Overview

We retain a very strong team of barristers conducting Criminal Injuries Compensation work from all levels of seniority. Our barristers have also written the major text book used by the CICA and the First Tier Tribunal in this area (‘Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims’ – new edition Autumn 2015). We have specialist knowledge of the application of all of the Criminal Injuries Schemes including the Pre-Tariff and all of the Tariff Schemes.

We routinely advise and represent Applicants and Appellants in the full range of criminal injuries claims. Our barristers also undertake judicial review and appellate work arising from these cases and have appeared in the following recent notable cases : CP v CICA [2014] EWCA Civ 1554 (eligibility : foetal alcohol) RS v. CICA [2013] EWCA Civ 1040 (eligibility : secondary victims) and LHS (by his Litigation Friends and Deputies JBO & SJB) v FTT & CICA [2015] EWHC 1077 (Admin) (discount rate in pre-tariff cases to which the Damages Act 1996 does not apply).

We achieve the best possible results for clients in what is often a last resort forum to have their injuries recognised and compensated. We can assist at any stage of the process in all types of claims ranging from historical sexual and physical abuse to violent crime and occupation based and other exceptional risk claims including:

  • Whether the applicant is eligible for an award.
  • Evidence in relation to eligibility and quantum.
  • Reductions for conduct and convictions.
  • The interface between pending civil proceedings and CICA claims.
  • Whether to seek a review or an appeal of a CICA decision or award.
  • Drafting of skeleton arguments and schedules for the purpose of a review or appeal.
  • Advocacy at appeal hearings.
  • Procedural issues arising out of the Tribunal Procedure Rules and the interrelationship between them and the Schemes.
  • Advising in respect of the merits of judicial review proceedings of an appeal decision.
  • Re-opening of cases (all Schemes).

We represent clients throughout England and Wales. Our barristers treat the victims of violent crime and their families with courtesy, understanding and respect. Many of our members have expertise in managing traumatic brain injury cases and historical sex abuse claims. We understand the pressures involved in litigating criminal injuries claims, in particular the pressure to minimise costs and disbursements. Many of our cases are funded by Unions. However, we accept work on all funding bases including conditional fees and deferred fees in appropriate cases. Members of the team are happy to travel to solicitors’ offices or clients’ home when appropriate. Chambers also offers video conferencing facilities.

Personal Injury Expertise

CICA Barristers

Grahame Aldous QC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Catherine Atkinson


Call: 2006

Giles Bedloe


Call: 2001

Laura Begley


Call: 1993

Simon Brindle


Call: 1998

Edwin Buckett


Call: 1988

Theodore Bunce


Call: 2018

Simon Butler


Call: 1996

James Byrne


Call: 2006

Jeremy Crowther


Call: 1991

Adam Dawson


Call: 2000

William Dean


Call: 2011

Laura Elfield


Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford


Call: 1996

John Foy QC


Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Perrin Gibbons


Call: 1998

Stephen Glynn


Call: 1990

Sabrina Hartshorn


Call: 2001

Laura Hibberd


Call: 2013

Roger Hiorns


Call: 1983

Robert Horner


Call: 1999

Thomas Jones


Call: 2015

Cyrus Katrak


Call: 1991

Amelia Katz


Call: 2018

Edward Lamb


Call: 2006

Kate Lamont


Call: 2007

Jacob Levy QC


Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

Lucy Lodewyke


Call: 2018

Esther Maclachlan


Call: 2005

Stuart McKechnie QC


Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Max Melsa


Call: 2015

Oliver Millington


Call: 2003

Giles Mooney QC


Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Kyah Mufti


Call: 2016

Gaurang Naik


Call: 1985

Linda Nelson


Call: 2000

Jennifer Newcomb


Call: 2006

Johnathan Payne


Call: 1997

Helen Pooley


Call: 2012

Esther Pounder


Call: 2003

Tom Restall


Call: 2007

Hugh Rimmer


Call: 2003

Andrew Ritchie QC


Call: 1985 Silk: 2009

Ben Rodgers


Call: 2007

John Schmitt


Call: 2013

Bruce Silvester


Call: 1983

Abigail Stamp


Call: 2004

Gurion Taussig


Call: 2001

Holly Tibbitts


Call: 2010

Tara Vindis


Call: 1996

Vincent Williams


Call: 1985

Ben Zurawel


Call: 2010

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