Gaurang Naik

Call: 1985

"I have never doubted this advice, which was given before C provided her full Amended Particulars of Claim, but which subsequent events have fully borne out. Since then you have been a clear and strong guide through the litigation maze C constructed. Your advice - for example to refuse a request for a postponement C made in 2018, and to challenge C’s last appeal, given over the course of last summer - has throughout been faultless and true. So has your advocacy. CB, an associate Professor and Head of English, is awe struck by the clarity and incisiveness of your Skeleton Arguments, which I have shown her, and coming from her, that is high praise. Complimentary comments have also been made by members of the Judiciary, notably Murray J. The fact that you have been there throughout has been a constant comfort and support to us both, and was a guarantee that we would eventually have a good outcome. That has now come, and for that you have our eternal thanks. "

Gaurang has more than 35 years’ experience in common law litigation.

He is now mostly instructed in complex and high value personal injury, clinical negligence and professional negligence cases.

He brings a calm and analytical mind dealing with serious cases with sympathy and pragmatism.  He has great skill at identifying the important issues in a case and focussing on them.

He is a very good advocate and is able to distil the most complex issues and present them in an easily comprehensible and effortless manner before a County Court or a High Court judge.

Gaurang is an accredited mediator (London School of Mediation). He undertakes mediation in civil and commercial disputes including partnership disputes, co-ownership disputes, professional negligence including clinical negligence and personal injury.

Expertise

Gaurang deals with all aspects of personal injury cases but his main focus now is on high value fatal and serious injury claims. He has significant practice in fatal injury claims arising out of road traffic and accidents at work, occupational illness and clinical negligence. He deals with occupational illness claims including asbestos related illness, psychiatric injury as a result of stress at work and historic sexual abuse claims.  He has been in seminal cases in stress related illness and WRULD.

Notable Personal Injury cases


Ardi Bushi –v- Exotic stones Limited & Yes Marble Limited [2020]

Gaurang represented the Claimant, aged 41, who suffered amputation of his right dominant arm and other serious physical and psychiatric injuries as a result of accident in the course of his work. Gaurang argued for 2 functional electric prosthesis that share 2 hands/ terminal device together with a dedicated non-electric sports/gym arm with a selection of interchangeable terminal devices (“bionic arm”). He helped secure a settlement of £2.65mn.

JW –v- Richard John Hickson [2020]

Gaurang acted for the Defendant in a claim for substantial damages for historic sexual abuse when the Claimant was between 12 and 14 years of age. The last incident was about 25 years earlier. The claim followed an acquittal in the criminal trial. Gaurang advised on the most cost effective resolution of the case.

Kirsten Holly Reay –v- DWF LLP [2020]

This was a claim for damages for psychiatric injury induced by stress at work as a Solicitor due to excessive workload. Complex factual issues relating to workload. Gaurang assisted in bringing the claim to a successful compromise just prior to a 4 day trial.

Wioletta Wojciechowska –v- Galczynski & UK Insurance [2020]

Gaurang acted for the Claimant, aged 41, suffered rib fractures and thoraco-lumbar spinal fractures in a road traffic accident. She required surgical fixation of the spinal fractures. She was, however, a stoic woman and concerned about job security so returned to work after 6 months whilst still in pain. As a result Defendants argued that she was not disabled and not at a substantial disadvantage in the labour market and didn’t require the amount of care. Gaurang prepared a detailed Schedule of Loss with a significant future loss of earnings and future cost of care claim setting out in detail the basis of the claim. The claim was settled for a 6 figure sum at JSM.

Gaurang’s practice is largely claimant based and ranges from birth defects, negligence arising from surgery and GP’s negligence.

Notable Clinical Negligence cases


Mrs Khuan Thye Wong PR of the estate of Mr Senh Cah Van (deceased) –v- Barts Health NHS Trust [Ongoing]

Gaurang acts for the widow of the deceased who fell off a ladder and was admitted to the D hospital and underwent a large craniotomy. During the surgery there was a large bleeding which the surgeon failed to control leading to his death. This was a difficult claim as it related to criticism of the surgeon during surgery. The deceased also had a very complicated business affairs both in UK and abroad which required careful analysis.

Mrs Sithy Raheem Beevi Mohammed Faizal as Administrator of the Estate of Master Iman Abdullah Mohammed Faizal (Deceased) –v- North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

This is a claim for damages on behalf of the estate of a minor and his mother in her own right for personal injuries she suffered as a result of the clinical negligence of D when she was in their care during her pregnancy. As a result of various delays during her labour baby Iman was born with Grade 3 hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy and suffered seizures. 11 months later he died.

Mrs Claire Elizabeth Cann (Wife and PR of the estate of Peter Robert Cann (Deceased) –v- Southend

Gaurang acts for the C whose husband died due to the failure of D to detect pancreatic malignancy with complicated issues about life expectancy and causation.

Gaurang’s commercial practice spans professional negligence particularly claims against solicitors arising from personal injury and clinical negligence litigation and civil fraud and related issues.

He has dealt with long and complex civil fraud claims at trial and also interim applications such as freezing injunctions, delivery up and summary judgment.

Notable Commerical cases


Peter Pavelec –v- Slater Gordon Solutions Legal Limited [Ongoing]

Gaurang acts for the C, an award winning body builder who was injured in a road traffic accident. Claim against his solicitors for under compensation at trial due to their negligence. Complex issues relating to loss of a chance of prize money and loss of business.

Soul –v- Soul

Gaurang successfully defeated the registration of the lease on the grounds of fraud/validity of the lease. This was a dispute between first cousins as to whether or not a lease of a garden adjacent to the Applicant’s property had been granted by a family company. The case also considered the effect of non –registration and whether, if a lease had been granted it was in breach of trust. [2018] UKFTT 721 (PC)

Tarik Jamous –v- Alexander Mercouris [2020]

This was claim for professional negligence/negligence against a Barrister who was subsequently struck off but pending appeal This claim was brought a long time after the events.
The claim arose from a very bizarre set of circumstances and threw up a range of issues from summary judgment, procedural wrangles, limitation, permission to appeal out of time, appeals procedure, resisting the appointment of a litigation friend.
[2019] EWHC 722 (QB); [2019] EWHC 1746 (QB); [2020] EWHC 2814 (QB).

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  • BSc (Econ) London School of Economics & Political Science
  • DipLaw; City University

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association

  • Accredited Mediator

"Gaurang is always readily available to assist in my cases, both formally and informally. His advice is consistently reliable, informed and thorough. He interacts extremely well with Claimants in conference, with instructing solicitors and experts. He remains involved in the cases throughout, touching base even when no papers are before him. His work goes above and beyond at all times. CM, a solicitor & head of personal injury and clinical negligence."

"Gaurang was recently instructed by David Harbron who has over 20 years’ experience and specialises in civil and criminal fraud from Chivers Solicitors in relation to a complex multi handed case in the High Court that lasted for nine days. Mr Harbron states ‘Gaurang is my go to counsel for any complex civil matter. He has excellent attention to detail and is good in conference with clients, putting them at ease and fully engaging with them. He has a faultless knowledge of the law and is a very experienced and persuasive advocate, who judges respond well to. Always excellently prepared and realistic with advice. "

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