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

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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