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.
"Very knowledgeable" - Chambers & Partners 2018/19
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.