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Hylton Armstrong

Called Called in 2008



About Hylton Armstrong

Hylton specialises exclusively in personal injury and clinical negligence.  He is instructed by Claimants and Defendants, and has considerable trial experience in fast and multi-track cases as well as interlocutory applications and inquests.

Hylton is recommended by The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.  He is described as 'approachable', 'thorough', 'brilliant in court', a 'superb advocate', and a 'rising star'.

Hylton is also head of Parklane Plowden's Junior Civil Team.



Personal Details

Education: LLB (Hons), Newcastle University (2007); BVC, BPP Leeds (2008)
Professional Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); Leeds & West Yorkshire Medico Legal Society; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); Action against Medical Accidents (AVMA)
Appointments: Head of Junior Civil Team

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers and Partners (2018) Clinical Negligence - Band 3

Has a growing presence in clinical negligence and receives instructions in a broad range of matters. His expertise encompasses inquests into psychiatric and hospital care, as well as failures to diagnose.

Strengths: "He's very approachable and bright, very good with clients."

Recent work:  Acted for the family of the deceased in an inquest into failings in psychiatric care after an informal patient committed suicide at home after being collected from the care centre.

Chambers and Partners (2018) Personal Injury - Band 3

Has a broad personal injury practice, acting in fast-track and multi-track claims as well as representing clients at inquests. He regularly undertakes cases arising out of RTAs and incidents occurring on  construction sites. He represents both claimants and defendants.

Strengths: "Approachable and thorough." "He's someone who inspires confidence and works collaboratively with clients and solicitors. He has a keen eye for detail and is a superb advocate."

Recent work:  Achieved a favourable settlement for a claimant who suffered a fractured hip and PTSD following a fall on a bus.

Chambers and Partners (2017) - "His advice is very succinct and he is brilliant in court. He is a safe pair of hands, bright and well prepared."

The Legal 500 (2017)- "He is very bright and has a great rapport with clients."

The Legal 500 (2016)- "A conscientious and realistic lawyer."

The Legal 500 (2015) - ‘He is robust and provides good advice; a rising star.’

The Legal 500 (2014) – ‘His personal injury and clinical negligence expertise is complemented by his knowledge of motor-related fraud’

The Legal 500 (2013) – Hylton’s ‘service standards are second to none’.



Recently Concluded Cases

Personal injury (Quantum)

  • Bus driver suffered leg fractures causing a permanent exacerbation of type II diabetes - schedule £223k
  • Motorcyclist knocked off on roundabout causing orthopaedic and psychological injuries - schedule £300k
  • Labourer suffered crush injury to foot - schedule £292k
  • Pedestrian hit causing brain injury. Liability disputed - Settled £100,000.
  • Untraced MIB claim involving rider of a trike who suffered closed head injury – schedule £423k


Clinical Negligence

  • Failure to suture the circumference of a stoma leading to faecal peritonitis, multiple operations, a permanent loop ileostomy, ugly scarring, and psychological symptoms -  Settled at JSM for £400k. 
  • Failure to spot bowel perforation during a cholecystectomy – Settled £115k.
  • Delayed diagnosis of locally advanced carcinoma of the rectum causing death – schedule £516k.
  • Failure to diagnose bilateral haemothorax and dissecting atherosclerotic rupture of the aorta leading to death – schedule £1.2m
  • Failed sterilisation / wrongful birth – settled £37k.
  • Fatal arising out of negligent laparoscopic assisted colostomy – settled £40k.
  • Failure to diagnose radial styloid fracture – settled £58k
  • Severe brachial plexus injury arising out of a reconstruction procedure leaving the Claimant with no sensation in the lower arm – schedule £255k
  • Type 2 diabetic Claimant suffered below knee amputation as a result of an alleged failure to diagnose Charcot foot – settled £120k
  • Severe damage to brachial plexus during weaver dunn reconstruction operation - settled £180k
  • Elderly patient suffered fractured hip in a fall at hospital – settled at mediation for £50k
  • Clinical negligence costs appeal in RCJ before Mrs Justice Slade


  • 2 week inquest touching the death of a worker who stepped in front of a falling crate of glass during the construction of Bridge Water Place in Leeds.
  • 2 week inquest touching the death of a steel worker who died from a penetrating chest wound when a shard of metal was projected from a test rig manifold during a high pressure leak test.  
  • 3 day neglect inquest touching the death of an elderly women who died from burns sustained when she fell into a hot bath.
  • 5 day inquest relating to a the death of a Yorkshire Water employee whose clothing caught fire whilst using a grinder in an oxygen enriched dry well.
  • 5 day jury inquest touching the death of an informal psychiatric patient who stabbed himself to death immediately after being allowed home.



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