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9 Gough Chambers

Personal Injury

15 ranked barristersBand 1London (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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9 Gough Chambers is a leading set in the personal injury market, offering broad expertise spanning the full range of claims. While the set is particularly well regarded for its representation of claimants, its barristers are also regularly called upon to handle high-value work on behalf of major insurers and other defendants. Members are well versed in catastrophic brain and spinal injury, fatal accident, amputation and psychological injury claims, and offer significant expertise in matters involving complex issues of public and employers' liability. The set is routinely involved in the most high-profile and complex cases in the market, and its members have experience of appearing before the courts at all levels, up to and including the Supreme Court.

Client service:

"The clerks are very responsive, proactive and effective." "The clerking team has coped extremely well with the pandemic - the transition to remote working was seamless." "They are all incredibly efficient and responsive, and the team is very well managed by the director of clerking Michael Goodridge." "The clerking service is excellent and Ellie Brand in particular stands out as her service is outstanding." "Michael Goodridge is clerking royalty - he nurtures all of his clients and is very responsive."

Strengths:

Adam Dawson
Adam Dawson has a personal injury practice that includes mesothelioma claims and fatal accident, brain and spinal injury cases. This broad base of expertise also serves his predominantly claimant clients extremely well in areas such as EL/PL claims and RTAs. He is well versed in claims with a complex dependency angle.
"He is very pleasant and has a natural, down-to-earth style of advocacy." "He is very approachable and good with clients. He will go the extra mile and is professional in his manner and approach."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim involving a claimant who was knocked off his bicycle and sustained a traumatic brain injury.

Strengths:

Bruce Silvester
Bruce Silvester is a hugely experienced senior junior with an enviable caseload of multimillion-pound catastrophic injury instructions, predominantly from claimant solicitors but also from defendant insurers. His cases concern a variety of circumstances, including fatal accidents, brain damage and spinal cord injuries. His practice includes trial advocacy, mediation and advisory work.
"A very bright and determined advocate." "He looks at a case as a whole and is able to spot gaps in the evidence early on. A particularly strong cross-examiner who gets good results."

Strengths:

Christopher Stephenson
Christopher Stephenson has an excellent grasp of technical medical points and routinely takes instructions in both clinical negligence and personal injury matters. Claimant solicitors regularly choose him for high-value catastrophic injury cases, often resulting from RTAs. He also has experience handling employers' liability claims.
"A wonderful advocate." "A leading junior in the space who is very pragmatic and incredibly good with clients."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a claimant who was bitten by a patient at the hospital where she worked as a mental health nurse. The patient shouted that they were HIV-positive and the claimant suffered a catastrophic psychological reaction and developed a serious functional neurological disorder.

Strengths:

Giles Mooney QC
Giles Mooney QC regularly acts for both claimants and defendants, and is one of the foremost experts for cases involving injuries caused by animals. He has vast experience in multimillion-pound catastrophic injury claims, which often involve complex liability issues and fraud allegations.
"A fantastic strategist who is exceptional on his feet." "He takes a common-sense approach to all matters and has a fine eye for detail. He is a tenacious advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who sustained severe arm injuries leading to amputation in the Croydon tram crash.

Strengths:

Grahame Aldous QC
Grahame Aldous QC is a tremendously gifted advocate who regularly acts for clients in multimillion-pound brain and spinal injury claims. He is singled out for his capability in cross-border cases, particularly those involving maritime accidents and complicated quantum points. He also regularly acts as a mediator.
"He is extremely analytical and has a calm and measured approach. He is a very accomplished advocate." "A great tactician who is full of gravitas - he inspires a lot of confidence."

Strengths:

Jacob Levy QC
Jacob Levy QC is an accomplished and able advocate with an industrious and personable approach to personal injury litigation. He devotes the majority of his time to representing claimants in hard-fought cases involving brain and spinal injuries, amputations and other forms of harm. Many of his instructions stem from RTAs. He is the current head of chambers.
"He is phenomenally industrious and brings so much energy to a case. He has a disarming and reassuring manner but at the same time is a formidable advocate and someone who you would want in your corner. A pleasure to work with." "Exceptionally thorough and outstandingly good on his feet. He is in total command of the facts and is absolutely committed to his cases."

Strengths:

Jeremy Crowther
Jeremy Crowther is a highly regarded personal injury barrister with enviable experience in a range of proceedings, including RTA claims, employers' liability and industrial disease cases. His knowledge of catastrophic and subtle brain injuries, chronic pain and amputation matters makes him a popular choice to instruct.
"An amazing advocate who is great to work with." "He is very impressive, always calm, and achieves the right results."

