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UK Bar London (Bar) Personal Injury

This section covers the full scope of litigation arising from injuries sustained outside of a clinical context. This includes litigation arising from workplace accidents, motor accidents, abuse claims and industrial disease. Purely travel-related injuries are covered in a separate section entitled Travel: International Personal Injury, within the Travel section of the guide.

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Band 1
  1. 12 King's Bench Walk
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    12 King's Bench Walk
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    12 King's Bench Walk houses a deep bench of experienced personal injury barristers who act for both claimants and defendants and regularly undertake high-value and complex claims relating to fatalities and injuries of the utmost severity. The team is particularly well regarded for its expertise in claims arising from RTAs, including those involving allegations of fraud, as well as difficult employers' and public liability claims. Recently, barristers at 12KBW successfully defended the organiser of a cycling sportive in Dougan v Bike Events. International claims and industrial disease work are also key areas of strength for the team. The set is routinely instructed in the most important cases in the market, and its members have significant experience appearing before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal. Members recently acted in Head v Culver Heating Co, a fatal accident claim heard in the Court of Appeal.
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    39 Essex Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    39 Essex Chambers offers an enviable bench of personal injury specialists. Members are experienced in the handling of a wide range of personal injury matters, including catastrophic brain and spinal injury, amputation and fatal claims. The team also offers expertise in cases involving significant liability issues and difficult quantum disputes, and several of the set's barristers have recently been instructed in complex and high-profile claims involving allegations of historic sexual abuse. The tenants are well versed in the representation of both claimants and defendants, and count several major insurers, multinational corporations and government bodies among their diverse clientele. Recently, 39 Essex Chambers fielded barristers on both sides of Multiple Claimants v RFU, Welsh Rugby and others, a landmark case against rugby administrators from those claiming to have suffered brain injuries and early-onset dementia as a result of repeated concussive and sub-concussive head traumas sustained while playing rugby.
  3. Crown Office Chambers
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    Crown Office Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Crown Office Chambers houses an exceptional bench of senior and junior barristers who are highly regarded for their expertise spanning a wide range of claims. Interviewees say: "They have an excellent breadth and depth of barristers who have a suitable skill set to tackle even the most complex of cases." Members are regularly instructed in high-value matters involving catastrophic injuries and fatalities, and undertake work on behalf of both claimants and defendants, including several major insurers. Complex industrial disease claims and large group actions are also core areas of strength for the set, and its barristers field considerable expertise in difficult quantum disputes and claims involving questions surrounding liability. Crown Office Chambers acted for the respondent in Campbell v Advantage Insurance Co, in considering the contributory negligence of an intoxicated passenger driven by a negligent driver. Members also appeared for the defendant in DSN v Blackpool Football Club.
  4. Deka Chambers
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    Deka Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 1 | 19 Years Ranked
    Combining the strength of two former leading personal injury sets, Deka Chambers is truly a force to be reckoned with in the market, offering expertise "across the spectrum of personal injury cases." While the set is particularly well regarded for its representation of claimants, its barristers are also regularly called upon to handle high-value work on behalf of major insurers and other defendants. Members are well versed in catastrophic brain and spinal injury, fatal accident, amputation and psychological injury claims, and offer significant expertise in matters involving complex issues of public and employers' liability. Claims arising from historic sexual abuse are also a key area of practice, and the barristers are frequently called upon to handle extremely sensitive cases involving young and vulnerable witnesses. The set is routinely involved in the most high-profile and complex cases in the market, and its members have experience appearing before the courts at all levels, up to and including the Supreme Court. Notable cases recently handled by the set include Ford v Seymour-Williams heard at the Court of Appeal, examining the application of the Animals Act 1971 and the widely reported Harper v Long and MIB.
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Band 2
  1. 2 Temple Gardens
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    2 Temple Gardens
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    2 Temple Gardens offers expertise spanning a wide range of personal injury claims, and its barristers are regularly called upon to undertake catastrophic injury claims arising from accidents both in the UK and further afield. Complex group actions are a key area of expertise for the team, while members are also well regarded for their handling of stress at work and historic sexual abuse claims. The set's barristers act for both claimants and defendants, and count several government bodies, major insurers and both public and private companies among their clients. Recently, members acted for the respondent in Mehmet Cep v Mace and others, in connection with a spinal injury claim. Additionally, Niazi Fetto featured in GDH v Department for Health and Social Care, in which he acted as senior junior for the government.
