Overview

The team have vast experience and expertise in this fundamental area of personal injury law, providing representation for both Claimants and Defendants in cases that range in value and complexity. The team are also at the forefront of the continuing developments in occupiers’ liability law. In the last two years alone, members of the team have appeared in the High Court in Driver v Painted House Trust and anor [2014] EWHC 1929 (QB) which crystallised many occupiers’ liability issues, and in the Court of Appeal in West Sussex Council v Master Lewis Pierce [2013] EWCA Civ 1230 (duty to safeguard children whilst at school).

There is no aspect of occupiers’ liability upon which the team cannot provide their expert advice. Most commonly claims arise under the Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957, with accidents occurring on the whole gamut of premises, ranging from private property and premises open to the public (supermarkets, parks, schools, restaurants &c). Although the fundamental consideration is the reasonableness of the state of the premises, it is necessary to carefully consider the specific duties owed to children and the impact of conduct of independent contractors.

More rarely claims require consideration of the more complex duties owed to trespassers arising from the Occupiers’ Liability Act1984 or consideration of the interrelationship and applicability of these statutes and the statutory obligations owed by landlords to tenants for defective premises. A further area of expertise includes accidents on aircraft or ships which invoke the Montreal and Athens Conventions respectively.

The team’s great experience in this area allows them to advise robustly and pragmatically on either side of an occupiers’ argument at all stages of a litigation in order to secure the best outcome for a client.

Personal Injury Expertise

Occupiers' Liability Barristers

Jacob Levy QC


Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

John Foy QC


Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Grahame Aldous QC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Andrew Ritchie QC


Call: 1985 Silk: 2009

Stuart McKechnie QC


Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Giles Mooney QC


Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Roger Hiorns


Call: 1983

Bruce Silvester


Call: 1983

Vincent Williams


Call: 1985

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

Shahram Sharghy


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

Esther Maclachlan


Call: 2005

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

Ben Zurawel


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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