Strengths:

Jeremy Ford
Jeremy Ford is a noted senior junior who predominantly acts for claimants. His expert handling of catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims elicits broad market praise. He is sought after for cases with complex causation and liability points. He is also well regarded for his handling of cases involving a psychiatric element, such as somatoform and chronic pain claims. His broad personal injury practice also encompasses MIB claims.
"Incredibly astute and intellectual - he is great on case strategy." "He has excellent attention to detail and fantastic knowledge of the law. A powerhouse who can handle difficult cases with ease."
Recent work: Instructed in Farahani v Chaudhary, a case involving a driver of a milk lorry who was struck at speed by the defendant's lorry. The claimant suffered a T8 spinal fracture with an incomplete spinal cord injury.

Strengths:

John Foy QC
John Foy QC is primarily instructed by major claimant personal injury firms and is widely commended for his expert client management. His esteemed practice focuses on brain and spinal injuries, industrial disease and fatal accidents, which often involve tricky causation issues. He is also notably well versed in costs litigation.
"He is completely unflappable and clients adore him." "Very bright and so experienced. His judgement is never wrong."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered a severe head injury when he was struck on the head by a branch when working as part of a tree-cutting team who were lopping branches from a row of high trees.

Strengths:

Laura Begley
Laura Begley is routinely instructed in the most complex, high-value personal injury litigation. She is commended by interviewees for her detailed understanding of tricky quantum matters, and is recognised as a leading expert in criminal injury compensation and spinal and brain injury claims.
"She is extremely experienced, has impeccable attention to detail and is always fantastically well prepared. She is compassionate and pushes cases for her clients." "A passionate advocate who is firm but sensible."

Strengths:

Robert Horner
Robert Horner has significant experience in the personal injury and clinical negligence fields. He is regularly called upon to act for claimants and defendants in fatal accident claims as well as cases involving brain and psychiatric injury.
"He is brilliant, astute and has really good attention to detail. He is accessible, easy to talk to and down to earth."

Strengths:

Roger Hiorns
Roger Hiorns is a respected barrister with considerable expertise in industrial disease, accident at work and RTA claims. He has experience dealing with the full range of injuries and is well versed in technical medical points. He is also noted for his adroit handling of fatal accident claims.
"His attention to detail is impressive and he is always very well prepared." "He is calm and gives matter-of-fact advice. He gets to the crux of a case and has excellent client care skills."

Strengths:

Simon Brindle
Simon Brindle has a depth of experience in fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims arising out of workplace and road traffic accidents. He has appeared in numerous trials with highly contested liability and quantum issues and receives accolades for his charming manner in court.
"He is very thorough and builds a great rapport with instructing solicitors and clients." "A very bright junior."

Strengths:

Stephen Glynn
Stephen Glynn is routinely called upon by claimant solicitors in employers' liability cases, especially those which concern industrial disease. He also takes on catastrophic injury and sexual abuse instructions. He is recognised for his deftness of touch with vulnerable clients.
"He is very experienced, knowledgeable and accurate." "He provides very detailed advice and is good on technical claims with complex issues."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a metal fabricator supervisor who suffered a brain injury at work which meant he could not sleep during the day to allow him to continue to work night shifts.

Strengths:

Stuart McKechnie QC
Stuart McKechnie QC is heralded as a true specialist in quantum and regularly appears for claimants in multimillion-pound cases. His expansive knowledge spans the full spectrum of catastrophic injuries, and he is well known for his command of maximum severity brain injury claims. Sources appreciate his grasp of complex medical issues.
"He has excellent attention to detail and is incredibly practical in his approach. He is also exceptional in the way that he is able to explain very complex issues to clients in language that is easy to understand." "His case preparation is absolutely masterful. He provides clear, detailed advice on very high-value claims and is very hard-working and thorough."
Recent work: Represented the second pedestrian in Radu v Gardiner, a case involving a driver who lost control of his vehicle and collided with two pedestrians walking along a grass verge on the side of the road. The driver and one of the pedestrians were killed, the second pedestrian sustained catastrophic injuries and is now profoundly disabled.

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London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Giles Mooney QC
Band 3
Grahame Aldous QC
Band 2
Jacob Levy QC
Band 1
John Foy QC
Band 2
Stuart McKechnie QC
Band 2

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London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Adam Dawson
Band 3

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