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David Rivers

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Specialises in high value liability and quantum claims with recent trial successes including a two day liability trial for a severely brain injured client, a damages assessment in which a three year handicap award was recovered for the Claimant and a three day trial in Southend with an award in excess of £400,000. His largest settlement (led) is over 17 million pounds, which is one of the largest personal injury settlements in recent times. He has a history of acting for a well known TV actor, Senior Police officer and a Deputy High Court Judge. Reported cases include Wright v First Group [2018] EWHC 297 (QB); Shaw v Merthyr Tydfil County Council [2015] CA PIQR P8; Prison Officers Association v Iqbal [2009] EWCA Civ 1310, Court of Appeal (Civ Div); Bates v Maylon [2008] EWHC 2386(QB); Hau v Jim [2007] EWHC 3358 (QB).


Called Grays Inn 2002. Educated Royal Grammar School Newcastle and Jesus College Cambridge MA (cantab) LLM.

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Author of four of the Chapters in Munkman on Employers Liability (17th Edition 2019) including those on contributory negligence and employer’s liability insurance.