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12 King's Bench Walk

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25 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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12 King's Bench Walk houses a deep bench of experienced personal injury barristers who 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.

Client service:

"The clerks are always very attentive and responsive." "The clerks are very approachable and are keen to engage and develop relationships." "The clerking at 12KBW is exceptional - they go above and beyond and are super helpful and responsive. The team is a stand-out in this area." "They are flexible and very accommodating; it's a really reliable operation." Oliver Parkhouse is the director of clerking.

Strengths:

Andrew Hogarth QC
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 is well versed in cases concerning secondary victims. 
"He is technically able and can pick up any sort of work and deal with it. He works incredibly hard and is very good with clients."

Strengths:

Andrew Roy
Andrew Roy has a personal injury practice that continues to grow in scope and stature. He brings an impressive grasp of limitation law to personal injury claims, and represents both claimants and defendants. His impressive personal injury practice is complemented by his expertise in costs litigation.
"He is very thorough, approachable and personable. He has great attention to detail and excellent analytical skills." "Exceptional - he is straight to the point, technical and an all-round great barrister."
Recent work: Acted for a young man who suffered catastrophic brain injuries when he was struck by a taxi following a work Christmas party.

Strengths:

Anna Symington
Anna Symington is an established personal injury barrister who is regularly instructed in high-value claims and is well versed in cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty. Although she primarily acts for defendants, she is a popular choice for claimant solicitors.
"She is user-friendly, very thorough and puts clients at ease. She is good at retaining detail and is great on medical evidence." "She is so incredibly bright."
Recent work: Represented a claimant who was involved in an RTA in which he sustained an injury. The defendant alleged fundamental dishonesty.

Strengths:

Arun Katyar
Arun Katyar is a well-regarded barrister 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.
"His work is excellent and his attention to detail is brilliant. He responds in a timely fashion and you can trust him to get the rest results for the client." "He is really thorough in terms of his paperwork, and his drafting and schedules are legendary. He is really good on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed to act for the defendant in a case where the claimant was injured at work whilst demonstrating a speedway motorbike to a customer, leading to head injuries and serious and disfiguring facial scarring.

Strengths:

Catherine Peck
Catherine Peck is 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.
"She is always excellently prepared and gives great tactical advice." "Clients really like her because she is able to empathise and is very reassuring. She is extremely approachable and a very good advocate in court."
Recent work: Instructed to act for a claimant who suffered a brain injury when their vehicle hit black ice and collided with a wall.

Strengths:

Charlotte Reynolds
Charlotte Reynolds acts for both claimants and defendants in a range of personal injury claims, including those involving catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as amputation and psychiatric claims. Her broad expertise also encompasses chronic pain and somatoform disorders.
"A very thorough barrister who has a smooth approach. She is really pleasant to work with." "She has a fantastic eye for detail and is technically very strong. She is straight-talking and able to see the bigger picture."

Strengths:

Daniel Tobin
Daniel Tobin is an 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.
"He is able to break down really complex issues and put them across in a simple way. He is really straight-talking and has a great command of the courtroom. He has the attention of everyone in the room and is robust in cross-examinations." "A pleasure to work with; he is very good with clients and is forensic with experts and witnesses. He is a good trial lawyer."

Strengths:

David Sanderson
David Sanderson is 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, and he is praised for his able handling of complex liability and quantum issue
"An excellent negotiator who has an unrivalled understanding of road traffic collision investigation reports and scenarios. He is in high demand due to his skill set, and has an excellent manner with clients and instructing solicitors alike." "Technically excellent, totally reliable and efficient. He is approachable and well liked by clients."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who was hit by a lorry as she crossed the road and suffered a traumatic amputation of her leg. The defendant lorry driver denied liability, arguing that he was not negligent for failing to see the claimant, who was hidden in a blind spot.

Strengths:

David White
David White is 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.
"An excellent barrister with a superb eye for detail. He is able to empathise with clients whilst anticipating the hurdles to be overcome." "He is very thorough and good with clients."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of the defendant in a case in which a hospital nurse developed a functional neurological disorder and lost mental capacity as a result of what seemed to be a trivial accident at work when a doorstop failed and a fire door closed on her.

Strengths:

Gemma Scott
Gemma Scott has an established personal injury practice and handles a wide range of claims, including those relating to catastrophic brain and spinal cord injuries. She is regularly instructed in high-value claims and fields additional expertise in industrial disease matters.
"She is incredibly responsive and has a real eye for detail. She gets to the nub of the case very quickly and really understands the needs of the client. A rising star of the junior Bar." "She is pragmatic, reasonable and she fights her client's corner well."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered a severe traumatic brain injury when he was 12 years old. He has been left with profound cognitive and behavioural deficits.

Strengths:

Harry Steinberg QC
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.
"He is very impressive on his feet and has a way of capturing everyone in the courtroom. He is charismatic and fantastic to have on a case." "A leading figure who is excellent with clients and very good on novel points of the law."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant, a high-flying banker, in a multimillion-pound brain injury claim. The claimant was knocked down by a taxi while attending the Oktoberfest in Munich.

Strengths:

Henry Charles
Henry Charles 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. 
"He is so technically minded and really forensic on complex causation matters and medical evidence." "He is extremely competent and has an amazing head for detail. However complicated the issue, he is capable of seeing through it."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving an alleged slip on a wet floor which allegedly led to major consequences including fibromyalgia and chronic pain issues.

Strengths:

Hugh Hamill
Hugh Hamill 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.
"A tenacious advocate who is very analytical and detailed. He is also very calm and sensible in his approach." "An extremely good negotiator and a very good advocate. He is able to identify key issues very quickly and get to the real core of the case."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Deakin v CC Dorset Police, a claim by a former police officer who claimed to have been injured at work and was then alleged to be dishonest.

