Charles Coventry


Charlie Coventry

Call 2007 (Gray’s Inn)
Qualifications LLB (Hons) (Bristol); BVC (Outstanding) (UWE)
Awards Steen Award BVC Scholarship (Gray’s Inn), Hunt Cup (Bristol University), European Law Speakers’ Prize (Bristol University).
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association

Expertise


Charles has significant experience of working for both claimant and defendant representatives in claims where fraud has been either detected or suspected. His expertise covers staged accidents, low velocity impact cases and bogus passenger claims, in addition to all allegations of exaggeration or fabrication of personal injury.

Charles is regularly asked to:

  • Advise claimants and defendants on the likelihood of fraud defences succeeding, and appropriate tactics to employ.
  • Conduct conferences with claimants suspected of fraud, to determine their bona fides. This is often following receipt of medical evidence and/or surveillance footage.
  • Draft defendant documents in fraud or suspected fraud cases, including defences, Part 18 questions and Part 35 questions.
  • Conduct conferences with defendant witnesses, to determine whether their allegations are credible.
  • Appear at all stages of fast-track and multi-track matters involving allegations or suspicions of fraud.

Recent/notable cases include:

  • Acting for the defendant in a claim involving a suspected semi-staged accident, where Facebook and other evidence linked the claimant to supposedly independent witnesses. Advising on tactics and drafting Part 18 questions, leading to withdrawal of the claim.
  • Acting for the defendant at trial of a ‘slam-on’  case, involving a taxi driver with a long history of accidents, and many  indicators of fraud. Claim dismissed.
  • Advising and achieving significant settlement in claim where exaggeration of whiplash symptoms alleged, and covert surveillance of the claimant (a young woman) appeared to show her suffering little difficulty.
  • Advising claimant alleged to be a member of a  ‘crash for cash’ fraud ring, where defendant has adduced evidence of a  number of other accidents in which the claimant and his alleged associates were involved.

 

Charles’ clinical negligence practice is balanced between acting for both patients and healthcare providers. He is regularly instructed to advise on both liability and quantum, and to appear at interlocutory and final hearings.

Recent multi-track cases concern: alleged failure to investigate and treat nerve injury leading to permanent loss of function, psychological injury following induced labour and stillbirth, and the development of serious pressure sores.

Charles has a particular interest in dental negligence.

Notable cases include:

  • A high value multi-track claim involving the unnecessary crowning of all but two of a patient’s teeth.
  • The failure of several implants, leading to full replacement.
  • A husband and wife, both suffering from periodontal disease and caries left untreated over several decades, leading to extensive tooth and bone loss.
  • Negligent failure to extract deciduous (‘milk’) teeth.
  • Failure to diagnose and treat established infection, leading to pain and bone destruction (see Lawtel document AM0202330).
  • Negligent perforation of the apical seal during root canal treatment, leading to infection and tooth loss (see Lawtel document AM0202417).

Charles practices in all areas of personal injury law. He regularly advises and appears in fast and multi-track cases, and has a balanced practice, acting for claimants and defendants. He has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Employers’ liability (including noise induced hearing loss)
  • Occupiers’ liability
  • Highways claims
  • Road traffic claims
  • Injuries caused by animals

 Recent/notable cases include:

  • Acting in noise-induced hearing loss claims brought by members of the Armed Forces arising from active service and combat conditions in Afghanistan.
  • Settlement at JSM of a high value claim, while acting on behalf of a man injured when he was deliberately driven into by the defendant, following a road traffic accident. Substantial future loss of earnings awarded for curtailment of career.
  • Defence of a claim against Gloucestershire Highways arising from a trip on uneven manhole covers. Claim dismissed as court accepted (among other things) that it was reasonable not to apply the Local Authority’s intervention levels to where the claimant had been walking. Reported on Lawtel under document number AC0140283.
  • Representing elderly claimant in vicarious liability claim for serious injury, following a collision between two pedestrians.
  • Successful defence of a substantial civil claim for assault, battery and false imprisonment. This arose from the actions of a member of the public, who acted as a ‘have a go hero’ to assist a security guard in detaining a shoplifter.

Charles also acts in inquests. He has represented both families and public bodies, and has acted in jury inquests. Recently he has represented the family of a woman committed suicide shortly after she was prescribed strong drugs to treat arthritis, the family of a cyclist killed in the course of a professional road race, and the insurer of a woman killed in a series of accidents as she drove on the motorway while considerably in excess of the legal alcohol limit.

Charles appears in case management conferences, application hearings and costs hearings. He has acted in appeals, both drafting the necessary documentation and appearing at oral hearings.

Charles has appeared as a junior in catastrophic injury and brain injury cases before the High Court, and in subsequent appeals.

CFA instructions and tight deadlines are accepted wherever possible.

Practice Overview

Charles practises in all areas of personal injury law. He regularly advises and appears in multi-track and fast-track cases. He has experience of areas including: employers’ liability (including noise induced hearing loss), occupiers’ liability, highways claims, road traffic claims and injuries caused by animals. He regularly works for both claimant and defendant representatives in claims where fraud has been either detected or suspected.

Charles undertakes clinical negligence work for patients and healthcare providers, and has a special interest in dental negligence.

Charles is listed in Chambers UK 2015, where he is described as “very thorough and very bright – a real up-and-coming star.” Chambers UK, Clinical Negligence (2015)

Please click on Charles’ specific practice areas for more information.

Background

An actively involved Captain in the Army Reserve, Charles has a good knowledge of the Armed Forces. He completed an operational tour of Afghanistan in 2010, and mobilised as part of the Forces’ contribution to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Interests

Mountain biking, running, SCUBA diving, travel.