Old Square Chambers

Personal Injury Department

Western (Bar)
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Old Square Chambers is highly regarded for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury matters. Members are regularly called upon to handle complex claims involving serious spinal and brain injuries, and also offer expertise in fatal accident and chronic pain cases. Drawing on the set's expertise in complementary areas such as employment and costs, the barristers also maintain a strong reputation for their expertise in stress at work and employers' liability claims, as well as cases involving complex quantum issues. Commentators note that the team is "very good at client care," adding that "the counsel are able to explain complex concepts very clearly and logically, but in a very compassionate way."

Client service: "The clerks offer a really good service – they're approachable, caring and efficient." "Old Square is a very easy set to work with and the clerks are always responsive. They're very organised, they provide swift responses and you can trust their recommendations for alternative counsel." Interviewees note that senior clerk Will Meade is "very knowledgeable and impressive."

Andreá Risoli
Frequently handles CICA appeals relating to sexual abuse and assaults at work. He is skilled at dealing with catastrophic injury claims and fatal accident actions. He is instructed by leading claimant firms, and also offers expertise representing large insurers and trade unions.
Strengths: "He's not afraid to take on difficult cases and is excellent in conference."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a claimant who was rendered tetraplegic following an RTA.

Charles Woodhouse
Handles a versatile practice encompassing fatal, brain injury and spinal cord injury cases. He is well versed in RTAs and workplace accidents. He is also experienced in the handling of claims involving chronic pain conditions. He is regularly instructed to act on behalf of members of the armed forces.
Strengths: "He has excellent client care skills and is able to deliver advice in a clear and concise manner. He also fights hard for his clients and is very thorough and detailed in his work."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant motorcyclist who sustained severe injuries to his hand when colliding with a lorry as he joined a major road from a slip road.

Christopher Walker
Well-respected barrister with a wealth of experience in fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims. He also has expertise in product liability and employers' liability cases. He is regularly instructed by both defendants and claimants.
Strengths: "He is very bright, thorough and well prepared. He quickly gets to the nub of issues and his advice is clear." "He has a fantastic manner with clients and is a good negotiator."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of a claimant who suffered a severe brain injury when struck by a tensioned chain at work.

David Rivers
Well regarded for his representation of claimants in complex personal injury claims. He is particularly experienced in the handling of claims concerning employers' liability. 
Strengths: "Very tactically astute." "Extremely impressive on his feet."
Recent work: Instructed in Ratton v Transsea, a brain injury case which settled at JSM for £1.85 million.

Sophie Beesley
Advocates on behalf of claimant and defendant clients in a diverse range of personal injury cases. She deals frequently with claims regarding fatalities and serious injuries, and is adept at assessing quantum. She also has experience handling complex employers' and occupiers' liability claims.
Strengths: "Identifies the issues quickly and has a lively manner with clients. She's sensitive in her dealings with them while giving clear and sound advice." "Very impressive, thorough and detailed. A safe pair of hands."

Toby Kempster
Strong expertise in employers' liability cases with a particular focus on stress claims. He often handles serious injury and fatal accident claims, as well as asbestos-related matters. He predominantly acts for claimants.
Strengths: "He's easy to work with and very good with clients. His advice is realistic and he's always straightforward in his dealings." 
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who sustained a serious and career-ending injury to her leg in the course of her employment. Causation was disputed due to a previous leg injury.