Experience

Peter has specialised in PI litigation for over 20 years and, so far as possible, sought to maintain an equal balance between representing claimants and defendants.  He is renowned for his expertise in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of both sides’ cases and accurately evaluating the likely outcome of trial from an early stage.

Directories

“An outstanding catastrophic injury junior who represents both claimants and defendants, and regularly goes head to head with QCs”.

“Always thoroughly prepared … puts clients and witnesses at ease and is a fantastic courtroom lawyer who combines legal knowledge and ability with presence and gravitas.”

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Mediator

Qualified Mediator

Plana v First Capital East Ltd [2015] EWHC 2982 (QB)

Initially instructed to represent D at a JSM in a liability admitted claim in which £125,000 interim payments had been made.  Advised to withdraw from the JSM, apply to withdraw the admission and strike out the claim.

Dursan v J Sainsbury PLC [2015] EWHC 233 (QB)

Representing D in a fatal road traffic accident. The driver of an LGV was in stop-start traffic in a busy area and aware of pedestrians crossing from both sides in between vehicles.  The Deceased left the footpath and walked in front of the LGV. D’s driver looked in his mirrors, but did not see the Deceased.  C submitted that the driver should have made a final check in his Class VI mirror before moving forward and, had he done so, he would have seen C.  D’s driver did not make that extra check but moved forward whereupon the deceased lost his life.

Claim dismissed.  Judgment for D.

Afouzar v First CentreWest Buses [2014] EWHC 3426 (QB)

Representing D, whose bus passed through an amber light at a traffic light controlled pedestrian crossing and struck C, causing a severe brain injury.

Claim dismissed; Judgment for D.

Gupta v (1) Armstrong & (2) Mainline Coaches [2014] EWHC 4439 (QB)

C was trying to board a coach he believed had stopped to allow him on, when he was knocked over and the front wheel ran over his legs causing severe injuries.

C’s representatives view of their prospects was reflected in a Part 36 offer of 80 / 20 in C’s favour.

Claim dismissed with judgment for D.

Walter v First Centre West Buses Limited

Representing D in protracted litigation. The accident occurred in 2008. In 2009, D made an interim payment of £10,000 followed by a further £5,000. Proceedings were issued in 2011. D made attempts at Part 36 offers in December 2011, but by 2012/13, C was claiming £400,000 and D felt unable to make any further Part 36 offer for fear of becoming liable for C’s costs to that date.

Armstrong v Hoylake Cottage Hospital (2014) – Liverpool County Court

C was born with a congenital deformity of the right hand such that the index, ring and middle fingers of the right hand were absent. Throughout her life, C had understandably been left hand dominant. As a result of an accident on 31.05.09, C slipped and fell onto her left hand, sustaining a wrist fracture with some displacement, scapholunate ligament disruption, an aggravation of arthritis in the CMC joint of the thumb. C also alleged some CRPS and psychological sequelae.

Rehill v Rider Holdings Ltd [2014] EWCA Civ 42 CA (Civ Div); and [2012] EWCA Civ 628 (Civ Div).

Taking over the brief to represent D at trial.  C was hit by a bus and, by the time it stopped, its front wheel had gone over him, causing serious crush injuries.  D’s bus driver pleaded guilty to careless driving and D had admitted liability for an incident in which C had been struck and run over by their bus.

 

Whiteford v Kubas [2012] EWCA Civ 1017

A motorcyclist sustained a traumatic leg amputation as a result of a collision with an LGV.

Representing D at trial and with J Watt-Pringle QC on appeal.

At first instance, the Recorder apportioned liability 50 / 50.

On appeal, it was held that the Recorder had erred in imposing an unacceptably high standard of care on a lorry driver.  Primary liability was not established.

Claim dismissed; Judgment for D.

Peter Freeman Joins Temple Garden Chambers

11th May 2016

We are delighted to announce that Peter Freeman has accepted an invitation to join Temple Garden Chambers.  Peter is a talented and high profile senior junior specialising in personal injury litigation.

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