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Instructing solicitors note that 12 King's Bench Walk houses "a fantastic spread of extremely talented counsel" and describe the set as being "at the top of the market for large-loss, catastrophic injury work." Members act for both claimants and defendants, and regularly undertake high-value and complex claims relating to fatalities and injuries of the utmost severity. The team is particularly well regarded for its expertise in claims arising from RTAs, including those involving allegations of fraud, as well as difficult employers' and public liability claims. International claims and industrial disease work are also key areas of strength for the team. The set is routinely instructed in the most important cases in the market, and its members have significant experience of appearing before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Standout recent work handled by the barristers includes Cameron v Liverpool Victoria, a complex case concerning whether a claimant is able to sue an unidentified driver.
Client service: "The clerks are always very approachable and willing to help wherever possible." "Everyone on the team is fantastic and they always get back to us very quickly." "Practice team leader Tristan Whigham is very quick at coming back with dates and barristers' availability - he always goes the extra mile to make sure solicitors can instruct the barristers they really want." Oliver Parkhouse is the director of clerking.
Andrew Hogarth QC
Receives acclaim for his mixed claimant/defendant practice, with market-leading expertise in occupational stress and employers' liability disputes. He is also highly experienced in industrial disease and catastrophic injury cases. He has recently undertaken several cases concerning secondary victims.
Strengths: "He is vastly experienced." "He is technically sound and good at simplifying matters for clients." "Andrew provides quick and effective opinions and has a good manner with clients. He is very experienced and highly reliable."
Recent work: Instructed in a stress at work and bullying claim brought by a consultant against her employer and named staff members.
Has a personal injury practice that continues to grow in scope and stature. He has recently been instructed in complex industrial disease litigation and brings an impressive grasp of limitation law to personal injury claims. He represents both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He is very bright and determined." "He's comprehensive in how he approaches cases and is very straightforward, tactically astute and always fully prepared." "He is very thorough, persistent and persuasive in court." "He is good on his feet."
Recent work: Represented a family who were seriously injured in a catastrophic car crash.
Well-regarded junior who furnishes claimants and defendants with exemplary advice and representation in personal injury cases. He routinely handles claims with complex causation and quantum issues, relating to serious injuries, medical conditions and fatalities. He is particularly adept at handling multi-track claims. Many of his cases arise out of RTAs.
Strengths: "He is very hard-working and an excellent advocate."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in a case involving a husband and wife who allegedly sustained serious orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries following an RTA.
Highly regarded for her expert handling of high-value catastrophic injury claims. She is regularly instructed in cases concerning serious brain and spinal injuries, as well as amputation and chronic pain matters. Her practice covers both claimant and defendant work. She is also an accredited mediator.
Strengths: "Excellent in court." "She is extremely well prepared, thorough and robust when dealing with experts in conference." "She is very clear, sensible and takes all the right points."
Recent work: Successfully represented the second defendant in Scott v Reed and Wiltshire Council, a case involving a fatal collision on a road maintained by the council.
Impressive personal injury advocate with particular expertise in highways law. He represents both claimants and defendants, including local authorities and private individuals, especially in claims relating to accidents on roads and in the workplace. He has appeared in many cases concerning motorcyclists, and is noted for his adept handling of cases involving alleged fraud.
Strengths: "He has extensive knowledge of highways claims, is a great lateral thinker and is excellent on his feet. Clients cannot help but warm to him." "He is bright, good in court and has a nice manner with clients."
A highly regarded practitioner with a loyal client following, he routinely acts for both sides in high-value claims concerning fatalities and injuries to the brain and spine. Many of these cases concern RTAs or industrial machinery accidents. He is praised for his able handling of complex liability and quantum issues.
Strengths: "His ability in cross-examinations is out of this world." "A very pleasant individual, but a robust and tenacious advocate." "He has great attention to detail when considering complex liability issues for claimants. He provides realistic advice but is highly motivated to get the best outcome for vulnerable clients."
Recent work: Acted for three claimants who sustained very severe brain injuries when they were attacked by an intruder as they slept at the Cumberland Hotel.
