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Eliot Woolf specialises exclusively in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury (domestic and international).

His Clinical Negligence practice is wide ranging, representing both claimants and defendants.

His Personal Injury work has a focus on spinal injury claims, military claims and foreign accident / group illness claims.

Chambers & Partners currently ranks him as Band 1 in the categories of Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Travel Law.

He is ranked in The Legal 500 as a leading junior in Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Consumer Law.

He is co-author of Personal Injury Practice (6th ed), published by Bloomsbury.

Clinical Negligence

Eliot’s Clinical Negligence practice is wide ranging, acting on behalf of Claimants, the NHSLA, MPS and MDU. He regularly appears in contested trials.

Recent examples have been in the specialisms of accident and emergency medicine, cardiology, general surgery, vascular surgery, spinal surgery, orthopaedic surgery and ophthalmology.


Crammond v Medway NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 3540 (QB)

Succeeded at trial acting on behalf of the Claimant, concerning negligent referral from A & E to a Same Day Treatment Centre.

Pullen v Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust [2015] EWHC 3134 (QB)

Succeeded at trial acting on behalf of the Claimant in relation to negligently performed hip surgery.

Sumner v Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust & Anr [2015] EWHC 293 (QB)

With Christopher Wilson-Smith QC. Successfully established liability and quantum on behalf of behalf of a Claimant who was inappropriately mobilised with spinal injuries.

Michael v Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust [2014] EWHC

Successfully defended a claim at trial on behalf of the Trust concerning allegedly negligently performed cholesystectomy and anastomotic repair of the bowel.

Acting for Claimant with David Westcott QC

Cerebral palsy claim, settled on 50% basis for equivalent of £4m.

Acting for the Claimant with Lizanne Gumbel QC

Cerebral palsy relating to delivery in 1994 in midwifery led unit. Settled for equivalent to £9m on lump sum basis (based on 60% value).

Acting for Claimant with David Westcott QC

Cerebral palsy claim, compromised on 85% basis. Quantum concluded equivalent to £6.9m on a capitalised basis.

Acting for Claimant with David Westcott QC

Cerebral palsy claim, settled for equivalent £7.5m on a capitalised basis.

Personal Injury

Eliot’s Personal Injury practice covers all areas in this field, with a particular emphasis on RTA related catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, accidents at work, military claims and disease work. He also appears in the CICA.


Stoddart v Percucca [2011] EWCA Civ 290

Child Claimant knocked down on her horse. Succeeded claim on behalf of the Claimant at trial and in the Court of Appeal.

Acting for Claimant with Ben Bradley

Accident at work. Primary liability admitted. Contributory negligence left open. Incomplete paraplegia. Settled at RTM for £1.26m.

Road traffic accident

T6 complete paraplegia – contributory negligence and quantum. Settled £1.85m + PPs of £60,000/yr rising to £86,000/yr. With Gerard McDermott QC [2011].

T8 complete paraplegia following RTA

Settled for £3.75m. With Gordon Bebb QC [2010].

Andrews v British Airways Plc [2007] EWHC 3051 (QB)

Successfully defended a claim for personal injury concerning injuries sustained by cabin crew on a transatlantic flight caused by turbulence.

Humphrey v Aegis Defence Services Ltd [2014] EWHC 989 (QB)

Acting on behalf of the Claimant at first instance and with Robert Weir QC in the Court of Appeal. Accident sustained by security contractor taking part in a training exercises in Iraq.

Acting for Claimant sustaining catastrophic injuries

When explosives negligently detonated during a training exercise, resulting in blindness and amputation of one arm. Settled for equivalent of £5.58m (lump sum + PPs).

Acting on behalf of a sergeant in RAF injured in a helicopter crash in Iraq

Combat immunity raised as a defence. Claim settled.

Acting on behalf of a Sergeant injured in Afghanistan

Acting on behalf of a Sergeant injured in Afghanistan when a British Chinook helicopter flew too low, causing an office door to strike the Claimant and cause severe head injuries. Claim settled £1.18m [2011].

Acting for a Private serving in Iraq

Run over by tanker. Multiple orthopaedic and bladder injuries. Settled for £1.16m [2009].

International Illness, Injury & Travel

Eliot has a longstanding travel law practice, with particular emphasis on group actions involving widespread gastric illness outbreaks or multi-party road traffic accidents abroad. He appeared for the successful Claimant in Kempson v First Choice Holidays, establishing the basis for strict liability in salmonella claims.

Recent other examples are the first contested trial involving a cryptosporidium outbreak (Eldridge & Others v TUI UK Ltd) and a coach crash resulting in paraplegia in Morocco.


Acting for Claimant following an RTA in Spain

Head injury. Liability compromised. Settled £760,000.

Acting for Claimant injured in an accident at work in Nicaragua

Settled at JSM.

Briggs & 598 Others v First Choice Holidays & Others

Acting for 599 Claimants following a large scale outbreak of illness at a hotel in Turkey.

Acting for 11 year old girl contracting e-coli 0157 infection on holiday in Turkey

Resulting in kidney failure and the need for a renal transplant. Life expectancy significantly reduced. Provisional damages.

Acting for 6 Claimants following a coach crash in Morocco

One paraplegic. Settled to full value of Defendant’s limited insurance cover plus additional payments.

