Chris practises exclusively in the areas of personal injury and clinical negligence. His personal injury caseload primarily involves catastrophic brain, spinal and amputation injuries. As a junior he had a longstanding niche specialism in military claims.
Significant cases include:
Abbott v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 2839 (KB) – Representing 7,000 claimants and 18 firms of solicitors in successfully opposing the application for a Group Litigation Order in the military noise induced hearing loss litigation.
Hetherington v Blythe  EWHC 41 (KB) – liability trial for catastrophically injured pedestrian
EXN v Alder Hey Children’s Hospital  EWHC 2989 (QB) – Recovery of damages with a capitalised value of £27,300,000 for a child following the Defendant’s failure to identify, and treat, the herpes simplex virus.
Re. CICA (1.22) – Highest ever award under the CICA Scheme for an applicant shaken whilst a baby.
Hill v Gill  EWHC 2703 (QB) – Catastrophic injury claim for young boy injured crossing the road.
Aurora Brown v Lisa Alexander  7 WLUK 716 – Lead case on the disclosure of rehabilitation records to medico-legal experts
Fry v McFaull (High Court, Manchester DR, 12.6.18 HHJ Bird) – Consideration of Coles v Perfect.
Serita Shone v British Bobsleigh (11.5.18) – Successful claim for professional heptathlete who suffered a spinal injury while training for the British Bobsleigh team. Shortlisted for PI Case of the Year 2018.
Colin Crooks v Hendricks Lovell Ltd.  EWCA Civ 8 – Lead case on the interaction of Part 36 and the recovery of social security benefits by the DWP.
Lillington v Ministry of Defence  EWCA Civ 775 – Successful respondent to an appeal relating to a loss of promotion following injury.
Ifede v Ministry of Defence  EWHC 3835 (QB) – Interaction of the AFCS and limitation.
Birch v Ministry of Defence (2012) EWHC 2267 (QB) and (2013) EWCA Civ 676 – Catastrophic injury claim for Royal Marine injured in Afghanistan.
Bradlaugh v Ministry of Defence (Lawtel, 29.4.10) – Significant award for NIHL/tinnitus.
Recent settlements include:
£8,000,000 plus provisional damages relating to syringomyelia for a paraplegic claimant injured in a training exercise.
£11,400,000 for a C4 tetraplegic.
£13,250,000 for a C5 tetraplegic.
£3,300,000 lump sum and periodical payments (capitalised value in excess of £10,000,000) for a young child brain injured in an RTA.
Settlements of £4,300,000 and £4,750,000 for separate below-knee amputees.