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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.
"The godfather of travel" and "a colossus of claimant personal injury work", Clive is "very knowledgeable, and the interests of his clients are always at his heart." – Chambers & Partners, 2017
A "'lateral thinker and solves problems through an indirect and creative approach’; he ‘knows international and supranational law like the back of his hand’". He has "extremely good strength in depth that few others match" and "has a well-deserved and leading reputation as one of the foremost lawyers in this area" - Legal 500, 2017
"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
"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
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.
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.
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.
I probably don't do enough out of the office but I try and keep relatively fit and enjoy music, cinema and travel.
“These were both areas that were flagged during the Inquest in respect of two of the UK’s largest travel companies, Thomson and First Choice, which are both within the TUI group of companies. While we are very glad TUI has now apparently addressed these concerns, those changes are clearly too late for our clients who lost their loved ones in Sousse and for the many seriously injured survivors who we represent.
“We, and our clients, now consider that that is of vital importance that these lessons are learned by all tour operators and that these changes are implemented where needed throughout the travel industry without any further delay.”
“During the past seven weeks both the Coroner and the families who we represent have heard shocking evidence about the level of security precautions at the Imperial Marhaba hotel at the time of the terrorist attack. The security guards employed at the hotel were clearly poorly trained, ineffective and unable to communicate with each other; there was limited CCTV coverage, much less than at other nearby hotels, and monitoring around key points at the hotel; while a number of other security measures were inadequate - including gates and perimeter fences; and there was no protocol in place to be followed in the event of a terrorist attack.
“The level of terrorist threat in Tunisia had been escalating for some time prior to June 2015. This included a failed suicide bomb attempt at a beach in Sousse. Then, following the terrifying events at the Bardo museum in Tunis in March 2015, the Tunisian Minister of Tourism wrote to alert all hotels requiring them to improve security measures. Tragically these steps were not implemented at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel.
“TUI the Tour Operator who organised the holidays for the victims has stated that it was unaware of the letter from the Minister of Tourism. Even more surprisingly, given the events in Bardo and elsewhere in Tunisia, TUI failed to audit the adequacy of security precautions at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel.
“It is now crucial that the whole travel industry learns from what happened in Sousse to reduce the risk of similar catastrophic incidents in future.
“Our clients are very grateful to the coroner for his careful and sensitive handling of the inquest proceedings. They feel he has been fair and thorough in his investigation and appreciate how he has tried to ensure throughout that the families come first.
“On behalf of our clients who lost members of their families and those who suffered injuries in this terrible incident, we will now be preparing to commence civil proceedings against TUI for damages.”
“For 18 months the families have been anxious to understand what happened to their loved ones and whether any more could have been done to prevent this terrible tragedy. Some of the families we represent have lost two or more family members. Many of our clients have had their lives turned upside down and remain heartbroken. Many have needed specialist therapy to help them, others have lost the main breadwinner in the family and have real financial worries.
“Obviously nothing can turn back the clock but these Inquests provide the opportunity for our clients to receive answers to the questions that they want and need. The families are grateful to the Coroner for his thoroughness and for ensuring there is such an extensive array of evidence and witnesses that will be involved.
“There are serious concerns and questions about what was done in the face of what appears to have been an escalating threat of terrorist activity in Tunisia prior to these fateful events in Sousse. It is important that lessons are learned from this tragic incident to reduce the risk of similar tragedies in future.”
“This is likely to be the final opportunity to consider the evidence that will be available at the full inquests and the witnesses that will be called. The families feel that it is important that all available information is shared with the court, particularly in relation to the safety procedures and protocols put in place following the previous acts of terrorism in the country just months earlier.
“The Government is applying to have some evidence heard behind closed doors and while we recognise the need to safeguard information critical to national security, this needs to be balanced with the families right to a transparent and open hearing."
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