Bill Braithwaite KC

Call 1970
Silk 1992

"Bill has an excellent grasp of the practicalities of living with disabilities. He is very assured in settlement negotiations and has an excellent rapport with clients."

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Personal Injury

Bill has been a KC for 29 years, and since taking silk he has worked exclusively for claimants who have suffered catastrophic brain and spine injury – nowadays, his work is almost all with brain injured families, where damages are likely to be more than £5 million.

Bill never works for defendants and has represented well over 1,000 catastrophic brain or spine injury claimants, and has won hundreds of millions of pounds in client compensation. He regularly finalises more than £50 million of claims a year.

Bill spends his time seeing injured people and their families, at their convenience, and he believes passionately in the rights of those who have suffered catastrophic injury, and their families.

Bill is also an accredited mediator, and he supports mediation and ADR when appropriate.

Bill has been awarded Personal Injury Barrister of the Year twice, UKABIF Lawyer Innovator once, and The Times Lawyer of the Week once.

Personal Injury Cases

SP – Liability issue involving pedestrian running into road

H – Difficult liability issue – defence raised that defendant had unforeseen and unforeseeable heart attack, causing him to lose control of his car and injure the claimant


S – Severe brain injury – allegedly, when in utero, and mother involved in car crash – ongoing

BO – Difficult seat belt issue – extremely severe brain injury

M – Child running into road – very severe brain injury – ongoing

GP – Male aged 25 – catastrophic brain injury – settlement for £11 million at full value

PV – Baby assaulted aged 4 months – severe brain damage – CICA award settled at £3 million

JS – Three year old boy knocked down by a car – severe brain damage – £4.2 million


CS – male aged 21 – C8 sensory and T1 motor complete paraplegic – settled for £3million lump sum

MH – male aged 45 – C8 Asia C tetraplegic – settled for lump sum of £2.9 million

JM – male aged 20 – settled in 2011 for £2.2million with periodical payments


NC – Unlicensed use of Misoprostal for stillbirth delivery leading to catastrophic brain injury

XY – Cerebral palsy caused by medical negligence – settled for £5.2 million

OM – Negligent diagnosis of acute abdominal condition – settlement of £3.4 million

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