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UK Bar Guide 2023
London (Bar) Travel: International Personal Injury
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8 Ranked Lawyers

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Travel: International Personal Injury - London (Bar)
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The barristers at 3 Hare Court are regularly instructed to both pursue and defend complex and high-value international personal injury claims brought against insurers, travel agents and tour operators. Members are experienced in the handling of fatal and catastrophic injury claims arising from terrorist attacks, plane crashes and RTAs abroad, and are well versed in disputes concerning jurisdiction and conflicts of law. The team also fields considerable expertise in claims under package travel regulations, and the set remains a go-to for severe holiday sickness group actions. Members were involved in X v Kuoni, a case concerning whether a tour operator can be liable for criminal acts committed by a supplier’s employee. Interviewees say: "They are very strong in the field of travel law." Another adds: "3 Hare Court has a number of highly skilled professionals who have been in the industry for many years."

Client service

"The clerks are quick to respond to queries and are very approachable."

"Duane Hitchman is on the ball and is keen to assist."

"Bradly Patterson is great at responding to queries."

"The clerks are all very responsive and courteous and a pleasure to deal with."

James Donovan is the senior clerk.

Notable Practitioners

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Katherine Deal KC
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Katherine Deal KC attracts widespread commendation for her overarching knowledge of travel law and her ability to advocate in court on complex and often novel issues. She acts for claimants and defendants in equal measure, and is regularly involved in high-value claims arising from RTAs and package holiday incidents resulting in fatality or catastrophic injury. Her experience covers litigation in both the Supreme Court and the CJEU.

"Katherine's knowledge of international catastrophic and fatal civil claims is unsurpassable."

"She is a highly effective communicator."

"Katherine is skilled in the meticulous preparation, investigation and conduct of complex international civil cases."

"She is a fiercely intelligent advocate and passionate about achieving the best results for her clients."

"Katherine is a pragmatic negotiator who is well prepared."

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Howard Stevens KC
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Howard Stevens KC has a longstanding reputation for acting in catastrophic injury cases which incorporate jurisdiction and applicable law questions. He is also a regular fixture in high-profile inquests and group litigation arising from multiple fatalities during package holidays. He acts for both claimants and defendant insurers and tour operators.

"Howard is a brainbox."

"He achieves the gold standard every time."

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Asela Wijeyaratne
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Asela Wijeyaratne primarily acts for claimants in cases emerging from a variety of transport accidents, including RTAs and aircraft crashes. He assists with evidence concerning local standards, applicable law issues and treaties such as the Montreal and Athens Conventions. He is frequently instructed in injury and illness claims under package travel regulations. His clients include travel agents, airlines, tour operators and consumers.

"His support is invaluable, as is his knowledge of travel law and advocacy in general."

"He is empathetic, clear and concise."

"Asela provides thorough and carefully considered advice."

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Dan Saxby
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Band 2

Dan Saxby is frequently instructed by defendant tour operators, travel agents and airlines. He focuses on package travel litigation, leading group actions in catastrophic injury claims, and advises on questions of jurisdiction and scope of liability. He also regularly represents his clients at inquests.

"Dan is excellent all round and very supportive."

"Dan is very approachable and is very well respected by clients."

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James Hawkins
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James Hawkins is regularly called upon to represent defendants in international personal injury cases, with a particular strength in claims involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty. He is noted for his knowledge surrounding the application of the Package Travel Regulations.

"James is very approachable and reassuring."

"His work is thorough and of high calibre."

"He is very precise and concise."

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Pierre Janusz
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Pierre Janusz is instructed by both claimants and defendants in complex travel personal injury cases involving conflict of law questions. His expertise encompasses various types of incidents, ranging from RTAs to accidents at hotels and workplaces abroad.

"Pierre is a very experienced and capable barrister."

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Michael Nkrumah
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Band 3

Michael Nkrumah's practice covers the full range of international travel law. He advises on matters governed by foreign law and represents claimants and defendants in claims following injuries sustained abroad.

"Michael is very knowledgeable and thinks outside the box."

"He demonstrates excellent commercial awareness."

"He provides excellent client service."

"Michael is a good cross-examiner and a good forensic opponent."

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Andrew Young
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Band 3

Andrew Young specialises in holiday claims, including group actions consisting of cases related to accidents taking place during outdoor excursions and illness litigation. He also assists clients with claims brought following injuries sustained on school trips.

"Andrew has a massive amount of experience in this area."

"He is proactive."

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Howard Stevens KC
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London (Bar)

Travel: International Personal Injury

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Asela Wijeyaratne
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Dan Saxby
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Andrew Young
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James Hawkins
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Michael Nkrumah
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Pierre Janusz
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