William advises on and appears in cases involving road traffic accidents, occupiers’ liability, accidents at work, public liability, highways maintenance, and consumer protection, as well as claims arising out of fatal accidents and accidents abroad. Many of his cases involve contested allegations of breach of duty and/or multiple experts where causation is in issue. He has extensive trial experience, including on factual evidence, and also appears at interim hearings.
William frequently drafts statements of case and schedules. He advises on liability, evidence, causation, quantum and procedure. He often deals with costs budgeting and other consequential matters.
He acts for both claimants and defendants at all stages of proceedings, both in civil claims and at inquests in the Coroner’s Court.
In addition to claims issued in the County Court and High Court, William advises on and appears in criminal injuries compensation claims involving the appeals against decisions of the CICA. He is familiar with the relevant schemes and tariffs and his cases include maximum-value claims, assaults against vulnerable persons and claims where care is provided abroad. He is a contributor to the leading textbook in the area.
William acts on conditional fee agreements where appropriate.
Notable Personal Injury cases
W v. S
Road traffic accident causing a 16-year-old person a life-long disability which affected work prospects. Settled for six-figure sum.
R v. MT Ltd
Fatal accident claim arising from a road traffic accident involving issues of projected earnings and life expectancy. Settled for six-figure sum.
T v. A
Claim under the Animals Act 1971 arising from a traumatic brain injury sustained by a farmhand. Complex medical evidence on causation of future deterioration and losses.
Dillon v. Haven Insurance Co Ltd
Claim for injuries sustained when escaping a vehicle whose driver had lost control. Allegation of fraud defeated and claim succeeded at multi-day trial with 10 factual witnesses.
B v. Transport for London
Advised on quantum in respect of a commuter injured in the Croydon Tram Disaster.
S v. AXA Insurance
Road traffic accident in Romania, with claim brought in English courts against insurer’s representative. Involved issues of jurisdiction, applicable law and quantum according to Romanian law.
Woodcock v. Marston’s plc
Defended occupiers’ liability claim centred on cleaning regimes in the defendant’s public house. Claim dismissed.
Mulley v. Timpson Ltd
Defended public liability claim arising out of a fall outside a supermarket in which the defendant kept a concession stall. Claim dismissed.
W v. Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Sexual assault on a child by his school teacher. Appeared at a contested appeal hearing involving consideration of the August consent test and the proper definition of a “victim”.
L v. Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Inflicted injury to a very young child causing severe life-long disabilities. Advised on criminal injuries compensation claim, including as to care being provided abroad.
A v. Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority
Appeal on behalf of the victim of a serious assault. Causation of extensive injuries in issue and challenged at appeal hearing.