Ropewalk Chambers

Personal Injury Department

Midlands (Bar)
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Ropewalk Chambers is a highly reputable set on the Midlands Circuit and has a wealth of experience of acting for both claimants and major insurers in the full range of personal injury claims. The set houses a strong team of personal injury experts, and offers expertise in claims involving catastrophic and fatal injuries, chronic pain conditions and psychiatric injuries, amongst others. Members are regularly called upon to act for and advise clients on actions arising from RTAs and cases involving complex issues of employers' and public liability. The set is also well regarded for its handling of asbestos-related litigation. Instructing solicitors praise Ropewalk as "a diverse set full of approachable barristers who are able to provide an excellent service on a wide range of issues."

Client service: "The clerks are very reliable - once counsel is booked, there are no last-minute changes or no-shows." "The chambers is run very efficiently and the clerks are always happy to assist." "The clerking team is so reliable, approachable, tenacious and hard-working." "The clerks are brilliant and very personable. There's no hesitation, they meet deadlines and they're open to conversations about billing." Tony Hill is the set's senior clerk.

Andrew McNamara
Expertise in the full spectrum of personal injury matters including industrial disease and employers' liability claims. He assists both claimants and defendants. He has marked expertise in cases relating to violence in the education and healthcare sectors. He is also experienced in the handling of RTAs and catastrophic injury claims.
Strengths: "His attention to detail is excellent and his cross-examining style is robust and penetrative." "He is just excellent; he has a good rapport with everybody and a very good manner in court. He's well organised and can turn his hand to just about anything." "He's brilliant with clients and is a very strong advocate."

Deborah Davies
Respected barrister offering expertise in personal injury law and additionally noted for her in-depth knowledge of employment law. 
Strengths: "She is thorough, pragmatic, down to earth and approachable."

Georgina Cursham
Widely esteemed for her expertise in claims involving the Animals Act and in inquests. She assists both claimants and defendants. She also has experience handling industrial disease cases.
Strengths: "She is so clever and extraordinarily good." "She's a safe pair of hands and is very down to earth."
Recent work: Acted for and advised a claimant who, along with her late husband, had been attacked by the defendant's bull whilst walking along a public footpath through the defendant's field.

Jason Cox
Excellent junior with expertise in a wide variety of personal injury claims including those relating to industrial disease. He is particularly well regarded for his handling of catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He splits his time between representing claimant and defendant clients.
Strengths: "He is extremely capable both in court and in negotiations and leaves no stone unturned. He's always up to date with the latest legal changes and precedents, and he's very approachable and always willing to pick up the phone to discuss a matter."

Jayne Adams QC
Highly esteemed for her experience in industrial disease claims. She has a related specialism in clinical negligence claims and also frequently handles matters involving fraud. She is regularly instructed by major insurers in complex immunotherapy claims.
Strengths: "She's excellent to deal with and very straightforward." "She's everything you could want in a QC; she's pragmatic, her advice is very clear and she's very well respected in the market."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in Skidmore v A Tremble Demolition and others, the first claim for alleged beryllium poisoning to come before the courts.

Jonathan Mitchell
Well-regarded junior with capabilities in all manner of personal injury issues including RTAs and employers' liability claims. 
Strengths: "Down to earth and a very safe pair of hands."

Kam Jaspal
Specialises in disease work frequently advising on hand-arm vibration syndrome, noise-induced hearing loss and mesothelioma. He focuses on representing defendant and insurer clients. He is experienced representing clients in trials, mediations and joint settlement hearings.
Strengths: "Kam is a very approachable barrister who is always able to spare time to discuss the intricacies of a case with his clients. He provides robust and detailed written advice, and is an excellent cross-examiner."
Recent work: Acted for the second defendant in Heynike v Birlec and others, a fatal mesothelioma claim.

Patrick Limb QC
Highly regarded personal injury silk with vast experience in disease claims. He has particular expertise in matters involving occupational cancer and is praised by solicitors for his straightforward approach to issues. 
Strengths: "A market-leading barrister in asbestos litigation." "A very good, clever barrister."
Recent work: Instructed in Skidmore v A Tremble Demolition and others, the first claim for alleged beryllium poisoning to come before the courts.

Philip Davy
A personal injury junior whose practice has a particular emphasis on abuse cases representing both claimants and defendants. He is no stranger to high-value litigation.
Strengths: "Excellent on abuse cases - he has a strong knowledge of the law and relevant procedure."
Recent work: Represented two claimants in a claim for damages for harassment contrary to s.1 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

Philip Turton
Advises both claimants and defendants on an array of issues including child abuse, stress and occupational disease claims. He has ancillary expertise in clinical negligence law. He also regularly advises on limitation issues.
Strengths: "His written advice is always very detailed, and he's able to put medical experts and witnesses at ease when in conference." "A smooth advocate."

Richard Gregory
Particularly skilled in employers' liability and occupiers' liability claims. He also has experience in disease matters and represents claimants and defendants in the full range of personal injury cases. He is regularly instructed in both fast-track and multi-track claims.
Strengths: "He is thorough and pragmatic in his advice. He's also a strong advocate who is able to turn the papers around promptly."
Recent work: Instructed in Ransome v Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a noise-induced hearing loss claim.

Richard Seabrook
Established senior junior with a broad personal injury practice. He is experienced in the handling of serious RTAs and industrial disease cases, in addition to offering expertise in complex claims involving employers' liability.
Strengths: "Very professional, knowledgeable and approachable. He's very good on his feet." "Richard provides clear and concise advice, and at trial he is great at cross-examining witnesses and making sure the relevant and essential information is obtained."

Toby Stewart
Well-regarded barrister with a broad practice encompassing personal injury, clinical negligence and health and safety cases. He has a wealth of experience in disease claims.
Strengths: "His written advice is always calculated and he's very quick at turning things around. He's robust in cross-examinations and showcases his detailed knowledge of the facts of the case. He has a calm and reassuring manner at trial and is always prepared to fight his client's corner to ensure the best possible result."