Personal Injury Department

London (Bar)
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The barristers at 7BR are experienced in the handling of the full range of personal injury matters, and are regularly instructed in high-value catastrophic injury cases as well as smaller fast-track RTA claims. The set houses considerable strength in claims arising from allegations of historic sexual abuse, and is lauded by instructing solicitors as "a leading set in the area of non-recent child abuse." Additional areas of expertise for the team include stress at work and psychiatric injury claims, complex liability disputes and cases involving the military. The set is considered a first port of call for both leading claimant and defendant solicitors, and the team undertakes work in London and across the UK.

Client service: "The clerks are very helpful, professional and willing to explore progressive conference ideas." "The clerks are excellent - friendly, efficient and will go the extra mile for their clients." The senior clerks are Paul Eeles and Steven Wright.

Adam Walker

His personal injury practice encompasses catastrophic injury and industrial disease matters, among other areas. He routinely acts on behalf of claimants and defendants, and is increasingly sought out by members of the armed forces in personal injury claims brought against the MoD. He has handled a slew of sports-related cases in recent years. He is also regularly instructed in cases involving substantial limitation issues.
Strengths: "Adam is a great technical lawyer and his turnaround times are excellent." "Very pleasant and easy to deal with."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim involving a marshal at a motocross event who was knocked from the marshal post by two motorcycles that collided in the home straight of the race.

Adam Weitzman QC

One of the leading lights for defendant sexual abuse cases, he is singled out for his robust advocacy and efficient approach. His clients include defendant charities, religious orders, local authorities and independent schools. His catastrophic injury practice is exclusively claimant-focused and centres on serious brain and spinal injuries, fatal accidents and amputations. He is also well regarded for his handling of cases involving children injured in RTAs. He has a forensic grasp of abuse cases involving non-delegable duties of care.
Strengths: "He is an expert in handling multifaceted and complex problems, and has the ability to take a problem and explain it to the client in a straightforward way." "He is a tenacious advocate and a very good communicator."
Recent work: Instructed in a complex liability case involving a pedestrian who suffered very severe brain damage as a result of being run down by the defendant motorist.

Julian Matthews

Accomplished and hugely experienced senior junior who handles catastrophic injury cases of the utmost severity. He primarily acts for defendants and major insurers, offering specific expertise in medically complex brain injuries and RTAs involving significant liability issues. His personal injury work benefits from his background in civil and family law.
Strengths: "He is very down to earth and fantastic with clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in case concerning an eight year old child who was knocked down in an RTA and sustained a brain injury.

Liam Ryan

An experienced junior noted for his expertise in complex stress at work claims. He is also regularly called upon to handle cases involving psychiatric injury as part of his broad personal injury practice.
Strengths: "Very enthusiastic and keen to run challenging and borderline cases. He builds up a rapport with his clients." "He has a real flair for stress at work cases and has an encyclopedic knowledge of this subject matter."
Recent work: Acted for a police officer who was required to view hours of graphic footage of children being abused for days on end and developed a post-traumatic stress disorder.

Simeon Maskrey QC

Leading silk who is heralded as one of the most gifted advocates handling precedent-setting personal injury, clinical negligence and product liability litigation. He routinely acts for both sides, and has a particular focus on maximum severity brain and spinal injury cases. He is a prominent presence in the Supreme Court and the ECJ.
Strengths: "He is absolutely brilliant and has excellent client care skills." "He is an outstanding silk." "His knowledge of personal injury is invaluable and he is very good in court."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a cyclist who was rendered tetraplegic following an RTA.

Simon King

Routinely receives instructions from claimants and defendants in catastrophic injury cases. He is well versed in pavement trip and RTA claims in which liability is disputed, and has further knowledge of cases concerning pre-existing conditions.
Strengths: "He is thorough and good with clients." "He is sensible, knows his stuff and doesn't take silly points."
Recent work: Instructed for the first defendant in Pearce v (1) Hamble Yacht Services and (2) Wroath, a case involving a claimant who fell and sustained injury while working for the second defendant on a luxury yacht dry-berthed in the first defendant's yard.

Steven Ford QC

Has an outstanding reputation for his defence work in historic sexual abuse cases, an area that forms part of his specialist practice, which focuses almost exclusively on psychiatric injuries. He also represents defendants in occupational stress, bullying and harassment, and forced trafficking matters. His clients are often educational or religious institutions, youth organisations or local authorities. He has a sound knowledge of multiparty abuse claims with thorny liability issues.
Strengths: "He is calm, authoritative and a real team player." "Very diplomatic, balanced and fair." "He is always calm and clear, and puts forward very persuasive and logical arguments. He has a really good understanding of his area."
Recent work: Acted for Chethams School of Music in a two-week hearing into the sexual abuse of pupils by staff at the music school in the 1970s and 1980s.

Timothy Meakin

His esteemed practice covers a diverse range of personal injury areas, including catastrophic injury, industrial disease and sexual abuse cases. He routinely acts on behalf of insurers and claimants, and is especially well versed in complex employers' liability and workplace injury disputes. He has appeared in several claims against the MoD.
Strengths: "An excellent and thorough barrister with a superb client manner and an impressive specialist knowledge and experience of personal injury litigation." "He is always well prepared, and has a keen eye for forensic detail and a sharp legal mind. What sets Tim apart from his peer group is his delivery of legal argument. His delivery style never feels like a man desperate to convince you he is right, but is the engaging calm reassurance of a man who knows he is right."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a long-running serious injury claim resulting from a workplace accident. The claimant suffered a psychotic reaction to his injury and became debilitated to the extent he needed extensive nursing care.