John is frequently instructed in multi-track personal injury claims pleaded up to £1,000,000 and works collaboratively with his instructing solicitors to achieve regularly six-figure settlements for his clients.
John has abundant experience in the County Court successfully conducting multi-day trials, contested interim hearings and challenging applications, and he is appearing in the High Court with increasing frequency. He prides himself on his advocacy.
On a daily basis John advises and drafts pleadings on matters concerning the negligence of professionals, employers, public authorities, businesses, schools and motorists, as well as in complex quantum matters arising from personal injury and fatal accidents. He provides intelligent, thorough and commercially practical advice. He is also developing his clinical negligence practice and welcomes instructions in this area.
John also has a specialist practice in claims where animals cause personal injuries, especially those brought under the Animals Act 1971.
He has recently settled a complex claim for around £200,000 when a Claimant was mauled by a neighbour’s dog when, unexpectedly, she entered the neighbouring property through an unlocked door. He has also been involved in successful claims arising from dogs escaping from car boots and horses bolting onto roads. He has a mixed Claimant and Defendant practice here, frequently acting for and advising a major insurer on its caseload of claims arising from household pets injuring visitors and trespassers.
Notable Personal Injury cases
LG v TH
following 3 day multi-track trial, John successfully established liability and damages against a leading hotel following a freakish assault at work at night on a hotel receptionist carried out by a patient who had escaped from a psychiatric ward – John successfully argued it was a foreseeable injury that came about in an unexpected way.
ST v MG
following 3 day multi-track trial, John successfully established liability for negligent laser surgery; John was able to persuade the Defendant’s expert in oral evidence to adopt the Claimant’s case on breach.
TS (Administratrix of Deceased spouse)
this was a combined personal injury and fatal accident claim requiring high levels of sensitivity with a complex pre-accident history making causation problematic. It settled for over £350,000.
KM v BT
claim settled at JSM for £267,000 following expert evidence in four fields, where there were complex medical issues on causation and pre-existing vulnerability.
JT v SST
claim settled just before trial for £151,000 following expert medical evidence in five fields, allegations of fundamental dishonesty and complex issues of causation.
BT v Ministry of Justice
John won at trial on challenging claim against the MOJ for its negligent care of a prison guard assaulted by youth offenders.
OJ v Kenyan High Commission
John won a contested 2 day liability trail against the Kenyan High Commission for its negligent care of a chauffeur.