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Elizabeth Hodgson

Called Called in 1993



About Elizabeth Hodgson

Elizabeth Hodgson has practiced almost exclusively in the field of injury-related litigation since pupillage in 1993. She acts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in a wide range of personal injury and clinical negligence cases. She is instructed by many insurance companies, local authorities, the NHSLA, and the major trades unions.


Personal Details

Education: LLB (Hons), University of Liverpool
Professional Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA) Professional Negligence Bar Association North East Medico-Legal Society Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society
Appointments: Counsel to T & N Compensation Scheme for victims of asbestos exposure (2012)

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2018 - Band 2

Represents defendants in personal injury cases related to employer's liability as well as public liability claims. She also acts for claimants arising for allegations of childhood abuse. Her clients include insurers, local authorities, trade unions and the NHSLA.

Strengths: "Very good with the clients and excellent in court." "A great court performer who goes the extra mile for clients. She exudes confidence, affability and charm. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional in her field."

Recent work: Successfully represented the defendant in an application to set aside a notice of discontinuance and obtain a finding of fundamental dishonesty against a claimant who had discontinued his claim in order to avoid the qualified one-way costs shifting provisions.

The Legal 500 2017 - "An incisive advocate, who is excellent with clients."

The Legal 500 2016 -"Very bright and capable with excellent advocacy skills"

The Legal 500 2015 - "Her calm, no-nonsense approach inspires solicitors’ and clients’ confidence"

The Legal 500 2014 - "She has impressive cross-examination skills and is able to read the mood of a judge"

Elizabeth Hodgson has been recommended in the Legal 500 and by Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession in the field of personal injury regularly since 2007:

Chambers and Partners 2013 - “Elizabeth Hodgson concentrates solely on personal injury and clinical negligence. Her particular focus is on public liability and employers’ liability cases…”

The Legal 500 2103 - Elizabeth is noted for Clinical Negligence matters.

The Legal 500 2011 - Elizabeth Hodgson, who 'works well in the more complex cases'.

Chambers and Partners 2011 - has "exceptional legal knowledge and ability."

The Legal 500 2010 - Elizabeth Hodgson is excellent in court and an expert in industrial disease and workplace injury.

Chambers and Partners 2009 - Wowing her clients with a "non-nonsense style that always achieves excellent results." Elizabeth Hodgson specialises in public and employer's liability claims.

The Legal 500 2009 - Elizabeth Hodgson is an "expert in occupational disease."

Chambers and Partners 2007 - Elizabeth Hodgson wins a wealth of praise for her 'down-to-earth and approachable nature'. She is held in high regard for her knowledge of public and employers' liability."

"an expert in industrial disease, workplace accident and public liability claims" and "a powerful courtroom presence". In the Legal 500 she is described as bringing "great experience and weight" and "dynamic court performer" [2007 edition]

Recently Concluded Cases

C: Acted for the Claimant in a case of severe e-coli food poisoning in a small child, who developed a rare type of renal failure as a result. Settlement of the case had to be postponed for many years as the long-term prognosis was uncertain, the condition that the Claimant had developed was so rare. Issues as to the appropriateness of an award of provisional damages.

R: Acted for the Defendant in a claim brought by a former pupil of the Defendant’s school for children with special educational needs, who had suffered severe injuries to his arm when he fell through non-safety glass at the Defendant’s school. Complex issues relating to the relevant building regulations with regard to safety glass. Claim dismissed.

F: Acted for the Claimant in a claim for clinical negligence arising out of the treatment of a traumatically induced detached retina, which had left the Claimant blind in one eye. Complex issues relating to breach of duty and causation. Case settled prior to trial.

I: Acted for Claimant in a claim by a daughter who had been sexually and physically abused by her adoptive father as a child. Judgment was obtained against the Defendant and the matter proceeded to assessment of damages, at which the Defendant appeared and acted in person. Delicate and difficult issues arose. Claimant awarded more than £90,000 in damages.

B: Acted for the Defendant in a claim in respect of alleged Complex Regional Pain Syndrome arising out of a minor injury. Conflicting medical opinion as to the genuineness of the Claimant’s alleged disability and video surveillance evidence. Claim for £250,000 settled for a very modest sum shortly before trial.

W: Successfully represented the 3 Claimants in a complicated personal injury claim of modest value arising out of a road traffic accident, against the driver of another vehicle and his insurance company. Insurance Company contended that neither the Defendant nor the 3 claimants were genuine and effectively contended that no accident had occurred between the vehicles.

R: Acted for the Defendant in a claim arising out of an accident in which a young, self-employed father had been fatally injured in a farming accident. Complicated case to value as the deceased was self-employed, was not married to the Claimant and was the biological father of only one of the 4 children of the family.

B: Acted for the Defendant in a claim for more than £1m brought by a self-employed professional woman arising out of a simple tripping accident, as a result of which the Claimant claimed her earnings had substantially reduced. Complicated issues of medical causation. Case settled for very much less than £1m.

S: Successful defence at trial of a claim by a wood machinist for carpal tunnel syndrome with issues relating to both ergonomics and vibration. Liability and medical causation in issue.

M: Successful defence at trial of a claim by a former assembly worker for noise-induced hearing loss, where limitation, liability and medical causation were in issue.

G: Successful defence at trial of a claim by a pipefitter for hand-arm vibration syndrome, where limitation, liability and medical causation were in issue.

B: Acted for the Claimant in a clinical negligence claim arising out of the negligent prescription of contact lenses to a child who had already very poor sight in one eye and whose sight in the “good” eye was irreparably damaged by a catastrophic infection caused by ill-fitting lenses. Difficult issues of causation and valuation. Case settled following JSM for, essentially, the full realistic valuation of the claim.

Reported Cases

Jameson -v- Central Electricity Generating Board and Babcock Energy [1998] QB 323
Effect of "full and final settlement" of a claim by the deceased during his lifetime made by one of 2 joint tortfeasors upon a subsequent claim under the Fatal Accidents Act 1976 by his widow against the other tortfeasor.

Hird -v- Milner [1998] CL
Striking out for want of prosecution.

Philips -v- Derbyshire County Council [1997] ELR 461
Judicial review of decision of Special Educational Needs.

Various Claimants -v- Metro-Cammell Limited and J W Roberts
Asbestos exposure arising from construction of railway carriages.

Wareing -v- Rhodia and Stanton Plc
Effect of alleged industrial environmental pollution upon a dairy herd in Derbyshire.

Law -v- Wansbeck District Council
Whether a local authority was a "provider of services" within the meaning of s 19 Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in granting a tenancy of domestic premises to a disabled woman.


Elizabeth Hodgson regularly provides seminars and training for solicitors and other professional clients, and has spoken at conferences organised by Chambers. Please speak to her clerks for further details.

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