Regularly instructed to act for both claimants and defendants in the full range of personal injury cases. He is experienced in the handling of RTAs, fatal accidents and employers' and public liability claims. He is well regarded for his expertise in cases involving complex issues surrounding medical causation and quantum disputes.
Strengths: "He is fantastic and is able to provide sensible and pragmatic advice. He goes out of his way to assist his clients." "He is always well prepared and has a great eye for detail, particularly when dealing with complicated liability and medical issues." "He is thorough, calm and easy to talk to."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered a traumatic amputation of his forefoot as a result of an accident at work.
Harry Steinberg QC
Has carved out an incredibly impressive name for himself at the industrial disease and catastrophic Personal Injury Bar. He boasts an exhaustive knowledge of asbestos disease issues. He has also developed an understanding of the international laws relating to aerotoxic syndrome, which is caused by inhalation of cabin air and often proves fatal. He is frequently instructed in group action product liability cases.
Strengths: "He is absolutely a first choice for personal injury and industrial disease claims." "He is very detailed, thorough and covers all of the salient points." "He is excellent on his feet, and his written work is very detailed and thorough."
Recent work: Acted for a former Royal Marine who sustained noise-induced hearing loss as a result of his exposure to gunfire.
Represents claimants and defendants in the most significant and complex of injury claims, with specific expertise in employers' liability, chronic pain, psychiatric injuries, brain injuries and workplace stress. He also handles cases concerning professional negligence, clinical negligence, and health and safety.
Strengths: "He is extremely caring and provides a fantastic service." "He has an excellent ability to grasp complex detail and then explain it in an easy-to-understand manner."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, a relatively young man, who had suffered the amputation of his leg following an accident at work.
Regularly receives instructions from the MIB, as well as other major insurers and public authorities, in catastrophic injury claims with complex and strongly contested causation issues. He is also noted for his expertise in cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty. He is an esteemed leading practitioner in the field of chronic pain and fibromyalgia who is particularly praised for his courtroom prowess.
Strengths: "A very strong and tough opponent." "He is always sensible, pragmatic and pleasant to work with."
Marcus Dignum QC
Primarily defends insurance clients in catastrophic injury claims that involve large financial exposure. He is highly experienced in the handling of fatal accident claims, as well as matters involving brain injury, chronic pain, amputation and spinal injury. He focuses on RTAs involving difficult liability, causation and quantum issues.
Strengths: "He is extremely quick and is a formidable advocate. He delivers submissions with a dry wit and good humour, but has a complete honesty that plays well with judges. His punchy pleadings cut straight to the issues." "He is a brilliant advocate, good with clients in conference and gets straight to the heart of the issue." "He is excellent on liability and quantum, and employs inventive tactics in complex cases."
Recent work: Instructed in a liability-only trial arising out of an RTA in which the front seat passenger fell out of the window and sustained a brain injury.
Impressive junior with a growing profile at the Personal Injury Bar. He has experience handling catastrophic and fatal injury claims on behalf of both defendants and claimants, and receives particular praise for his representation of government departments. He is also noted for his handling of pain syndrome matters and cases involving allegations of historic abuse. He is recommended by sources for his exceptional experience with asbestos claims.
Strengths: "He is very thorough and provides detailed analysis and strong written arguments." "He has an incredible eye for detail and picks up on points that most others miss."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a high-value RTA case where liability and quantum were in dispute.
Has developed expertise across a variety of personal injury matters and is an experienced representative of both claimants and high-profile insurer clients. He is noted for his adroit handling of claims involving complex brain and spinal injuries. He is also commended for his dexterity in chronic pain cases and motor insurance matters.
Strengths: "There is no doubt he is a star - he is completely charming and extremely good." "He is great with experts and clients and is an outstanding negotiator who is very easy to work with." "Very thoughtful, clever and thoroughly decent." "He has sound judgement and is excellent on paper."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a claimant who suffered catastrophic injuries, including a high leg amputation, after being run over and dragged by an articulated lorry while setting up a fair ground.
Enjoys a stellar reputation among both defendant and claimant clients for his adept handling of high-value brain and spinal injury cases. He has a forensic grasp of technical insurance issues, including indemnity and the MIB. He is also well regarded for his handling of claims involving marine and aviation accidents.
