Farrar's Building

Personal Injury Department

London (Bar)
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Farrar's Building is a well-regarded set in the personal injury market, drawing praise from instructing solicitors who describe it as "a good, well-rounded set with a number of excellent barristers and a fantastic clerking team." Members are noted for their expert handling of high-value catastrophic injury and fatal claims, and are frequently instructed in cases involving complex liability issues. The set's barristers are also well versed in smaller multi-track and fast-track claims, and routinely undertake cases arising from RTAs or accidents at work. Members act for both claimants and defendants, and are noted by interviewees for their "legal skills, confidence in court and down-to-earth approach to the law."

Client service: "The clerks are efficient and helpful - they always respond promptly to requests." "The clerks are accessible, approachable and very attentive to the details of each case. They are true professionals who work very hard for their clients." "Everyone on the clerking team is fantastic. They are quick to amend diaries and offer alternatives, and they're willing to work flexibly to accommodate the nature of our instructions." "The clerks make you feel like nothing is too much trouble and are regularly in contact to ask if there is anything they can do to assist." Chief executive Alan Kilbey heads the clerking team.

Andrew Arentsen

Known for his impressive representation of claimants and defendants in spinal, catastrophic and closed head injury litigation. He specialises in claims involving highly complex medical issues, such as neurological, orthopaedic or psychiatric disputes.
Strengths: "He is efficient and alive to the key points in his cases." "He has a very approachable and caring manner with clients and offers pragmatic and sensible advice."

Andrew Peebles

Regularly instructed to act on behalf of defendants, as well as several claimants, in a range of personal injury matters. He is particularly experienced in the handling of claims arising from sports-related accidents and RTAs. He is also adept at handling complex multiparty claims.
Strengths: "Excellent on his feet."

Andrew Wille

Accepts instructions from both claimants and defendants in his specialist area of life-changing brain and spinal injuries. He is also routinely involved in amputation cases, fatal accident claims and matters concerning serious accidents involving animals. He has developed notable expertise in accident at work cases. Many of his cases involve a clinical negligence aspect.
Strengths: "He takes a forensic approach and thinks about the detail very carefully." "He is really bright and his attention to detail is second to none. He's also very approachable and responsive."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant insurer in a claim arising from a fatal accident in which the mother of a young girl was killed.

Hannah Saxena

She is regularly instructed by both defendant and claimant firms in high-value multi-track claims. She is experienced in the handling of cases involving catastrophic injury, fatal accidents and chronic pain.
Strengths: "She is very thorough, well prepared and provides sound advice." "Hannah approaches matters in a manner that fills you with complete confidence and she's very personable and approachable. She makes her clients and instructing solicitors feel very comfortable."
Recent work: Represented the defendant in JMX v C & Sabre Insurance Company, a case concerning a claimant who had sustained a life-changing brain injury as a result of an RTA.

Howard Cohen

Predominantly acts for defendants in high-value personal injury cases and is well regarded for his expertise in claims arising from railway accidents. His personal injury practice is complemented by his recognised expertise in motor insurance fraud.
Strengths: "He deals with cases very quickly and efficiently." "A very practical and sensible opponent."
Recent work: Instructed in Chaffe v Withers, a two-day liability-only multi-track trial involving an intoxicated pedestrian who was hit by a car while crossing a dual carriageway.

John Meredith-Hardy

Handles a wide range of personal injury matters for both claimants and defendants, including cases arising from RTAs and complex employers' liability claims. He is routinely instructed to undertake cases involving injuries of the utmost severity.
Strengths: "He is very responsive, thorough and a good tactician." "He is hugely reliable, very consistent with his advice and truly exceptional in his attention to detail."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Edmunds v WL Vallance, a claim for personal injury resulting in an alleged brain injury and the consequential inability to work again.

Lee Evans

A leading senior junior who has an incredibly impressive caseload of numerous multimillion-pound, maximum severity catastrophic injury cases. He is a natural choice for the leading road traffic insurers and industry players. He has handled a number of chronic pain and brain and spinal cases with complex quantum issues. He regularly appears before the High Court.
Strengths: "He is really approachable and gets to the heart of the issues in a case really quickly." "He is an extremely good barrister and always delivers a top-quality service." "He is straight to the point, never drops the ball and provides practical and sensible advice."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant insurer in Nigel Wilton v (1) David Stephen Bettison (2) QBE Insurance (Europe), a case involving a claimant motorcyclist who suffered significant fractures, crush injuries and degloving injuries to his leg in an RTA.

Tom Bourne-Arton

Noted for his expertise spanning a wide range of personal injury matters. He acts for both claimants and defendants, and routinely handles multi-track claims arising from accidents at work. He also regularly undertakes cases involving the Highways Act and complex occupiers' liability disputes.
Strengths: "He is efficient and sensible." "He is quick to grasp issues and very efficient in turning work around."