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Cobden House Chambers

Personal Injury

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Cobden House Chambers is noted for its effective representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters. The set's members are well regarded for their handling of complex and high-value disputes, as well as fast-track and multi-track claims. Areas of particular strength for the team include catastrophic injury, chronic pain and industrial disease cases.

Client service:

"The clerks are efficient and accommodating." "The clerks are always happy to make recommendations as to the most appropriate barrister to help with each case. It's a very client-focused set." Steven Tobias is the senior clerk for the personal injury and clinical negligence team.

Strengths:

Jonathan Boyle
Well regarded for his adroit handling of serious injury claims arising from sporting accidents, he is often instructed to act on behalf of injured professional sportsmen and women. He is also noted for his expert representation of defendants in cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty.
"He is a great advocate - very pragmatic and tactical." "Very sensible and measured." "An exceptional barrister with particular expertise in fraud cases."
Recent work: Acted for a professional footballer in a claim for injury and the loss of his career.

Strengths:

Lee Nowland
Regularly instructed in high-value and multi-track personal injury cases involving severe brain injuries and fatal accidents. He also has experience of acting in employers' and occupiers' liability claims. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
"He is very empathetic and good with clients. He also has great attention to detail and is a good advocate."

Strengths:

Marc Willems QC
Acts for claimants and defendants alike in heavyweight cases concerning catastrophic brain and spinal injury as well as amputations. He has dealt with many cases involving citizens of foreign countries. 
"An exceptionally talented silk, he is very calm under pressure and very client-focused." "His technical ability is unwavering."

Strengths:

Michael Jones
Principally instructed in severe brain injury cases, representing both claimants and defendants. He also undertakes a wide range of other work, including claims relating to industrial disease and chronic pain. Regularly acts on behalf of major insurers as well as government bodies. He is particularly experienced in the handling of group litigation claims.
"He is always clear, concise and very good on his feet." "Michael is very personable and excellent with clients. He's pragmatic, achieves good outcomes and is a safe pair of hands."

Strengths:

Richard Hartley QC
Highly regarded personal injury silk. His practice focuses significantly on catastrophic injury cases, including sports injuries, as well as chronic pain conditions. He represents both claimants and defendants.
"He is very bright, extremely good with clients and always well prepared." "Richard is really pragmatic and very approachable."

Personal Injury Department

Cobden House Chambers

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Department location

19 Quay Street

Manchester

Lancashire

UK

M3 3HN

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Silks (QC)

Northern (Bar)

Personal Injury


Marc Willems QC
Band 2
Richard Hartley QC
Band 1

Juniors

Northern (Bar)

Personal Injury


Jonathan Boyle
Band 3
Lee Nowland
Band 3
Michael Jones
Band 1