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>

Stuart Jamieson

Stuart is a specialist in high value, complex clinical negligence and personal injury disputes. The <em>Legal 500</em> [2021] states that Stuart, “<strong><em>always provides top quality, down-to-earth advice in the field of PI and medical</em></strong><strong><em> </em></strong><strong><em>negligence</em></strong><strong>”</strong> <em>Chambers and Partners</em> [2019] finds, <strong><em>“His level of service, willingness to help and general competence is above reproach – he is excellent all round.”</em></strong> Stuart is, “<strong><em>great with clients and has great communication skills,”</em></strong><em> </em><strong> </strong>[<em>Chambers and Partners</em>, 2021] Stuart, “<strong><em>pays high attention to detail and works through issues in a very logical and clear</em></strong><strong> </strong><strong>manner”</strong> [<em>Legal 500</em>, 2021] In clinical negligence Stuart is particularly experienced in claims involving delay in diagnosis of cancer or sepsis, brain injury and those resulting in death, fatal accident dependency claims. In personal injury his particular specialisms are in claims under the Animals Act 1971, accidents at work, road traffic accidents and those involving a human rights element. In clinical negligence it is noted that Stuart, “<strong><em>is able to identify the key issues quickly and identify a clear direction the case needs to take”</em></strong><strong> </strong>[<em>Legal 500</em>, 2021] Stuart’s specialism in hybrid common law and Human Rights Act claims is complemented by his prior experience of undertaking local authority child protection cases earlier in his career in him now undertaking claims made on behalf of children or adults that have suffered serious physical, sexual or emotional abuse. Stuart is instructed by leading personal injury, abuse and clinical negligence solicitors with a national reputation, undertaking both Claimant and Defendant work. Stuart acts for, “<strong><em>both claimants and defendants in complex personal injury cases. He regularly acts for clients with life-altering injuries arising from accidents at work as well as serious traffic accidents</em></strong>” [<em>Chambers &amp; Partners</em>, 2020]. It is noted that Stuart, <em>“</em><strong><em>Performs impressively in joint settlement meetings.</em></strong><em>”</em><em> </em>[<em>Legal 500</em>, 2020] Recent cases include: <em>Marshall (a protected party) v Strainge</em> – Settlement of £2,500,000 in a claim by an injured motorist, for a profoundly injured motorist suffered brain damage and with liability in dispute DC on behalf of RH, deceased – High value clinical negligence claim heard at trial in the High Court and involving death following delay in the diagnosis of cervical cancer GXM on behalf of JXM, a protected party – Approval of settlement before HHJ Mark Gargan, in a claim for the delay in diagnosis of sepsis, breach of duty and causation disputed throughout contested proceedings Stuart is the North Eastern Circuit representative for the Personal Injury Bar Association and sits on the Executive Committee at national level Stuart sits as a Deputy District Judge (Civil)