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2 Temple Gardens

Personal Injury

9 ranked barristersBand 2London (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table
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2 Temple Gardens offers expertise spanning a wide range of personal injury claims, and its barristers are regularly called upon to undertake catastrophic injury claims arising from accidents both in the UK and further afield. Complex group actions and sports injuries are key areas of expertise for the team, while members are also well regarded for their handling of stress at work and historic sexual abuse claims. The set's barristers act for both claimants and defendants, and count several government bodies, major insurers and both public and private companies among their clients. Instructing solicitors praise the "depth of knowledge" available within the set.

Client service:

"The clerking is always extremely proactive - everyone responds quickly and endeavours to find solutions to any problems." "It is a very well-run set of chambers. The clerks are extremely helpful with checking barristers' diaries and making suggestions and recommendations if the usual person is unavailable." Lee Tyler is the senior clerk.

Strengths:

Anna Hughes
A junior with a flourishing personal injury practice with experience in complicated liability disputes and serious injury cases, and a particular flair for quantum issues. She routinely appears on behalf of defendant clients in cases concerning suspected fraudulent claims. She is adept at handling cross-border claims with jurisdictional complexity. She is also noted for her handling of claims arising from RTAs and accidents at work.
"She is very bright and witheringly good in cross-examinations." "She is a good advocate - very persuasive and fiercely fights her client's corner."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in a multi-track trial which centred on whether the claimant had been fundamentally dishonest in relation to the extent of the injuries he suffered as a result of an accident at the defendant's premises.

Strengths:

Benjamin Browne QC
Acts for both claimants and defendants, and continues to enjoy a particularly stellar reputation among insurers. Catastrophic brain and spinal injuries make up the bulk of his personal injury practice. He is also an expert in cases concerning serious injuries suffered abroad as well as those involving contributory negligence. He regularly appears before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
"An excellent practitioner." "He has a very down-to-earth and caring manner and ensures clients feel they are in safe hands."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered tetraplegia following a collision with a tree during a motorcycle experience day.

Strengths:

Christopher Russell
Esteemed practitioner who counts an impressive range of high-profile defendant law firms and major insurers among his clientele. He has extensive experience of claims concerning accidents at work, harassment and abuse. He is also highly skilled in matters involving brain and spine injuries, amputations and health and safety breaches.
"A very sound barrister and an excellent negotiator." "His advocacy is outstanding and he is very careful and meticulous in his preparation."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a high-value claim for multiple injuries arising from an RTA.

Strengths:

Helen Wolstenholme
Predominantly known for her defence of insurers in claims involving physical and psychiatric injuries. She focuses on employers' liability and stress at work claims, and is reputed for her ability to address allegations of exaggeration.
"She is very attentive and clients really like her." "Helen has a wonderful advocacy style." "Excellent in her analysis of both liability and quantum."

Strengths:

John McDonald
Highly experienced in both personal injury and industrial disease cases, he has a particularly strong occupational stress, bullying and harassment practice. He has been instructed in arbitrations across Europe and Africa, and elicits praise for his exhaustive case preparation. He is well thought of for his understanding of insurance law, with a particular focus on motor insurance issues.
"Extremely knowledgeable, astute and a good tactician." "He is very good with clients and extremely technically competent."

Strengths:

Martin Porter QC
One of the leading claimants' counsel for personal injury litigation concerning cycling accidents. His knowledge of cycling law encompasses road improvements, traffic accidents and doping. He also represents defendants and insurers in serious brain and spinal injury, clinical negligence and occupational stress cases.
"He is very approachable and accessible, well read in his subject area and able to provide realistic opinions." "He is incredibly astute and intelligent."
Recent work: Acted for the widow of a cyclist who died on a training ride due to the poor condition of the highway.

Strengths:

Niazi Fetto
A well-liked junior who has developed a fine reputation for his advocacy in high-profile group actions. He is regularly selected to defend the government against claims relating to occupational stress, pain and injuries. He is frequently instructed in claims by injured service personnel against the MoD. He has related expertise in product liability and clinical negligence.
"He is unflappable in court and provides excellent advice." "He is very diligent and manages to grasp very complicated scientific facts and translate them into easily understood concepts."
Recent work: Acted for the MoD in a £10 million claim brought by a Royal Marine who became paraplegic following an accident during adventurous training in Dubai.

Strengths:

Rehana Azib
Brings her knowledge of employment law to bear defending against harassment, occupational stress and accident at work claims. She is a familiar face in the courts representing local authorities, the MIB and corporations. She has additional expertise in industrial disease claims against public authorities.
"She is very clever and responsive, and has dealt with some very tricky cases." "Her attention to detail is excellent."
Recent work: Acted for the defendants in a High Court claim involving an accident on a barge.

Strengths:

Roger Harris
Although best known for his defendant-side practice, he is also a highly proficient representative of claimant clients. He is a regular feature in complex catastrophic injury cases and also regularly handles matters concerning occupational stress and harassment. He has further expertise in cases regarding injuries caused by animals.
"He is able to explain complicated issues in a very clear and coherent manner." "He is excellent and very user-friendly." "He's calm and efficient, and gets to grip with complex medical evidence quickly. He is not afraid to tackle difficult points of evidence."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in T v The Thames Group,a case concerning a claimant who suffered a grossly disabling injury while attempting to transport a 30-stone bariatric patient from his flat to an ambulance.

Personal Injury Department

2 Temple Gardens

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2 Temple Gardens

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Benjamin Browne QC
Band 1
Martin Porter QC
Band 3

Juniors

London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Anna Hughes
Band 3
Christopher Russell
Band 2
Helen Wolstenholme
Band 3
John McDonald
Band 2