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ames Counsell QC and Olinga Tahzib published in APIL

James Counsell QC and Olinga Tahzib published in APIL’s PI Focus

James Counsell QC and Olinga Tahzib have recently contributed to an article, entitled ‘Picking up the Pieces’, in the June edition of APIL’s ‘PI Focus’.

The article draws practitioners’ attention to ‘must read’ guidance provided by Johnson J in the case of TVZ and Ors v Manchester City Football Club Ltd [2022] EWHC 7 (QB).  In eight conjoined claims for psychiatric injuries caused by non-recent sexual abuse by Barry Bennell, the Court ruled that the Claimants would have been entitled to separate awards for pain, suffering and loss of amenity and for the abuse itself, had they been successful on liability and two of the Claimants would have been awarded substantial damages for loss of earnings as professional footballers. 

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James Counsell QC is widely recognised in the fields of Clinical Negligence and Professional NegligenceFinancial Services and in Personal Injury, acting both for claimants and for defendants.

His financial services work includes claims in the Middle East where he has recently acted for the successful appellant in a high profile, law-changing appeal where the Court went against its previous practice and refused to impose a stay in a case where one party had litigated in the DIFC court and the other in the local courts.

He also specialises in acting for victims of historical sexual abuse, having recently acted as lead counsel in two successful claims against the Jehovah’s Witness organisation. He currently represents numerous claimants in cases against football clubs and other sporting bodies, religious and educational organisations and the Scout Association. His claims work is combined with a busy disciplinary and regulatory practice, regularly representing doctors, dentists, barristers, solicitors and those in the financial services sector in their respective disciplinary tribunals.

He is also an active member of the BSB Prosecuting Panel and has represented BSB in a number of recent well known cases.

James is a Head of Chambers (Head of Governance).

Olinga Tahzib is a civil practitioner specialising in personal injuryclinical negligence and employment disputes.

He has a Double First from Oxford in Physics and Philosophy and completed the Bar Professional Training Course as a Lord Denning Scholar, graduating top amongst all students in his Inn.

Olinga is recognised as a Rising Star by Legal 500 for his clinical negligence and personal injury work, where he is described as an “impressive junior”. He regularly acts in multi-million pound claims with more senior members of Chambers and is often brought in for his expertise in drafting Schedules of Loss, which are described in Legal 500 as “a work of art”. He also has an impressive caseload in his own name. Recent cases include acting for a brain injured claimant in a road traffic accident in a claim valued in the hundreds of thousands of pounds and acting for the family of a young man who died as a result of electrocution in the course of his work.

External Publications 16 Jun, 2022


James Counsell KC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2017

Olinga Tahzib

Call: 2016

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