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Old Square Chambers

Personal Injury

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Old Square Chambers is a well-regarded set in the personal injury market and is considered the first port of call for a number of leading claimant and defendant solicitors' firms, as well as several major insurers. The set offers expertise covering a wide range of personal injury matters, from complex catastrophic injury claims to smaller fast-track matters, and its barristers are routinely instructed in cases involving difficult issues of quantum or liability. Additional areas of expertise for the team include matters arising from accidents at work and RTAs, industrial disease cases and criminal injuries compensation claims. Instructing solicitors note that "everyone at the set is very professional and works to a very high standard."

Client service:

"The clerks are approachable, helpful and go out of their way to try to provide availability." "The set offers an excellent clerking service and there is always someone there to answer my question." "William Meade, the senior clerk, goes above and beyond to assist his clients. He has a very good knowledge of the barristers and is very good at matching counsel with the appropriate skills and expertise to particular cases and clients."

Strengths:

Ben Collins QC
Noted for his expertise in criminal injuries compensation. He is regularly instructed in cases involving catastrophic brain injuries, and has significant experience acting for both claimants and defendants in claims involving injured service personnel.
"He is very clear and precise in court, and is a really safe pair of hands." "He inspires confidence in his clients."
Recent work: Acted for the defence in a multi-claimant case brought against the MoD arising from 'Q Fever' illness among the armed forces in Afghanistan.

Strengths:

Charles Woodhouse
Robust defence advocate who regularly appears unled against leading silks for claimants or defendants in litigation stemming from catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents. He is noted for his expertise in amputation and chronic pain cases and has experience representing military personnel in claims against the MoD.
"He is very thorough and professional." "He is meticulous in his preparation."
Recent work: Acted for a pedestrian claimant who sustained a severe brain injury when she was struck by a car while crossing a road in central London in the early hours of the morning.

Strengths:

Charlie Sparling
Focuses his practice on the handling of multi-track personal injury claims. He acts for both claimants and defendants in cases involving chronic pain, mild traumatic brain injuries and complex somatoform disorders. He offers considerable expertise in complex liability and quantum disputes.
"A charming advocate who is very good in court."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a complex chronic pain matter in which the claimant suffered a traumatic injury to his arm and subsequently developed debilitating referred pain in other parts of his body.

Strengths:

Christopher Edwards
Recognised for his impressive handling of both claimant and defendant work. He frequently handles high-value serious injury matters, with significant expertise in fatal accident and industrial disease claims. He also has experience of handling claims brought against the Ministry of Justice, where he typically acts on behalf of former prison officers, among other MoJ employees.
"He is an excellent advocate, and is very approachable and easy to deal with. He is also very thorough and has a really good depth of knowledge."
Recent work: Instructed in a career loss claim involving an RAF motorcyclist who was badly injured in an RTA.

Strengths:

David Rivers
Handles a broad range of personal injury claims, with notable expertise in complex quantum and employers' liability disputes. His claimant-focused practice comes highly recommended by sources, who highlight his in-depth understanding of technical evidence and experience of both fast-track and multi-track actions.
"Incredibly bright and very good with clients. He's a technical barrister, so he's very good on the rules and is able to advise on tactical steps on the way forward."
Recent work: Instructed in Wright v First Group, a case concerning a head injury sustained in an RTA.

Strengths:

Katherine Howells
Impressive junior who acts predominantly on behalf of claimants and deals with a wide range of claims, relating to matters such as brain and spinal cord injuries, psychiatric injuries and amputations, as well as fatalities. Her cases often arise out of RTAs and accidents at work, and she is noted for her expertise in employers', public and occupiers' liability claims. She is regularly instructed in multiparty litigation.
"A formidable opponent." "She is very meticulous and has great attention to detail."

Strengths:

Paul Rose QC
Highly experienced silk offering expertise across catastrophic injury cases and complex employment litigation. He regularly receives instructions from leading claimant solicitors, and is particularly well known for his proficiency in complex liability disputes and military claims. He also draws praise for his ability to handle difficult quantum issues and medical evidence.
"He is always extremely well prepared and is a very good advocate." "He has exceptional negotiation skills and unbelievable tactical abilities." "He is happy to fight cases and he is very tenacious in his pursuit of the best results for clients."

Personal Injury Department

Old Square Chambers

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10-11 Bedford Row

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Greater London

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Silks (QC)

London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Ben Collins QC
Band 3
Paul Rose QC
Band 1

Juniors

London (Bar)

Personal Injury


Charles Woodhouse
Band 1
Charlie Sparling
Band 3
Christopher Edwards
Band 3
David Rivers
Band 3