Chris Barnes KC

Call 2000
Silk 2022

"Christopher is a leader in his field. He is extremely knowledgeable, tactically astute and a fantastic negotiator."

Chambers and Partners 2024
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Personal Injury

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:

Owens v Lewis [2024] 3 WLUK 280 – Successful liability trial with consideration of the approach to take with multiple allegations of contributory negligence

Hadley v Przybylo [2024] EWCA Civ 250 – Lead case on the recovery of costs for solicitors attending rehabilitation meetings.

Abbott v Ministry of Defence [2023] EWHC 2839 (KB) – Representing over 5,000 claimants and 18 firms of solicitors in successfully opposing the application for a Group Litigation Order in the military noise induced hearing loss litigation.

GJH v ORP & RPT [2024] EWHC 15 (KB) – Successful liability trial.

Hetherington v Blythe [2023] EWHC 41 (KB) – liability trial for catastrophically injured pedestrian

EXN v Alder Hey Children’s Hospital [2021] 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 [2018] EWHC 2703 (QB) – Catastrophic injury claim for young boy injured crossing the road.

Aurora Brown v Lisa Alexander [2018] 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. [2016] 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 [2015] EWCA Civ 775 – Successful respondent to an appeal relating to a loss of promotion following injury.

Ifede v Ministry of Defence [2015] 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:

£10,000,000 for a claimant injured in utero, resulting in lifelong epilepsy.

£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.