Louis Browne QC

Year of Call: 1988 / Year of Silk: 2017


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Louis Browne QC


Louis is an immensely experienced practitioner, specialising in civil law. He has vast experience of both advising and acting in very high value personal injury claims across the entire spectrum of work in this field.

Louis was called to the Bar in 1988 and began practising in 1992. He was appointed Treasury Counsel in 2000 and has remained on the Panel until he took Silk in 2017. He is now on the Government Silk Panel. Before his appointment to Silk in 2017 he was Treasury Counsel.

He has a significant practice in the field of data breach claims for individuals and companies whom have had their personal and sensitive data breached by third parties.


“His ability to digest complex expert evidence is exceptional.” Legal 500 (2020) Inquests & Inquiries

“A strong advocate with good client care skills.” Legal 500 (2020) Personal Injury

“A fearsome opponent.” Legal 500 (2020) Public Law

“His attention to detail is second to none and he really understands complex medical evidence. He takes an excellent approach with factual professional witnesses which puts them at ease and allows him to quickly get to the heart of complex issues.”  Chambers & Partners (2020) Personal Injury

“A strong negotiator with an excellent analytical ability.” Legal 500 2016

“Highly experienced in judicial reviews.” Legal 500 2016

“Mr Browne QC presented this difficult case with great clarity and skill.”

“…showed consummate professionalism throughout the hearing.”

“In accordance with the best traditions of government litigation and with a professionalism that brings credit to the Bar, Mr Browne drew our attention to the [academic] criticism that had been made of the decision upon which he relied.”




  • First Class Honours Degree, Law
  • Postgraduate Degree of Bachelor of Civil Law, Balliol College, Oxford

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

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.

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 [2015] 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 ([2013] EWCA Civ 876), settling this high value claim at JSM.

Billett v. MoD [2015] 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 [2015] EWHC 1382 (QB)

Successfully represented the defendant at the trial of the issues of causation/quantum in a complex regional pain syndrome claim.

High Court MoD costs success for Louis Browne QC

20th May 2019

Louis Browne QC from Temple Garden Chambers has successfully acted for the Ministry of Defence in a High Court costs case.

In Allan Campbell v Ministry of Defence (2019) the Court was required to determine who should pay the costs of litigation following the claimant’s late acceptance of a Part 36 offer.

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Louis Browne QC makes closing submissions on Phase One of Grenfell Tower Inquiry

13th December 2018

Louis Browne QC has made his closing submissions on Phase One of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on behalf of the Fire Officers Association and Fire Commander, Richard Welch.

Stating that all firefighters who entered the Tower acted with bravery and with the sole aim of saving the lives of those who were trapped in it, Louis Browne QC again expressed their sincere sympathy to the bereaved, survivors and residents.

Mr Browne QC said that none of the firefighters (including those in command positions) had any knowledge that Grenfell Tower was clad in such highly combustible rainscreen cladding.

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Manchester Bombing Inquests

18th October 2018

Today Sir John Saunders, who has been appointed to conduct the inquests into the deaths of those killed in the bombing at the Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017, is holding his first preliminary hearing at the Manchester Town Hall.

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Louis Browne QC joins TGC

3rd September 2018

Temple Garden Chambers is delighted to announce that Louis Browne QC has accepted an invitation to join Chambers.


Louis is a recognised leader in the fields of Personal Injury, Public Law and Inquests and Inquiries. We look forward to Louis adding to and enhancing our expertise and reputation in these areas.


Louis was Called to the bar in 1988 and took Silk in 2017.  He was appointed Treasury Counsel in 2000 and, like other of TGC’s former Treasury Counsel, continues to receive instructions in Silk from the Government Legal Department and other government agencies.


In addition to a thriving personal injury practice, in which Louis specialises in catastrophic injuries including PTSD, spinal injury, complex regional pain syndrome and brain injury, he recently chaired an Independent Review Panel for a British University as to whether they had discharged its Prevent Duty imposed upon Higher Education bodies under the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.  He is instructed in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry on behalf of the Fire Officers’ Association. He also has an established practice in the Court of Protection, employment, local government, police law and professional negligence.


Louis will remain a member of and in practice at Exchange Chambers, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.