1 Chancery Lane

Personal Injury Department

London (Bar)
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1 Chancery Lane is a well-regarded set, noted for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters. The team regularly undertakes work relating to catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents, and the set houses considerable strength in cases with an international element. Members are well versed in complex employers', occupiers' and public liability claims, and are routinely instructed in occupational stress, workplace bullying and industrial disease matters. Claims arising from historic sexual abuse are also a key area of expertise for the set, and its barristers are frequently called upon to handle extremely sensitive cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses.

Client service: "The clerks are always very willing to assist whenever possible and deal with queries and requests very promptly and efficiently." "The support we receive from the clerks is very impressive - they will do whatever they can to help." "The chambers is highly organised and very efficient, and the clerks are all very helpful and friendly." Clark Chessis is the senior clerk.


Andrew Warnock QC

Prominent defence counsel for serious historic sexual abuse cases, often involving multiple claimants and famous defendants. He is also a regular feature in the most complex and precedent-setting public liability cases. His broad personal injury expertise also encompasses psychiatric, brain and spinal injury claims. A go-to choice for many major insurers and clients from the public sector.
Strengths: "He is very bright and devastating in cross-examinations." "He's academically brilliant and is a very brave and robust advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in Various Claimants v Secretary of State for Health, group litigation brought by former patients at a child psychiatric unit at Aston Hall who alleged that they had been subject to cruel and unusual treatment in the form of being drugged before being put through a talking therapy.


Edward Bishop QC

Maintains an impressive, multidisciplinary practice comprising catastrophic personal injury, clinical negligence and police law. He is regularly instructed in cases wherein the victim makes allegations against the state regarding its failure to protect against criminal acts. He has a deep knowledge of psychiatric damage claims. He is regularly instructed by both leading claimant and defendant firms.
Strengths: "A very skilled advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving two claimants who were seriously injured after being run over by a drunk, speeding driver in Wandsworth in London.


Edward Faulks QC

Returned to chambers in September 2016 after acting as Minister of State for Justice. He is a noted expert in personal injury matters, while his broad practice also includes human rights, clinical negligence and police work.
Strengths: "A fantastic advocate with an encyclopedic knowledge." "He is very calm, measured and easy to work with. He is a go-to silk for appellate work."


John Ross QC

Has tremendous experience of handling catastrophic head injury claims. He is noted for his specific expertise in acquired brain injuries, as well as cases involving foreign travel. He is instructed by both claimant firms and defendant insurers.
Strengths: "He is very approachable and secures great results for his clients." "He has a wealth of experience, is very solution-focused and will always go the extra mile. He has significant gravitas in court and very impressive advocacy skills."


Laura Johnson

Has a respected claimant practice focusing on spine and brain injuries. She also routinely acts for the defence in sex abuse, EL/PL and stress at work cases. She has an excellent understanding of personal injury claims that intersect with human rights law. She draws on additional expertise in clinical negligence matters when handling cases involving complex medical evidence.
Strengths: "Her paperwork is first class and she is a very tenacious negotiator. She is also excellent in cross-examinations." "A confident and persuasive advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant motorcyclist who suffered a traumatic brain injury and other orthopaedic injuries following a collision with a Tesco delivery van.


Paul Stagg

Demonstrates notable skill in catastrophic personal injury cases, particularly those containing state care or EL/PL elements. He acts for both sides in litigation and has extensive experience in defendant-side historic sexual abuse cases, particularly those involving complex arguments considering the scope of local authorities' duties of care. He has also handles RTA and workplace accident cases.
Strengths: "He's very meticulous and knows the law inside and out."
Recent work: Instructed in an appeal to the Supreme Court on the question of whether local authorities owe duties of care to children in relation to child protection investigations and litigation of care proceedings.


Simon Readhead QC

Experienced silk with extensive experience of handing complex, high-value catastrophic injury and clinical negligence litigation. He is adept at interpreting difficult medical evidence. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of both claimants and defendants. 
Strengths: "He is always meticulously thorough, extremely well prepared and highly responsive. He also has a wonderfully reassuring manner with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the claimants in Callagher v Mitchells and Butler, a claim for psychiatric damage brought by the family of an individual who developed food poisoning and subsequently died.