‘A pragmatic tactician who understands the commercial aspects of litigation.’

Legal 500 2021
Holly Holly

Barrister: Holly Tibbitts


BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School; GDL (Distinction), City Law School; MA (Cantab) (First Class), St John's College, Cambridge


Holly is a busy and experienced barrister specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims.  She deals exclusively with multi-track matters, many of which are high value and complex claims involving life changing injuries.  She is currently instructed as junior counsel in a brain injury at birth claim worth in excess of £10 million.  

Holly is confident dealing with complicated issues of liability, quantum, evidence and procedure.   Her case load includes fatal accidents, lost years claims, brain injuries, spinal injuries (including cauda equina syndrome), birth injuries, chronic pain, nerve injuries and secondary victim claims, amongst others.  The majority of her cases involve expert evidence across multiple disciplines.     

She is an impressive advocate who regularly appears in the High Court and County Court.  She also appears at Coroners’ inquests where a civil claim is anticipated.  In addition to her court work Holly advises lay and professional clients on a daily basis, both in writing and in conference, prepares complex liability and quantum pleadings and appears at JSMs and mediations. 

Holly’s personal injury practice encompasses the full range of personal injury claims from road traffic accidents and public and employer’s liability to historic abuse, Animals Act claims, industrial disease, accidents at sea, product liability and CICA claims. 

Her clinical negligence practice is equally varied, including surgical negligence, delayed diagnoses, inadequate consenting, obstetrics issues, negligent nursing (such as pressure damage claims) and unnecessary treatment.  She is well versed with developments on breach of duty in the clinical negligence context as well as complex causation issues including material contribution. 

Client care is at the forefront of Holly's practice. She prides herself on giving clear, practical and timely advice to lay and professional clients alike and embraces the professional and approachable ethos of chambers.

She regularly writes and lectures to solicitors on the law. She is a contributing author to Begley on Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims (2nd edition), the APIL Guide to RTA Liability (3rd edition) and Clinical Negligence Claims:  A Practical Guide (3rd edition).  Holly is a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association. 

Client comments:

  • "Holly is very approachable. Her advice is always timely and well thought out." Ben Pepper, Senior Solicitor, Bolt Burdon Kemp
  • "We instructed Holly Tibbitts on a clinical negligence case arising out of unnecessary uro-gynaecological surgery, carried out on a claimant who had suffered significant disruption to her life as a result. Holly’s pragmatic, compassionate and sensible approach, combined with her commanding advocacy at JSM, led to a fully satisfactory settlement for our client." - Helen Goatley, Partner and Chairman, and Niamh Hills, Solicitor, Barlow Robbins LLP
  • "We found Miss Tibbitts to be extremely competent and utterly professional in her approach from the outset in providing well considered advice as well as providing outstanding advocacy." Thomas Dunton Solicitors
  • "Holly Tibbitts is such a lovely person, really talented and professional, she was fantastic… I cannot thank her enough." Lay Client

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Clinical Negligence

Holly has a busy clinical negligence practice which accounts for approximately half of her case load.   She acts on her own and as part of a team of counsel.  She is currently instructed as junior counsel in a brain injury at birth claim worth in excess of £10 million. 

She is confident dealing with the full range of clinical negligence claims including surgical negligence, consenting issues, missed and delayed diagnoses, and unnecessary and inappropriate treatment.   She receives frequent instructions in fatal and lost years claims.  She is familiar with the intricacies of breach of duty and causation in these cases and lectures to solicitors on these issues. 

Holly is regularly instructed in claims involving birth injuries to mother and baby and has experience of secondary victim claims in this context.  She has a special interest in brain injury claims, including catastrophic injuries, having gained experience working alongside the adult brain injury team at a leading firm of solicitors.  She is confident dealing with claims involving serious orthopaedic and nerve injuries, including spinal injuries, and is currently instructed in a claim arising out of delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome.  She receives regular instructions in cases involving delayed diagnosis of cancer and other life-threatening conditions.  Her case load also includes nursing negligence, such as falls and pressure damage claims.

Holly is ranked as a tier 4 leading junior for clinical negligence in the Legal 500 2021.

Personal Injury

Holly is regularly instructed in personal injury matters of substantial value and complexity. 

Many of Holly’s cases involve significant and life changing injuries.  She is experienced at dealing with brain injuries, serious orthopaedic injuries, long term psychiatric disorders and pain conditions among others.  She receives instructions in fatal accidents and lost years claims.  She is confident dealing with expert evidence across a range of disciplines. 

Holly acts in road traffic accident, employers’ liability and public liability claims as well as in cases involving industrial disease, historic abuse, holiday claims, accidents at sea, Animals Act claims, professional negligence (including negligent cosmetic treatments) and CICA claims.  She is well versed in the liability and evidential issues that arise in these cases. 

Holly is a confident and effective advocate, both orally and in writing, and regularly appears in the High Court, County Court and at Coroners’ Inquests where a civil claim is anticipated.  She is a commanding presence at mediation and JSM.  In her advisory work Holly prides herself on her ability to distil complex topics into simple terms, giving advice on difficult issues of liability and quantum in a way that is readily understandable by her clients. 

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