Our Expertise

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Jim Hester

<span lang="EN-US">Jim specialises exclusively in Personal Injury work.  A large part of his practice is dedicated to Industrial Disease whilst also maintaining </span>a very busy Employer's Liability practice. Jim focusses on providing timely, practical expertise in all cases he is instructed in, and enjoys working with solicitors to achieve the best possible outcome for clients. Jim acts in all areas of Personal Injury work including niche fields such as: accidents involving military personnel (whether caused as a result of their service or in other settings) drawing upon his 10-years experience as a Major in the Royal Marines Commandos prior to joining the Bar; and in relation to accidents which take place at sea. Jim's previous military service and resulting practical experience are invaluable when assessing the merits of any case he is instructed in. <span lang="EN-US">He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel and is regularly instructed to advise and appear on behalf of public bodies particularly in relation to Industrial Disease and military matters.</span> Jim is the co-ordinator of Chambers' Industrial Disease Group, and so can be contacted regarding any opportunities for training or assistance that instructing solicitors may wish to discuss. Jim also maintains an <a href="https://jimhester.me" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Industrial Disease website</a> - providing updates relevant to Industrial Disease practitioners, as well as articles of interest and a library of useful documents. Jim has been working 'paperless' for many years and so welcomes receiving papers via electronic means. <span lang="EN-US">Outside of Chambers, Jim is kept busy by a young family, triathlon training, having completed three 'Ironman' triathlons and a very enthusiastic black labrador - Chief.</span>

Simon Wilkinson

<p style="text-align: justify;">Simon is a specialist Family (children) and Court of Protection barrister. In 2020 he was appointed to be a Recorder sitting in the Family Court on the North Eastern Circuit.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon prides himself on ensuring that he builds a good rapport with clients whilst giving firm and frank advice. He is keen to be approachable to lay and professional clients alike and has established a reputation for his forensic approach - focussing on the key issues in the case in order to achieve the best results possible, whether in advice, negotiations with other parties or presenting a case in court.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon has been recommended in both Chambers &amp; Partners and the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual for both his Family and Court of Protection work. He has a keen interest in cases involving a crossover between the two jurisdictions and a particular grasp of issues surrounding children and young people and deprivation of liberty, regularly being instructed to represent children and local authorities in cases in the High Court invoking the inherent jurisdiction or where there is a cross-over between the Family Court and the Court of Protection.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He is happy to get involved in cases from the outset and advise on case management issues at the start of a case. At final hearings he ensures that he thoroughly prepared with a good grasp of the evidence at his fingertips.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simon has had multiple articles published in Jordan's Family Law Journal (the publication of record for family practitioners).</p>

Georgina Nolan

&nbsp; Georgina was called to the bar in 2006 having previously worked as a ministerial press officer in the Cabinet Office and United States House of Representatives. She undertook a common law pupillage at Dere Street Chambers (Newcastle) and in her early years of practice undertook a wide range of crime and prison law as well as family, employment and civil work. Georgina joined Parklane Plowden Chambers in 2011. She now specialises in personal injury and inquest work. She is rated Tier 1 by Legal 500 for inquest and inquiry work and 'A' panel counsel by the Attorney-General. Georgina has particularly wide ranging experience in claims against public authorities and in Article 2 inquests particularly those inquests involving deaths in custody and deaths arising from medical negligence as well as those where is significant media attention. She is regularly instructed to advise and appear on behalf of families, public bodies and commercial organisations in long running and high profile inquests. Georgina undertakes a wide range of personal injury work including claims arising from accidents and stress at work, road traffic collision and fatal accidents act claims. She has extensive experience in preparing pleadings for, advising on and attending at fraud and contempt of court trials.  She is often instructed in cases involving allegations of fundamental dishonesty including low velocity impact, staged, exaggerated and fictitious accidents. Georgina has experience of representing victims of criminal injury and victims of abuse suffered in family homes and foster care as well as failure to remove cases. Georgina has experience of appearing in a wide range of tribunals including the Coroner's Court, County Court, Administrative Court, Upper Tribunal, High Court and Court of Appeal. She has considerable experience of multi track and fast track trials as well as interlocutory and costs applications, JSMs and mediations. Georgina is public access qualified. She is accredited by the Honourable Society of Middle Temple as an approved advocacy trainer and is a former Junior of the North Eastern circuit. She also sits as an Assistant Coroner in Newcastle and North Tyneside and North and South Northumberland.

Richard Ryan

Richard is a barrister with experience on both sides of the profession over the course of more than 15 years, having trained and qualified as a solicitor in 2004 at a leading City law firm and then transferring to the bar in 2014; this gives him an unique insight into the litigation process, enabling him to support lay and professional clients at every stage. He has been recognised by the leading legal directories for a number of years (both as a solicitor and a barrister), and "competes at a high level and has a good reputation" (Chambers &amp; Partners). Richard is also a member<span style="font-size: 1rem;"> of the Attorney General's regional panel of junior Counsel to the Crown and regularly acts for a variety of government departments and agencies including the Ministry of Justice, the DWP and HMRC.</span> Richard has developed a busy nationwide practice commensurate with his previous experience and also within Chambers’ areas of expertise. He has progressed his career at the bar by developing a broad <strong>civil and commercial practice</strong>, with a particular emphasis on <strong>employment and discrimination laws,</strong> <strong>internal investigations, inquests</strong> (notably with a professional discipline element) and <strong>education</strong>. This means that Richard can usually be found at an employment tribunal or in the civil courts, or dealing with public / professional regulatory and disciplinary law and proceedings - at any stage - particularly those involving discrimination challenges or other serious allegations. In the context of industrial relations he is highly regarded for his expertise in trade union related matters and collective actions. Richard has a down-to-earth approach and can give robust and realistic advice whilst not losing sight of points of principle. For more details, see Areas of Expertise below. He can be instructed on a direct basis. &nbsp;