Justin Valentine


Justin Valentine

Call 1999
Qualifications Bar Vocational Course, University of the West of England. PG Dip Law, University of the West of England. BSc Econ (Hons), University College of Swansea. MSc, Bristol University.
Awards Diplock Scholar. Recipient of Campbell Foster Prize.
Professional Memberships Personal Injury Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association.

Expertise


Justin undertakes clinical negligence work with experience of a wide variety of claims including spinal injury, nursing care, psychiatric treatment, cosmetic surgery errors, misdiagnosis/delay in diagnosis, orthopaedic injuries, incorrect prescription, negligent dental treatment, surgical injuries, catastrophic and fatal injury claims. Having worked within the NHS as an occupational therapy helper as well as a nursing assistant in an acute psychiatric admissions ward Justin has first-hand knowledge of the healthcare profession and procedures. He also spent three years as a research associate at the Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent

As an advocate and litigant Justin has considerable experience representing families at inquests, and drafting complex high value Schedules of Loss in brain, catastrophic and fatal accident claims.

Justin specialises in costs litigation in particular where interpretation of complex, technical legislation and/or rules is required. He regularly undertakes CCMCs and detailed assessment hearings.

He has extensive experience of litigation involving the enforceability and disclosure of CFAs. He has dealt with litigation concerning the applicability of the predictive costs regime, of the recoverability of costs for pre-action disclosure applications and with applications against solicitors for wasted costs.

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work with particular expertise in complex workplace and highway claims. His approach to personal injury actions is to assist his solicitors in taking control of the litigation achieving swift outcomes and maximising damages. Justin also has experience in representing interested parties at inquests.

Justin recognises the costs pressures placed on solicitors by the introduction of a fixed costs regime for public liability and workplace claims. This pressure is compounded in relation to workplace claims by the removal of civil liability for breach of health and safety regulations for accidents on or after 1st October 2013.

Counsel can add significant value to proceedings at an early stage for example a strong Particulars of Claim promotes early settlement. This is best achieved; it is suggested, by way of a fixed fee for a conference and for drafting Particulars of Claim.

 

Articles:

  • Costs budgeting in personal injury claims (October 2016)
  • The Consumer Rights Act and personal injury litigation (March 2016)
  • Personal injury litigation and the non-English speaking client (September 2015)
  • Workplace claims post Enterprise Act (November 2014)
  • Why you shouldn’t disclose all medical records in personal injury litigation (April 2014)
  • Costs budgeting (March 2013)

Seminars:

  • The impact of the Enterprise Act in workplace litigation
  • Product liability
  • Expert evidence in clinical negligence claims

Practice Overview

Justin is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence barrister with considerable experience of long-running, complex brain and neurological injury cases involving both children and adults. He has experience in drafting complex, high-value Schedules of Loss in catastrophic and fatal accident claims.

Articles:

Seminars:

  • The impact of the Enterprise Act in workplace litigation
  • Product liability
  • Expert evidence in clinical negligence claims