Junior of the year (in 2008 and 2010), William Latimer-Sayer, Andrew Buchan, Simon Dyer and Dan Lawson.

Two of our members are on the executive committee of the Personal Injury Bar Association, We have close links with the Spinal Injury Association and our members are regularly invited to speak at training events organised by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Various members of the team are able to accept instructions direct from members of the public and from organisations.

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“…provides high-quality advice to clients across the full range of personal injury matters…”

Chambers & Partners 2016

Members have experience in a wide range of personal injury law and related areas including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Fatal accidents
  • Occupational injury
  • Industrial disease
  • Workplace bullying
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • Inquests
  • Limitation
  • MIB claims
  • Military accidents
  • Abuse/assault claims
  • Acoustic shock
  • Animals Act claims
  • Causation
  • Product liability
  • Claims against local authorities
  • Criminal injuries compensation