Personal Injury

Jim has an established practice in personal injury acting on behalf of claimants and defendants, including in abuse claims. He was led by Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC, appearing for the appellant children in CN & GN v. Poole Borough Council. The Supreme Court considered whether and in what circumstances local authorities might owe a duty at common law to children at risk of harm.

He has been instructed in a number of cases involving E-Coli 0157 and has defended several claims brought by members of fitness gyms. He has also acted for insurers and injured persons in claims arising from road traffic accidents and represented claimants and defendants in numerous occupiers’ liability claims.

He also produces practice notes on personal injury law for LexisNexis PSL.

Selected Cases

  • Acted for man who sustained a brain injury after falling down a set of stairs at a bar. Successfully resisted application to withdraw a pre-action admission.
  • Secured withdrawal of admission as to where an accident had taken place in case concerning an accident in a transit zone at a ferry port.
  • Represented family in civil damages claim under HRA against police.
  • CN & GN v Poole BC[2019] UKSC 25: UK Supreme Court considered the extent to which local authorities and their employees owe a common law duty to protect children from harm caused by third parties. Led by Lizanne Gumbel QC & Iain O’Donnell.
  • Sexual abuse by a secondary school teacher upon a pupil.
  • Sexual assault of a work experience student by a company employee.
  • A local authority’s failure to intervene in a case involving the repeated sexual abuse of children within a family home.
  • Abuse by a class teacher upon a primary school pupil.
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