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Suki Chhokar

Partner

Biography

I specialise in international travel litigation.

I primarily deal with group actions against UK based tour operators, or single party actions against defendants in foreign countries (often working with foreign agent lawyers).

My team currently handles in excess of 2000 clients and handle a range of different cases against major U.K. tour operators. Some of the cases where large numbers of people have fallen ill on holiday are the largest of their kind ever pursued in the U.K. and have resulted in multi-million pound settlements. A current example is a group action of over 1000 clients who fell ill at the Bahia Principe Hotel in 2007.

These cases attract interest from local and national press, radio and TV, and I have been interviewed and/or quoted in the national press and media on a number of occasions. I also regularly present training and lecture programmes, and give advice and support to clients affected by illness or an accident abroad by way of group presentations.

These claims have a generic element which requires a high degree of proficiency and understanding on a range of tactical and logistical levels. The claims are based in negligence, breach of contract, misrepresentation and breach of statutory duty. A key understanding of all of these areas is essential to the successful prosecution of claims on behalf of the client.

This is litigation of the most challenging nature and regularly involves making new law or pushing the boundaries of existing law in order to make sure that the Courts recognise the extent of the effects upon the client. Most recently this can be seen in the light of challenges on costs capping and damages relating to Pain, Suffering and Loss of Amenity.

From a young age I have always been fascinated in the legal system, from how the law is formed and enacted to how it is implemented and adhered to.  I am also attracted to the 'theatre like' Court room and how evidence is presented. 

He is endorsed as "a calm and collected operator" - Chambers & Partners, 2018

"He is really good – he is prepared to take on difficult cases and succeeds in them." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Ascertaining compensation for your client.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Irwin Mitchell is a dynamic firm both in terms of legal services offered to clients and the size and reputation of the practice. 

The firm is diverse and always keen to enter new areas of law as a leader.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am a keen traveller. I enjoy playing and watching football as well as cricket. Spending time with family and taking part in family orientated activities are extremely important to me.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 09/08/2018
    Spain Named ‘Most Complained-About Holiday Destination’ In New Research

    “Through our work we have seen the devastating consequences that gastric illness problems can have on victims, impacting not only on their time away but also their lives when they return home to the UK. “This research has put a fairly damning spotlight on the places where holidaymakers have seen problems in the past year and sadly it is also our experience that the same issues crop up time and time again – whether it is poor food hygiene or a failure to properly manage resort swimming pools. “So many people are now jetting off to enjoy some summer sun abroad and it is absolutely vital that tour operators understand their responsibilities when it comes to keeping their customers safe. “The importance of health and hygiene should never be downplayed and it is vital that every effort is made to ensure holidaymakers can enjoy their breaks with a minimal risk of illness or other service quality issues. Standards clearly need to improve in these named destinations and beyond.”

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  • 18/08/2016
    Irwin Mitchell's International Personal Injury Team Reveals Worst Five Holiday Hotspots

    "Unfortunately, the same issues, such as poor food preparation and storage and unclean swimming pools are responsible for the majority of the cases we deal with. “It is worrying that many of the destinations and indeed many of the individual hotels and cruise liners featured in our research have appeared in our previous research. We are especially concerned about the number of cruise passengers still falling ill on board cruise liners. "Tour operators and cruise line operators should take seriously their responsibility to their customers to ensure that the appropriate standards of hygiene, health and safety are maintained. “Gastric illness and food poisoning can be very serious and we have seen first-hand the effects of such illnesses on many of our clients including those who have contracted potentially fatal illnesses including salmonella, cryptosporidium and E-Coli while on holiday.”

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  • 06/06/2016
    Birmingham Law Firm Sponsored Black Tie Ball to Raise Awareness and Money for Women's Groups

    “It was great to be able to come together for a night of fun and entertainment and to support these two groups, which are doing amazing work in the area of women’s health in or region. “Organisations like these rely on donations to continue their work and we are delighted to have sponsored this event with the Young Professional Women’s Group, which helps women with career development, to ensure their work continues.”

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  • 20/11/2015
    Worst Five Holiday Illness Hotspots Revealed

    “Unfortunately, the same issues, such as poor food preparation, and cross contamination of food accounts for a significant proportion of illness cases which we deal with. “What is worrying about our research is that many of the destinations and indeed many of the individual hotels and cruise liners featured have appeared in our research before. "Tour operators and cruise line operators need to recognise their responsibility to their customers to ensure that the appropriate standards of hygiene, health and safety are maintained. “Gastric illness and food poisoning can be very serious and we have many clients that have been diagnosed with illnesses including Salmonella, Cryptosporidium, Campylobacter and E-Coli while on holiday. This is unacceptable and tour operators and hoteliers must take responsibility for their guests’ welfare.”

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