Personal Injury

Lizanne Gumbel QC is a highly distinguished practitioner in Personal Injury claims. She is instructed in a range of catastrophic  injury claims, including spinal injuries, arising out of road traffic and other accidents.

Lizanne’s work also involves multi-party actions and she recently acted for over 700 Claimants in the litigation against Mr Ian Paterson, Spire Healthcare and HEFT. Lizanne has also been instructed in a number of multi-party actions arising out of sexual abuse and physical abuse of children and adults in institutions including the Jimmy Savile litigation and the Winterbourne View claims. Lizanne is now acting for woman abused by Mr Harvey Weinstein.   Claims against private hospitals, the catholic church and local authorities have involved a number of cases which have resulted in the development of the law in respect of vicarious liability.

Lizanne is recommended as a leading and a star silk for both the clinical negligence and personal injury fields by Chambers & Partners Directory UK and in the Legal 500. In 2016, Lizanne won both the Legal 500 Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year, and the Chambers and Partners Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year.

In 2017 she won the Legal 500 Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Silk of the Year for the second year running.

Selected Cases

  • (1) CN A protected party suing by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor) (2) GN (A child suing by his litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v Poole Borough Council  [2019] UKSC 25.
  • Various Claimants v Barclays Bank Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 1670.
  • R (on the application of criminal injuries compensation authority) (Claimant) v First Tier Tribunal criminal injuries compensation) & MB (Interested Party) [2016] EWHC 2745.
  • JL v (1) Michael George Bowen (2) Scout Association [2015], C of A [2017] EWCA Civ 82.
  • RE v GE [2015] EWCA Civ 287.
  • P (by his litigation friend the official solicitor) v Cheshire West & Chester Council & Anor: P & Q (by their litigation the Official Solicitor) v Surrey County Council [2014] UKSC 19.
  • Darren Griffin v George Ponsonby[2013] EWHC 3410.
  • Robert Ayres v Mahesh Odedra [2013] EWHC 40.
  • Boyle v Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis [2013] EWCA.
  • Ndiki Mutua and others v The Foreign and Commonwealth Office [2012] EWHC 2878.
  • JGE v (1) English Province of our Lady of Charity (2) Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust [2012] EWCA Civ 938.
  • Maga (By his litigation friend the Official Solicitor) v Trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church [2010] EWCA Civ 256.
  • David Rowe v Dolman [2008] EWCA 1040.
  • X and Y v London Borough of Hounslow [2009] EWCA civ 285.
  • A v Iorworth Hoare [2008] HL 2 WLR 311.
  • Jake Pierce v Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council [2007] EWHC 2968 (QB).
  • C v Middlesborough Council [2004] EWCA Civ 1746.
  • Sowden v Lodge, Crookdake v Drury [2005] 1WLR 2129.
  • McDonnell v Congregation of Christian Brothers Trustees (formerly Irish Christian Brothers) & Anor, Hof L [2004] 1 AC 1101.
  • Z v UK [2001] 2 FLR 612.
  • S v Gloucestershire County Council, C of A [2000] FLR 825.
  • Heil v Rankin [2000] 2 WLR 1173.
  • X v Bedfordshire CC [1995] 2AC 663.
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