Jimmy Barber

Year of Call: 2008

Inn: Lincoln's Inn

Jimmy is regularly instructed to advise and to represent claimants and defendants alike in multi-track cases in the County Court. He is experienced in dealing with cases involving manual handling, the provision and use of work equipment, PPE, slipping and tripping in the workplace, noise-induced hearing loss, and occupational stress and harassment and bullying.

He has a significant amount of recent experience in cases brought against the Ministry of Defence for NIHL and NFCI amongst other injuries, and has settled schedules of loss in substantial loss of career cases.

Examples of instructions include:

  • Advising soldiers with NIHL, NFCI and other injuries in a series of claims against the MOD.
  • Advising and acting for defendants in several manual handling claims pleaded in excess of £250,000, including Stewart v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 2091, in which he was led by Andrew McLaughlin in successfully opposing the appeal, having defended the NHS Trust as sole counsel at first instance.
  • Settling pleadings for and advising an abattoir worker in a manual handling/provision of work equipment claim which caused a significant back injury.
  • Acting for a defendant with a limitation defence at trial in claim for historic NIHL.
  • Advising on contributory negligence in claim by factory operative whose hand was crushed.
  • Advising HMRC in-house in a wide range of EL disputes, including a number of high value and complex chronic pain and occupational stress claims.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • LLB European (Magister), University of Exeter (First Class)
  • LLM, University of the Saarland (First Class)
  • Bachelor of Civil Law, University of Oxford
  • Lord Denning Scholarship & Hardwicke Entrance Award, Lincoln’s Inn
  • Undergraduate prizes including the Cavendish Prize, DLA European Law Prize, Markus Zalewski Prize and School of Law Commendation