  2. Devereux
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    Devereux
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Devereux houses a "stellar line-up of leading silks and an impressive range of juniors" who offer expertise spanning a wide range of personal injury matters. Members are well regarded for their handling of claims involving injuries of the utmost severity, including high-value catastrophic and psychiatric injury claims, as well as those concerning amputations and major organ damage. Cases involving complex issues surrounding liability are a noted area of strength for the team, and the barristers regularly undertake cases arising from RTAs and accidents at work. Recent examples include Cep v Mace, Szerelmey and GKR Scaffolding as well as Noel Wilkinson v Micran. The set retains its reputation as a go-to for the most high-profile and difficult cases in the market, and members have considerable experience appearing before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.
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    Outer Temple Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 19 Years Ranked
    Outer Temple Chambers is a highly regarded set for personal injury matters, housing a strong bench of barristers at both senior and junior levels. Members are experienced in the representation of both claimants and defendants, and count several multinational companies, major insurers and defence organisations among their diverse clientele. Areas of expertise for the team include high-value catastrophic injury, fatal accident, sexual abuse and industrial disease claims, and the set's barristers are routinely instructed in complex multiparty cases and cross-border matters involving difficult jurisdictional issues. Outer Temple Chambers has established itself as one of the go-to sets for claimants in high-profile abuse claims over recent years. Members have appeared in BXB v Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Pennsylvania and another, DSN v Blackpool Football Club, TVZ and others v Manchester City Football Club, and AXM and others v Chelsea Football Club.
  4. Temple Garden Chambers
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    Temple Garden Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 2 | 17 Years Ranked
    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. One instructing solicitor notes: "They have tremendous strength in depth." 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. Recent highlights handled by the set include the widely reported Stansfield v BBC.
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Band 3
  1. 1 Crown Office Row
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    1 Crown Office Row
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 18 Years Ranked
    1 Crown Office Row offers expertise spanning the full range of personal injury matters. Its strong bench of barristers is regularly called upon to handle complex and high-value catastrophic injury cases arising from accidents at work and on the road. Interviewees remark: "There are a number of counsel within the set who are extremely knowledgeable and able to give clear, helpful advice on complicated matters." The set houses considerable strength in matters involving allegations of historic sexual abuse, and several tenants have been involved in some of the most high-profile inquiries of recent years such as the Rochdale Abuse Inquiry and the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Members undertake work on behalf of both claimants and defendants, and count several health authorities, government departments and major insurers among their clients.
  2. 7BR
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    7BR
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 15 Years Ranked
    The barristers at 7BR are experienced in handling the full range of personal injury matters, and are regularly instructed in high-value catastrophic injury cases as well as smaller fast-track RTA claims. The set houses considerable strength in claims arising from allegations of historic sexual abuse. DFX and others v Coventry City Council is one such recent example, in which tenants represented the local authority in a claim initially pleaded at £40 million. Additional areas of expertise for the team include stress at work and psychiatric injury claims, complex liability disputes and cases involving the military. The set is considered a first port of call for both leading claimant and defendant solicitors. Notably, members have acted for claimants and defendants in claims arising as a result of the Grenfell fire, such as Da Costa & Hart and others v The Commissioner for the Metropolis and others on behalf of the Metropolitan Police. This matter considers the largest group litigation action brought by police officers, firefighters, survivors and relatives for psychiatric injuries.
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    Farrar's Building
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Farrar's Building is a well-regarded set in the personal injury market praised by instructing solicitors as housing "talented and personable barristers at every level from the most junior to the most senior counsel." Members are noted for their expert handling of high-value catastrophic injury and fatal claims, and are frequently instructed in cases involving complex liability issues. The set's barristers are also well versed in smaller multi-track and fast-track claims, and routinely undertake cases arising from RTAs or accidents at work. Members act for both claimants and defendants. On the defendant side, Farrar's Building was instructed on Various Claimants v Lime Green Events Limited, a case concerning the stampede at ‘We Are FSTVL’ in 2019. On the claimant side, they are instructed on Marc Evans v The Welsh Government, raising issues concerning the duties of a highway authority.
  4. Old Square Chambers
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    Old Square Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3 | 19 Years Ranked
    Old Square Chambers is a well-regarded set in the personal injury market and is considered the first port of call for a number of leading claimant and defendant solicitors' firms, as well as several major insurers. The set offers expertise covering a wide range of personal injury matters, from complex catastrophic injury claims to smaller fast-track matters, and its barristers are routinely instructed in cases involving difficult issues of quantum or liability. Notable recent cases handled by members include Basith v Parker, concerning a claimant developing schizophrenia as a result of collision. Additional areas of expertise for the team include matters arising from accidents at work and RTAs, industrial disease cases and criminal injuries compensation claims. Tenants have also been engaged in a number of military claims, acting for claimants in Wood v Ministry of Defence and Inoke Momonakaya v Ministry of Defence, both relating to psychological injury.
  5. Cloisters Chambers
    Personal Injury
    UK Bar 2023 | Band 3