Eliot Woolf QC
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Eliot Woolf QC 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 catastrophic brain and spinal injury claims, military claims and foreign accident / group illness claims.
As a junior, Chambers & Partners regularly ranked him as Band 1 in the categories of Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Travel Law. Similarly, he was 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.
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 trials in the specialisms of haematology, accident and emergency medicine, cardiology, general surgery, vascular surgery, spinal surgery, orthopaedic surgery and ophthalmology.
MNX v Khan  EWCA Civ 2609
Appearing on behalf of the Claimant with Philip Havers QC. Succeeded at first instance in establishing that the scope of the duty of care in a wrongful birth claim included not only the child’s haemophilia (for which advice had been sought prior to the pregnancy) but also his autism which was unrelated to the haemophilia but arose as a natural consequence of the pregnancy. Overturned by the Defendant on appeal. Permission to appeal to the Supreme Court yet to be determined.
Jaciubek v (1) Gulati (2) Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 269 (QB)
Successful defence at trial of a claim on behalf of a Trust concerning an alleged failure to diagnose a subarachnoid haemorrhage at the Trust’s A & E Department.
Dyas v Theoulakis 
Succeeded at trial acting on behalf of the Claimant, concerning delayed diagnosis of acute angle glaucoma.
Crammond v Medway NHS Foundation Trust  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  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  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  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 Defendant.
Junior Counsel alone. Cerebral palsy. Settled equivalent to £10m.
Acting for the Claimant with Lizanne Gumbel QC
Cerebral palsy relating to delivery in 1994 in midwifery led unit. Settled for equivalent to £10m on lump sum basis (based on 60% value).
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  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.
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.
T8 complete paraplegia following RTA
Settled for £3.75m. With Gordon Bebb QC.
Andrews v British Airways Plc  EWHC 3051 (QB)
Successfully defended a claim for personal injury concerning injuries sustained by cabin crew on a transatlantic flight caused by turbulence.
Acting for a Claimant against the Ministry of Defence
Following a negligent intubation during an evacuation by helicopter in Afghanistan. Claimant left in a minimally conscious state with reduced life expectancy. Settled for the equivalent of £5.1m.
Humphrey v Aegis Defence Services Ltd  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).
£5.6 m recovered for non-accidental injuries shortly after birth .
£7.9 m recovered for non-accidental injuries to a baby .
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. Other examples are the first contested trial involving a cryptosporidium outbreak (Eldridge & Others v TUI UK Ltd) and a coach crash in Morcocco resulting in catastrophic injuries to multiple Claimants .
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 a Claimant whose baby died as a result of food poisoning in Egypt
Settled for seven figure sum .
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
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Areas of Law
“His calm and self-effacing manner compliments his expert tactical nous.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers and Partners 2020
“His ability to construct cases and marshal the evidence accordingly is of the highest quality.” Personal Injury, Chambers and Partners 2020
“He is noted for illness-related claims.” Travel, Chambers and Partners 2020
“His ability to construct cases and marshal the evidence accordingly is of the highest quality.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020
“He is noted for illness-related claims.” Travel, Legal 500 2020
“His calm and self-effacing manner compliments his expert tactical nous.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020
“He’s massively knowledgeable, innovative and brilliant with clients. A complete expert in his field.” “Thorough, analytical, easy to work with and willing to listen to alternative viewpoints.” Travel, Chambers & Partners 2019
“A very experienced clinical negligence lawyer.” “Very bright.” “Approachable and well liked by clients.” Clinical Negligence, Chambers & Partners 2019
“A real class act; he’s exceptionally diligent, very hard-working and someone who fights very hard for his clients.” “He’s very approachable and sympathetic. A team player.” Personal Injury, Chambers & Partners 2019
“He is superb with clients and his attention to detail and ability to distil the issues impresses every time.” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2019
“Recommended for consumer injury claims.” Consumer, Legal 500 2019
“A charming and delightful man and also a very effective advocate.” Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019
“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.”Clinical Negligenc 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