Strengths:

James Sullivan
James Sullivan is well versed in all areas of personal injury law and is often instructed in high-value claims. He has considerable experience of handling brain injury and amputation cases, including those involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty. He is also well regarded for his expertise in non-organic pain claims.
"He is down to earth, pragmatic and sensible in his advice. He is technically able and clients like him very much." "Clients have so much trust in his ability and work."
Recent work: Instructed to act for the second defendant in a first instance liability only trial relating to a claim involving a serious RTA in which the claimant sustained a severe brain injury. There were allegations pertaining to fraud/dishonesty.

Strengths:

Marcus Dignum QC
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.
"He has an excellent way with clients and is able to distil complex issues in a way that is easy to understand." "He is masterful with experts and has an excellent written style. He is robust on liability and very commercially minded when dealing with quantum issues."
Recent work: Instructed in an above-the-knee amputation case with significant claims for both powered knee and foot prosthetics along with professional care.

Strengths:

Max Archer
Max Archer is a talented junior barrister who often appears in  complex proceedings both as sole and junior counsel. He fields considerable expertise in both personal injury and aviation matters, and is regularly called upon to act in cross-border cases.
"A rising star with a particular expertise in aviation claims." "He has good attention to detail and is good at thinking on his feet. He is easy to deal with and a really nice advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a claim brought by a high-profile hairdresser who was injured when his leg was run over by the defendant's vehicle.

Strengths:

Michael Rawlinson QC
Michael Rawlinson QC is a highly thought of personal injury and industrial disease silk who is noted for his adroit handling of multi-party actions. He has considerable experience acting in complex cases involving military injuries, particularly those related to aviation accidents. 
"A very tenacious barrister who is down to earth and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Acted for the Italian manufacturers of the helicopter which crashed shortly after taking off from Leicester City Football Ground with the billionaire owner on board.

Strengths:

Niall Maclean
Niall Maclean is an 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.
"An exceptionally good advocate who is polite but forceful. He works ferociously hard and is very impressive." "He has exceptional attention to detail and is very user-friendly."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a fatal claim that gave rise to a sensitive and novel legal issue of whether the claimant's dependency claim could take into account the fact the deceased was pregnant when she died.

Strengths:

Nigel Lewers
Nigel Lewers 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.
"A ferocious barrister and a superb advocate. He has a gentle and calm approach in the most sensitive cases, and is always very well prepared and great with clients." "An effective negotiator who has really good attention to detail. He is very calm under pressure."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim for £1.6 million involving a child claimant who was run over by the defendant's car while on a skateboard.

Strengths:

Nina Ross
Nina Ross is a talented personal injury barrister who is noted for her expert representation of both claimant and defendant clients. She is particularly well regarded for her handling of complex and high-value military claims and cases arising from physical and/or sexual abuse.
"She has an incredible manner with extremely vulnerable clients, making them feel heard and believed. Nina is honest with clients about the likely outcome of a case, ensuring that they are not given false hope - something which is so important when dealing with survivors of abuse. She is also a commanding presence when on her feet." "She is a phenomenally intuitive lawyer and her clients get along with her enormously well."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who was sexually abused by a priest in the presence of her mother when she was five years old.

Strengths:

Patrick Vincent QC
Patrick Vincent QC 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.
"A hard but pleasant opponent to be against. He is economical in his submissions and focuses on good points. He is measured, thoughtful and focused." "Excellent in conference with experts - he gives to-the-point advice and is commercially minded and very scientific in his thinking."
Recent work: Acted for UKI in Colley v Shuker, UKI & MIB, a case where the High Court considered for the first time whether Section 152 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 could be construed consistently with the EC Motor Insurance Directives and the CJEU decision in Fidelidade.

Strengths:

Paul Russell QC
Paul Russell QC is head of chambers and handles 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.
"Absolutely brilliant, on top of the detail, down to earth and a pleasure to deal with." "He has a formidable reputation and is an excellent negotiator. His forensic examination of the detail and ability to acutely assess the risk is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant motorcyclist who was rendered paraplegic following a road traffic accident.

Strengths:

Stephen Worthington QC
Stephen Worthington QC is a 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.
"Extremely knowledgeable, user-friendly, sensible and pragmatic." "A go-to silk on motor policy in relation to catastrophic work. He is a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Instructed in Roadpeace v Secretary of State for Transport & MIB, a judicial review of the government on the basis that the insurance provisions of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Motor Insurance Agreements were incompatible with relevant European Directives.

Strengths:

Steven Snowden QC
Steven Snowden QC is a 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.
"He is so extremely precise and meticulous with what he does." "He is a voice of reason and has a great reputation; he is always calm and able to move a case forward."
Recent work: Instructed to handle the damages aspects of Karagiannis v Jabbar, a £20 million brain injury claim involving a claimant who sustained maximum severity injuries as a teenage cyclist in an RTA.

Strengths:

William Audland QC
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.
"He is a class act with an encyclopedic knowledge of quantum issues." "Thorough, meticulous and considered in his approach. He is excellent with clients and very easy to work with."
Recent work: Instructed to act for the defendant in Swift v Carpenter, a case which changed the law as to how a claim for the capital costs of accommodation in the context of a negative discount rate should be quantified.

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Personal Injury


Andrew Hogarth QC
Band 2
Harry Steinberg QC
Band 1
Marcus Dignum QC
Band 3
Michael Rawlinson QC
Band 2
Patrick Vincent QC
New Silks
Paul Russell QC
Band 1

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