Temple Garden Chambers

Personal Injury Department

London (Bar)
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Temple Garden Chambers retains its reputation as a strong set in the personal injury market, and is well regarded for its handling of a wide range of matters. Members routinely undertake high-value instructions on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and offer significant expertise in catastrophic injury, fatal accident and military claims. Cases at the cutting edge of personal injury law are also a key area of strength for the team, and several of the set's members have been involved in the development of the law surrounding subtle brain injuries, chronic pain and fraudulent claims. Instructing solicitors note that the set has "a wealth of quality barristers at its disposal" and praise Temple Garden Chambers as "a top set of chambers with genuine strength in depth."

Client service: "The clerking service is first rate." "The clerks stand out - they are always very accommodating and good at keeping their clients informed." Dean Norton is the senior clerk.


Benjamin Casey

Acts for both claimants and defendants in high-value catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He has noted expertise in complex tetraplegia claims.
Strengths: "He is thorough, thoughtful and measured in his advocacy and has a very acute understanding of the nuances in a case." "He is great with clients, very tactically sound and has excellent attention to detail."


James Arney

Dual expert in personal injury and costs litigation with a hefty caseload relating to serious brain injuries, amputations and fatal accidents. He acts for both claimants and defendants and has notable experience in RTA cases. The pragmatic advice that he is able to provide in relation to quantum is much appreciated by sources. He is frequently involved in high-value litigation, often acting in cases valued at over £1 million.
Strengths: "His attention to detail and preparation skills are second to none, and he has achieved fantastic results for his clients. He's also very user-friendly." "A very good trial advocate."
Recent work: Acted on behalf of the first defendant in Scott v Reed, a head-on collision liability trial.


James Bell

Has a highly reputable, mixed claimant and defendant personal injury and clinical negligence practice, with a focus on catastrophic injuries including brain damage, chronic pain and amputations. He is noted for his experience in cross-border matters and EL/PL cases. He also regularly acts in industrial disease claims.
Strengths: "He is excellent in his preparation and adds real value to cases." "A powerful and persuasive advocate."


James Laughland

Has a multidisciplinary practice focusing on personal injury and costs litigation. He is instructed by claimants and insurers alike, often in cases involving allegations of fraud or dishonesty. His ability to assess costs is valued by clients. He is equally effective appearing for his clients in trials and settlement meetings.
Strengths: "An excellent advocate. He is very knowledgeable."
Recent work: Instructed in Alexander v Wheeler, an assessment of damages claim where the defendant successfully argued that the claim should be struck out by reason of the claimant's fundamental dishonesty.


John Bate-Williams

Veteran catastrophic personal injury and fatal accident practitioner with extensive experience handling maximum severity cases. He is primarily instructed by defendant insurers but has increasingly been sought out by claimant solicitors in relation to a range of injuries, including chronic regional pain syndrome and brain damage. He has recently appeared in cases arising out of aviation accidents.
Strengths: "A very clear, precise and engaging advocate." "He is incredibly experienced."


Jonathan Watt-Pringle QC

Receives instructions from defendants, insurers and claimants in catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. His practice includes health and safety, clinical and professional negligence and inquests. Market commentators highlight his grasp of the finer legal points of a case and attention to detail.
Strengths: "He is a tenacious negotiator and has a fantastic eye for detail." "A very astute tactician."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered paraplegia after he was a passenger in a car which veered off the road and rolled down a bank.


Lionel Stride

An experienced personal injury junior who regularly acts in a range of fatal and catastrophic injury claims. He is well regarded for his adroit handling of claims stemming from aviation accidents and those involving complex issues of causation. He also has expertise in cases involving non-organic pain and pre-existing rheumatological conditions.
Strengths: "He is really technical and very good at providing clear advice and courses of action." "He is extremely thorough and takes a forensic approach to evidence."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a £4.5 million fatal accident claim arising out of a light aircraft accident in January 2015.


Marcus Grant

A pioneer in the areas of complex subtle brain injury and chronic pain syndrome. He has been at the cutting edge of fibromyalgia litigation for many years, and is a vigorous advocate for its recognition by courts and insurers. He is also instructed by insurers for committal proceedings for dishonest litigants.
Strengths: "He's the best person in the country for subtle brain injury cases and has an excellent command of medicine. His client skills are also very good." "He is a very good advocate - very polite and fights hard for his clients." "He is incredibly hard-working and pays great attention to detail." "Whether on his feet or on paper, Mr Grant is truly fourth-dimensional, with a second-to-none work ethic."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a claimant who sustained a concussive brain injury in a cycling accident.


Paul Kilcoyne

Provides skilful representation of claimants and insurers in litigation concerning catastrophic injuries. He is a leading choice for members of the armed forces bringing claims against the MoD and has expertise in that area relating to non-freezing cold injuries, harassment and training accidents, among other things. He is also noted for his expertise in inquests concerning military deaths.
Strengths: "He is extremely impressive and robust when dealing with complex and challenging litigation."
Recent work: Acted for a former Sandhurst cadet who suffered significant injuries due to an inappropriate and ill-fitting Bergen rucksack. The claimant was subsequently discharged from the Army as a result of her back injuries.


Peter Freeman

Top-performing counsel for claimant and defendant solicitors seeking detailed advice and robust advocacy in catastrophic injury cases, particularly RTAs. He is also regularly called upon to represent insurers. He is frequently instructed in cases involving aviation and sporting accidents. He also handles third-party claims against the railway sector. He is noted for his specialist expertise surrounding causation and complex liability issues.
Strengths: "He is absolutely excellent. His advocacy is very clear and he sees the key points in a case extremely quickly." "A very polished performer."
Recent work: Instructed in a case concerning a four year old child who sustained a traumatic brain injury after being knocked down by the defendant's car while crossing the road outside her home.


Richard Wilkinson

Consummate professional who is instructed by large insurers in catastrophic injury, fatal accident and costs cases. He is also recognised for his impressive claimant-side practice. His experience in chronic pain litigation is particularly noteworthy, as is his expert handling of fatal accidents, claims involving head injuries and employers' liability disputes. He has further strength in RTA claims.
Strengths: "He has a very acute eye for detail and is one of the best drafters of complex schedules of loss." "He is exceptionally well prepared and has an exceptional grasp of detail."
Recent work: Represented the claimant in a fatal accident claim arising from the death of the claimant's husband in an RTA.


Simon Browne QC

Noted for his expertise in catastrophic brain and spine injuries, which he regularly handles on behalf of major insurers and leading claimant solicitors. Over the course of his celebrated career, he has also developed a strong reputation for aviation accidents, clinical negligence cases and cross-border litigation. His knowledge of costs elicits praise from market sources.
Strengths: "He is very user-friendly, cuts through the issues quickly and has a great eye for detail."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who was left with enduring neuropsychiatric and vestibular symptoms after a modest blow to the head.