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Listed for many years as a leading set in personal injury work by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, we are described in the personal injury section of recent editions of the directories as:-

"An outstanding set specialising in catastrophic injury (including brain injury claims), stress at work, highways and road accident claims. Practitioners have been involved in many high-profile claims based on sexual abuse matters, including the Jimmy Savile case and other sexual grooming matters. Sources report that the set is 'open and friendly' and has 'an impressive mix of people'."

"1 Chancery Lane’s members have recently appeared in Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court cases. Solicitors profess to being ‘thoroughly impressed with the set’s abilities to gain the results clients want'."

Members of Chambers' Personal Injury Group undertake all forms of work in this field including claims involving:

  • Child abuse: claims against care homes, local authorities, educational establishments, religious orders and the Home Office for physical and sexual abuse; members of Chambers are currently acting in a number of test cases and group actions.
  • Criminal injuries: applications to the CICA and appeals to the CICAP.
  • Employers’ liability: the “6-pack”, all other statutory duties and unsafe systems as well as vicarious liability for the acts of employees.
  • Industrial disease: asbestos-induced and all other occupational respiratory diseases, noise induced deafness, toxic and hazardous substances, dysphonia, dermatitis, repetitive strain injuries and hand-arm vibration syndrome.
  • Inquests: at all levels, from the fully argued, jury and Coroner hearings to Coroner-only hearings
  • Occupiers’ liability: slipping and tripping cases on public and private property and unsafe premises litigation generally
  • Product liability: food poisoning, defective goods, consumer protection.
  • Public authority: claims against local authority exercising statutory functions as highways authorities, education authorities, social services departments etc.
  • Public liability: nuisance or other forms of environmental claims
  • Road traffic: from multiple motorway crash litigation and brain injury cases to “simple” whiplash claims, so-called “low velocity claims” and Motor Insurers Bureau claims.
  • Sports and leisure accidents.


We handle complex multi-party litigation and regularly appear in groundbreaking cases. Work is undertaken on behalf of claimants and defendants in the UK and overseas. (see Clinical Negligence), Health & Safety (see Public and Regulatory), Police claims (see Police) and Travel claims (see Travel) are closely linked to our personal injury work and, where appropriate, we bring to those other areas a thorough understanding of personal injury work.

We have several writers of (and contributors to) leading personal injury publications and textbooks, including Kemp and Kemp on The Quantum of Damages. Members regularly lecture on personal injury topics, both in Chambers and elsewhere. We also edit the PI blog (a joint endeavour with piCalculator) to which members of our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Groups contribute on a regular basis.

Members of Chambers have appeared in various precedent-setting personal injury cases in recent years in the following areas:-

Abuse: Various Claimants v Anglemoss Ltd (ongoing), JGE v Portsmouth Diocese [2012] EWCA Civ 938, Various Claimants v Catholic Welfare Society and the Institute of Christian Brothers [2010] EWCA Civ 1106, Young v Catholic Care [2008] UKHL, KR –V- Royal and Sun Alliance [2007] Bus LR 139, Various Claimants v Bryn Alyn Community (holdings) Ltd, [2003] 3 WLR 107

Catastrophic Injuries: quantification aspects of catastrophic injuries claims: Peters v East Midlands SHA [2009] EWCA Civ 145, A v Archbishop of Birmingham [2005] EWHC 1361 and Eagle v Chambers [2004] 1 WLR 3081

Employers’ Liability: Work outside the jurisdiction Cassley v GMP and Sundance Ltd [2015] EWHC 722(QB), Stress claims: Dermott v London Borough of Harrow [2011] EWHC 51, Connor v Surrey County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 286, Clark v Chief Constable of Essex [2006] EWHC 2290 and Pratley v Surrey County Council [2003] EWCA Civ 1067 [2004] ICR 159

Occupiers' Liability: Chester-le-Street District Council v Brouhaha International Ltd [2011] EWHC 1226

Limitation: TCD v Harrow [2008] EWHC 3048, Young v Catholic Care [2008] UKHL, Kew v Bettamix and Others [2006] EWCA Civ 1535,  Adams v Bracknell Forest BC [2004] UKHL 29 [2005] 1 AC 76, McDonnell v Christian Brothers [2004] 1 AC 1101 and Various Claimants v Bryn Alyn Community (Holdings) Ltd [2003] 3 WLR 107

Public Authority Liability: Connor v Surrey County Council [2010] EWCA Civ 286, X & Y v Hounslow LBC [2009] EWCA Civ 286, Lawrence v Pembroke CC [2007] PIQR P1, D v East Berkshire Community NHS Trust [2005] 2 AC 373, DN v Greenwich LB [2004] EWCA Civ 1659 [2005] BLGR 597, A and B v Essex County Council (2004) 1 WLR 1881, Phelps v Hillingdon LBC [2001] 2 AC 619 andX v Bedfordshire County Council [1995] 2 AC 633

Road Traffic: Liability under the Highways Act 1980: Dept. for Transport, Environment & The Regions –v- Mott MacDonald Ltd and Amey Mouchel Ltd and Cornwall County Council [2006] 1 WLR 3356, Shine v Tower Hamlets LBC [2006] EWCA Civ 852, Sandhar v Department of Transport [2005] 1 WLR 1632 and Goodes v East Sussex County Council [2000] 1 WLR 1356

Sports & Leisure: Clough –v- First Choice Holidays ad Flights Ltd [2006] PIQR P22, Healy v Cosmos Air & Vilar de Lapa Lda [2005] EWHC 1657, Richard Vowles –v- David Evans and The Welsh Rugby Union Ltd [2003] and Chittock v Woodbridge School [2002] ELR 735

Product Liability: Manufacturers liability and duty to warn of known defects: Palmer v Palmer and PZ Products [2008] EWCA Civ 46, Carroll & Others v Dunlop Ltd [1998] PIQR P416

Our personal injury group produces quarterly briefings on recent cases of interest, hot topics and developments in the field.  Copies can be obtained from the briefings section of this website.   

Simon Readhead QC, Lord Faulks QCJohn Ross QCEdward Bishop QCAndrew Warnock QC, Matthew Chapman QC Keith Walmsley John BryantNicholas YellJulian WatersMarc RivallandGeoffrey WeddellAngus PiperPaul StaggDr David ThomsonIvor CollettSophie MortimerSarah PragerKiril WaiteSimon TriggerSimon MurrayBen HicksSaleem KhalidLaura JohnsonAndrew SpencerJack Harding, Ian ClarkeLisa DobieRoderick AbbottTom Collins, Richard JG Beaty Francesca O'Neill, Nicola Atkins, Katie Ayres, Ella Davis, Richard Collier, Dominique Smith

Please email us at or phone the Clerks Room if you require any further information about our work in this area or if you would like to be added to our Personal Injury mailing list.

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