Chris is a Solicitor and Consultant, specialising in civil litigation, personal injury and clinical negligence claims.
He has particular experience in the preparation and conduct of catastrophic injury, occupational disease and fatal accident claims.
Chris gained his BA Hons (Law) in 1982 at Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Trent University) and completed his Law Society Finals at the College of Law, Chester in 1983. He was then admitted in 1985.
He has extensive experience dealing with injuries sustained in road accidents, workplace accidents, accidents on construction sites, falls from a height, spinal injuries following clinical negligence, and sporting injuries, particularly arising from motorsport. He also covers occupational diseases affecting the chest and lungs including asbestosis, silicosis, progressive massive fibrosis and malignant mesothelioma, and occupational disease claims for dermatitis.
Chris also has experience in the field of trade union and labour relations arising from advising trade unions, principally, assisting trade unions in the management and running of collective conditional fee agreements for members seeking compensation for personal injury arising from accidents and occupational disease. Also, he has assisted individual members of trade unions and advised in relation to terms & conditions of employment, breaches of employment contract, unfair dismissal, and discrimination in the workplace.
Catastrophic injury claims
Chris has represented a large number of claimants seeking damages for catastrophic injuries arising from spinal cord injury or traumatic brain injury.
He has dealt with accidents having a foreign element, issues concerning motor insurance and claims involving the Motor Insurers Bureau. Additionally, he has handled claims arising from accidents in the course of sporting activities, particularly motorcycle racing.
Examples of Chris’ work include acting in claims for:
- Spinal cord injuries (tetraplegia) sustained by a rear seat passenger in a motorcar struck from behind on the hard shoulder of a motorway, caused by an uninsured driver.
- Claim to Motor Insurers Bureau for spinal cord injuries (paraplegia) sustained by a cyclist struck by an untraced vehicle.
- Spinal cord injuries (paraplegia) suffered while competing in a motorcycle-racing event.
- Catastrophic brain injury leading to a persisting vegetative state arising from the failure of a commercial centrifuge in the course of employment.
- Brain injury (dysexecutive syndrome) and a below-knee amputation of the leg following an accident at work.
- Above-knee amputation of a pedestrian following a road accident involving a foreign-registered vehicle.
- Assisting with the relatives of severely brain injury injured claimants in applications for their appointment as deputies.
- Advising families of severely injured claimants on setting up appropriate care and accommodation, including the purchase and adaptation of alternative accommodation.
- Recovering damages from three former employers of a silicosis sufferer, including the restoration of two of the companies to the Companies Register in order to bring proceedings.
- Claims for the Estate and for the surviving spouse of a factory worker who developed mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos in the workplace.
- Negligent laparoscopic hernia repair.
- Cerebral palsy arising from injuries sustained following negligent medical treatment at birth.
- Bilateral above knee lower limb amputations suffered by a farm worker.
- Consequences of negligent failure to diagnose spinal cord injury.
- Severe traumatic brain injury (diffuse axonal injury) suffered by a child passenger in a road accident.
Chris is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, with accreditation as a senior litigator. He is also listed in the Spinal Injury Association recommended list of solicitors, and the Headway recommended list of solicitors.