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Nathan Tavares specialises in clinical negligence, catastrophic personal injury claims, product liability, and professional negligence. He is regarded by solicitors and opponents interviewed by the legal directories for having “sound judgment”, “an industrious approach”, “a measured and independent perspective”, and “a good approachable manner”. He is noted to be “a versatile and quick-thinking communicator“. “He is very hard-working, conscientious and intellectually very strong.” “He is very good on the mechanics of an accident and he is very experienced on brain and spinal injury cases.”

Over recent years Nathan has acted in some of the highest value actions in his field, for example Collier v Norton where he represented a tetraplegic teenager whose claim is currently believed to be the largest approved settlement of its kind (in excess of £20 million – see the introduction to Facts & Figure 2016/17 for comment on this case). Also Williams v Brown with damages agreed in excess of £10 million.

Other areas of injury litigation in which Nathan has special expertise include travel law, aviation accidents (his first degree was in Aeronautical Engineering and he has acted in a number of claims with significant liability issues), claims involving the MoD, and industrial disease litigation. Nathan is an experienced horse rider and has acted predominantly for riding institutions in many horse-related claims. In the leading case of Mirvahedy v Henley he acted alone for the defendant at the quantum trial.

Nathan sits as a judge of the Mental Health Tribunal and is a contributor to, and on the Editorial Board of, the Journal of Personal Injury Law. Also, he is a joint author of the new Sweet & Maxwell practitioner text called ‘Brain Injury Claims ’.

Outside of work, Nathan is a keen sportsman. In November 2010 he ran the New York Marathon to raise money for the Spinal Injuries Association.

Personal Injury

Nathan is a respected junior for complex or catastrophic personal injury claims. He has particular expertise in the following: traumatic brain injury; spinal cord injury; aviation accidents; equestrian accidents; and industrial disease claims.

He regularly appears against QCs and carries out both claimant and defendant work. Instructing solicitors include: Stewarts Law, Irwin Mitchell, Slater & Gordon, Withy King, Hodge Jones & Allen, Bird & Bird, Bevan Brittan, Clyde & Co., BLM, Weightmans, Bond Pearce, and Foot Anstey.

He has been involved in some of the largest individual personal injury claims including several with values in excess of £10 million and one in excess of £20 million, and a number of significant multi-party actions (mass tort claims).

Nathan often writes on personal injury topics and is an editor of the Journal of Personal Injury Law (Sweet & Maxwell).

Important cases include:

Freeman v Lockett [2006] PIQR P.23

Represented Claimant in a leading case involving state funding of care issues for a claimant with tetraplegia.

Kotula v EDF Energy

Important claim with separate reported judgments dealing with (1) liability of cyclist using pavement rather than road, 15/6/10, Simon Brown QC; (2) provisional damages for syringomyelia, [2011] EWHC 1546 QB, Irwin J.; (3) security of funding for periodical payments from a foreign insurer with an indemnity limit in euros, 9/11/12 Irwin J.

Edwards v London Borough of Sutton [2014] EWHC 4378 (QB)

Claim for spinally injured individual concerning extent of occupier’s liability for historic structures (the claimant fell from a bridge with a low parapet wall whilst pushing a bicycle).

Soboloewska v Threlfall [2014] EWHC 4219 (QB) (Foskett J)

Successfully claimed for a claimant who sustained a significant traumatic brain injury in a car park where the circumstantial evidence suggested she had been knocked down by the defendant’s car, though there were no independent witnesses and the claimant had no knowledge of what happened to her.

Bryant & Others v High Places Limited

Acted alone for claimants in a multi-party action arising out of a coach crash in Argentina. Recovered in excess of £900,000 for the claimants in various round table meetings.

Jebaraj v Esure Insurance, 10/12/15 QB, reported in Westlaw

Acting for a C1 tetraplegic claimant who sustained a spinal cord infarct 12 days after a mild whiplash injury. Liability and causation now established, quantum to be resolved.

Lear v Hickstead Limited [2016] EWHC 528 QB

Acting alone for the first defendant sued under the OLA 1957 by a visitor to the Hickstead show who sustained paraplegia as a result of an accident on the site. Was successful in having the action dismissed.

Rankin & others v (1) MANX2 Ltd; (2) Flightline BCN; (3) Lineas Aereas de Andalucia; (4) La Reunion Aerienne

Acted for the first defendant (instructed by Bird & Bird on behalf of the French insurer) in relation to multiple claimants injured (some fatally) in an air crash that occurred in Cork in 2011. Quantum greater than £2 million.

Hickman, Cervi, Udoaka & others v (1) London Borough of Southwark, (2) London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, (3) Apollo Property & Building Services Ltd

Acted for one of the defendants in a multi-party action arising out of the Lakanal House fire which was responsible for the deaths of six residents. Also acted for the contractor in a related professional negligence matter.


Appointments & Memberships

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Product Liability Forum

Areas of Law




“He delivers quick advice and is good at getting to the issues in a case.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Very thorough, excellent on quantum and extremely bright.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Highly capable and competent in all areas of personal injury law.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Intelligent, hard-working junior with sound judgement.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2018

“Undoubtedly one of the brightest juniors at the personal injury Bar.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017

“He has impressive knowledge of the law and good judgement.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2017

“He’s got real gravitas and is clearly a silk in the making. He’s a real technician, a real brain.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He’s approachable, thorough and detailed. He gives good, in-depth advice on how to pursue a claim.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He has a lightning-fast grasp of issues and is always ready to assist.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2017

“He is industrious and a very capable advocate.” Legal 500 2016

“He is very thorough, excellent on quantum and extremely bright.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

“His client care is excellent. Nathan is super at quantum and very calm.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is very hard-working, conscientious and intellectually very strong.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is very good on the mechanics of an accident and he is very experienced on brain and spinal injury cases.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is a very methodical and incredibly hard-working advocate. Very good with clients, he’s excellent at fielding questions.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2015

“His judgement is sound, he is hard-working, has a good brain and is a safe pair of hands.” “He is a pleasure to work with as he is very good with clients and excellent at analysing medical reports and numbers.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2015

“He is as good with the numbers as he is on his feet in court.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2015

“He always adds value to any case.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

“He’s good forensically and on technical points.” “He’s brave – he stands his ground and has the courage of his convictions.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2014

“He has a wealth of experience, together with a solid work ethic that gets results.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2014

“Excellent at case preparation.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

“A well-respected claimant junior working on the highest value cases,” who is appreciated by legal teams for his no-nonsense approach to issues. His practice consists of a mix of spinal cord and brain injury work and he “never fails to add value to a case.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2013

Nathan Tavares is praised as a “versatile and quick-thinking communicator.” Tavares handles a wide range of severe brain injury cases and has a particular grasp of claims with a psychiatric element. Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2012

Nathan Tavares, is “destined to take silk.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2012

The “talented” Nathan Tavares is a sound choice for high-value brain and spinal injury cases, and is noted for his particular expertise on cases involving military and aviation aspects. Solicitors rate him for his “industrious approach, measured advice and independent perspective.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2011

Nathan Tavares, for his ability to “tackle difficult issues head on.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2011

Nathan Tavares, is “destined for silk”. Personal Injury, Legal 500 2011

“Nathan Tavares has built his reputation on having “sound judgment and a good, approachable manner”. A good choice for managing difficult clients, he represents both claimants and defendants. His expertise covers many bases, including equestrian and aviation claims, as well as cases with a mental health element.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2010

“Nathan Tavares judgement is invariably sound.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2010

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