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Deans Court Chambers

Personal Injury

10 ranked barristersBand 2Northern (Bar)UK Bar 2022 View ranking table
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Deans Court Chambers consistently operates at a high level in the personal injury market, and its members are well regarded for their expert handling of catastrophic injury, industrial disease and sexual abuse claims. The team is regularly called upon to represent both claimants and defendants, and receives instructions from several major insurers, local authorities and government bodies, as well as private individuals. The set also offers expertise in occupiers' and landlords' liability claims, and its barristers have experience of appearing before the courts at all levels, up to and including the Supreme Court.

Client service:

"The clerking team, led by senior clerk Matthew Gibbons, is extremely professional. I go to them because I know I can rely upon them to do what they say they will do." "Matthew Gibbons and Andy Flannigan, the senior civil clerk, are a credit to chambers, and their work is first rate."

Strengths:

Daniel Paul
Daniel Paul is well regarded for his work in catastrophic injury cases, including fatal accident claims. He has extensive expertise in matters pertaining to employers', occupiers' and public liability, as well as RTAs. He receives instructions from both claimants and defendants. He has experience appearing at inquests.
"He is great with clients, very empathetic and sensitive to their circumstances. He is clear in his advice and very calm, which gives clients confidence." "An extremely effective advocate - he is very articulate and clear in his arguments."

Strengths:

David Boyle
David Boyle acts for claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury cases including catastrophic and psychological injuries, as well as fatal accident claims. He also frequently handles matters involving fraud.
"A good-quality junior."
Recent work: Instructed in Hodgson v Balkan Holidays, a travel sickness claim.

Strengths:

Jonathan Grace
Jonathan Grace is a pre-eminent senior junior at the Northern Personal Injury Bar. He represents claimants and defendants alike in difficult cases regarding serious injury and fatal accidents. He is known for his ability to negotiate complex issues of liability and quantum. 
"Has a quiet but commanding gravitas that is almost unmatched in the courtroom." "He is an incredibly safe pair of hands and is very good at dealing with complex catastrophic cases." "He is very calm and measured in his approach with clients. His considered approach always gives you confidence."
Recent work: Instructed in a liability-only trial following a fatal RTA involving a cyclist and pedestrian.

Strengths:

Nicholas Fewtrell
Nicholas Fewtrell is highly regarded for his expertise in personal injury claims arising from historic child abuse. His clients include several high-profile individuals, as well as major insurers and local authorities.
"He is a great authority on the law relating to limitation and vicarious liability, and works indefatigably identifying the issues and making practical suggestions." "He is an absolute master tactician and a true team player. His ability to analyse great volumes of information and develop strategy is phenomenal."
Recent work: Instructed in a £4.8 million claim for damages for sexual abuse brought by a pupil against a teacher.

Strengths:

Nicholas Grimshaw
Nicholas Grimshaw acts for defendants, often insurance companies, in high-value multi-track claims. He is experienced in the handling of industrial disease matters and cases involving catastrophic injury and fatal accidents.
"Offers detailed and sensible advice and is excellent with clients."
Recent work: Represented multiple defendants in a multi-track claim for industrial deafness.

Strengths:

Richard Whitehall
Richard Whitehall is an experienced junior who handles all areas of personal injury, primarily focusing on multi-track cases of significant value. He regularly acts in catastrophic injury, RTA and industrial disease claims, and is also very well versed in issues of EL/PL.
"He is well prepared and very good in cross-examinations." "Absolutely excellent - he offers detailed and sensible advice, and is excellent with clients, insurers and experts in conference and always willing to go the extra mile."
Recent work: Instructed in a complex multiple-injury claim involving brain injury and severe orthopaedic injuries.

Strengths:

Simon McCann
Simon McCann primarily represents defendants, including insurers, corporate clients and local authorities, particularly those who are facing potentially fraudulent claims. He also has significant experience handling of claims involving sports injuries, as well as catastrophic accident, industrial disease and noise-induced hearing loss cases. He is regularly instructed in cases involving complex evidential issues.
"A brilliant and fierce advocate." "He is willing to fight your corner very hard and he is excellent for cases involving elements of fraud."
Recent work: Acted for a local authority in a claim brought by a sports player who suffered a leg injury and blamed the state of the pitch for the injury.

Strengths:

Stephen Grime QC
Stephen Grime QC is an outstanding personal injury silk who regularly acts in multimillion-pound severe injury claims. He has been involved in many challenging cases involving injured children, which have complex aspects relating to future losses. He represents both claimant and defendant clients.
"He has huge experience and a real breadth of knowledge."
Recent work: Instructed in a dispute between three insurers as to the sharing of a catastrophic injury claim.

Strengths:

Timothy Horlock QC
Timothy Horlock QC is a seasoned practitioner known for his expertise in catastrophic injury, EL/PL and serious RTAs. He represents both claimants and defendants and can also advise on cases concerning psychological damage and sports injuries. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of the MIB and several insurers.
"He exudes gravitas and is exactly the sort of barrister you want fighting a client's corner." "A standout QC on liability and quantum. He is incredibly good advising on strategy and is robust in his views on liability."

Strengths:

Zoe Earnshaw
Zoe Earnshaw acts for both claimants and defendants in a range of high-value personal injury cases, including those involving catastrophic injuries. She is regularly called upon to handle fundamental dishonesty disputes on behalf of major insurers.
"She is extremely personable, has great attention to detail and is a firm hand on the tiller."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim involving a cyclist who suffered serious lower limb injuries when hit by a car.

Personal Injury

Deans Court Chambers

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Location

24 St John Street

Manchester

Lancashire

UK

M3 4DF

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Silks (QC)

Northern (Bar)

Personal Injury


Stephen Grime QC
Band 1
Timothy Horlock QC
Band 1

Juniors

Northern (Bar)

Personal Injury


Daniel Paul
Band 2
David Boyle
Band 3
Jonathan Grace
Star Individuals
Nicholas Fewtrell
Band 2

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