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Bronia Hartley

Called 2006

Bronia was called to the Bar in 2006 and undertook a common law pupillage before specialising in personal injury and inquest work.  Acting for both claimants and defendants, Bronia maintains a busy advisory and court-based practice at all stages of proceedings on the fast and multi tracks, with a particular emphasis on public and employers' liability.  She is regularly instructed by major insurers, public utilities and local authorities.  Since her appointment to the Attorney General’s ‘B Panel’ of Counsel, she has acted on behalf of various government departments, including the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, appearing in the County Court, High Court and Coroner’s Court.  She has considerable trial experience on the fast and multi tracks, as well as in interlocutory hearings and JSMs.  She has acted on behalf of a variety of interested persons in inquests.  Bronia is accredited by the North Eastern Circuit as an advocacy trainer and is a former Junior of the Circuit. 

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Areas of Expertise
Personal Injury
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Acting for both claimants and defendants, Bronia maintains a busy advisory and court-based practice at all stages of proceedings on the fast and multi tracks.  She is regularly instructed by major insurers, public utilities and local authorities.  Since her appointment to the Attorney General’s ‘B Panel’ of Counsel, she has acted on behalf of various government departments including the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, appearing in the County Court, High Court and Coroner’s Court.  She has considerable trial experience on the fast and multi tracks, as well as in interlocutory hearings and JSMs.  She is particularly experienced in drafting pleadings and advising in employers’ liability and public liability cases.  She also has significant experience in advising on matters of civil procedure.       

Recent cases: 

Counter-schedule and JSM in a claim against the Ministry of Defence arising out of an accident on board a vessel which ended the claimant’s naval career. 

Representing the Ministry of Justice in a claim brought by a member of the EDL in relation to a serious assault by fellow prisoners. 

Representing a motor insurer in a high value claim defended on grounds of exaggeration in which surveillance evidence was relied upon.

Representing a claimant in a work-related upper limb disorder case arising out the claimant’s work in a factory involving the repeated use of a staple gun.

Representing a claimant who suffered Cauda Equina Syndrome following workplace manual handling.

Representing a claimant nurse who suffered serious physical and psychiatric injuries following an assault by a patient.

Representing a claimant who suffered a partial amputation when his arm was drawn into the in-running nip of a machine. 

Abuse Claims
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Bronia has niche expertise in child abuse compensation claims, in particular claims in negligence and under the Human Rights Act 1998 against public authorities arising out of social service functions engaging complex issues of fact, law and practice.  Drawing on her understanding of the statutory frameworks and guidance followed by children’s social services, Bronia regularly advises in X (Minors) v Bedfordshire CC “children in the community” cases, working alongside her instructing solicitors to identify cases in which a duty of care may be owed or human rights breaches may have occurred.  Bronia is happy to receive instructions at all stages of the litigation process.

Property
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Inquests & Inquiries
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Bronia has experience representing interested persons in a wide variety of inquests including those arising from deaths in custody and mental health units, as well as those arising from accidents at work and road traffic collisions.  Bronia has a special interest in Article 2 inquests as a result of her appointment to the Attorney General’s ‘B Panel’ of Counsel. 

Costs & Litigation
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Bronia has extensive experience of costs and case management hearings, particularly in complex personal injury cases. She is also experienced in detailed assessments, as well as non-party and wasted costs applications.

Civil Fraud
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Bronia has extensive experience in cases where fraud and fundamental dishonesty are alleged. She is regularly instructed on behalf of major insurers in cases involving low velocity impact collisions, allegations of phantom passengers, and staged accidents.  She has drafted pleadings and represented defendants at trial in all manner of personal injury cases where dismissal of the claim was sought under s57, most frequently on grounds of exaggeration. 

Appointments
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Junior Counsel to the Crown, Regional B Panel (appointed in 2018)

Articles & Publications
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Articles published in Personal Injury Law Journal and Expert Witness Journal.  Webinar for Lexis Nexis.

Lectures
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Recent: Tips & Tricks for Part 36; Expert Evidence; Judgments; Everything EL

Personal Details
Education

Bar Vocational Course, University of Northumbria (Very Competent)

Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Northumbria (Commendation) 

MA (Honours) Politics and Sociology, University of Edinburgh (2:1)

Professional Associations

PIBA

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