‘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 respected junior specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence claims. She is ranked as a Tier 4 leading junior for clinical negligence in Legal 500, which describes her as “A pragmatic tactician who understands the commercial aspects of litigation”. She has a busy and varied practice with an emphasis on high value and complex claims involving life changing or fatal injuries. She regularly appears in the High Court, County Court and Coroner’s Court, where she is known for her commanding advocacy, both in witness handling and submissions. In addition, she maintains a wide-ranging paperwork and advisory practice, dealing with complex issues of liability, quantum, evidence and procedure on a daily basis.  She acts on her own and as part of a team of counsel. 

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) and the APIL Guide to RTA Liability (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

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Clinical Negligence

Holly is ranked as a Tier 4 leading junior for clinical negligence in the Legal 500 2021.  Her practice encompasses 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, as well as secondary victim claims in a clinical negligence context.  She is familiar with the intricacies of breach of duty and causation in these cases and lectures to solicitors on these issues. Many of her cases are issued in the High Court. 

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 invaluable 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 several claims 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.

Recent cases:

  • Holly is instructed as junior counsel led by Giles Mooney QC in a brain injury at birth claim pleaded in excess of £21million
  • Acting as sole counsel in a High Court claim arising from a failure to offer conservative treatment as an alternative to significant spinal surgery and a delay in identifying and treating a nerve injury sustained in the surgery, resulting in chronic pain, foot drop and early retirement
  • Representing a young woman in a claim arising out of a delayed diagnosis of cauda equina syndrome, resulting in permanent bowel and bladder dysfunction
  • Acting for a claimant arising out of a delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer, resulting in an inability to undergo surgical treatment, unpleasant side effects of conservative treatment and a loss of life expectancy
  • Instructed in a fatal claim arising from negligent treatment of a femoral artery bleed, resulting in significant dependency claims by the deceased’s husband and two young children
  • Representing a claimant with a delayed diagnosis of liver cancer, initially pursued as a lost years claim but now continuing as a fatal accidents claim following the claimant’s death
  • Instructed by the defendant in a claim arising from surgical negligence during the course of a cholecystectomy, giving rise to a claim for provisional damages
  • Acting for a young female claimant following premature removal of her bowel during which she sustained significant gynaecological injuries
  • Instructed in relation to a fatal brain injury at birth.  Holly appeared at the inquest and subsequently brought claims on behalf of the estate of the deceased child, and primary and secondary victim claims on the part of the parents

Personal Injury

Holly has a successful personal injury practice dealing with matters of substantial value and complexity on a daily basis. 

Many of Holly’s cases involve significant and life changing injuries.  She is experienced at dealing with brain injuries, serious orthopaedic and internal 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 cases involving the full range of liability issues including 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. 

Recent cases:

  • A liability disputed claim under the Animals Act as a result of the claimant suffering serious internal and orthopaedic injuries when she was attacked by a stallion
  • Instructed to represent a child claimant with a subtle brain injury and chronic PTSD requiring ongoing educational psychology and neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • A claim on behalf of a solider who sustained life changing spinal fractures, head and psychological injuries falling from a horse at work
  • Instructed on behalf of a man with a moderately severe brain injury resulting in personality change and psychiatric injury following a road traffic accident, including successfully resisting an application for strike out for abuse of process
  • A road traffic accident claim resulting in significant permanent orthopaedic injuries likely to lead to early retirement and substantial care needs as the claimant gets older
  • Acting for a former member of the emergency services who suffered historic sexual and physical abuse at the hands of his colleagues
  • Representing a young man in a claim for physical abuse and neglect while in foster care
  • Acting for a member of armed services personnel who was medically downgraded and due for early discharge as a result of injuries sustained in a road traffic accident, including successfully resisting an application to resile from an admission of liability
  • A secondary victim claim on behalf of a child claimant suffering with long term PTSD, impacting on educational attainment

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