Peter has been ranked as a ‘Leading Junior’ in the field of Personal Injury for each of the last 5 years.
Peter’s practice spans the entire spectrum of claims. He has seen the almost infinite different ways in which people have sustained injury and experienced the development of types of injury such as CRPS, subtle brain injury and, more recently ‘Functional Neurological Disorder’.
Featured Personal Injury cases
OVU (Administratrix of the Estate of Ovu, Dec) v TfL
Instructed by D in relation to a claim arising out of a death on a TfL station. Trial of 3 preliminary issues, namely (i) was the Dec a trespasser at the time of death? (ii) was a duty of care owed by D to the Dec at time of death; and in so far as necessary (iii) what was the extent of that duty? Judgment for D; Claim dismissed.
Samwell (Dec) & Samwell V (1) Gibbons (2) Eui Insurance (3) Mib & (4) Sec Of State For Transport
Representing the Claimants. Couple disturbed burglars who, in attempting to escape, stole the couple’s car, used it as a weapon, killing the husband and injured the wife on their own driveway. Considerable legal significance: ability to claim against their own car insurance; extent of insurance cover; whether ‘private property’ as opposed to public road had to be covered, pursuant to European Law. The Deceased was young, respected nuclear engineer and quantum ran into the millions.
Millan v Cardiff CC
Gale Force winds funnelled through City Centre buildings, blew over a street sign, which struck C, a young serving soldier, a glancing blow on the head. Over time, C’s complaints varied enormously, ranging all over his body until manifesting as Chronic Pain in the foot for which C underwent below-knee amputation. Liability, causation and quantum were all contested. Claim was put at £5+ million.
X (by his litigation friend, Y) v JMH
A functioning alcoholic, crossed road while intoxicated and was struck by taxi. He sustained life-threatening injuries, brain injury and injuries to multiple anatomical, including internal injuries.
Causation was particularly complex due to C’s pre-existing health issues and alcoholism, and also C’s wife’s health issues. Numerous contested interlocutory hearings re Interim Payments, alternative accommodation, care, rehabilitation, Periodical Payments and Provisional Damages. Liability, causation and quantum were all vigorously contested. Proceedings were subject to anonymity and confidentiality order.
Cunningham (by his litigation friend) v Dickinson
Representing D, who took an incredibly proactive and pragmatic approach to injuries arising from a tragic RTA. D had admitted liability early; both parties had expert evidence in 9 specialist fields. Instructed to value quantum and negotiate a settlement to facilitate early closure of the dispute for C.
Amy Louise Sinclair v Fastsource
Liability admitted claim. Young mother sustained truly horrific, life-threatening facial and brain injuries as a result of a rock penetrating her car windscreen as she drove her young child. The claim was for multi-millions and there was contested expert evidence in 9 specialist fields.
Parker v (1) Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions (2) Canim Fruit & Veg Ltd
Consolidated claims covering two separate accidents that befell C, who had a potentially very significant medical and psycho-social history. C and both Ds produced expert evidence in the fields of orthopaedics, psychiatry, neurology and pain management. Complex causation issues required resolution.
Alexander Judd v Southend on Sea BC
C sustained life-threatening physical injuries and psychological sequelae as a result of a motorbike accident. No other vehicles were involved; C alleged the accident was caused by reason of highway defects, specifically recently re-laid surface and manhole covers. Diametrically opposed expert evidence.
Shah Rahena Begum v Arriva London South Ltd
Trial arising from a serious pedestrian v bus accident in which C ultimately lost her leg.
Gonzalez-Ramirez v First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd
Hard fought litigation resulting from failed settlement meeting. The injury was an alleged TBI with cognitive and psychological sequelae, which was denied by D. Liability / Contributory negligence was contested before David Pittaway QC. D achieved a finding which meant that C could not better the Part 36 offer that had been made at the ‘long-ago’ JSM.
Sean Green v Network Rail Infrastructure
Liability admitted claim for ankle injury, which C contended had left him ‘disabled’. Under cross-examination, C admitted that prior to the accident he was in the gym every day and, subsequent to the accident had been crowned British Powerlifting Champion.
Jacqueline Brown v Arriva London North Ltd
C sustained serious lower limb injuries when she stepped off a pavement into a marked Bus Stop as a bus was pulling up. Ultimately, C’s injuries lead to below knee transtibial amputation and significant psychological sequelae. Contested before HHJ Cotter QC, who apportioned fault. Quantum settled at a subsequent JSM.
Lord Ballyedmond v (1) Dickerson (2) Campbell (3) Bradbury (4) Haughey Air Ltd
Instructed by insurers in relation to the Inquest and subsequent fatal accident claim arising from the crash that claimed the lives of all on board a state of the art helicopter owned by Lord Ballyedmond, one of the UK’s wealthiest individuals.
Louise Lucas (Dec) & Others v (1) City & County Of Swansea (2) First Cymru (3) Others
Appearing at the numerous Inquests and civil claims relating to a catalogue of accidents that occurred in the aftermath of a major city centre re-development and new road lay-out.