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1 Chancery Lane retains its reputation as one of the leading chambers for cross-border personal injury work. The set houses a strong group of barristers who are experienced in the handling of holiday sickness actions and complex catastrophic injury and fatal claims arising from foreign RTAs, maritime accidents and aircraft incidents. Members are also highly regarded for their expertise in jurisdiction and applicable law disputes, and are regularly called upon to act in claims under the Athens and Montreal Conventions. The set's clients include several major tour operators, airlines and foreign insurers, as well as individual claimants.
Client service: Clark Chessis is the senior clerk.
Acts for and against tour operators in group actions and package travel claims relating to illness, medical negligence and accidents suffered overseas. He is highlighted for his knowledge of jurisdiction, applicable law and local standards.
Strengths: "So reliable and he always goes the extra mile for his clients." "Very clear, excellent on paper and very user-friendly." "Always well prepared and very persuasive in court."
Recent work: Represented the claimants in Groves v Red Sea Holidays, a holiday illness claim following an all-inclusive holiday.
His wide-ranging practice covers private international law, aviation accidents and package travel. He is also well versed in aviation-related discrimination cases. He represents claimants and defendant tour operators, airlines, hotels and insurers in cases arising from aircraft incidents and outbreaks of illness, including large group actions.
Strengths: "Very responsive and has extensive knowledge of travel law and international personal injury." "Extremely diligent and leaves no stone unturned. He's also very approachable and enthusiastic." "He quickly cuts through the complexities of a case and can see the wood for the trees. He also has excellent courtroom skills and is a very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning an individual who slipped on snow on the steps of an aircraft at Milan Linarte Airport. This was the first High Court decision in this jurisdiction to consider the question of whether the presence of snow or water on a floor surface can constitute an 'accident' within the meaning of the Montreal Convention.
John Ross QC
Instructed in significant catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims, he has longstanding experience of acting for claimants and insurers on the defendant side. His cases regularly involve employer liability, indemnity and international safety standards.
Strengths: "An exceptional barrister. He is very practical, measured and tactical in his approach."
Matthew Chapman QC
Receives exceptional feedback from market commentators. He distinguishes himself through his tremendous knowledge of key travel law directives and private international law. His caseload encompasses a broad spectrum of high-profile fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims. He represents both claimants and defendants in complex cases that often raise novel points of law under Rome II. His clients include several tour operators, hoteliers, insurers and carriers.
Strengths: "A true expert in the field. He is able to deliver clear and concise advice even in the most difficult of cases." "Extremely knowledgeable and a great advocate. He has excellent interpersonal skills, which makes him very good when dealing with clients." "He has an encyclopedic knowledge of travel litigation, but combines this with a user-friendly and practical style. A real team player."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a high-value and complex personal injury claim arising out of a road traffic accident in France. The claim was pursued against the French insurer of the tortfeasor driver.
Commended for her impressive advocacy skills, she handles sensitive fatal accident and catastrophic injury cases that often result in precedent-setting decisions and create new legislation. She is regularly instructed in cases involving foreign RTAs. She is a popular choice among leading solicitor firms on both the claimant and defendant sides. She has significant experience of advising on the implications of Brexit and the new Package Travel Regulations.
Strengths: "She is a delight to work with - realistic and pragmatic in her advice but not afraid to take risks when necessary. She's a very persuasive advocate." "Her advocacy skills are second to none, and she is very friendly and approachable. She has a real down-to-earth approach with clients."
Recent work: Acted a claimant who suffered a brain injury after being hit by a rigid inflatable boat while swimming off Rhodes.