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Tom Gibson acts for successful claimant in ‘freak accident’ brain injury case

Tom Gibson acted recently for a claimant, a young high-flying teacher, who suffered a fractured skull and brain injury in a ‘freak’ road traffic accident.  While driving on the A1, a sheet of metal flew through her windscreen and sliced her skull open. Over the next few years, the claimant attempted, courageously but ultimately unsuccessfully, to return to her career as a senior teacher.  However, she eventually came to the very sad realisation that her teaching career – and her ambition to progress to being a headteacher – was over, due to the continuing effects of her brain injury. Tom was instructed by the claimant’s solicitor, Lesley Edwards at Barratts Solicitors, who brought a claim via the MIB’s Untraced Drivers’…

News, Personal Injury 31 Aug, 2022

Elizabeth Grace published in AvMA Lawyers Service Newsletter

Elizabeth Grace has recently been published in the AvMA Lawyers Service Newsletter regarding an inquest she was instructed in involving the death of a five-year-old at The Children’s Trust. Elizabeth Grace acted for the foster family in a case involving the death of a five-year-old boy called Connor Wellsted who was tragically killed after being trapped under a cot bumper whilst in the care of The Children’s Trust, a brain injury rehabilitation facility for children. Elizabeth Grace was instructed by Charlotte Connor of AvMA, on a pro bono basis, to represent the foster parents. This case attracted national press attention and we included a short summary of the case with press links in May. Click here to read this summary. Within the AvMA…

Clinical Negligence, Legal Blog & Publications, Personal Injury 7 Jul, 2022

Outer Temple Chambers nominated by The Legal 500 UK Bar Awards

Outer Temple Chambers has been nominated by The Legal 500 Bar Awards as Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Employment Set of the Year. Additionally, barristers Saul Margo and Oliver Powell have been nominated respectively for Chancery Junior and Corporate Crime Junior of the Year. Legal 500 Set of the Year We are delighted to announce that Outer Temple Chambers has been nominated by The Legal 500 Bar Awards for Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and Employment Set of the Year 2022! Our Clinical Negligence barristers cover various claims involving doctors, dentists, nurses and other health professionals. We are frequently instructed in the most demanding and highest value cases, including birth injury and other serious neurological injuries. Legal 500 has stated that…

Clinical Negligence, News, Employment, Personal Injury 6 Jul, 2022

Ben Bradley secures £2.3m settlement in for client with brain injury after RTA

Ben Bradley secures £2.3m settlement for client with brain injury after RTA

Ben Bradley has successfully represented a cyclist in a personal injury claim after he sustained life changing brain injuries in a road traffic accident. Ben’s client, WH, was hit by a lorry whilst cycling to work when the lorry driver accelerated to try and clear a junction before the traffic lights turned red. The light had in fact turned red before the lorry passed through, leading to a collision with WH. WH was knocked unconscious and was taken to hospital. He had sustained skull fractures, a subarachnoid haemorrhage and brain contusions. He also suffered post-traumatic amnesia. He was in hospital for approximately seven weeks and required considerable care and assistance from his family at home afterwards. Prior to the accident…

News, Personal Injury 31 May, 2022

Nathan Tavares QC speaks at APIL Advanced Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Conference 2022

Nathan Tavares QC was invited to speak at the APIL Advanced Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Conference in Wales in May on two recent notable cases with JPIL colleagues. Nathan Tavares QC, a member of the JPIL Editorial Board as well as a barrister at Outer Temple Chambers, was invited to join his JPIL colleagues on stage at the APIL Advanced Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Conference 2022 for the ‘JPIL Case and Comment’ segment on the final day of the conference. The conference was held at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales on 18th – 20th May and was also available to attend remotely. This annual event updated attendees on the most recent and advanced developments in…

Events, News, Personal Injury, Personal Injury 20 May, 2022

Elizabeth Grace instructed in inquest into the death of a five year old at The Children’s Trust

Elizabeth Grace acted for the foster family in a case involving the death of a 5 year old boy who was tragically killed after being trapped under a cot bumper whilst in the care of The Children’s Trust, a brain injury rehabilitation facility for children. Prior to his death, Connor Wellsted was undergoing a period of rehabilitation at The Children’s Trust. Even though Connor had suffered a cardiac arrest resulting in a brain injury when he was just five weeks old, he was making remarkable progress under the care of his foster parents, who were his permanent carers from the age of just five months. He was at the centre to improve his level of mobility as a result of…

