Abigail Telford

Called 2011

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

About

Abigail has a busy personal injury, clinical negligence and costs 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 is a member of the Pupillage Committee and is involved in the organisation and recruitment of civil pupils.

Until January 2020, Abigail was co-ordinator of the Parklane Plowden Under 10 Years Call Civil Team.

Abigail regularly gives seminars and talks regarding topics touching on all areas of her practice. She also attends and organises events relating to pupillage with Parklane Plowden.

 

Areas of Expertise

Accolades

Abigail has a busy clinical negligence practice.  She has experience drafting pleadings, attending costs and case management hearings and drafting schedules of loss. Abigail is comfortable 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.

Abigail has a growing industrial disease practice and has experience in both advising and attending hearings relating to industrial disease cases. Abigail is also confident conducting conferences with both clients and experts in order to advise on issues relevant to the case.

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. Abigail regularly advises clients regarding costs issues that arise during proceedings.

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.

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

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.

Understanding the importance of client care and the need to communicate clearly, Abigail regularly has 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.

Abigail was also seconded to the personal injury team at Stewart’s Law for 2 months in 2016. 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.

Since completing pupillage, Abigail has been regularly instructed in cases involving credit hire and diminution in value 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.

With experience at all stages of litigation, Abigail is familiar and confident 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 has a busy practice and is experienced in advising on all aspects of cases involving employer’s liability and/or public liability issues.

Client care is of key importance to Abigail, who is confident and comfortable dealing with both clients and experts in conference.

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

More recently, Abigail has been involved with cases involving accidents on the highways, and on public and private premises.

Fatal Accidents

Abigail is regularly instructed to advise in cases relating to fatal accidents.

Abigail recognises the importance of client care and clear advice in such cases, and is comfortable advising in writing or conferences depending upon the needs of the client.

Abigail regularly provides advice and representation regarding inquests, inquiries 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, clinical treatment and prison related deaths.

Abigail has represented families and individuals at a number of inquests involving dangerous driving,  failures in medical care, and prison and probation-related deaths.

  • 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.
  • Represented a probation officer in a case where the offender he was managing unlawfully killed an ex-partner.

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.

Legal 500 (2022) Clinical Negligence Tier 2 "Abigail is formidable. She is incredibly intelligent, and an excellent advocate."

Legal 500 (2022) Personal Injury Tier 3 "Abigail is intellectually rigorous, very reliable, robust and persuasive. An excellent cross-examiner who always maintains a calm composure."

Chambers & Partners (2022) Band 1 Personal Injury -"Very knowledgeable."

Chambers & Partners (2021) Personal Injury - Up and Coming "A rising star at the set. She's able to analyse complex issues and quickly cut through to the heart of the matter."

Legal 500 (2021) Personal Injury - Band 3Abigail is a very good barrister. She is very good in conferences with a client. She is very good with her written advices. She is very approachable easy to understand. She is always available if you need to discuss a case.

Personal Injuries Bar Association; 

Association for Victims of Medical Accidents (AVMA); 

Leeds Medico-Legal Society (committee member);

Lord Denning Society (Lincoln's Inn)

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

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)

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