Darren is an excellent advocate. He responds promptly to written instructions and is well organised. In court, he has a calm but effective approach. He is able to adapt the degree of intensity required on any given case. He communicates well with clients and in my own experience has a proven successful track record at trial.”
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, for 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 (a charity) before the Regional Costs 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 is frequently instructed 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 complements 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.
- Personal Injury Bar Association
- Employment Law Bar Association
- Free Representation Unit
Qualifications & awards:
- LLB (Hons) Warwick