John Bate-Williams has 35 years experience at the PI Bar in London and has been the Senior Junior in Temple Garden Chambers for the last decade, now being the longest serving member of the set. Extensive experience in catastrophic injury and fatal claims, with particular expertise in brain injury and quadriplegic claims.


The Times Courtroom Joke of the Year Award – 29 December 2011


“A very well-regarded senior junior, who can always be relied upon to give a pragmatic and sensible view.” “Has astonishing client skills.”
Chambers & Partners 2018

“A vastly experienced advocate who is instructed by insurers on high-value catastrophic and fatal injury claims. He also sits as a Recorder in the Crown Court.” Strengths: “He is a renowned advocate who is extremely skilled in catastrophic cases.”
Chambers & Partners 2016

“Continues to go from strength to strength and has built a formidable serious accident practice that covers head, back and psychiatric injury claims”

“A superb negotiator who displays great attention to detail and has excellent client skills.” Chambers & Partners 2015 (London Personal Injury)

“Noted as much for his deft and sensitive handling of clients as for his technical ability in catastrophic injury claims of significant complexity. He is recognised as a specialist in brain injury work, receiving instructions from claimant and defendant solicitors, and is also highly experienced in claims involving severe spinal injuries and complex regional pain syndrome.”

Expertise: “Without doubt he has the skills to manage complex and sensitive head injury cases. He’s extraordinary – he’s incredibly talented and able to talk to clients from all backgrounds. A great team player.” Chambers and Partners 2014