Clive Garner



I have been the head of Irwin Mitchell's International Travel Litigation Group since it was founded in 1997. Since then the team and I have successfully represented many thousands of clients with illness or injury claims arising in virtually every part of the world.

I have also acted in a number of cases where record awards of damages have been won for my clients, and I have been fortunate enough to act in a number of precedent setting legal decisions. I specialise in high value claims including fatal accidents and acting for clients who have suffered severe brain or spinal injury.

I have also represented thousands of UK and foreign victims in around 200 group actions in the UK and overseas including group claims arising from several aviation and maritime disasters, around 20 separate coach crashes, a number of terrorist incidents (including the Manchester city centre bombing and 9/11) and many group action illness claims including outbreaks of legionnaire disease, E-coli and salmonella.

"A senior lawyer with extraordinary skills" and clients appreciate that he is "very familiar with cross-border cases; he knows the EU and US jurisdictions like the back of his hand." - Chambers & Partners 2016

Clive Garner is a "game changer, who knows foreign and international law like the back of his hand" and "always aims to get the best possible result for his clients" - Legal 500 2015

"Commended for his empathetic manner when engaging with clients" - Chambers & Partners 2015

"A very strong, experienced and cautious practitioner." - Chambers & Partners 2014

"Incredibly experienced and tenacious" - Legal 500 2014

"Clive Garner is a ‘skilled negotiator’ who won’t rest until he has the best possible result for his clients; he is a goal-getter with the interests of his clients at heart." - Legal 500 2013

"Demi-god of travel law." - Chambers & Partners 2013

"The godfather of claimant travel personal injury." - Chambers & Partners 2012


  • Author of the Travel Law chapter of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers' Guide, "Personal Injury Law, Practice and Precedents"
  • Contributor to and Co-Editor of “Personal Injury Compensation In Europe", and “Fatal Accidents and Secondary Victims"
  • Author of a number of published articles in England and the USA on a range of topics relating to claiming damages following personal injury or death

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

My father was very seriously injured in a road traffic accident when I was a young boy. His life and the lives of every member of my family were radically changed overnight and were never the same again. I went into the law to help people who had been through similar experiences.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I am very lucky, as a lot of my clients have been truly incredible people and have been a real inspiration to me. The most rewarding part of my role is achieving the best results possible for all of my clients and helping them get their lives back on track.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I have been a lawyer at Irwin Mitchell for nearly 20 years now and I never cease to be amazed by the fantastic results that my Partners and colleagues achieve for their clients every single day. I am very proud to be a partner in a firm where I am surrounded by so many exceptionally talented and dedicated lawyers.    

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I probably don't do enough out of the office but I try and keep relatively fit and enjoy music, cinema and travel.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 14/10/2016
    Families Of Dana Air Crash Still Waiting For Answers More Than Four Years On

    “The Dana Air crash in 2012 led to the death of more than 150 passengers and crew. It is astonishing that the families who lost loved ones in this tragedy are still waiting for answers about the circumstances that led to the crash. No good reason has been given for the extreme delays in publication of the report.”

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  • 13/09/2016
    Fourth Pre-Inquest Review Into Deaths of British Tourists Killed in Tunisia Terrorist Attack

    “When dealing with information regarding security measures in relation to the threat of terrorist attack there will clearly be sensitive information that it may not be appropriate to release to the general public. “Nevertheless, we and our clients welcome the decision of the Coroner to allow the families’ legal representatives to be given copies of relevant documentation. We also hope that in due course the families affected by this attack will themselves be able to access these documents so that they can have l a better understanding about what happened to their loved ones. “It’s over a year since this terrible tragedy and many of the victims’ families are still in shock about what happened and still trying to come to terms with losing their loved ones. “It is crucial that when the full Inquests take place next January, they shed light on exactly what happened during the attack and the lead up to it. There are serious concerns about was done in the face of what appears to have been an escalating threat of terrorist activity in Tunisia prior to the events in Sousse. “Obviously nothing can bring back those who lost their lives in such tragic circumstances, but the families we represent are seeking to have their questions answered and for lessons to be learned to reduce the risk of a similar incident occurring in the future.”

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  • 22/08/2016
    Shoreham Airshow Legal Update

    “The tragedy at last year's Shoreham Airshow will live long in the memories of those who suffered injury and those who lost family and friends. Sadly, some of those affected may never fully recover from what happened. “Those who have been left injured or who lost loved ones in the incident rightly want to understand exactly why this dreadful incident occurred. There are several complex investigations being undertaken including those by the aviation authorities, the coroner and the police. “Although the Civil Aviation Authority has already announced improvements to safety standards for future UK airshows, it is a matter of deep regret that it has taken the terrible loss of life at Shoreham before these recommendations were made. In addition, the on-going investigations may identify further lessons which need to be learned.”

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  • 24/05/2016
    Third Pre Inquest Review Into Deaths Of British Tourists Killed in Terrorist Attack in Tunisia

    “It is almost a year on from this terrible tragedy and the victims’ families are still trying to come to terms with losing their loved ones. Obviously nothing can bring back those who lost their lives in Sousse, but the families who we represent rightly want to have their questions answered. There is much that they still want to understand, including the details of what happened before and during the incident and whether more could have been done to prevent the tragic loss of life at the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel and the adjoining beach.”

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