Eldridge & Others v TUI UK Ltd

Acting for Claimants with David Allan QC. First successful trial involving an outbreak of cryptosporidium in a swimming pool in Majorca. Application of Balearic Regulations. Judgment for Claimants.

Appointments & Memberships

  • APIL
  • PIBA
  • PNBA

Eliot Woolf is regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate. If you are not satisfied with the service provided, please click here.

Areas of Law



“Good with clients, very bright and very sharp.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

“An authoritative, methodical and extremely able junior who is approachable and pleasant to work with.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Very experienced, very affable and very charming to be against.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Cool, calm and collected. His preparation is incredible and he has a good relationship with clients.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“An exceptionally knowledgeable, personable and approachable litigator. A wonderful advocate and a great team player.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2018

“He displays great care and is brilliant at handling experts and clients.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2018

“A very safe pair of hands and brilliant at handling clients and experts.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017

“A very effective advocate.” Consumer, Travel, Legal 500 2017

“Thorough, efficient and excellent with clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017

“Eliot is an exceptionally knowledgeable, personable and approachable litigator, a wonderful advocate and a great team player.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s very pleasant to work with due to having a great way with clients and an ability to explain difficult concepts in simple terms.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017

“Eliot’s client care is fantastic and he can deal with tricky situations in a sensitive, palatable way that the client understands.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s very good and fantastic with clients. Always cool as a cucumber.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is extremely well prepared and he seems to always know what the other side is thinking – he’s always three chess moves ahead, it’s amazing.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s a very clever operator.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is absolutely brilliant intellectually.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017

“Extremely competent and knowledgeable in the field of international personal injury.” Consumer, Legal 500 2016

“He always gets to the heart of the issues, and is a shrewd advocate and negotiator.” Legal 500 2016

“Eliot Woolf is a class act to work with, personally and professionally, and someone who you’re in very safe hands with when you’re moving forward with a case.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is a thoughtful and astute negotiator who has excellent judgement and is great with clients.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is an excellent advocate. He is tenacious and extremely knowledgeable.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He has fantastic diplomacy skills, so he is very good with the tricky client or opponent.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is approachable, offers an extremely fast turnaround and is brilliant with the clients.” Travel: International Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He inspires confidence and has a really easy way with lay clients who have been through a traumatic experience.” Travel: International Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“His advocacy skills are exceptional and are driven by a real desire to do the best he can for his clients.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015

“Very good with clients and very astute, he’s able to identify issues straight away and get straight to the point.” “A very kind advocate who’s clever, considered and patient.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015

“He has a first-rate brain and great client skills.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

“Very practical, good on the detail, sensible and straightforward.” “Extremely knowledgeable, well prepared and highly analytical, he is an excellent advocate who inspires confidence.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015

“His eye for detail is fantastic. He is highly intelligent, highly analytical and his client care is the best I have seen.” “A man who offers intellectual value, he’s very charming and very good with judges.” Travel: International Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015

“A highly persuasive advocate and a great team player.” Travel, Legal 500 2015

“A straightforward barrister who is able to simplify complicated issues.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2014

“Sharp as they come and an excellent advocate; he must be a tip for silk in the near future.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014

“He’s absolutely brilliant; he fills clients with confidence and because he’s so thorough, clever and well prepared he’s rarely on the back foot. He takes things in a very calm and measured way.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014

“Realistic and always reliable.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

“He’s lovely, very charming and judges love him. He has very good judgement so they know that when he says something it’s because he’s thought it through.” “He could charm the birds out of the trees.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2014

“‘A marvellous team worker’, who is ‘unafraid of a difficult case’.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2013

“Eliot Woolf is “determined to get the best for his clients.”” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2013

“Eliot Woolf’s client care skills are “second to none.”” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2013

“Eliot Woolf brings a “detailed and methodical approach” to his cases and is “very hard-working and imaginative” in the way he tackles matters. Instructing solicitors praise his reliability, and ease with clients, and note that “he displays particular excellence in the area of travel law.”” Chambers & Partners 2013

“Eliot Woolf has “an excellent eye for detail”, as well as being “very good at handling experts.”” Travel, Legal 500 2013

“Sympathetic, clever and exceptionally good with clients.” Solicitors are always “very comfortable with his trial experience.”  ” Chambers & Partners 2012

“Eliot Woolf “can be relied upon to go the extra mile.”” Legal 500 2012

“”Incredibly well-prepared and diligent”, “he quickly gets to the meatier parts of a case and can hold witnesses to the point.”” Chambers & Partners 2012

“The “highly intelligent” Eliot Woolf, is commended for his client care.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2012

“Commentators state that Eliot Woolf is “fabulous” and they particularly delight in his “laid-back but effective approach.” “A man with a charming demeanour in court.”  Travel, Chambers & Partners 2012

“A real star” Personal injury, Legal 500, 2011

“Methodical, clear and concise”, “charming and very easy to work with.” Personal injury, Chambers and Partners 2011

“Eliot Woolf comes highly recommended for his “thorough and reliable attitude,” and his “unusually good understanding of costs issues. A significant amount of his recent work has involved military claims, although he continues to receive instructions for high-value RTA claims.” Personal injury, Chambers & Partners 2010

“Intelligent and pragmatic”, “pays fantastic attention to detail.” Personal injury, Legal 500 2010

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