Justin Valentine

Year of Call: 1999

Inn: Middle Temple

Justin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work with a particular interest in workplace claims and claims involving vulnerable road users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists). He has successfully litigated complex cases involving the Animals Act. His approach to personal injury actions is to assist solicitors in taking control of litigation (via, for example, Part 18 Requests for Further Information). This assists in achieving swift outcomes.

Justin has experience in representing interested parties at inquests.

Justin has significant experience in armed service-related claims, for example, NFCI cases, claims involving bullying and assault, and claims involving psychiatric injury.

He has experience in drafting complex, high-value Schedules of Loss in catastrophic and fatal accident claims.

Recent notable cases include:

  • Wiencek v Cope. The claimant was seriously injured whilst helping catch an escaped horse “Rebel”. Liability was disputed primarily on the basis that the claimant was a knowing volunteer. The case illustrates the complexity of claims involving animals but confirms that where a claimant is acting out of a sense of moral or civic duty, then liability can be established. Please see here for an article discussing the case.
  • S v Brenntag & Suttons Transport Group. The claimant was a tanker driver employed by the second defendants delivering concentrated bleach for the first defendants. Whilst discharging he was sprayed with the product from a fault in the line sustaining chemical burns and PTSD. Despite multiple breaches of the COSHH the defendants denied liability seeking to blame each other. The claim settled shortly before trial.
  • A (A Protected Party) v CIC Limited and Central Liverpool PCT. This case concerned a young man with brain injury acquired as a child. He was inappropriately placed in a care home with residents significantly more disabled than him one of whom would regularly assault him. He would often run away from the home and his advocate had both tried to transfer him from the home and had warned that if he ran away he would be at significant risk due to poor road sense. The claimant did run away and was struck by a car on a motorway. The claimant suffered a serious spinal injury and lost his right arm. Liability was disputed and expert evidence had to be commissioned. A compromise was reached in excess of £3 million on the basis of a 92.5/7.5 split in liability.
  • A v MOD. The claimant was assaulted by fellow privates whilst posted in Cyprus. The claim was advanced on the basis of failure to act to prevent previous incidents of bullying. Compromise was reached at a joint settlement meeting for a six figure sum.
  • D v Football Club. The claimant injured his shoulder whilst undertaking exercises as a trainee at a rugby football club ending any hopes the claimant had for a professional career. The claim hinged on evidence from expert physiotherapists and settled for a significant sum prior to trial.
  • B v Ministry of Justice. The claimant was employed as an instructor at a prison when he was stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver by a prisoner. The claim was advanced on the basis that the prisoner’s history indicated that he should not have been allowed to work with tools and after an initial denial of liability settled.

Professional memberships:

  • Personal Injury Bar Association

Qualifications & awards:

  • 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
  • Diplock Scholar
  • Recipient of Campbell Foster Prize (awarded to the Middle Templar to come first on the BVC at the University of the West of England)
  • Goethe Certificate B2 – German
  • Associate of the Royal Schools of Music (Piano Performance Diploma)