Catastrophic Injury

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To support our Head of Chambers, Satinder Hunjan QC who is consistently ranked number one in the legal directories for high value catastrophic injury, clinical negligence and personal injury, we are delighted to introduce our specialist boutique catastrophic injury group.

We have purposefully hand-picked four highly successful juniors, each recognised for their expertise in this field, to work alongside Satinder.

The catastrophic injury team deal with clinical negligence and personal injury cases of the highest complexity and value litigated; cases undertaken are of a multi-million-pound valuation and raise particularly complex, novel and cutting-edge issues.

Queen’s Counsel

Satinder Hunjan QC

Date of Call: 1984 Silk: 2002

Recorder: 2003

Deputy High Court Judge: 2006

Arbitrator (CIArb) and Mediator (Cedr)

Patron of the Child Brain Injury Trust

Nationally recognised Silk who has dealt with and is dealing with the highest value and complex clinical negligence and personal injury claims and who has been involved with many record-breaking catastrophic injury claims and a Silk who has always been rated by all of the leading directories at the highest level.

Junior Counsel

Gordon Exall

Date of Call: 1991

Qualifications: BA Hons (Warwick) 1984 Admitted as a solicitor 1987 Called to the Bar 1991

Gordon qualified and practised as a solicitor before being called to the Bar in 1991. He practises in the area of personal injury,  fatal accidents, clinical negligence, sanctions, procedural issues, limitation and costs. He has been involved in some of the leading cases relating to procedure and the assessment of damages.

Gordon is the author of several of the major practitioner’s texts on personal injury damages. Munkman and Exall on Damages for Personal Injury and Death is in its 14th edition, Gordon’s  “Guide to Fatal Accidents” is now in its 4th edition as is his book “Personal Injury Practice Notes”.  He has contributed to several of the major works on damages and procedure including the latest edition of  Munkman on Employer’s Liability.

Gordon's blog on civil procedure, "Civil Litigation Brief" has been described as "essential reading for any litigator" receiving well over 1 million views each year.

Helen McAteer

Date of Call: 2008

Appointments: Attorney General’s civil ‘C’ panel

Education: BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence, the University of Oxford. LLM in Public Law (Merit), UCL

Awards: Distinction in Moderations from the University of Oxford, Exhibitioner of Brasenose College, Brasenose College Lovells prize for moderations, Wilfred Getz Scholarship from Gray’s Inn

Helen deals with personal injury and clinical negligence cases of the utmost severity and highest financial value, including fatality cases, for both Claimants and public body Defendants. She regularly appears in inquests and deals with the associated civil and human rights claims, securing consistently good outcomes. She is able to analyse the facts of a case incisively whilst also dealing with complex legal arguments and receives consistently excellent feedback for her client care and court-room manner.

Vivienne Sedgley

Date of Call: 2011

Education: BA (Hons) and MA (Hons), The University of Cambridge. Certificate of Honour, The Honourable Society of Middle Temple

Vivienne deals with cases of the utmost severity, including cases of severe brain injury and serious spinal injury. She brings a wealth of experience, having acted for both Claimants and Defendants, and having acted at all stages including inquests, civil claims for damages, mental health and mental capacity, and regulatory intervention. She assists with high value cases involving multi-million-pound damages. She is very approachable yet robust and analytical. She is known for her clear advice, particularly in difficult areas of law or where the facts are particularly complex. She is adept at identifying a clear approach to complex issues of expert evidence.

Sian McGibbon

Date of Call: 2017

Education: BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence, University of Oxford (Alan Urbach Memorial scholarship, Hogan Lovells scholarship); BPTC, City of London Law School (Gray’s Inn Sir Dingle Foot Scholar)

Awards: Michael Beloff Essay Prize (Gray’s Inn, 2017)
Sir Dingle Foot BPTC Scholarship (Gray’s Inn, 2015)
Alan Urbach Memorial Prize (University College Oxford, 2015)

As the most junior member of Chambers’ specialist group Siân accepts instructions to act in serious personal injury cases, with a particular focus on high value cases involving brain injury and serious spinal injury. She brings especially valuable experience of having worked on several high-profile clinical negligence matters in her role as a judicial assistant in the Court of Appeal.


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