Personal Injury Articles

Tom Rochford appointed as a Circuit Judge

Tom Rochford

We are proud to announce that The Queen has appointed Thomas Rochford to be a Circuit Judge on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, the Right Honourable David Gauke MP and the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the Right Honourable The Lord Burnett of Maldon. The Lord Chief Justice has deployed Tom to the South Eastern Circuit, based...

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St Philips Personal Injury Group are delighted to announce the arrival of Sofia Ashraf

Sofia Ashraf

Sofia spent the first five years of her practice employed by two separate top tier law firms. Initially, Sofia spent over three years as an advocate at a national Legal 500 firm practising in Public and Regulatory law, Coronial law, Costs, Insurance, Fraud and Personal injury and Clinical Negligence. Sofia then joined an international Legal 100 firm where she spent...

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The Problem with Trees – Petar Starcevic

The record hot summers of 1975 and 1976 brought a flurry of claims relating to the insidious damage to property caused by roots from nearby trees and caused the law to be clarified and developed. Last week the press announced that 12 million trees are to be planted across England by 2022, the equivalent of 18 Sherwood Forests including 1...

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St Philips dealt a full house of “Band 1” listings in Chambers UK Bar 2019

Chambers UK 2019

Thank you to all of our clients for your support during the past year, with a particular thank you to those who participated in the feedback process and gave us such glowing reports. 14 Silk (QC) and 45 Junior rankings were achieved by our members, along with a full house of “Band 1” listings in our ranked disciplines. Chambers &...

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Theodora Hand and Alexander Barbour become tenants at St Philips

Theodora and Alex

St Philips are delighted to announce that Theodora Hand and Alexander Barbour have both become tenants following the successful completion of the pupillages; Theodora in general common law and Alex in crime, including regulatory. Director of Clerking, Joe Wilson said: “We welcome Theodora and Alex as tenants. They have both have shown an aptitude for advocacy and will be excellent...

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Rosa Dickinson appointed as a District Judge

Rosa Dickinson

St Philips are pleased to announce that Rosa Dickinson has been appointed as a District Judge, sitting in Birmingham Civil Justice Centre. Rosa was called to the Bar in 2006 and until her appointment she was a member of the Personal Injury and Employment Teams at St Philips Chambers, Rosa was secretary of the St Philips Employment Law Practice Group...

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Taxi ride ‘contributed to Norma Francis norovirus death’ – Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans

On 23rd November 2017, Andrew Evans, instructed by Clare Comiskey of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, represented the family of Norma Francis in an inquest at Stafford Coroner’s Court. In April 2016, Mrs Francis, aged 78, had travelled to the Loch Achray Hotel in Callendar, Scotland on a coach holiday organised by Lochs and Glens with her husband and friends. A norovirus...

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Fundamental Dishonesty Pleas by Petar Starcevic

Dishonest claims have attracted a lot of attention and sanctions in recent years. There has always been the right to bring contempt proceedings against dishonest claimants, but the procedure for an application for committal for contempt of court must be adhered to strictly and contempt proved to the criminal standard of proof; i.e. beyond reasonable doubt. Costs is means of...

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Personal Injury Barrister of the Month: March

Colin Baran

This months Barrister of the Month is Colin Baran, called in 2003. What caused you to want to specialise in Personal Injury? During my pupillage with Tom Rochford here at St Philips, I saw a lot of personal injury work.  One particularly memorable experience was a trial based on a claim involving an assault course on a Territorial Army weekend. ...

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The Discount Rate and Part 36 Offers – Petar Starcevic

We all know that the change in the discount rate from 2.5% to -0.75%  the value of future losses in PI claims have gone through the roof. All solicitors should have reviewed their cases and in particular cases where they have made part 36 offers. Defendants will snap up offers, which now appear attractive in the light of the discount...

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