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Personal Injury — Western (Bar)

Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Guildhall Chambers is a prominent set with extensive personal injury expertise in the Western Circuit. Its barristers represent both claimants and defendants in significant occupational disease, RTA and employers' liability claims. It is instructed by major insurers, national law firms, corporate entities and others. A notable recent instruction was Lear v Hickstead Ltd & Another, a claim brought by a paraplegic under the Occupiers' Liability Act. One interviewee comments: "It is my personal chambers of choice due to its unwavering commitment to providing the highest-quality service. Its members take a very personable approach."

Client service: Heather Bidwell and Wendy Shaw clerk the personal injury barristers at the set. "The clerks are readily available and helpful." "Instructions are acknowledged as soon as they are received and their overall service is extremely efficient." "A very good, responsive and accommodating clerking team."

JUNIORS

Julian Benson
Highly esteemed junior adept at handling catastrophic injury claims. He has significant experience in chronic pain cases and is a frequent contributor to academic literature on the subject.
Strengths: "An exceptional senior junior who gets to grips with instructions exceedingly quickly and turns papers around promptly. He is very personable and superb with instructing solicitors, clients, opposing counsel and the court."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a fatal accident case that raised issues of quantum and liability.

Anthony Reddiford
Excellent junior specialising in asbestos and chronic pain claims. He also has a wealth of experience in matters involving brain, spinal and psychiatric injuries. He often handles cases with a fraud aspect.
Strengths: "Tony is consistently sound in his thorough knowledge of the law. He has a kind, friendly manner with clients and he is robust in the courtroom, having excellent advocacy skills." "Measured and unflappable."
Recent work: Acted in Lear v Hickstead Ltd & Another, an action brought by a paraplegic claimant under the Occupiers’ Liability Act.

John Snell
Focuses on personal injury cases relating to animals, particularly equine claims. He often handles matters involving brain injuries, spinal injuries and regional pain syndrome.
Strengths: "He is a master of claims involving personal injury caused by an animal, and he is always at the forefront of developments in the law." "John's knowledge of his subject area is very sound." "Very bright and very likeable."
Recent work: Successfully represented the second defendant in a claim arising out of a riding accident in which the claimant's horse was allegedly spooked by the second defendant's log transporter.

Gabriel Farmer
Handles cases involving spinal, brain and limb injuries. He frequently advises on high-value RTAs and fatal accident claims.
Strengths: "Organised, level-headed, pragmatic and robust in negotiations." "Easy to work with and fights hard on a client's behalf."

Adam Chippindall
Experienced in RTA and fatal accident claims. His workload consists of complex and high-value matters for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "Adam is extremely good with clients and able to explain complex issues clearly and confidently. His knowledge in the field of personal injury is second to none." "A very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a case involving a soldier who sustained a head injury on being struck by a fellow soldier.

Tom Panton
Significant expertise in employers' liability claims. He also has vast experience in industrial disease claims, including hand-arm vibration syndrome, noise-induced hearing loss and asbestos cases.
Strengths: "I was thoroughly impressed. He is charming in court and will go places." "Very intelligent and good with tactics."

Since publication, Adrian Palmer has retired from this practice.

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Band 1

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

St John's Chambers maintains an excellent reputation at the Personal Injury Bar, being home to a number of the foremost barristers in the space. Members act for both claimants and defendants in a wide array of claims, relating to such matters as RTAs, workplace accidents and occupational disease. They were recently involved in Ben Thomas v Cardiff City Council, an inquest concerning a prisoner who died in custody following the removal of a tracheotomy tube. Sources comment that the set's barristers "are of a very high calibre" and "capable of turning around high-quality work in a narrow timeframe, if required."

Client service: "The clerks are always helpful and accommodating." "Very user-friendly and excellent clerks." "The clerks and receptionists are very efficient and effective." Annette Bushell heads the clerking team that supports the personal injury group.

SILKS

Christopher Sharp QC
Highly esteemed silk who acts for both defendants and claimants in high-value personal injury cases, many of which involve complex medical evidence. He frequently handles cases involving local authority negligence.
Strengths: "His attention to detail and grasp of information in a case is second to none." "A very forceful advocate."

JUNIORS

Glyn Edwards
Outstanding barrister widely lauded for his expertise in personal injury matters. He advises both claimants and defendants, and focuses his practice on serious and catastrophic injury claims relating to such situations as workplace accidents and RTAs.
Strengths: "Very clever, very hard-working and very easy to work with. On top of that, he is a superb advocate." "Great at cutting through to the salient issues on complicated cases."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for significant damages arising out of the alleged development of a DVT after a minor RTA.

