S v Godwin
Lionel Stride represented the Defendant (instructed by Christine Winter at DWF) in a High Court brain and eye injury case pleaded at over £4 million. The Claimant, at the time a minor, was blinded by an airgun that misfired. It was alleged that he lacked capacity due to a brain injury sustained in the accident and an application for the appointment of a deputy was made to the Court of Protection.
The case was complicated by the Claimant’s troubled history and behavioural issues related to family trauma: there was significant dispute as to the Claimant’s likely trajectory absent his eye injury, as well as the extent to which his prospects had genuinely been limited by his condition. The Defendant also disputed that he suffers from a brain injury. The matter settled for a confidential six-figure sum well below the pleaded value at a Joint Settlement Meeting.