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Karl Hirst - Personal Injury

According to the directories, Karl is “an excellent counsel in every respect” and "a real star in the senior junior group". 

Karl’s real interest is in working hard as part of a team to secure outstanding results that matter to his clients.  His experienced insight is matched by a great bedside manner and a commitment to being attentive, accessible and responsive.  He is a valuable component in any specialist team.

Karl’s experience spans RTA, EL and PL cases and is now largely focused on cases involving brain and spinal injuries, chronic pain conditions, fatalities and severe orthopaedic injuries.

Half a dozen or so digested cases below provide a taster of the nature of Karl’s personal injury practice.


Consistently noted for his ability in the legal directories, most recently they have observed:

“Karl Hirst puts clients at ease without difficulty and has a proactive and
strategic approach to cases.  He is a good negotiator and gets good results.” 
- Chambers UK 2018

“He is adaptable – nothing surprises or flusters him.”
- Legal 500 2017

Wins unanimous praise from peers, who highlight his engaging manner as a key strength. Has seen a recent uptick in clinical negligence cases involving brain and spinal injuries.
Strengths: “His ability to put clients at ease is very useful.  He gives pragmatic, sensible advice and he does it very well.” 
- Chambers UK 2017

“He's prepared to take on difficult cases and work with the solicitor to achieve a good outcome. He's a most personable barrister, and has a great bedside manner with clients.”
- Chambers UK 2016

Covers a wide range of personal injury work and acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants. He has considerable expertise in cases concerning employers' liability, criminal injury and RTAs. “He has a good tactical approach with defendants.” “He is very good with clients, and is a very capable advocate.”  
- Chambers UK 2015

“He’s very good as an advocate, very pragmatic, a good technical lawyer and… has judges eating out of the palm of his hand.” 
- Chambers UK 2014

Elsewhere, the directories rate him as not simply as “excellent” and “incredibly powerful as an  advocate” but “an excellent counsel in every respect”, a “true team player” and “an excellent tactician” admired for his “exemplary ability to put seriously injured claimants of all ages at complete ease” and “a real star in the senior junior group”.

J v L
The Defendant alleged dishonesty and drip fed evidence in this RTA up to the trial. Won the week long trial, beating the Defendant’s several offers to settle by over £150,000.
Re: M
CICA case involving complex legal issues requiring the establishment of trusts in order to demonstrate eligibility under the Scheme. Value exceeding £5m. 
K v I
A fatal accident claim involving novel areas of law as applied to the particular facts of a devout Mormon family, whose significant charitable contributions and extended periods of dependency due to 2 year missionary service, made the issues in this case out of the ordinary. 
G v B
Upper limb pain disorder arising out of RSI, complicated in this case by the fact that both the Claimant and the Claimant’s spouse were profoundly deaf and communicated using sign language. Acting for the Defendant, settlement negotiated at £1/4m. 
B v M
A cyclist riding without a cycle helmet was knocked down and suffered a head injury causing intermittently debilitating headache and sleep symptoms which were inexplicable by conventional medical understanding. Involved groundbreaking evidence from the world’s foremost experts in the field. Settled £1/2m.
Re: D
An occupiers case involving a child who suffered devastating head injuries. This complex claim settled in the form of a lump sum and periodical payments, yielding a value of £2m/£6m.
An appeal to determine the extent to which evidence in compensation proceedings should be considered admissible in a subsequent appeal against a Certificate of Recoverable Benefits.
LLB (Hons)
Pupillage Supervisor
Inner Temple Advocacy Trainer
Karl is a Harvard trained advanced mediator
Personal Injuries Bar Association