Henry Pitchers - Personal Injury
Henry joined Chambers in January 2003, having previously practised for six years in the Chambers of Benet Hytner QC, 22 Old Buildings, Lincoln's Inn.
Much of Henry's work is now of substantial value, in which he acts from the earliest stages, through to round table meetings and trial.
His practise covers all areas of personal injury work, but he has particular experience of:
- Brain injuries;
- Amputation cases;
- Spinal injuries;
- Severe orthopaedic injuries;
- Psychiatric injuries (including secondary victim claims);
- Fatal accidents;
- Criminal injuries;
- Cases involving allegations of fraud, including organised fraud rings, staged accidents and bogus passenger claims;
- Employer’s liability and disease claims;
- Road traffic accidents (including claims where expert reconstruction evidence is required and proportionate);
- Public liability claims (including occupier’s liability and highways claims);
- Proceedings in the Coroner’s Courts;
- Group litigation.
In the last year or so, Henry successfully acted for two men who had sustained brain injuries as infants, recovering in excess of £4M for each before the CICB.
Many of the Henry’s catastrophic cases, which have concluded in recent years or are ongoing, involve or involved arguments for and against periodical payments and provisional damages.
Henry recently acted for the lead Claimants in the Linkwise group litigation, which arose from the dermatological injuries of thousands of claimants exposed to leather furniture contaminated by the mould inhibitor, DMF.
Instructions are received on behalf of claimants across the country and a significant number of major insurers and defendant clients.
Henry is a contributing editor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service. Henry gives regular seminars on a wide range of topics, but frequently on development aspects of the Civil Procedure Rules.
Henry also acts in professional negligence claims, particularly those arising out of personal injury or clinical negligence claims.
BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Worcester College, Oxford University
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
"Excellent attention to detail and an easy but confident manner with clients." "Client-friendly manner."
"He has great empathy and understanding for clients. If you have someone who is very vulnerable he's just the sort of person to have." "Written work is excellent, he doesn't skip any details."
Chambers UK 2017
‘He has wonderful client-care skills.’
Legal 500 2016
“He has a real talent for clinical negligence. He's knowledgeable and clients find him empathetic and approachable.” “He's very helpful, very bright, and very good at focusing in on what's important.” "He is very good with clients. I want a counsel who I know will be friendly and approachable. He is thorough but caring, and helps to achieve the result I want to achieve." "He has an excellent attention to detail and an easy but confident manner with clients."
Chambers & Partners 2016
‘Robust and intuitive in his approach to negotiations.’
Legal 500 2015
Maintains a strong clinical negligence practice focusing on high-value complex cases, including those relating to cerebral palsy and delayed diagnosis of cancer. "He was thorough and well prepared, putting clients at ease very quickly."
Chambers & Partners 2015
An experienced personal injury practitioner who acts on RTA cases, employers' liability, and brain and psychiatric injury. He acts for both claimants and defendants. "He has a personable, client-friendly manner and provides a robust approach to challenging cases." "He is excellent technically and tactically."
Chambers & Partners 2015
‘Experienced in cases involving catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents.’
Legal 500 2014
Henry Pitchers acts on a variety of serious and complex injury claims for claimants and defendants, including high-value head injury cases and work with an element of fraud. Clients commented: "He's a particularly switched-on barrister - he has a knack for getting to the crux of the matter and focusing on added value. He has an excellent client manner and is a dream to work with" and "He impressed me - he's solid and quite down-to-earth, but good in court."
Chambers & Partners 2014
The ‘switched-on’ Henry Pitchers is recommended for his ‘excellent written work’, and ‘approachable, friendly but straight-talking manner’.
Legal 500 2013
Henry Pitchers practice is concentrated on catastrophic injury claims and defending fraudulent injury claims on behalf of insurers. Instructing solicitors are certainly drawn to his charm, noting that "he has an extremely approachable client manner and refuses to be daunted by challenging cases." He is further applauded for offering "a perfect balance of confident straight-talking and sensitivity which allows him to win the trust of clients."
Chambers & Partners 2013
Henry Pitchers, has ‘exemplary advocacy skills’;
Legal 500 2012
The Legal 500 Guide of 2011 recognised that Henry Pitchers is ‘very personable, thorough, and thoughtful’.
The Legal 500 Guide of 2009 recognised that Henry's practise "grows in significance".
The Legal 500 Guide of 2008 says "Henry Pitchers is commended highly for his clinical negligence work."
Henry is instructed by the lead Claimants in the ongoing Linkwise group action. More than 4,500 claimants have issued claims against a number of retailers alleging they suffered dermatological injuries from exposure to Chinese-manufactured leather furniture containing mould inhibitor DMF. The litigation has been named in The Lawyer's Top 10 Cases for 2010 (across all categories).
Wiselaw Kownacki v Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; HHJ Wood QC; (24 April 2015); Lawtel AC0146913
?The trial of a clinical negligence case in which the claimant alleged that his spleen was negligently damaged during abdominal surgery.
Dennison v (1) Dennison (2) Saga Insurance 24 July 2008. Lawtel number AC0118457 (future cost of paid care)
Mitson v Inglis 19 October 2005 (QBD)
Silber J (costs orders on appeals)
Chase v Newsgroup Newspapers Ltd  EWHC 1101 (QB)
(use of medical records)