Clinical Negligence, News, Personal Injury 17 May, 2022

Event: The Spinal Sessions Part 1; Cauda Equina Syndrome – 23rd June 2022

Join Outer Temple Chambers and guests for the first in a series of seminars and discussions on spinal injury related topics on Thursday 23rd June. Part 1 will focus on Cauda Equina Syndrome. You are invited to join Outer Temple Chambers and our esteemed guests for an afternoon of talks on Cauda Equina Syndrome. As well as a series of talks by our members we look forward to welcoming John Leach (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Dr Naveen Kumar (Consultant in Neurorehabilitation), and Maggie Sargent and Gill Creighton (Care and Case Management Specialists) of Maggie Sargent & Associates. Book your place This event, originally planned as a hybrid event, will now be offered as a virtual event due to the impending national rail…

Events, Personal Injury 14 Apr, 2022

Rix v Paramount Shopfitting Ltd

Rix v Paramount Shopfitting Co Ltd and the effect on dependency claims

Will Young looks at quantification of dependency claims under the Fatal Accidents Act after a mesothelioma case, Rix v Paramount Shopfitting Co Ltd, is heard in the Court of Appeal. The Deceased in this case, Mr Rix, was exposed to asbestos by the Defendant in the 1970s. He developed mesothelioma and died in 2016 aged 60. His widow brought a claim against the Defendant under the FAA for damages including a claim for loss of financial dependency. The background In the High Court, the Defendant had argued that there was no loss of dependency as the Claimant had inherited the business, which remained profitable after Mr Rix’s death (indeed it had become more so). Hence it was said that there…

Personal Injury, Personal Injury 13 Dec, 2021

Latest development in ongoing Civil Action against Manchester City FC – Barry Bennell to give evidence

Convicted paedophile Barry Bennell, is to give evidence for the first time, in the ongoing trial against Manchester City FC. James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley continue to act in this ongoing trial for eight victims. On Tuesday 30 November, Manchester City FC will open its case, relying on evidence from the perpetrator himself, Barry Bennell. Bennell is serving a 34-year prison sentence for around 90 separate sexual offences perpetrated against children. Bennell is likely to say that he played no part in Manchester City FC’s youth operations. The case will be the first time that Bennell has ever given live evidence about the circumstances surrounding his crimes; having elected not to give evidence (despite, at times, entering not guilty…

News, Personal Injury, Sports 29 Nov, 2021

James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley appear in the High Court in sexual abuse claim against Manchester City FC

James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley represent eight victims in the High Court, seeking damages from Manchester City FC after suffering sexual abuse from one of the country’s most prolific sex offenders. James and Ben represent eight claimants who were subjected to sexual abuse by Barry Bennell whilst they were playing for Manchester City FC junior or ‘feeder teams’. These teams were set up by the Defendant, Manchester City FC, for the purpose of seeking to recruit a steady source of highly talented young footballers who were then of an age (under 14) when they could not be formally signed up to schoolboy contracts.  James told the Court that Barry Bennell was recruited by the Defendant to scout promising young…

News, Personal Injury, Sports 25 Oct, 2021

James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley successful in Jehovah’s Witness Adult Sexual Abuse Appeal

In a judgment handed down today, the Court of Appeal has held the Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses liable for an act of rape committed by one of its elders, against an adult member of its congregation. James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley appeared on behalf of the successful Respondent to the appeal. The Court heard that the claimant, known as BXB, had been a member of the Barry congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had been instructed by an elder of that congregation to provide support and a “shoulder to cry on” for the elder’s son, Mark Sewell, also an elder of the congregation, whom was suffering from depression.  Mark Sewell abused his position as an elder…

News, Personal Injury 15 Mar, 2021

Olinga Tahzib appears in virtual public hearing to examine child protection in religious organisations and settings

Olinga Tahzib appears this week in the second stage of the substantive hearing in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation into Religious Organisations and Settings. The hearing – which is being conducted entirely remotely – examines child protection policies and practices in religious organisations in England and Wales. These include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhist and non-conformist Christian denominations. Yesterday, Olinga examined PR-A5, a former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who was abused as a child by Peter Stewart, a ministerial servant within the congregation. PR-A5 was the claimant in the landmark case of A v The Trustees of the Watchtower Bible Tract Society and Others [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB), in which she was…

News, Personal Injury 11 Aug, 2020

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