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St John's Buildings

Personal Injury

4 ranked barristersBand 3Northern (Bar)UK Bar 2021 View ranking table

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St John's Buildings is well regarded for its expert representation of both claimants and defendants in a wide range of personal injury claims, and counts several insurers, public authorities and private individuals among its varied clientele. Members are regularly instructed in cases arising from RTAs and accidents at work, and the team offers considerable strength in the handling of employers' and public liability claims. Additional areas of expertise for the set include work-related stress, industrial disease and high-value catastrophic injury claims. Instructing solicitors note that "everyone at the set is so professional and personable, from the reception staff right through to the clerks and counsel."

Client service:

"The clerks are efficient, very client-focused and provide an excellent service." "The clerks always do their very best to find counsel even when it appears that they have no one available. They also let you know if any problems have occurred and do their best to resolve those problems." "The clerks are very approachable and will always go out of their way to ensure a barrister can cover a hearing or take on any urgent work that needs to be done." Chris Shaw is the senior clerk for civil matters.

Strengths:

Matthew Mawdsley
Focuses his practice on employers' and public liability and industrial disease cases. He acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants, including several police forces and local authorities.
"He is extremely well prepared and very precise in terms of identifying key issues." "He is very pragmatic and robust." "Very sensible and has good judgement."
Recent work: Instructed in a highway case involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty.

Strengths:

Peter Harrison
Acts in a variety of high-value catastrophic injury claims, including those resulting from military service and claims for psychological damage. He represents both claimants and defendants in complex cases of large value. He is adept at handling employers' and public liability cases.
"A very elegant advocate." "Very approachable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a hand-arm vibration syndrome claim.

Strengths:

Philip Grundy
Vastly experienced junior with an impressive practice in catastrophic personal injury. He acts for claimants and defendants in a variety of cases and has particular expertise in accidents and conditions associated with the workplace. This includes everything from industrial workers suffering from hand-arm vibration syndrome through to military personnel affected by PTSD. He is also well regarded for his handling of claims involving RTAs. 
"He is extremely personable and well respected by his opponents." "He is extremely knowledgeable, experienced and a superb advocate. He knows it all when it comes to personal injury litigation and is very fast at assimilating and analysing information."

Strengths:

Richard Norton
His personal injury practice focuses on severe injury claims arising from RTAs. He principally acts for claimants, with a focus on advisory work. He is well known for his expertise in cases involving complex expert evidence.
"He is very good with clients and deals with paperwork very efficiently."
Recent work: Acted for a serving soldier who suffered a severe brain injury after being attacked by another solder in Cyprus.

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Northern (Bar)

Personal Injury


Matthew Mawdsley
Band 3
Peter Harrison
Band 1
Philip Grundy
Band 1
Richard Norton
Band 2