Personal Injury

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Members of the Becket Chambers Personal Injury group have wide ranging experience and are able to deal with personal injury cases at all levels of complexity. We act for injured individuals seeking compensation as well as clients (including insurers) defending claims.

If you or your clients believe they have a case for a personal injury claim, you can be confident of sound, objective advice relating to the likely outcome of your case. Our Barristers share a reputation for outlining pragmatic, realistic scenarios, and supporting claimants throughout the legal process, so that they can move forward satisfied that they have received the best possible outcome to their claim.

We recognise the importance of providing value to our clients and our Clerks will gladly discuss fees in advance of instructions.

Areas of specialisation include:

  • Costs
  • Employers’ Liability
  • Fatal Accident Claims
  • Inquests
  • Occupation Related Illness
  • Occupiers’ Liability
  • Road Traffic Accidents

Some members of Chambers will consider Conditional Fee Agreements where appropriate, otherwise work is undertaken based on Chambers’ standard terms. Please discuss your requirements with the Clerking team initially.

Case Studies

Successful PSLA claim

Cara represented the Claimant in an MOJ Stage 3 hearing. Her client was claiming for damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity (PSLA) and travel expenses. PSLA was awarded at an amount between the offers of both the Claimant and Defendant. The travel expenses were agreed before going into court with the majority of Continue reading

Award of disputed physiotherapy costs

Nicole acted for the Claimant, where liability had been admitted in a road traffic accident. However, the physiotherapy costs were in dispute. Nicole argued robustly that the physiotherapy costs should be award in full against the Respondent as they were properly incurred and the Respondent had not provided any comparative rates despite being given ample Continue reading

PSLA award compromise

Cara acted for the Respondent in an MOJ Stage 3 for assessment of PSLA, physiotherapy charges and loss of earnings following a road traffic accident. Physiotherapy and loss of earnings were awarded in full with PSLA having been awarded between the two parties’ offers.

Incorrect completion of Form N150 results in delay

Cara acted for the Claimant in a personal injury claim against a company based in Hungary due to an accident at work. Permission was not required for service and a Form N150 was filed by the solicitors. However, the N150 was incorrectly completed and so service was not considered effective. The hearing was adjourned to Continue reading

Claim awarded in road traffic accident

Cara acted for the Claimant in a road traffic accident liability case. Liability was denied, and quantum was agreed. The Claimant was proceeding correctly in his lane, and there was a filter lane to turn right which was occupied by another vehicle. The Defendant pulled out of the junction to the right and crashed into Continue reading

Personal Injury Articles

Credit Hire: Enforceability and Irving

Where the cost of credit hire is claimed as part of a road traffic claim issues of enforceability are invariably considered by the Court and the Defendant. The matter usually arises after cross-examination of a Claimant who gives evidence that they were told that some other party would pay any such costs before signing the Continue reading

Breaking the chain of causation

Introduction This article explores the recent case of Clay v TUI Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 1177. Mr Philip Clay brought a claim for damages for personal injury against TUI UK Limited. Mr Clay sustained injuries when he fell from a balcony at a hotel in Tenerife, where he and his family had gone on a Continue reading

Further reform to Personal Injury – Crackdown on gastric illness in holiday claims

Introduction Hot on the heels of The Association of British Insurers (ABI) (in response to an apparent increase in whiplash claims) The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has campaigned for reform in package holiday gastric illness claims. Personal Injury reform is a topic that I have previously explored under “Personal Injury Claims- further reform Continue reading

Clarification on the correct application of qualified one-way costs shifting

This article explores the correct way Defendant’s added to a claim after April 2013 should approach qualified one-way costs shifting (“QOCS”) It explains how QOCS should be applied in respect of an unsuccessful claim for damages for personal injury. In particular, the article reviews the recent Court of Appeal decision in Corstorphine (An Infant) v Continue reading

The Judicial College Guidelines 14th Edition. The need for intelligent application rather than a rigid approach.

In September 2017, the 14th Edition of the Judicial College Guidelines for the Assessment of General Damages in Personal Injury Cases were published. This new addition has been updated to take into account inflation since the 13th Edition (which was published September 2015). The award across all categories has been increased in line with the Continue reading

Stage 3 Road Traffic Accident- power to transfer proceedings.

Low value, road traffic accident personal injury claims worth between £1000 and £10,000 have a streamlined process. The Pre-Action Protocol prevents parties from incurring disproportionate costs. The Protocol involves a three-stage process in which stage 3 is a quantum hearing adopting the simplest procedure possible. The recent case of Phillip v Willis [2016] EWCA 401 Continue reading

Personal Injury Testimonials

“Christian Fox was wonderful, excellent all-round. Everything went according to plan and he was very prompt in sending across his note from the hearing.
Should I require his assistance again, I will definitely look to instruct him again “

Ms S from Solicitors Instructing Christian Fox – December 20

“We were delighted with Rachel’s work. It was not a straightforward matter and she got a great result.  The client could be difficult and her feedback re Rachel was excellent.  We will definitely be instructing Rachel again.”

Ms T from Solicitors Instructing Rachel Baker – September 19

“Great news, great work.”


Mr M from Solicitors Instructing John Nee – January 18

“…That is an excellent result given potential issues that could have been raised – thank you very much for your attendance and actions on this matter…”

Mr W from Solicitors instructing Gayle Ashley – August 17

“…Our client also wished us to express her thanks on her behalf to you for such a successful outcome…”

Ms V from a firm of Solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – November 15

“….Sophie, great result. Thanks for your assistance….”

Mr B from a firm of solicitors instructing Sophie Gray – July 15

“….Thank you very much for your excellent attention and attendance….i have some very satisfied clients who wish to send their personal gratitude….”

Mrs M from a firm of solicitors instructing Ronald Edginton – June 15

“….I was impressed that Counsel, Holly Coates was very approachable….again i was impressed as this was the first time my firm has used Chambers and i have recommended your services to my colleagues….”

Mr S from a firm of Solicitors instructing Holly Coates -April 14