No5 Barristers' Chambers

Personal Injury Department

Midlands (Bar)
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The pre-eminent personal injury set on the Midlands Circuit, No5 Barristers' Chambers boasts an impressive bench of senior and junior barristers capable of handling a wide range of complex and high-value claims. Members are regularly instructed to act on behalf of both claimant and defendant clients, and offer expertise in fast-track and multi-track claims. Areas of particular expertise for the set include catastrophic and fatal injury claims, as well as cases involving amputations, chronic pain syndromes and psychological injuries. Instructing solicitors note that the set houses "a number of approachable barristers who will always go the extra mile," and describe No5 as "a superb set which consistently delivers a great service."

Client service: "The clerks are very responsive and approachable - the quality of the service is great." "Tony McDaid, the director of clerking, runs a very organised ship. He makes sure the clerks are all trained well so they're attentive to solicitors' needs." "The clerks are very helpful and accommodating." Zoe Tinnion and Clare Radburn are the practice directors for the clinical negligence and personal injury group.

Christopher Bright QC
Regularly assists claimants and defendants with catastrophic injury and fatal accident cases, especially those involving factual and legal complexities such as causation. He has a particular focus on cases involving complex brain and spinal cord injuries. He also has significant experience in RTA claims.
Strengths: "He has a brain the size of a planet." "He is very thorough and very technically accurate." "Tactically astute and a poised advocate."

Henry Pitchers QC
Strong personal injury practice centred on high-value and complex claims. He manages a diverse selection of cases, including those involving head and spinal injuries, amputations and complex orthopaedic problems, as well as terminal illnesses and deaths. He is also well regarded for his expertise in clinical negligence matters. 
Strengths: "He is very adaptable, very personable and puts clients at ease. He thinks quickly on his feet in court and is a very good team player." "Excellent with clients, a great strategist and excellent on paper. He's also extremely reliable and down to earth."

Jamie Gamble
Experienced senior junior well regarded for his expertise in personal injury and clinical negligence work. He has a particular focus on cases involving catastrophic injury and death. He is also well regarded for his handling of industrial disease claims, particularly those arising from asbestos exposure.
Strengths: "His grasp of technical matters and the detail of the case is great."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a man who suffered severe fractures to both feet, leading to chronic regional pain syndrome and permanent psychiatric symptoms. The case settled at a roundtable settlement meeting for £1.4 million.

John Coughlan
Experienced in disease cases and psychiatric claims. He is noted for having strong negotiation skills and considerable expertise in cases involving complex issues of causation.

Jonathan Jones QC
Highly esteemed silk with particular expertise in quantum and catastrophic injuries, including overseas cases. He also has vast experience in employers' liability and RTA claims. He is frequently instructed in cases involving novel points of law and difficult medical issues.
Strengths: "He's extremely thorough, highly knowledgeable and can pick up complex principles of the law very quickly." "He's brilliant with clients and he's very good at number crunching."
Recent work: Instructed in a case involving a claimant who lost both arms and legs when he was electrocuted whilst working on scaffolding near some electricity cables. The case settled at an RTM for £8 million.

Karl Hirst
Established personal injury barrister, experienced in the handling of high-value claims involving neurological, spinal and birth injuries. He is also noted for his expertise in claims involving chronic pain conditions and fatalities. He is regularly instructed on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He's very experienced and always ready to take on big and complex cases. Rather than just giving cold advice on the law he's always empathetic and approachable." "He has a really good manner with clients and he's really down to earth. He's also very good on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a mother who was sued by the insurance company of the driver who knocked over her son. The insurers alleged that she ought not have allowed her son to play in the neighbourhood without greater supervision.

Malcolm Duthie
Strong junior regularly handling spinal injury, psychiatric and amputation claims. Much of his work is high-value in nature, and he has considerable experience representing children and protected parties. He has undertaken a number of sport-related cases.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate; he is persuasive in court and expresses himself very well on paper. He clearly has a very sharp mind." "Impeccably prepared and a real fighter, so he's good to have on your side in a contested issue." "He is methodical and gets to grips with the issues of the case quickly."
Recent work: Represented a motorcyclist who suffered catastrophic injuries following an RTA.

Matthew Brunning
Well-known junior with expertise in a variety of personal injury matters including fatal and catastrophic injury claims as well as disease and complex orthopaedic injury cases. He acts for both claimants and defendants. 
Strengths: "He is compassionate and extremely good with clients, as well as being very clever and technically gifted." "Insightful, calm and hard-working."

Nicholas Xydias
Broad range of expertise encompassing industrial disease, fatal accident and spinal injury claims. He is particularly well regarded for his handling of cases arising from RTAs and accidents at work. He acts for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He's a safe pair of hands, doesn't pull any punches and great when you have a difficult client." "Thorough, knows his stuff, passionate about getting the right result and has a fast turnaround."
Recent work: Instructed in a claim involving a claimant who suffered a shoulder injury and a subtle yet debilitating brain injury following a fall at work.

Paul Bleasdale QC
Highly experienced in challenging catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims stemming from RTAs or accidents at work. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases. He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "He understands how judges think and is excellent on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a claimant who suffered serious injuries when the bus he was driving was struck by a falling tree.

Paul Evans
Experienced in numerous different personal injury issues including pain disorders, brain and spinal injuries and amputations. He represents both claimants and defendants. He is also well regarded for his handling of employers' and public liability claims.
Strengths: "He's very good with clients and is very accessible; he's always available at the end of the phone and he's very good at talking through issues and deciding where to take the case."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a chef who sustained a serious injury to his arm at work. The claimant was left with significant pain resulting a loss of function in his arm and consequential psychological symptoms.

Richard Moat
Handles a broad range of personal injury matters including fatal accident, chronic pain, brain damage and psychiatric claims. He acts for both claimants and defendants. He is also experienced in handling industrial disease claims involving mesothelioma and asbestos.
Strengths: "He's creative, user-friendly and has a great breadth of experience." "He's reliable, thorough and a very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Instructed in a substantial personal injury claim in which the claimant sustained a wide variety of injuries in a road traffic accident. The claim was settled at JSM for £500,000.

Robert Smallwood
Acts for both claimants and defendants in a wide variety of catastrophic injury claims. He is regularly instructed in brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and pain disorder cases. He is adept at handling cases involving complex medical evidence.
Strengths: "Hard-working and very good on serious claims."