Louis has vast experience of both advising and acting in very high value personal injury claims across the entire spectrum of work in this field. Before his appointment to Silk in 2017 he was Treasury Counsel.
In 2016 alone he advised/appeared in over 25 claims each with a value in excess of £1m. The value of some of these claims exceeded £5m.
Many of Louis’ cases concern catastrophic injury claims involving brain damage, spinal injury and PTSD. He has particular recent experience of pain syndrome and related claims.
He has a track record of success for those clients he represents.
Louis most typically acts for defendants including the Government (including the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Justice), other public and local authorities, hospitals and insurers.
He has a reputation for being accessible, easy to work with and for giving clear and straightforward advice.
Louis has a first class honours degree in law and the degree of Bachelor of Civil Law from Balliol College, Oxford.
Louis is ranked Tier 1 for his personal injury and clinical negligence work in The Legal 500 2018 guide – “A combination of great legal acumen, tenacity and pragmatism.”
Personal Injury Cases
Recent significant reported cases include the following:
Nathan Jones v MoD
Represented the MoD on a claim advanced at very high value following a near miss on board a military plane. The Claimant, a serving pilot in the RAF, contends he sustained very serious spinal injuries which could result in medical discharge.
Terry Connolly v MoD
Acting for the MoD against a serving soldier who claimed to have sustained serious injury when the piston on a warrior tank trapped his left calf. The Claimant’s pre-existing trauma caused him to develop peroneal nerve lesion which became problematic when undertaking exercise, therefore not caused by the index incident.
Goman and Harding v Secretary of State for Justice Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Instructed on behalf of the Secretary of State for Justice where issues concerning the duty of care owed by SSJ to the partner of a violent man supervised by the Probation Service on Licence were raised. SSJ were successful on all aspects.
Rai v. MoD (2016) – High Court.
Represented the MoD at the preliminary trial of the issue of whether the MoD could rely on the defence of acte iure imperii where a soldier had suffered a brain injury on a horse riding exercise in Canada. The claim also raised issues as the law applicable to the tort claim.
Gartej v. JSD Haulage  EWCA Civ 551
Represented the Defendant in the Court of Appeal on an appeal concerning the quantum of damages for past/future loss of earning capacity and mitigation of loss.
JR v. Secretary of State for Justice (2016)
Represented the Secretary of State in successfully arguing that he owed no duty of care at law to the former partner of a convicted murderer on life licence who had assaulted her.
Ifede v. MoD  EWHC 3835 (QB)
Successfully represented the MoD on the trial of the preliminary issue of limitation.
Birch v. MoD (2015)
Following the trial of breach of duty in the High Court and on appeal to the Court of Appeal ( EWCA Civ 876), settling this high value claim at JSM.
Billett v. MoD  EWCA Civ 773
Successfully representing MoD on its appeal to the Court of Appeal. This was the first case of its kind to reach an appellate court dealing with the application of the Reduction Factors in the Ogden Tables to a disabled person.
Cunningham v. Sainsburys  EWHC 1382 (QB)
Successfully represented the defendant at the trial of the issues of causation/quantum in a complex regional pain syndrome claim.