Chris Gutteridge

Call 2006

gutteridge@exchangechambers.co.uk

“A fantastic junior who is able to quickly and concisely understand the complexity of
the claim and provide practical solutions.”

Chambers and Partners 2020
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Personal Injury

Chris is an experienced personal injury practitioner. He represents claimants who have suffered serious and sometimes catastrophic injuries (and is happy to accept instructions on a CFA basis). He has an exclusively Multi-Track practice which encompasses advisory work, drafting and court appearances. Chris is committed to maintaining high service standards. His practice is built on good relationships with solicitors and clients, quick turnaround of paperwork, flexibility in addressing case management issues and determined court advocacy.

Chris has a wealth of experience drafting multi-million pound schedules of past and future losses in catastrophic injury cases (involving amputation, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury). He regularly represents severely injured claimants at joint settlement meetings. Chris also deals with claims arising from fatal accidents. He balances sensitivity with efficiency and focus to secure favourable outcomes in difficult circumstances.

Personal Injury Cases

A (2019)

The claimant was a motorcyclist who suffered catastrophic lower limb injuries after a road accident in 2015. He underwent a below-knee amputation on the right and suffered a significant injury to his left ankle. His claim was settled at a JSM for £1.7 million including, amongst other things, the future costs of a powered propulsion prosthetic ankle, future care, a specially adapted bungalow and adapted vehicles. The claimant was able to make a return to motorcycling (on an adapted motorbike) and to his pre-accident pursuit of attending motorcycle rallies and music festivals (in a caravan specially adapted for his needs).
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/will-waldron-qc-chris-gutteridge-secure-1-7-m-motorcyclist/

B (2019)

The claimant was working as a manual labourer when a steel girder weighing 11 tonnes fell and landed on his arms causing catastrophic injuries. He underwent a below elbow amputation on the left and amputation of his fingers and thumb from the right (dominant) hand. The claim settled at JSM for £2.1 million, including the future costs of a sophisticated myoelectric prosthesis and ‘Michelangelo’ hand for the left arm. The settlement also encompassed the cost of specially adapted single storey accommodation and a package of care (which will increase in intensity in later life).

C (2018)

The claimant developed CRPS in his right foot and lower leg after fracturing his ankle when he fell from a lorry in the course of his employment with the defendant. His pain was resistant to medication, therapies and even spinal cord stimulation. Eventually he underwent a trans-femoral amputation, but CRPS affected the residuum of his right leg, making it impossible for him to wear a ‘socket-based’ prosthesis and confining him to a wheelchair. Settled at JSM for £3m, which will be used to fund the claimant’s surgery and provide state-of-the-art prosthetics for the rest of his life. Led by Gerard Martin QC.
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/gerard-martin-qc-and-chris-gutteridge-secure-3m-settlement-for-above-knee-amputee/

D (2018)

The claimant suffered a traumatic brain injury when knocked over whilst crossing a road. He made a good recovery, but was left with lingering cognitive problems and needed daily help from support workers. The defendant admitted liability for the accident but alleged contributory negligence against the claimant. A settlement worth more than £1.4 million (gross of an agreed liability apportionment) was approved. Led by David Knifton QC.
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/multi-million-pound-settlements-for-david-knifton-qc-and-chris-gutteridge/

E (2018)

The claimant suffered an electric shock at work and developed chronic regional pain syndrome (“CRPS”) in her hand and forearm. Her pain was resistant to treatment and eventually she underwent a below-elbow amputation. After a successful trial of a sophisticated prosthetic hand, the claimant’s experts predicted she would come to function very well. The claim was settled for £2.75 million at a successful round-table meeting, including a fund of over £1m to enable the claimant to purchase the best available prosthetics for the rest of her life. Led by David Knifton QC.
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/multi-million-pound-settlements-for-david-knifton-qc-and-chris-gutteridge/

F (2017) 

The claimant was a long-serving marine who suffered a traumatic below-knee amputation when he stopped to assist at the scene of an accident and was struck by debris when another vehicle collided with the wreckage. The claim was settled at JSM for more than £2m including a large prosthetics claim allowing for purchase of specialist ‘rowing’ legs (the claimant had become a keen rower since leaving the marines and had crossed the Atlantic with a team of ex-military amputees). Led by Amanda Yip QC (prior to her judicial appointment).
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/chris-gutteridge-substantial-settlement/

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G (2017)

The claimant was a teenager when he sustained a catastrophic brain injury in a road traffic accident. When the case came to settlement was in his early 20s but had the personality and cognitive abilities of a 7/8 year old. He would never work or regain capacity. He required round-the-clock care and specially adapted accommodation. The claim settled for c.£13.5 million at JSM. Led by Bill Braithwaite QC.
Link to press release: https://www.exchangechambers.co.uk/bill-braithwaite-qc-continues-high-value-personal-injury-settlements/

H (2017)

The young claimant underwent a below-knee amputation after a motorcycle accident. He was rendered wheelchair-bound because of a pre-existing muscle wasting disease which left him too weak to walk using a prosthesis. His claims for accommodation and equipment were complicated by the degenerative nature of his pre-existing disease, which would have rendered him wheelchair dependent in the future in any event. The claim settled at JSM for c.£1.1m. Led by Gerard Martin QC.