Marc Willems QC
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Marc Willems QC is a significant contributor to seminars and lectures to firms of Solicitors and has contributed to several mock trials including “Brain Injury and the Law” National Conference June 2014.
He has been invited to speak at PIBA conferences nationally on three occasions. He also contributes to the legal press when invited.
He has been sitting as a Recorder since 2006 and sits on Crime and Civil – 30 of his cases have been reported on Westlaw UK.
Marc acts for Claimants in Clinical Negligence cases. He has substantial experience of dealing with cases of brain damage and paralysis caused by negligent treatment. In both PI and Clinical Negligence he deals with cases from an early stage right through to trial, dealing with Liability issues, Causation and Quantum. He regularly deals with settlements, which involve Periodical Payment Orders and matters involving the Court of Protection.
Young v AIG  EWHC 2160 QB
Mitchell v Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust
Provisional damages and definition of material risk.
Tinsley v Sarkar  EWHC 192 (QB)
Damages when Claimant released from Section and LA has duty to provide support under S117 of MHA 1983.
Marc has been recognised as a leading practitioner in the national legal directories since 2000.
He specialises in the most serious Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence litigation, with considerable experience of Acquired Brain Damage Claims, Spinal Injuries and very severe orthopaedic injuries including amputation cases.
He is at ease with cases involving complex medical causation issues, detailed factual disputes and legal arguments, and attends numerous Joint Settlement Meetings and Mediations annually on behalf of clients.
His work in Personal Injury work has taken him regularly to the Court Of Appeal and twice to the House of Lords and Supreme Court (in the case of Dunhill v Burgin on the issue of Capacity to Litigate and the effectiveness of a settlement with a Claimant unknown to lack capacity).
He acts for both Claimants and Defendant Insurers in Personal Injury at the highest level. His work involves Fatal Accidents and cases of the utmost severity. He has represented Claimants from abroad on several occasions and has helped to set up care regimes and organise disabled-friendly accommodation in Latvia, Poland and Greece.
Horner v Norman CA October 2015
Personal injury, expert evidence.
Inquest: Jordan Begley died whilst being forcibly restrained and subject to a Taser discharge
Counsel to the Inquest: 6 weeks: Article 2.
Harvey v Motor Insurers’ Bureau: Queen’s Bench Division (Mercantile Court) (Manchester) 21 December 2011
Arbitration appeals; Arbitrators; Decisions; Findings of fact; Findings of law; Permission to appeal; Personal injury; Road traffic accidents; Untraced drivers.
Yetkin v Mahmood & Another: CA  Q.B. 827
Duty of care; highway authorities’ powers and duties; pedestrian crossings.
Donachie v The Chief Constable of the Greater Manchester Police (2004) CA EWCA Civ 405
Primary victims, tort, personal injury.
Marc is also instructed in Judicial Review work and Solicitors’ negligence cases. He has drafted many standard terms and conditions and advised on solicitor service agreements, as well as acting for solicitors and other Litigation service providers in Insurance disputes.
Areas of Law
“Focuses on brain and spinal injury cases on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He is frequently singled out for praise by both solicitors and fellow counsel for his excellent advocacy skills. Strengths: He has a very eloquent style of advocacy, provides sound tactical advice, and has a fantastic manner with clients and a genuine commitment to doing the best for them.” Chambers & Partners 2015
“Marc Willems, is highly thought of by peers and clients alike, who variously describe him as possessing “an incredibly sharp intellect” and a “highly effective negotiation technique”. Chambers & Partners
“He is highly recommended for his abilities in negotiation and in Court”. Expertise: “He is tenacious and very committed even in the most challenging cases. He is a tough negotiator, ready to go to trial when needed, with very good attention to detail and great client care skills”. “He is very calm and persuasive in front of a Court”. Chambers & Partners
“Marc Willems receives client commendation as an effective junior for Claimants”. Legal 500
“Marc Willems, handles numerous high value claims”. Legal 500