Gerard McDermott QC
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Gerard McDermott QC practises from England and is based in London and Manchester, with associated offices in Abu Dhabi and New York.
His main areas of practice are Personal Injury and Employment Law at all levels, although he maintains a diverse practice across the Common Law and Commercial fields. Gerard acts for both Claimants and Defendants.
He represents clients with a whole range of injuries arising from medical malpractice, product defects or road traffic accidents. Much of his caseload involves catastrophic personal injury such as spinal cord injury or brain injury. He has a very busy trial practice across the United Kingdom, generally in the High Court, as well as reaching impressive out of court settlements through negotiation. An increasing number of his cases have a cross border element to them, with particular emphasis on US issues, but also with cases that have involved Europe and the Middle East.
Gerard also has experience in Inquests and Inquiries having recently (October 2009) represented an RAF Pilot during the Inquest into a 2007 Puma crash and having been Lead Counsel for the Health Authority in the high profile Inquiry into the numerous deaths of patients under the care of Dr Harold Shipman.
Gerard sits as a Deputy High Court Judge in the Queen’s Bench Division. He is also a former President of the American Counsel Association, former Leader of the European Circuit of the Bar and a long time active member of the American Bar Association and in particular the Section of Litigation. Gerard is frequently invited to lecture on his areas of specialism, both in the UK and abroad.
Most recently he has travelled overseas to give talks to the International Association of Defense Counsel on Civil Litigation Costs in the UK, in Paris in September 2009, and to the European Circuit of the Bar on the new European regulation, Rome II, in Warsaw in October 2009. He has been admitted as Attorney-at-Law in New York for nearly 20 years.
Appointments & Memberships
- American Bar Association
- American Counsel Association
- Bar European Group
- European Circuit of the Bar
- Personal Injuries Bar Association
- International Association of Defense Counsel
Areas of Law
- Business Crime
- Clinical Negligence
- Product Liability
- Employment & Discrimination
- Law In Sport
- Personal Injury
- Child & Adult Abuse
- International Illness, Injury & Travel
- Professional Negligence
“He has strong experience in cross-border cases.” Travel, Legal 500 2017
“He has a level of gravitas and knowledge that is unsurpassed.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017
“He has excellent interpersonal skills and takes the time to fully understand the issues in a case.” Consumer, Legal 500 2017
“Gerard has a real zeal for international law issues and a great understanding of the needs of catastrophically injured claimants.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He is very experienced, always well prepared and excellent on his feet.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He’s one of the top barristers for catastrophic injury; he’s very good at mediating and settling high-value cases because he knows how much money someone should get.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He’s excellent. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better barrister on his feet.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He has the most incredible people skills, everyone loves him.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017
“He’s a top operator. His judgement is excellent, he always makes sure he gets the best result for clients.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017
“A master tactician, and his people skills are unparalleled.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2016
“He has a zeal for travel law claims and is always ready to go the extra mile for his clients.” Consumer, Legal 500 2016
“His client care skills are just incomparable. He is also incredibly well connected and amazingly well respected on all sides.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He works very hard to ensure he has a complete command of all evidence before the trial.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He’s a great leader who has excellent overall judgement on a case.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016
“On foreign cases, he is nothing short of excellent.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016
“He is very approachable, has a rapier-fast intellect and is always thinking about what the judge is going to do at trial.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016
“His client-handling skills are legendary, and he has sound judgement.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
“He has a good reputation for travel claims, and is great on his feet.” Consumer, Legal 500 2015
“A very high-calibre practitioner, who fights very hard for his clients. He is very dedicated, very approachable and a real grafter.” “He is one of the best PI silks I have worked with – he lives and breathes the case, will immerse himself in it and has all the facts at his fingertips.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015
“Incredibly clever, he’s very good with clients and a great team player.” “He is charm itself; his advocacy is disarming, and he presents everything in a succinct, simple and crisp fashion.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2015
“He’s a fantastic advocate; he can devour large amounts of material and process them in short order, and he establishes a rapport with severely injured clients. He’s the best personal injury silk out there.” “He’s really easy to deal with, incredibly client-focused, understands what he’s doing, and has excellent insight.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014
“He really understands trials and how judges think. He’s thorough, an extremely good advocate and imaginative in the way he approaches cases.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2014
“Clients love him, and he has a great way with opponents and judges.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014
Gerard McDermott QC is “outstandingly good” and “knows how to get to the heart of a case instantly and win.” Top solicitors greatly appreciate his “excellent judgement, formidable advocacy” and “ability to look forward and move with the times.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2013