Darren Lewis


Darren Lewis

Call 2004 (Inner Temple)
Qualifications LLB (Hons) Warwick
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association and Employment Law Bar Association, Free Representation Unit

Expertise


Darren is one of the leading costs practitioners at St John’s Chambers. He has appeared in leading cases setting out the limits of the new costs rules for example Casseldine v The Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (Charity) before the Regional Cost Judge in Cardiff on the transitional provisions in QUOCS cases to Bruno Manuel Dos Santos Mendes v Hochtief Construction (UK) Limited against Nicholas Bacon QC in the High Court in the High Court on the recoverability of Advocates fees where the case settles on the day of the trial but before it commences & Wynne v Miller Foundations on the recoverability of VAT on the obtaining of medical records under the present rules ( a case along with a tranche of others likely to be Appealed and run as a test cases, with far reaching costs savings).

In addition to complex cases setting out the extent of the new costs rules he undertakes regular detailed assessment work and costs budgeting.

Darren has extensive experience in industrial disease litigation, with an emphasis on emerging fields like non freezing cold injury claims and claims against the Ministry Of Defence.

He frequently advises and appears in Court in NIHL, asbestosis, mesothelioma & HAVS and other upper limb disorders claims.

His defendant clients range from traditional heavy industry like Tata Steel in South Wales to Public Services. He undertakes appropriate Claimant work on a CFA basis as long as there is no conflict with existing clients.

Darren’s substantial Costs practice and lengthy experience with disease litigation lends itself to frequent instruction in CCMC and Interlocutory matters where a detailed knowledge of both areas is essential.

Darren has gained many years’ experience at the Personal Injury Bar dealing with matters ranging from RTAs and credit hire to CICA claims and CRU appeals.

Darren practices in all areas of employer’s liability for both claimants and defendants. He regularly advises and appears in legacy “Six Pack” Regulations cases that commenced before Direct Effect ceased.

He advises and appears in complex vicarious liability/civil assault and alleged failure of care plan/safe working procedure cases concerning Secure Units, Specialist Schools, Respite Care Centres as well as Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions for Local and Central Government.

Darren also works in all aspects of public liability. In Highways cases he has a loyal following among local authorities ranging from Walsall MBC in the West Midlands to Cornwall County Council in the South West. In Occupiers Liability he represents privatised estates owners, Charities, Housing Associations and Arms Length Management Organisations.

He has a particular experience in snow and ice cases as well as claims arising from agricultural/rural settings.

Given his regular instruction on behalf of Privatised Housing Estate Operators he frequently deals with arguments concerning the interpretation of complex transfers of land and assets, public rights of way and liability arising out of alleged failure to maintain.

He has specialist knowledge and frequent instruction concerning accidents abroad, Rome II, jurisdictional disputes and choice of Law. In addition he represents both claimants and defendants in Athens and Montreal Convention cases, and in Admiralty and aviation personal injury matters.

He has represented clients as diverse as First Choice Tours, Thompson Holidays, Stena Line. He is willing to take appropriate cases on a CFA.

Practice Overview

Darren specialises in personal injury and employment matters.

He has extensive experience in industrial disease litigation and employer’s liability, with an emphasis on emerging fields such as non-freezing cold injury claims and MoD Claims as well as NIHL, asbestosis, and upper limb disorders. His clients range from heavy industries, foe example Tata Steel, to Public Services. He undertakes appropriate claimant work on a CFA basis.

He works in all aspects of local authority liability ranging from highways, employer’s and occupier’s liability, to very sensitive claims arising from secure units, specialist schools and respite centres. He has a loyal following among local authorities ranging from Walsall MBC in the West Midlands to Cornwall County Council in the South West. He also represents owners of privatised housing estates, housing associations and arm’s-length management organisations.

Darren has a significant specialism in costs and has dealt with some of the leading cases following the recent rule changes arising from Jackson, QOCS and Fixed Fees. His experiences ranges from Casseldine v The Diocese of Llandaff Board for Social Responsibility (Charity) before the Regional Cost Judge in Cardiff, to Bruno Manuel Dos Santos Mendes v Hochtief Construction (UK) Limited against Nicholas Bacon QC in the High Court, and Wynne v Miller Foundations on the recoverability of VAT on the obtaining of medical records under the present rules.

He has specialist knowledge and frequent instruction concerning accidents abroad, Rome II, jurisdictional disputes and choice of Law. In addition he represents both claimants and defendants in Athens and Montreal Convention cases, and in Admiralty and aviation personal injury matters.

Darren has an employment law practice that compliments his industrial disease and employer’s liability work. He specialises in the crossover between personal injury and employment law with an emphasis on stress at work and cases featuring whistleblowing as well as regular unfair dismissal and discrimination matters.