Grahame Aldous QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

"One of the most approachable barristers and really understands what being a modern silk is all about. Attentive to the needs of both solicitor and client, he understands client care whilst also being a pedigree performer in court…known for his fearsome cross examinations. "

Chambers and Partners UK

Grahame Aldous QC is recommended as a Leader in the Field for both Clinical Negligence, Personal Injury and International Claims in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners.

His cross examination technique has been described in the High Court as ‘a quiet bombshell’, and by an expert witness in the High Court as  ‘thorough, effective, but better than that, beautiful’. He is also an Inns of Court College of Advocacy (ICCA) Advanced Advocacy Trainer and Advocacy Teacher-Trainer, a Faculty member of the South Eastern Circuit International Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. He created the first Advocacy Training programme for the Cypriot Bar Association with the ICCA, and has provided training on the rule of law for the National School  of Judges in Ukraine.

Grahame is a former Vice-Chair of the Bar Council Equality and Diversity Committee, edited the Bar Council Equality and Diversity Code, wrote the first Diversity Awareness Training Toolkit for both 9 Gough Chambers and the Bar Council, and has led Diversity training for various chambers, the Bar Council, Inner Temple and the Judicial College.

Grahame came to the Bar having graduated in Law in 1978. He had previously been at sea on Home Trade ships, sailing traditional working craft and teaching sailing at the National Sailing Centre in Cowes. He has kept up his connection with the sea as a MCA/RYA Yachtmaster and with regular trips at sea, including racing round Cape Horn in the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and crossing the Atlantic on a Square Rigged Sailing Ship in the Norton Rose Sail the World Challenge with a mixed ability crew, including wheelchair users. His work includes specialisations in catastrophic injury claims, maritime accident claims and claims involving multiple jurisdictions. In 2020 Grahame was awarded a doctorate by King’s College London for his research into the relationship between international law and the Admiralty Court, and the role of the rule of law in the award of naval prize money.

Expertise

Grahame Aldous QC has regularly been named as a Leading Clinical Negligence Silk in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK.

He has considerable experience of claims involving brain and spinal injuries, including cerebral palsy and cauda equina injuries. He is often instructed on the most complex, highly technical claims, often involving catastrophic injuries, and multi-million pound awards of damages and periodical payment orders.    He is the founding editor of both the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury Claims and Clinical Negligence Claims: A Practical Guide.

He is often instructed on claims with difficult issues of expert evidence, and has acted in claims such as EXP v Barker involving the duties of expert witnesses in clinical negligence claims. He is the Editor of the ICCA Guide to Expert Evidence, and contributes the Expert Evidence and other chapters to Kemp & Kemp Personal Injury Law and Practice.

Grahame is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Professional Negligence Bar Association and Chair of their annual Clinical Negligence Conference. He was one of the few counsel nominated by both sides for the NHS Resolve scheme panel.

Grahame Aldous QC is recommended as Leading Personal Injury Silk in UK Directories of the Bar and has been made a Senior Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers for his contributions to advancing personal injury law.

Grahame has considerable experience in dealing with claims involving brain and spinal injuries, and is one of the Spinal Injury Association’s Approved Counsel. He is often instructed on the most complex, highly technical claims, often involving catastrophic injuries, and multi-million pound awards of damages and periodical payment orders.    He is the founding editor of the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Injury Claims, a contributing editor to Kemp & Kemp Personal Injury Law and Practice and editor of the ICCA Guide to Expert Evidence.

Grahame is often instructed in cases where capacity to litigate is an issue, and is a former Chair of the Frankel Topping Court of Protection Deputies’ Forum.

Grahame has a particular expertise in marine accident claims involving passengers and crew on ships and yachts, and in cases involving international conflicts of law and cross-jurisdictional issues. His specialist publications include Work Accidents at Sea and the shipping chapter in Munkman on Employers’ Liability.

His work has taken him  outside the UK jurisdiction, including the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal in Gibraltar, for which he was admitted to the Gibraltar Bar, and the Privy Council.

Grahame is a CEDR accredited mediator and acts as a mediator in serious personal  injury claims.

Grahame Aldous QC is a CEDR accredited mediator with successful experience of many mediations in practice. Trusted by both Claimant and Defendant firms, he was one of the few counsel nominated by both sides for the NHS Resolve scheme panel.

Grahame is happy to accept instructions through his clerks in chambers to act as a mediator.

Grahame is the author of the Mediation and ADR chapter in Kemp & Kemp Personal Injury Law Practice and Procedure and the APIL Guide to Catastrophic Claims.

Recommended in Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners UK Directory for his negotiating skills, he has been described as ‘noted for his negotiating skills as a mediator’.

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  • LLB
  • PhD

  • PIBA
  • PNBA
  • APIL
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Royal Ocean Racing Club

  • Recorder (part-time judge)
  • Governing Bencher of Inner Temple (one of the four Inns of Court that regulate barristers)
  • CEDR accredited Mediator
  • Member of the Judicial College Panel of Experts on Equality and Diversity

"An effortless and supremely skilled advocate. He has a dedicated and caring approach with clients."

Chambers and Partners UK

"He is what you expect a silk to be- he smooths the water, by being very personable and user-friendly. He is not stuffy or standoffish, and is happy to discuss the issues frankly. "

Chambers and Partners UK

"A very quick thinker, brilliant at putting clients at ease "

Legal 500

"Detailed, focussed and gets under the skin of a case"

Legal 500

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