Andrew McLaughlin
Leading personal injury barrister in the Western Circuit, adept at handling a variety of issues including stress, RTA and industrial disease claims. His cases concern serious injuries sustained in accidents at work.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working. He never turns work away and yet never misses deadlines and always deliver high-quality advice." "A tough, clever opponent who is quick on his feet." "An excellent barrister."
Recent work: Successfully defended at trial a claim by a boy who was injured when a canister exploded in his face while trespassing on the defendants' property.

Richard Stead
Highly experienced in a variety of issues, including Animals Act claims and construction site accidents. He focuses on matters involving brain and spinal injuries.
Strengths: "Highly adept in all areas, but in particular in advocacy, tactical assessment and client handling." "Very experienced."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim brought by a widow whose husband was killed by a bullock.

Timothy Grice
Well known for his expertise in military claims. He largely assists claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Strengths: "Very experienced."
Recent work: Acted on a claim involving a non-freezing cold injury to a serving soldier, which involved issues regarding liability and the quantification of loss of a full army career.

Emma Zeb
A specialist in the personal injury field who represents both claimant and defendant clients. She often handles cases involving catastrophic brain injuries. She also has strong expertise in Highway Act claims.
Strengths: "A real superstar." "Very well prepared and a good advocate." "She has a pragmatic approach to her work and a good grasp of the law."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered serious injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

Matthew White
Advises both claimants and defendants on a variety of issues, including asbestos, stress, accident at work and Highway Act claims. He has appeared in a number of inquests relating to Article 2 of the ECHR.
Strengths: "His attention to detail on complex cases is second to none. He always provides clear advice and has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of highway law."
Recent work: Successfully defended the Highway Authority Council in a claim concerning a woman who slipped on a pavement.

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Band 2

Old Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

THE SET

Supplies broad-ranging personal injury advice and representation to a traditionally claimant-side client base and an increasing number of defendants. Members are well versed in cases concerning catastrophic injuries and fatalities stemming from RTAs and other incidents. They are also regularly instructed in sexual abuse and employers' liability claims. Sources describe them as "friendly and supportive," noting that they "provide thoughtful, reliable advice" and "have achieved excellent results."

Client service: "Their clerks provide an excellent service." William Meade, the senior clerk, is described by one solicitor as "great, very quick to respond and always helpful, doing his best to find counsel with the best experience for each case." Liane Ractliffe manages the set's Bristol annexe.

JUNIORS

Christopher Walker
Well-respected barrister with a wealth of experience in fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims. He also has expertise in product liability and employers' liability cases.
Strengths: "Very well prepared, confident and insightful with experts and a skilful negotiator." "Excellent with clients." "Very measured and has a good eye for detail."
Recent work: Represented at an inquest the family of a man who died while being detained at hospital under the Mental Health Act.

Toby Kempster
Strong expertise in employers' liability cases with a particular focus on stress claims. He often handles asbestos-related matters.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Acted in Crawford v North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust, a case concerning asbestos exposure leading to lung cancer and death, in which liability, causation and quantum were disputed.

Andrea Risoli
Frequently handles CICA appeals relating to sexual abuse and assaults at work. He is skilled at dealing with catastrophic injury claims. He regularly represents large insurers and trade unions.
Strengths: "Andrea always goes the extra mile." "He is always extremely well prepared and particularly impressive in dealing with complex medical evidence and causation issues. He provides very well-reasoned and tactically astute advice." "A tough negotiator who has common sense."

Charles Woodhouse
Handles a versatile practice encompassing fatal, brain injury and spinal cord injury cases. He is well versed in RTAs and workplace accidents.
Strengths: "Very well prepared and organised. He is good with the finer detail and impresses clients. He is a tough, successful negotiator, and confident in risky cases." "Detailed but pragmatic and commercial." "Excellent with clients, very calm and very knowledgeable."

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Band 1

Christopher Sharp QC

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St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Sharp QC 
Highly esteemed silk who acts for both defendants and claimants in high-value personal injury cases, many of which involve complex medical evidence. He frequently handles cases involving local authority negligence.
Strengths: "His attention to detail and grasp of information in a case is second to none." "A very forceful advocate."

