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

Jacob Levy QC

Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

John Foy QC

Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Grahame Aldous QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Stuart McKechnie QC

Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Giles Mooney QC

Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Roger Hiorns

Call: 1983

Bruce Silvester

Call: 1983

Gaurang Naik

Call: 1985

Edwin Buckett

Call: 1988

Stephen Glynn

Call: 1990

Cyrus Katrak

Call: 1991

Jeremy Crowther

Call: 1991

Laura Begley

Call: 1993

Laura Elfield

Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford

Call: 1996

Tara Vindis

Call: 1996

Simon Butler

Call: 1996

Johnathan Payne

Call: 1997

Perrin Gibbons

Call: 1998

Simon Brindle

Call: 1998

Robert Horner

Call: 1999

Adam Dawson

Call: 2000

Linda Nelson

Call: 2000

Gurion Taussig

Call: 2001

Sabrina Hartshorn

Call: 2001

Giles Bedloe

Call: 2001

Esther Pounder

Call: 2003

Oliver Millington

Call: 2003

Hugh Rimmer

Call: 2003

Abigail Stamp

Call: 2004

Jennifer Newcomb

Call: 2006

Edward Lamb

Call: 2006

James Byrne

Call: 2006

Catherine Atkinson

Call: 2006

Ben Rodgers

Call: 2007

Kate Lamont

Call: 2007

Tom Restall

Call: 2007

Holly Tibbitts

Call: 2010

William Dean

Call: 2011

Helen Pooley

Call: 2012

John Schmitt

Call: 2013

Laura Hibberd

Call: 2013

Thomas Jones

Call: 2015

Max Melsa

Call: 2015

Kyah Mufti

Call: 2016

Theodore Bunce

Call: 2018

Lucy Lodewyke

Call: 2018

Amelia Katz

Call: 2018

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