Colin joined St Philips as a pupil in 2003. After completing his pupillage dealing largely with personal injury, employment and commercial law matters he has developed a busy practice as a tenant in those fields, dealing with all aspects of High Court, County Court and Employment Tribunal litigation in complex and high value matters. In addition, he has a varied practice in the area of clinical negligence and medical law, with a particular specialism in claims relating to cosmetic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
Colin has an extensive and wide ranging clinical negligence practice. His work takes in claims based upon of all areas of clinical practice.
He has a particular interest in cases relating to plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He regularly advises in writing and working with expert witnesses in conference on cases based on NHS and private sector treatments. He has also lectured extensively on the subject of cosmetic surgery litigation practice.
In addition he has worked as a led junior in a number of cases involving child Claimants concerning brain injury at birth and injuries of the utmost severity.
Colin has specific experience in dealing with all aspects of cases of clinical negligence resulting in death and claims under the Fatal Accidents Act, working with personal representative and dependent clients from an early stage in their claims including providing representation at inquests in respect of deaths in hospital.
Colin is happy to accept instructions to advise (on paper or in conference) and to represent on a CFA basis where appropriate, including instructions to appear at inquests.
Recent case highlights include:
- Re JK – Fatal Accidents Act claim on behalf of estate and dependents (including child) following delay in referral and treatment leading to death from toxic shock syndrome as a result of post-surgical sepsis.
- Re CH – Fatal Accidents Act claim on behalf of estate and dependents (including child) following delay in diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
- Re WB – complex orthopaedic surgery negligence claim relating to treatment of tibia and fibula fracture with external fixator.
- Re SB – substantial diabetic foot case following leg amputations resulting from negligent failure to treat foot ulcer.
- Re DB – primary and secondary victim claims in respect of subarachnoid haemorrhage suffered following negligent failure to diagnose cerebral aneurysm.
- Re HM – claim for provisional damages following negligent management of complex leg fractures.
- Re TP – claim involving failure to manage infection in pregnancy resulting in stillbirth and hysterectomy.
- Re LH – negligence in management of emergency caesarean section following post-partum haemorrhage resulting in hysterectomy.
- Re JL, EW, TJ, AH – breast augmentation cases with issues surrounding failures in counselling, consent and performance of procedures.
Colin has a long history of acting in credit hire matters. He has from the outset of his practice acted at small claims and fast track trials on behalf of Claimants and Defendants, in claims including those relating to the Helphire and Accident Exchange schemes.
He now acts primarily in higher value fast and multi-track cases, but is happy to accept instructions irrespective of the sums in issue where more complicated issues and novel arguments are raised, at first instance and on appeal.
Colin acts for both Claimants and Defendants in a wide variety of personal injury matters, from (not always) straightforward road traffic accidents, trippers and slippers and occupiers liability cases to employers liability and occupational illness claims. He has extensive experience of all aspects of personal injury litigation at all levels, from drafting pleadings and giving preliminary advices through to applications, trials and the assessment of costs.
When instructed on behalf of Claimants, Colin is more than happy to accept instructions on a CFA basis when appropriate.
On the Defendant side, Colin has acted for employers, a number of regional local authorities, landlords and occupiers, advising and representing at all levels in the County and High Court in all manner of tripping and slipping and workplace related claims.
By acting for both Claimants and Defendants, however, he finds that he is able to offer a balanced overview, providing a more rounded service in offering commercially minded advice to insurers and large institutions that is both risk and costs aware.
In addition, his complementary practice in employment law, covering all facets of Employment Tribunal litigation including disability discrimination, often provides him with a useful insight when making or responding to personal injury claims by employees arising out of their employment (especially in the developing area of stress at work) and also in resolving issues on the quantification of damages relating to future capacity.
He is currently instructed as a led junior in claims involving multiple life changing injuries of the utmost severity, and has experience of working with experts in high value claims across all fields of personal injury work. He also has considerable experience in acting for estates and dependents in claims resulting from fatal accidents.
Colin has extensive experience in dealing with high value claims pursued under the Fatal Accidents Act on behalf of dependents and estates arising out of road traffic collisions, industrial accidents and medical negligence. He has particular expertise in drafting Schedules of Loss and advising on quantum in conference in complex matters involving pension losses and loss of care and assistance claims. He is also regularly instructed to attend and to represent both Claimants and insurers at round table settlement meetings.
In addition, Colin is an experienced inquest advocate, advising and representing families at the Coroners Court across a range of different types of fatal accident. He is willing to consider acting on a conditional fee agreement basis in respect of such instructions and any subsequent claim where appropriate.
Colin accepts instructions as a led junior and in his own right in personal injury claims involving multiple injuries of the utmost severity, including those resulting in severe and long term physical and mental incapacity (including brain injury). He is well used to working with care, rehabilitation and occupational therapy professionals as part of a broader team to secure appropriate future provision for those unfortunate enough to sustain life-changing injuries.
With his complementary practice in Employment and Discrimination Law, Colin is well placed to advise and represent both Claimants and Defendants in claims involving industrial disease and stress at work, taking in issues surrounding employers duties to employees along with quantification of long term effect of disability on future earning capacity.
Colin regularly deals with claims involving industrial deafness, work related upper limb disorders/repetitive strain injury and stress at work. He accepts instructions on a conditional fee agreement basis where appropriate.
Travel and Holiday Claims
Colin is instructed regularly to consider and to advise in claims under the Package Travel Regulations and to represent at interlocutory hearings and at trial.
He has a particular interest in claims arising out of snowsports and winter holidays, but has in addition dealt with claims involving the usual allegations of breach of duty against hoteliers and tour operators, including those involving food poisoning and cruise ship cases under the Athens Convention.
Fraud and Allegations of Fraud
Colin has extensive experience acting for Claimants and Defendants in claims where fraud has been intimated or alleged. He is well used to advising in conference on evidence and tactics in claims where such matters are put in issue. He has appeared against Leading Counsel in motor claims fraud cases involving phantom passenger allegations, as well as having expertise across the wide range of induced and low velocity impact scenarios in conference and at court. He has in addition acted at trial for Defendants in non-motor claims involving fraudulent exaggeration and fundamental dishonesty assertions, including one such claim in relation to eyebrow waxing.
Colin is an employment and discrimination law specialist, with extensive experience advising and representing both Claimants and Respondents in Employment Tribunal and County/High Court litigation.
He is regularly instructed in relation to unfair dismissal, redundancy and discrimination claims by individuals, insurers, trade unions, public authorities, NHS Trusts and private sector employers of all sizes, from small businesses to large corporations, major retailers and charities.
He has dealt with claims involving the TUPE Regulations, employment status, health and safety dismissals, working time (including flexible working) and protected disclosures in Employment Tribunals throughout England and Wales and also in Scotland. In addition, he is well-versed in all aspects of discrimination law and the complex multi-day Tribunal claims that this area of work usually entails.
He has particular expertise in aspects of disability discrimination and the overlap between Employment Tribunal and High Court litigation in cases involving the protection of mental health at work.
Appointments and Memberships
Employment Law Bar Association
Employment Lawyers Association