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Star Individuals

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Glyn Edwards 
Outstanding barrister widely lauded for his expertise in personal injury matters. He advises both claimants and defendants, and focuses his practice on serious and catastrophic injury claims relating to such situations as workplace accidents and RTAs.
Strengths: "Very clever, very hard-working and very easy to work with. On top of that, he is a superb advocate." "Great at cutting through to the salient issues on complicated cases."
Recent work: Acted in a claim for significant damages arising out of the alleged development of a DVT after a minor RTA.

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Band 1

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Julian Benson
Highly esteemed junior adept at handling catastrophic injury claims. He has significant experience in chronic pain cases and is a frequent contributor to academic literature on the subject.
Strengths: "An exceptional senior junior who gets to grips with instructions exceedingly quickly and turns papers around promptly. He is very personable and superb with instructing solicitors, clients, opposing counsel and the court."
Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a fatal accident case that raised issues of quantum and liability.

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Band 1

3PB Barristers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Mark Lomas of 3PB Barristers 
Has a broad skill set encompassing industrial disease, occupiers' liability, historic sex abuse and employers' liability claims. He is adept at handling cases involving fatal accidents and catastrophic injuries. He represents both defendants and claimants.
Strengths: "A very good cross-examiner and a tough opponent." "He is very experienced and provides a consistently high quality of service, with sound judgement and a forensic attention to detail." "An excellent senior junior who knows exactly what is needed evidentially to win difficult cases. He has good manner with challenging clients."
Recent work: Acted in Garvey v Metroline, a case concerning a man who sustained a severe brain injury when he was knocked down by a bus on a pedestrian crossing at night.

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Band 1

Andrew McLaughlin

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St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrew McLaughlin
Leading personal injury barrister in the Western Circuit, adept at handling a variety of issues including stress, RTA and industrial disease claims. His cases concern serious injuries sustained in accidents at work.
Strengths: "Incredibly hard-working. He never turns work away and yet never misses deadlines and always deliver high-quality advice." "A tough, clever opponent who is quick on his feet." "An excellent barrister."
Recent work: Successfully defended at trial a claim by a boy who was injured when a canister exploded in his face while trespassing on the defendants' property.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Anthony Reddiford

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Anthony Reddiford 
Excellent junior specialising in asbestos and chronic pain claims. He also has a wealth of experience in matters involving brain, spinal and psychiatric injuries. He often handles cases with a fraud aspect.
Strengths: "Tony is consistently sound in his thorough knowledge of the law. He has a kind, friendly manner with clients and he is robust in the courtroom, having excellent advocacy skills." "Measured and unflappable."
Recent work: Acted in Lear v Hickstead Ltd & Another, an action brought by a paraplegic claimant under the Occupiers’ Liability Act.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Snell
Focuses on personal injury cases relating to animals, particularly equine claims. He often handles matters involving brain injuries, spinal injuries and regional pain syndrome.
Strengths: "He is a master of claims involving personal injury caused by an animal, and he is always at the forefront of developments in the law." "John's knowledge of his subject area is very sound." "Very bright and very likeable."
Recent work: Successfully represented the second defendant in a claim arising out of a riding accident in which the claimant's horse was allegedly spooked by the second defendant's log transporter.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Richard Stead
Highly experienced in a variety of issues, including Animals Act claims and construction site accidents. He focuses on matters involving brain and spinal injuries.
Strengths: "Highly adept in all areas, but in particular in advocacy, tactical assessment and client handling." "Very experienced."
Recent work: Acted for the defendant in a claim brought by a widow whose husband was killed by a bullock.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Christopher Walker

Old Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Walker
Well-respected barrister with a wealth of experience in fatal accident and catastrophic injury claims. He also has expertise in product liability and employers' liability cases.
Strengths: "Very well prepared, confident and insightful with experts and a skilful negotiator." "Excellent with clients." "Very measured and has a good eye for detail."
Recent work: Represented at an inquest the family of a man who died while being detained at hospital under the Mental Health Act.

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Band 2

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Daniel Bennett of Doughty Street Chambers 
Highly regarded barrister specialising in workplace injuries and occupational disease. He has undertaken extensive advocacy on behalf of migrant workers. He also handles product liability cases.
Strengths: "His knowledge and the research he does translate into fantastic advice. He is outstanding in court and prepares thoroughly." "Very hands-on and very proactive in helping solicitors with their cases." "Very knowledgeable on employment-related claims."
Recent work: Acted for the family of a maintenance worker who fell to his death through a fragile roof when sent to clear seagulls' nests.

