Personal Injury Practice Group

“St John’s Chambers maintains an excellent reputation at the Personal Injury Bar, being home to a number of the foremost barristers in the space. Members act for both claimants and defendants in a wide array of claims, relating to such matters as RTAs, workplace accidents and occupational disease. They were recently involved in Ben Thomas v Cardiff City Council, an inquest concerning a prisoner who died in custody following the removal of a tracheotomy tube. ” Chambers UK, Personal Injury (2018)


Our personal injury practice group has been acknowledged as the best in the country outside of London.

We provide a comprehensive and professional service to clients both lay and professional, and act on behalf of claimants and defendants. We are instructed by a broad range of bodies, from insurance companies to trades unions and local authorities, as well as by individuals direct, and through their solicitors. We are panel or preferred chambers for several major insurers. We are happy to undertake work on a conditional fee basis, subject to the usual risk assessment by counsel.

Our practice group also handles group actions and claims for compensation arising out of criminal injuries.

Members of the practice group can provide specialist advice in the following:

  • Catastrophic injury, including spinal and brain injury, and ensuing payment structures
  • Chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Civil Fraud
  • Claims arising out of historic sexual abuse
  • Costs
  • Employers liability including stress at work
  • Equine and other animal accidents
  • Fatal accidents
  • Highways claims
  • Industrial disease including NIHL, VWF and asbestosis/mesothelioma
  • Inquests, including Article 2 hearings
  • Insurance issues/indemnity
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Occupiers and public liability
  • Product liability
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Travel Litigation and Jurisdiction Disputes

We pride ourselves on our professional quality, practical approach and user friendliness.

We endeavour to always be accessible to our clients and this enables us to respond promptly to formal instructions and quick queries alike.

Conditional Fee Agreement

Members undertake work on a Conditional Fee basis. Upon acceptance of the instructions, a Conditional Fee Agreement will be drawn up. This agreement incorporates the standard terms agreed between APIL and PIBA which are available here.

St John’s Chambers has Solicitor Regulation Authority External Continuing Professional Development Accreditation. Members regularly conduct seminars either in Chambers, at solicitors’ offices, or at other chosen venues, not just across the Western Circuit, as we are regularly instructed to appear on cases in London and other areas of the country.

If you would like any further information or help in producing a training programme, please contact Annette Bushell, Practice Manager.

Our friendly and efficient team of clerks will be happy to answer any of your questions.