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3 Hare Court

Travel: International Personal Injury

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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 road traffic accidents 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.

Client service:

"The clerking team are very easy to get in touch with and they always make sure to arrange instructions promptly." "The clerks are all very efficient and good at communicating." "The clerking service is exceptional." Senior clerk James Donovan heads the clerking team.

Strengths:

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 military service. 
"Very knowledgeable and an accomplished advocate. He is also very good on paper and provides thorough and reasoned advice." "His advocacy skills are first rate."
Recent work: Instructed in Moriarty v TUI, a claim involving a 14-year-old girl who was injured while taking part in a safari drive during a school tour of South Africa.

Strengths:

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 technical knowledge is exceptional and his abilities on paper and in court are outstanding." "Clients really like him and he is very professional in court."
Recent work: Represented an opera soprano at the Guildhall School of Music who suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall from height at a high-rope adventure park in France.

Strengths:

Dan Saxby
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.
"Very practical, pragmatic and forceful when necessary." "A good trial advocate."
Recent work: Appeared at the inquest into the death of Sheldon Marshall, who was taken ill with symptoms of extreme altitude sickness during a trek to Everest base camp. Mr Marshall was ultimately evacuated by air ambulance and died shortly thereafter.

Strengths:

Howard Stevens QC
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. 
"A meticulous and well-organised barrister." "A very calm, measured and persuasive advocate. He's also excellent on paper and has great attention to detail."

Strengths:

James Hawkins
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 Package Travel Regulations.
"Very good both on his feet and on paper."

Strengths:

Katherine Deal QC
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. 
"She combines her unrivalled knowledge and exquisite advocacy skills with a practical attitude that focuses on the needs of the client." "A very impressive silk with a razor-sharp intellect." "Great with clients - she's very pragmatic and takes a commercial approach."
Recent work: Acted for the widow and children of a deceased energy trader who was killed in a road accident in France.

Strengths:

Pierre Janusz
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.
"Very good on conflict of law disputes."

Travel: International Personal Injury Department

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Travel: International Personal Injury


Howard Stevens QC
Band 1
Katherine Deal QC
Band 2

Juniors

London (Bar)

Travel: International Personal Injury


Andrew Young
Band 2
Asela Wijeyaratne
Band 2
Dan Saxby
Band 2
James Hawkins
Band 3