Guildhall Chambers

Personal Injury Department

Western (Bar)
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Guildhall Chambers is a market-leading set on the Western Circuit, noted for its expert handling of a wide range of high-value and complex personal injury claims. The set's members are regularly instructed to act on behalf of both defendant and claimant clients, including several corporate bodies and major insurance companies. Its barristers offer considerable expertise in chronic pain, fatal accident and catastrophic and psychiatric injury claims, as well as industrial disease cases. The set is also regularly called upon to act in cases involving allegations of fraud or fundamental dishonesty and complex liability disputes.

Client service: Wendy Shaw is the practice manager for the personal injury team. "The clerking team is head and shoulders above the other chambers in Bristol. They're all very responsive and are distinguished by their 'can do, will do' attitude." The clerks there are always very helpful – Wendy Shaw and Olive Kavanagh always go out of their way to make sure things are covered and they take a keen interest in what's going on." "The clerks are efficient and professional."

Anthony Reddiford
Excellent junior specialising in asbestos and chronic pain claims. He also has a wealth of experience in matters involving brain, spinal and psychiatric injuries. He often handles cases with a fraud aspect. He represents both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He really punches above his weight." "A very attractive advocate."

Gabriel Farmer
Handles cases involving spinal, brain and limb injuries on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He frequently advises on high-value RTAs and fatal accident claims. He is also experienced in the handling of claims relating to industrial disease and chronic pain.
Strengths: "A formidable barrister with a forensic grasp of detail and an ability to convey complex factual and technical issues in a succinct and coherent fashion. His astute legal advice is keenly balanced with a strong awareness of the client's commercial needs." "He's very tenacious and has proven himself to be a highly successful negotiator and advocate."

John Snell
Focuses on personal injury cases relating to animals, particularly equine claims. He often handles matters involving brain injuries, spinal injuries and complex regional pain syndrome. He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He's very professional, easy to deal with and straightforward." "He's so knowledgeable and the close attention he pays to the issues of each case is unparalleled." "He is excellent with clients, always adheres to timescales and has very good communication skills. He's meticulous with regard to detail."

Julian Benson
Highly esteemed junior adept at handling catastrophic injury claims. He has significant experience in chronic pain cases and is a frequent contributor to academic literature on the subject. 
Strengths: "Approachable and has excellent knowledge of legal issues."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a middle-aged accountant who suffered complex psychiatric causational issues leading to chronic pain following a modest RTA.

Martin Lanchester
Acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury claims. He is particularly experienced in the handling of cases involving elements of fraud or fundamental dishonesty.
Strengths: "Approachable and has excellent knowledge of legal issues." "His advice is always very sensible and explained particularly well to clients."

Oliver Moore
Handles a broad range of personal injury claims on behalf of both defendant and claimant clients, including those involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. He has significant experience acting in multi-track claims.
Strengths: "He is a very skilful and persuasive advocate. He's also very approachable and easy to deal with; he used to be a solicitor before going to the Bar so he has greater experience than his years of call and he knows exactly what solicitors are looking for."
Recent work: Instructed on behalf of one of the defendants in a case involving a claimant who suffered a head injury following an accident on a construction site.

Tom Panton
Significant expertise in employers' liability claims. He also has vast experience in industrial disease claims, including hand-arm vibration syndrome, noise-induced hearing loss and asbestos cases. 
Strengths: "He has a relaxed manner which calms witnesses, and his advocacy is excellent and very robust." "He's straight-talking, to the point and fully aware of the economic and commercial side of things. He always has the client's best interests at heart."