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Band 2

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Gabriel Farmer 
Handles cases involving spinal, brain and limb injuries. He frequently advises on high-value RTAs and fatal accident claims.
Strengths: "Organised, level-headed, pragmatic and robust in negotiations." "Easy to work with and fights hard on a client's behalf."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Timothy Grice 
Well known for his expertise in military claims. He largely assists claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries.
Strengths: "Very experienced."
Recent work: Acted on a claim involving a non-freezing cold injury to a serving soldier, which involved issues regarding liability and the quantification of loss of a full army career.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Unity Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

John Isherwood of Unity Street Chambers
Receives widespread recognition for his skill in personal injury law. His broad practice covers industrial disease, employers' liability and RTA claims.
Strengths: "Service-orientated, to the point and clever." "He is very experienced and good at what he does. You can really trust him." "A very effective advocate on difficult cases. He is a ferocious cross-examiner and very bright."

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Band 2

Old Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Toby Kempster
Strong expertise in employers' liability cases with a particular focus on stress claims. He often handles asbestos-related matters.
Strengths: "A very safe pair of hands."
Recent work: Acted in Crawford v North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust, a case concerning asbestos exposure leading to lung cancer and death, in which liability, causation and quantum were disputed.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Old Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Andrea Risoli 
Frequently handles CICA appeals relating to sexual abuse and assaults at work. He is skilled at dealing with catastrophic injury claims. He regularly represents large insurers and trade unions.
Strengths: "Andrea always goes the extra mile." "He is always extremely well prepared and particularly impressive in dealing with complex medical evidence and causation issues. He provides very well-reasoned and tactically astute advice." "A tough negotiator who has common sense."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Christopher Taylor

Queen Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Christopher Taylor of Queen Square Chambers 
Has broad capability in the personal injury field encompassing spinal injury, head injury and fatal accident claims. He also has significant expertise in industrial disease cases.
Strengths: "Very thorough and has excellent client care." "The things that really stand out are his energy and fighting spirit. His client care is second to none." "As an adviser, he is detailed and meticulous, and as an advocate he is robust and impressive."
Recent work: Acted in an occupiers' liability case in which the claimant broke his neck at an indoor climbing centre.

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Band 2

Charles Woodhouse

Old Square Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Charles Woodhouse 
Handles a versatile practice encompassing fatal, brain injury and spinal cord injury cases. He is well versed in RTAs and workplace accidents.
Strengths: "Very well prepared and organised. He is good with the finer detail and impresses clients. He is a tough, successful negotiator, and confident in risky cases." "Detailed but pragmatic and commercial." "Excellent with clients, very calm and very knowledgeable."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Emma Zeb 
A specialist in the personal injury field who represents both claimant and defendant clients. She often handles cases involving catastrophic brain injuries. She also has strong expertise in Highway Act claims.
Strengths: "A real superstar." "Very well prepared and a good advocate." "She has a pragmatic approach to her work and a good grasp of the law."
Recent work: Acted for a claimant who suffered serious injuries as a result of a road traffic accident.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Adam Chippindall 
Experienced in RTA and fatal accident claims. His workload consists of complex and high-value matters for both claimants and defendants.
Strengths: "Adam is extremely good with clients and able to explain complex issues clearly and confidently. His knowledge in the field of personal injury is second to none." "A very good advocate."
Recent work: Acted in a case involving a soldier who sustained a head injury on being struck by a fellow soldier.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Doughty Street Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

David Haines of Doughty Street Chambers
Benefits from being a qualified doctor. His practice covers a wide range of personal injury matters, including industrial disease, product liability, public liability, RTA and occupiers' liability claims.

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Band 3

Guildhall Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Tom Panton 
Significant expertise in employers' liability claims. He also has vast experience in industrial disease claims, including hand-arm vibration syndrome, noise-induced hearing loss and asbestos cases.
Strengths: "I was thoroughly impressed. He is charming in court and will go places." "Very intelligent and good with tactics."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

St John's Chambers

From the Chambers UK Bar guide

Matthew White 
Advises both claimants and defendants on a variety of issues, including asbestos, stress, accident at work and Highway Act claims. He has appeared in a number of inquests relating to Article 2 of the ECHR.
Strengths: "His attention to detail on complex cases is second to none. He always provides clear advice and has a thorough knowledge of all aspects of highway law."
Recent work: Successfully defended the Highway Authority Council in a claim concerning a woman who slipped on a pavement.

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