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1 Crown Office Row

Personal Injury

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1 Crown Office Row offers expertise spanning the full gamut of personal injury matters, and its strong bench of barristers is regularly called upon to handle complex and high-value catastrophic injury cases arising from accidents at work and on the road. The set also houses considerable strength in matters involving allegations of historic sexual abuse, and several tenants have been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent years such as the Rochdale Abuse Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Members undertake work on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and count several health authorities, government departments and major insurers among their clients. Instructing solicitors note that "the service provided is second to none, and you always feel in safe hands and very supported when working with this chambers."

Client service:

"The clerking is excellent - they are good at finding slots within very busy diaries." "The clerks are very friendly yet professional." Matthew Phipps is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC
Commands universal respect for her unrelenting work ethic, mastery of personal injury law and total devotion to her cases. Her practice focuses on claimant-side maximum severity catastrophic injury matters, group actions and sexual abuse work. Much of her abuse work centres on children and abuse in institutions. She is valued for her knowledge of complex quantum issues.
"A very commanding advocate." "She is extremely hard-working and very knowledgeable." "She can unravel the most complicated cases and put them in simple terms, which is such a skill. She's also very approachable and very pleasant to work with."
Recent work: Instructed in a case against the Ministry of Justice concerning a claimant who suffered a serious hypoxic brain injury after attempting to hang himself while in custody.

Strengths:

Henry Witcomb QC
An advocate of tremendous renown given his compelling advocacy in complex group actions and historic sexual abuse claims. He is a leading clinical negligence practitioner and is well versed in catastrophic personal injury claims. He acts for defendants and claimants, and is proficient at dealing with complex quantum and causation issues. He is also well versed in RTA and criminal injury claims. He has substantial experience of acting for clients in inquest proceedings.
"He is exceptionally thorough, always well prepared and extremely caring towards his clients." "He has enormous expertise and experience in this area." "He has excellent client care and client management skills, and demonstrates real empathy and understanding when dealing with often vulnerable and dysfunctional clients."

Strengths:

Iain O'Donnell
Well regarded for his expert knowledge of child abuse compensation law and adroit handling of a wide range of high-value historic abuse claims. He has experience acting in claims brought against several institutions, including residential schools and the Anglican and Catholic Churches.
"He has a good eye for detail and provides advice in a straightforward and easy-to-understand manner." "Very knowledgeable and approachable."
Recent work: Acted for a group of survivors in Various Claimants v London Borough of Lambeth, a case concerning the serious historic abuse inflicted on the children in the care of the defendant and resident at the Shirley Oaks Children's Homes in Lambeth.

Strengths:

Justin Levinson
Leading senior junior for claimant-side child abuse litigation. He has an exceptional reputation and practically unrivalled experience in claims against the Anglican and Catholic Churches. He routinely represents clients in actions brought against nearly every class of defendant, including individuals, educational institutions, social services departments, schools, care homes and youth organisations.
"He is very approachable and has a formidable work ethic." "He has excellent judgement and is a very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in KD v Gaisford, a damages claim brought by a man who was subjected to historic sexual abuse by a senior police officer.

Personal Injury Department

1 Crown Office Row

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Temple

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC
Star Individuals
Henry Witcomb QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Iain O'Donnell
Band 3
Justin Levinson
Band 1