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Stephen Friday

Called Called in 1996



About Stephen Friday

Stephen is consistently recognised as a leading junior in his field.  He is noted for being adept with complex personal injury and clinical negligence claims and practices exclusively in these areas. 

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Personal Details

Education: LLB (Hons), University of East Anglia
Professional Associations: Personal Injury Bar Association (PIBA); AvMA; Leeds Medico Legal Society

Specialist Practice Areas


Chambers & Partners 2018 - Personal Injury - Band 2

Retains a broad practice representing defendants and claimants alike. He is particularly experienced in cases concerning chronic pain, brain injury and amputation, as well as others arising in a clinical setting. He also takes on claims relating to fatal traffic accidents.

Strengths: "Excellent in every way." "He's very thorough, he gets to grips with the issues quickly and he's good with clients."

Recent work: Achieved a favourable sum at settlement for a claimant who had a slipping accident and suffered post-surgical neuropathic pain to the dominant wrist, hand and arm.

Chambers & Partners 2018 - Clinical Negligence - Band 2

Handles a range of issues, with a focus on delayed diagnosis and failures to diagnose. His caseload includes complex claims concerning brain injuries and fatalities.

Strengths: "He's technically very able and he leaves no stone unturned." "Stephen is very insightful as well as approachable. He establishes a good rapport with clients quickly and easily."

Recent work: Acted in Fatal Accidents Act claim in which there was a failure to diagnose an acute small bowel obstruction, resulting in fatality within 24 hours.

Legal 500 2017

"Highly intelligent and tactically canny."

Stephen is recognised in Chambers & Partners Guide to the Bar as a Leading Junior in personal injury litigation (Band 1).

Chambers & Partners 2017 - Clinical Negligence - Band 1

Continues to build a strong reputation for his handling of lower-value but complex cases including fatal and stillbirth claims from delayed diagnosis of medical conditions. Also advises on surgical negligence cases.

Strengths: "In conference, he is good at getting experts to answer questions in a way that is easy to understand.""He is a good team leader when dealing with multiple expert witnesses who are distresssed or upset.

Recent work: Advised the claimant Matthew Taylor v MOD, which settled following teh MOD's admission on causation in the failure to diagnose a scaphoid fracture. The case raised various issues relating to non-medically qualified persons conducting GP clinics in the MOD.

Chambers & Partners 2016

Acts for both claimants and defendants in a range of cases including those concerning chronic pain, amputations, and brain and spinal injuries. Particular experience regarding claims involving military personnel, having previously served in the RAF. 

Strengths: "His strengths are preparation, hard work and a good client manner. He is well respected by judges for those reasons." "He is excellent in every respect." 

Chambers & Partners 2015

Adept at complex personal injury matters, with particular expertise in chronic pain cases and RTAs causing severe injuries.

Expertise: “He works very hard and will always try his best for the clients. He is widely respected by the judiciaries.” “He did an excellent job in negotiating the compensation figure and explaining that to the client.”

Chambers & Partners 2014 

Specialises in complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases, acting for both claimants and defendants. He is noted both for his technical ability with particularly difficult cases and for his client manner. 

Expertise: "He has a gravitas about him. He exudes experience and confidence, and he's excellent with clients." "He's very good both for his courtroom skills and his ability to grasp a number of complex issues in a very short period of time."

Chambers & Partners 2013 

"a personal injury and clinical negligence specialist who handles a broad range of claims, including road traffic accidents and accidents at work."

Chambers & Partners 2012 

"Stephen Friday advises defendants and claimants on a stream of chronic pain cases."

Chambers & Partners 2011 

"Sources were keen to stress Stephen Friday's 'approachability and all-round excellent manner', as well as his undoubted technical skills. He handles the full spectrum of personal injury cases, including employers' liability, RTAs and fatal accidents."

Chambers & Partners 2010 

"He attracted a wealth of stellar feedback from interviewees, who explained: 'He is a technically sharp and persuasive advocate in court, who will stand his ground and is difficult to defend against unless you are on your game.'"


Recently Concluded Cases

  • D v Northern Power Clean. – Skull fracture, brain injury persisting risk of epilepsy.  Settled at JSM for over £500k on a provisional damages basis (risk of epilepsy).
  • H v Harrogate and District NHS Trust.  Clinical Negligence.  Gentamicin induced ototoxicity.  Settled after issue of proceedings.
  • C v Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Clinical Negligence fatal.  Settled shortly before 4 day RCJ trial.
  • R v A-One Feed Supplements Limited. - Multiple finger amputations in accident at work.  Issues of future loss of earnings, pension, care, prosthetics.  Settled at JSM.
  • W v McCain Foods Ltd.   Chronic pain case requiring treatment with spinal chord stimulator.  Settled at JSM.
  • R v Skanska UK PLC.  Chronic pain case.  Settled at JSM.
  • S v Asda.  Chronic pain case valued by Claimant at over £650K.  Represented the Defendant.  4 day trial resulted in the Claimant failing to beat the Defendant’s Part 36 offer, having to make partial repayment of interim payments and having to pay the Defendant’s costs following its Part 36 offer.

Reported Cases

  • Parkes v Martin [2010] PIQR 1 (CA).
  • Gregory v County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust [2014] EWHC 2643 (QB)
  • Green v Brunel & Family Housing Association Ltd LTL 6/6/2008.


  • Clinical Negligence – overview/differences to PI
  • Fatal Accident Claims – Issues with dependency claim
  • Using the Ogden Tables (Ogden 7 – future loss)
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