Louis Browne QC

Year of Call: 1988 / Year of Silk: 2017


Louis Browne QC

Year of Call: 1988 / Year of Silk: 2017



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.


“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.

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.