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Personal Injury

Stephen Climie and Ben Bradley achieve substantial CICA award for Australian national

Two members of Chambers (instructed by Rebecca Dixon of Stewarts Law LLP) have recently been involved in assisting an Australian national to obtain a significant award before the First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation). The Appellant was injured in an unprovoked attack in London in 2004, which caused the client to suffer a brain injury. The CICA had initially contended that the Appellant was not entitled to any form of award at all by reason of his alleged conduct prior to the incident. Stephen Climie represented the Appellant at the eligibility hearing. Having heard evidence from the original officer in the case, the Tribunal concluded that the Appellant was subjected to an unprovoked attack, and as such was entitled to a…

News 21 Aug, 2013

Litigation Friend’s resilience secures £7M settlement

AD was injured in a road traffic accident in 2005 when she was 7. Liability was promptly admitted but the task of investigating her claim for catastrophic injury was considerable. After the preparation and exchange of evidence settlement meetings proved unproductive; although the Defence Insurer made an offer of £5M (including periodical payments to be agreed) which was followed up by a Part 36 offer in that sum.

News 7 Mar, 2013

Record £23M compensation awarded to teenager paralysed in car accident

Nathan Tavares of Outer Temple Chambers and William Norris QC of Thirty Nine Essex Street, instructed by Paul Paxton of Stewarts Law LLP, acted for Agnes Collier who has been awarded record damages (for a personal injury claim) in the High Court. Agnes, who was 13 at the time of her accident, and is now 17, suffered very serious spinal injuries leaving her tetraplegic and wholly dependent on others for her care and the needs of everyday life. She also lost her mother who was killed in the same accident. Nevertheless, with the support of a loving family and through her own determination, she was able to get back to her education at Cheltenham Ladies College and now hopes to…

News 20 Nov, 2012

Gerard McDermott QC speaks at PEOPIL Conference

Gerard McDermott QC gave a presentation at the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyer’s conference which was held in Berlin on Saturday 15th September 2012. Participating in this conference reflects Gerard’s increasing Travel Law practice, particularly in personal injury abroad cases. The topic of Gerard’s presentation was “Medical Experts, their Role, Responsibilities and the Procedure Governing them”. The presentation including discussion of the role of expert witnesses across many jurisdictions was warmly received and provided a comprehensive overview of the laws governing expert witnesses across the world to a multi-national audience.

News 23 Sep, 2012

Court of Appeal raises personal injuries damages across the board by 10%

James Counsell reports: On 26 July 2012, the Court of Appeal (Lord Judge LCJ, Lord Neuberger (MR) and Sir Maurice Kay (VP CA Civ)) announced an increase in the level of PI and other general damages by 10% to reflect the recommendations of the Jackson report and to anticipate the entry into force of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. Lord Judge, giving the judgment of the court in endorsing a settlement in the PI claim of Simmons v Castle [2012] EWCA Civ 1039, indicated that the increases would apply to all claims for damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity in personal injury, nuisance, defamation and all other torts which cause suffering, inconvenience or…

News 26 Jul, 2012

No ordinary art fair

For the second consecutive year Outer Temple Chambers is proud to be a sponsor of the Bloomsbury Art Fair. The fair being held from 5 to 8 July brings together work from established and emerging artists at London House, Mecklenburgh Square, Bloomsbury, London, WC1N 2AB All of the profits from the Bloomsbury Art Fair will be donated to Motivation, the Southern Spinal Injuries Trust and Walking with the Wounded. Walking With The Wounded During the course of military operations, many young men and women suffer horrific injuries. They face a long road to recovery and, for many, their future outside the Armed Forces is unsure. Walking with the Wounded raises funds to finance new qualifications, courses and further education for those…

Events 7 Jun, 2012

The Animals Act 1971 – where are we now?

Ben Compton QC and Jonathan Hand carry out a review of the Animals Act 1971 and the statutory defences to strict liability in the Journal of Personal Injury Law Issue 1 2012.

News 21 Mar, 2012

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