Strengths: "He is absolutely first class." "He is excellent on liability and is very commercially aware and user-friendly." "He's a persuasive advocate who has a gift for not overstating the good points." "He has great judgement and is calm, measured and persuasive in his advocacy."
Recent work: Acted for Liverpool Victoria in Cameron v Liverpool Victoria, a case concerning whether a claimant could sue an unidentified driver.
Paul Russell QC
Head of chambers, handling premium cases for insurer and defendant clients facing large-loss claims and complex issues of quantum or liability. He has experience in a wide range of personal injury matters, including employers' liability and motor accident cases. He is also known for his expertise in industrial disease work.
Strengths: "He is extremely knowledgeable and excellent to work with." "He is one of the most charming opponents you could come across - very smooth and sophisticated. An excellent advocate."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a claimant who suffered serious orthopaedic injuries after being pinned to a horse box by a motor vehicle.
An experienced personal injury barrister who is regularly instructed in a range of high-value claims. He represents both claimants and defendants, and is noted for his expertise in motor and employers' liability and industrial disease claims.
Strengths: "He has a brilliant methodical and mathematical approach and is very user-friendly." "He is bright and pragmatic."
Ronald Walker QC
Provides his clients with a service of the highest quality in both personal injury and industrial disease matters. He is known to be a thorough and fearless litigator who commands wide respect at the Bar. He has handled a number of large group actions.
Strengths: "He is unbelievably experienced - an exceptional barrister."
Stephen Worthington QC
Highly regarded defendant practitioner who is the preferred counsel for numerous leading motor insurers. He regularly represents clients in large-loss and catastrophic injury defences and in cases that are policy and precedent-setting. He is known for his expertise in cases involving brain injury, paraplegia and spinal injury, as well as those involving serious psychiatric injury. He is further able to advise on motor indemnity and broader insurance issues arising from compliance with European Motor Directives.
Strengths: "His knowledge is flawless. He is the oracle for matters concerning motor indemnity and illegality." "He is excellent in conference, always thoroughly prepared and very user-friendly." "A standout performer who is right at the top of his game. A brilliant advocate who is fabulous at marshalling and developing evidence. His very down-to-earth manner makes him very popular with clients, and he is efficient and responsive. He is also a brilliant negotiator." "A go-to silk for high-value cases. He is very responsive, approachable and has the clout and brainpower to tackle the big issues."
Recent work: Instructed in Cameron v Hussain, a case heard in the Supreme Court concerning whether a person could be sued when he could not be identified by name and only by description.
Steven Snowden QC
Personal injury and occupational illness silk who is highly regarded for his handling of industrial disease cases. He regularly handles maximum severity claims on behalf of insurers and claimants. He routinely appears in complex actions concerning brain and spinal injuries and cancers caused by asbestos exposure. He is adept at dealing with allegedly fraudulent or exaggerated claims.
Strengths: "An outstanding litigator with a forensic attention to detail. He is very good on his feet and always delivers the right results." "He is great in conference, pragmatic, very good at drafting schedules and takes a client-centred approach." "He has a very calm and reassuring presence. He is reliable, responsive and very good on his feet."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant's motor insurer in Ahmed v Davies, a £10 million claim involving a claimant who suffered a full lower-limb amputation following an RTA.
William Audland QC
Has an impressively broad practice that includes catastrophic, brain and spinal injuries in addition to cross-border claims. He is equally comfortable with complicated quantum or liability disputes. His representation of both claimants and defendants affords him a well-balanced perspective on personal injury law.
Strengths: "An outstanding advocate with an extraordinary eye for detail - he leaves no stone unturned and is incredibly thorough. He achieves very good results for his clients." "A brilliant advocate with a very good legal brain. He’s very well organised and is excellent with clients. Overall he is a top-notch silk."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim for catastrophic brain and other injuries arising out of the claimant being hit by two cars (both being used as weapons) in the course of a fight between gangs.
William Featherby QC
Represents clients, including several major insurers, in high-value personal injury matters, with a focus on brain and psychiatric injuries. He is praised for his formidable courtroom abilities and is a noted specialist for contempt of court and fraud cases.
Strengths: "He is a top choice for fraudulent claims."