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British Claims Awards: Finalists

09 May 2018

Abigail Telford – ‘Rising Star’ - Finalist

Abigail completed her pupillage with Parklane Plowden Chambers in October 2015.

In the last three years she has progressed quickly, demonstrating a proactive and flexible approach. During this time, Abigail has gained valuable experience acting as a junior, once in a case involving a brain injury (which settled just before judgment) and most recently appearing as junior to Howard Elgot in the Supreme Court case of Barton v Wright Hassall [2018] UKSC 12.

Howard Elgot, Abigail’s leading junior in the Barton Supreme Court case said: “Abigail was the perfect junior. She is hugely able and researched difficult legal issues that has equipped her further with the ability to deal with complex legal areas. In the unusual circumstance of appearing in court, having been instructed by a litigant in person, Abigail was able to explain complex legal argument. Abigail has demonstrated the ability to craft ground breaking legal arguments, setting her apart as a specialist within the field of personal injury.”

Parklane Plowden Chambers – Chambers of the Year – Finalist

This is the second consecutive year that Chambers has been a finalist in this category.

Described in the latest edition of Chambers & Partners 2018 as “Outstanding and by far the best in the North of England” and the only Chambers ranked on the NE Circuit for PI and Clinical Negligence work, Parklane Plowden Chambers continues to dominate the injury claims sector in the region.

2017 marked the 10-year anniversary of the formation of Parklane Plowden Chambers following the merger of Park Lane with Plowden Chambers on 1st October 2007. The merger paved the way for Chambers to further develop its national reputation. This, coupled with a radical business and management restructure in 2015, has enabled Chambers to increase its national profile (several major contracts supplying legal services), streamline internal processes, and grow in barrister numbers.

The team of around 55 barristers have been involved in many prominent and technical cases involving:

• PROCEDURAL LAW | Barton v Wright Hassall (Supreme Court 21st February 2018)
• FUNDAMENTAL DISHONESTY | Howlett v Penelope Davies and Ageas Insurance (2017, EWCA Civ 1696)
• INSURANCE LAW | McBride v UK Insurance Ltd (CoA–2017)
• PERSONAL INJURY | Re C: Severe brain injury suffered by male Claimant aged 36 (pedestrian RTA). Pleaded value of claim: £10,000,000.00.
• CLINICAL NEGLIGENCE | Case involving a protected party and who suffered catastrophic brain injury as a result of Vitamin K deficiency syndrome as an infant. Highly unusual clinical negligence case involving lithium poisoning leading to significant worsening of bi-polar disorder complicated by age related dementia.

The winners will be announced at an awards dinner, being held at The Grange St Pauls, London on 7th June 2018.

Good luck to all the finalists.

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