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Abigail Telford

Called 2011

Abigail has a busy personal injury and clinical negligence practice and is regularly instructed both to advise and attend hearings. 

Abigail also regularly attends inquests involving a broad range of matters and is experienced dealing with the types of issues that arise in such cases.

Abigail has been junior in a number of cases. Most recently appearing as junior to Richard Copnall in the Supreme Court case of Edwards (on behalf of the estate of the late Arthur Watkins) v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors [2019] UKSC 132, a case concerning the correct date for assessment of damages in professional negligence claims. Abigail has also appeared as junior to Howard Elgot in the Supreme Court case of Barton v Wright Hassall [2018] UKSC 12 a case involving issues regarding compliance with civil procedure rules, service and litigants in person.

Abigail became a tenant in chambers in October 2015, having completed pupillage under the supervision of Richard Copnall, Corin Furness and Stuart Jamieson. During pupillage, Abigail was involved in a variety of complex personal injury and clinical negligence cases, and a number of inquests and associated civil actions.

Abigail is an active member of the Parklane Plowden Under 10 Years Call Team and regularly gives seminars and talks regarding topics touching on all areas of her practice.

 

Junior Counsel with Supreme Court experience who specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and inquest work.

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Areas Of Expertise

Areas of Expertise
Clinical Negligence
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Abigail has a growing clinical negligence practice.  She has experience drafting pleadings, attending costs and case management hearings and assisting in the drafting of schedules, advising on liability, causation and quantum and negotiating at joint settlement meetings in all matters arising out of clinical negligence. She accepts instructions for accidents arising out of both public and private healthcare.

Costs & Litigation
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Abigail has experience in dealing with matters relating to costs and regularly attends costs management hearings and application hearings concerning costs issues that arise during the course of litigation. 

Personal Injury
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Abigail has a busy personal injury practice and is regularly instructed in a wide range of claims including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability claims and public liability claims.

Abigail regularly attends hearings at all stages of litigation, including pre-action applications, allocation hearings, costs and case management hearings, application hearings and trials.

Abigail is comfortable with the costs arguments that arise in personal injury cases and has experience dealing with costs both within and outside portal regimes.

Abigail also has experience conducting conferences with both lay and expert witnesses involved in a variety of personal injury cases.

In 2016, Abigail appeared as junior to Howard Elgot in a personal injury claim involving brain injury as a result of a road traffic accident.

In 2016 Abigail was seconded to the personal injury team at Stewart’s Law for 2 months. She was primarily involved with catastrophic injury cases involving brain injuries and spinal injuries. This gave Abigail valuable insight into the work that such cases require and enabled her to develop all aspects of her practice, including drafting and client care.

Road Traffic Accidents

Abigail is instructed at all stages of litigation involving road traffic accidents, including cases involving fraud and low velocity impact.

Abigail is also regularly instructed in cases involving credit hire and is familiar with the issues that commonly arise in such cases.

Abigail is experienced in providing advice on both liability and quantum, and also regularly appears in all stages of proceedings including allocation hearings, costs and case management hearings, application hearings and trials.

Abigail’s experience at all stages of litigation means that she is familiar with cases that fall both within and outside of the Pre-action Protocol for Personal Injuries arising from Road Traffic Accidents.

Employer’s Liability/Public Liability

Abigail is experienced in advising on all aspects of cases involving employer’s liability and/or public liability issues.

Abigail regularly attends hearings in relation to such matters, including allocation hearings, costs and case management hearings, application hearings and trials.

Abigail’s recent cases have involved accidents on the highways, and on public and private premises.

Inquests & Fatal Accidents
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Abigail regularly provides advice and representation regarding inquests and pre-inquest reviews. Abigail has attended inquests involving deaths arising from a broad range of circumstances, including treatment in care homes, road traffic accidents and clinical treatment.

Abigail has represented families and individuals at a number of inquests involving dangerous driving and failures in medical care.

  • Represented the driver of a vehicle that had been driven into by another driver. Death was found to be the result of a road traffic collision.
  • Represented the family of a 77 year old woman who suffered delays, both in the community and in hospital, with referral to vascular specialists. Found that the death was due to natural causes, but the coroner was critical of the trust, which was given 21 days to respond to the criticisms. 
  • Represented the family of a 61 year old woman who developed an infection following surgery. Issues raised concerned treatment in the community and in hospital. Death was found to be ‘recognised complications of elective surgical procedure’.
  • Represented the family of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. An open conclusion was recorded.
  • Represented the family of a 4 year old child who died in hospital. The coroner was critical of delays in observations and treatment, but found the death to be of natural causes.
  • Represented the insurance company of a surviving driver who had been involved in a road traffic collision that resulted in the death of another driver.
  • Represented the family of a 2 day old baby who died in hospital as a result of a recognised complication of childbirth.
Public & Admin Law
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Abigail regularly provides representation at inquests and pre-inquest reviews and has attended inquests involving deaths arising from a broad range of circumstances, including treatment in care homes, road traffic accidents and clinical treatment.

Abigail has represented families and individuals at a number of inquests involving dangerous driving and failures in medical care.

  • Represented the driver of a vehicle that had been driven into by another driver. Death was found to be the result of a road traffic collision.
  • Represented the family of a 77 year old woman who suffered delays, both in the community and in hospital, with referral to vascular specialists. Found that the death was due to natural causes, but the coroner was critical of the trust, which was given 21 days to respond to the criticisms. 
  • Represented the family of a 61 year old woman who developed an infection following surgery. Issues raised concerned treatment in the community and in hospital. Death was found to be ‘recognised complications of elective surgical procedure’.
  • Represented the family of a pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle. An open conclusion was recorded.
  • Represented the family of a 4 year old child who died in hospital. The coroner was critical of delays in observations and treatment, but found the death to be of natural causes.
  • Represented the insurance company of a surviving driver who had been involved in a road traffic collision that resulted in the death of another driver.
  • Represented the family of a 2 day old baby who died in hospital as a result of a recognised complication of childbirth.
Notable Cases
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Edwards (on behalf of the estate of the late Arthur Watkins) v Hugh James Ford Simey Solicitors [2019] UKSC 132

Barton v Wright Hassall [2018] UKSC 12

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Personal Details
Education

Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent, Manchester Metropolitan University (2011); Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln's Inn (2010); LLM, Leiden University (2009); LLB (Hons), University of Sheffield (2008)

Professional Associations

Personal Injuries Bar Association; Association for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA); Leeds Medico-Legal Society; Lord Denning Society (Lincoln's Inn)

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