David Sandiford

Call 1995


“Well-prepared with great attention to detail.”

The Legal 500 2021
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Personal Injury: Defence

David has a large and busy higher value defendant personal injury practice. He receives instructions from the large defendant PI firms along with instructions from in-house legal teams direct.

He brings over 25 years of experience of fighting and settling high value liability and quantum disputes in all types of personal injury and civil police actions. His range is vast, covering conventional and niche areas in both fields. There is little if anything he hasn’t seen before.

He deals with the full range of multi-track cases from large loss up to catastrophic injury. He is a member of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel in the regions, undertaking the larger more complex “A” panel work. David has significant experience and expertise in the field of civil actions brought against the police and his instructions come from police forces direct and external solicitors.

He takes a proactive and commercial approach to cases, recognising the need to identify the issues rapidly along with the need to place accurate reserves on cases at the earliest opportunity. He recognises the importance of keeping cases moving forward towards resolution on the best commercial terms in line with the evidence but also the commercial realities. That said, he is always prepared to fight the case where a claimant refuses to settle within reasonable parameters.

David takes a collaborative and informal approach and encourages instructing solicitors to pick up the phone or drop him an e mail to discuss a case or chat over a tricky issue. He delivers training on any issues his instructing solicitors or clients wish.

Defence Cases

A flavour of practice:

Re D – pedestrian versus bus – brain injury – for defendant

Re W – water borne infection – multi organ transplant – for defendant

Re M – water borne infection – complex pre history – for defendant

Re T – military claim – serious knee injury – for defendant

Re E – armed robbery in store, employees tied up, psychological injury – for defendant

Re M – upper limb injury with emerging chronic pain – for defendant

Re A – assault in the workplace – care setting – complex causation with earlier stress claim – for defendant

Re G – military claim – serious RTA – amputation lower limb – for defendant

Re K – military claim – serious back injury – young claimant – for defendant