Personal Injury Department

London (Bar)
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Devereux houses a strong bench of "high-quality counsel" and offers expertise spanning a wide range of personal injury matters. Members are well regarded for their handling of claims involving injuries of the utmost severity, including high-value catastrophic and psychiatric injury claims, as well as those concerning amputations and major organ damage. Cases involving complex issues surrounding liability are a noted area of strength for the team, and the barristers regularly undertake cases arising from RTAs and accidents at work. The set retains its reputation as a go-to for the most high-profile and difficult cases in the market, and members have considerable experience of appearing before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

Client service: "The clerks are efficient, friendly and proactive." "The clerking is very personal and very effective." Chambers director Vince Plant heads the clerking team.

Bruce Silvester

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.
Strengths: "He is always extremely well prepared." "His case-craft is second to none - he identifies gaps in evidence at the earliest stage and knows how best to plug them, resulting in the cases being put forward at their absolute strongest."
Recent work: Acted for a 38 year old claimant mother who was rendered tetraplegic after breaking her neck at a trampoline park.

Colin Mendoza

Handles the full spectrum of personal injury work for both claimants and defendants, with significant expertise in life-changing brain and spinal injuries, catastrophic psychiatric injuries and amputations. He is also adept at handling claims involving disfigurement and severe pain. He is recommended for his grasp of complex medical causation and quantum issues.
Strengths: "He is clearly very experienced and has a good grasp of amputation cases." "Very personable, great with clients and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for an engineering student who suffered catastrophic injuries following a high-speed head-on collision.

Peter Edwards

Routinely appears in high-profile inquests and maximum severity catastrophic injury cases. His employment law practice complements his personal injury offering, especially in complex EL/PL disputes and quantum calculations. He acts for both defendants and claimants in cases which often have a human rights angle. He is noted for his expert handling of psychiatric injury matters, including harassment, bullying and sexual abuse claims.
Strengths: "He is very effective in cross-examinations and is a good communicator with clients." "He has a fantastic client manner and can cut through complex reports and get to the heart of the issue really quickly."
Recent work: Acted for the widow and dependants of a man who was allegedly assaulted and killed by officers of the Greater Manchester Police.

Richard Cartwright

Brings an attention to detail that few can match and is regularly instructed in complex quantum disputes. His practice focuses on claimant-side catastrophic injury and clinical negligence litigation. He has experience of handling a variety of life-changing cases, often involving a foreign national. He is particularly well regarded for his expertise in neurotrauma claims.
Strengths: "He is charming and persuasive in court, and his written work is very detailed. He is also excellent with clients."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant cyclist who suffered a serious brain injury after colliding with a motorcycle.

Rob Hunter

Instructed by numerous leading claimant solicitors for catastrophic injury cases. He is best known for his excellent work in fatal accident matters and traumatic brain injury claims, as well as for his expert handling of the unique quantum issues associated with such cases. He also has experience in more unusual claims involving the Animals Act.
Strengths: "He is an extremely talented and personable advocate with great client skills and an eye for detail." "His drafting is wonderful and he is always very well prepared."
Recent work: Instructed in a fatal claim involving the death of a young father in an RTA.

Robert Glancy QC

Masterful advocate and vastly experienced personal injury specialist. His caseload is full of claimant instructions for the most life-changing brain and spinal injury cases. He is also an arbitrator for the Personal Injury Claims Arbitration Service. Many of his cases relate to RTAs and workplace accidents.
Strengths: "He is absolutely excellent: highly skilled, knowledgeable and very on top of advancements in brain injury. His written work is also exceptionally detailed."

Robert Weir QC

Towering presence at the Personal Injury Bar and one of the most respected and successful barristers in the market. He is regularly instructed by leading claimant and defendant solicitors in maximum severity catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. He is able to get to grips with thorny quantum and liability issues in individual and group actions. He has experience appearing before the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
Strengths: "He is undoubtedly a standout silk." "He is ridiculously clever." "He is the brain of the personal injury world and is very good in cases involving complex liability issues."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Chaplin v Pistol, a case concerning a catastrophically injured banker.

Stephen Cottrell

Acts for claimants in complex catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He is also well regarded for his handling of cases involving serious orthopaedic injuries and chronic pain. He is able to draw on his significant expertise in costs law when advising on high-value personal injury claims.
Strengths: "A good team player." "A very skilled advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered a serious head injury when she was mugged and assaulted.

Stephen Killalea QC

Has an outstanding reputation in maximum severity spinal injury cases and for his adroit handling of the most complex liability disputes for claimants who have suffered life-changing injuries. He is able to advise both children and adult claimants on cases with substantial future care complexities. He is also noted for his handling of cases involving industrial injuries.
Strengths: "He is a talented advocate with very good knowledge of catastrophic brain injury cases. He's also well liked by clients and is very personable." "He is a fantastic courtroom advocate."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who was rendered tetraplegic following a severe spinal cord injury sustained in an unloading accident at a construction site in London.