Robert Smallwood - Personal injury
Robert practices exclusively in the fields of Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence, acting for Claimants and Defendants on an approximate equal basis.
Robert’s caseload is almost exclusively in cases worth more than £250,000 or those with complex liability and causation issues.
Over the past 12 months he has acted in cases involving:
- Serious brain injury;
- Serious spinal injury;
- Concussive injury sustained in sport;
- Limb paralysis;
- Limb amputation;
- Disabling Pain Disorders;
- Fatal Accident claims with complex dependency issues;
- Vicarious liability for physical and/or sexual abuse;
- Cases involving complex quantum issues and/or the need for forensic accountancy evidence;
- Cases involving a loss of chance;
- Clinical Negligence;
Robert also lectures to solicitors and insurance clients on all aspects of personal injury litigation and recent developments with a particular emphasis on quantum issues.
‘He is very good with clients and has strong technical knowledge.’
Legal 500 2017
‘Has a crystal clear understanding of brain injury matters and is a first-choice junior’
Legal 500 2016
‘Meticulous in his paperwork, and very good on his feet’
Legal 500 2015
‘Very effective and good on detail’
Legal 500 2014
‘Thorough, determined, and incredibly bright’ ‘excellent on his feet and in conference’
Legal 500 2013
NOTABLE RECENT AND ONGOING CASES
H - RTA. Tetraplegic with significant brain injury. Defendant arguing ‘Act of God’. £9.4M settlement.
F - RTA. Brain injury with complex personality issues.£5M settlement.
W - Tetraplegic with significant brain injury. Liability dispute. Estimated value £10M+.
B - RTA. Brain injury after falling from bonnet of father’s car. Value £2M+.
G - Brain injury. Case listed for 5 day liability trial and settled on 1st day. Value £2M+.
C - Brain injury after falling from height at work. Liability in dispute. Estimated value £5M+.
T - Brain injury. ‘Loss of edge’ in running family business. Estimated £1M+.
L - Quadraplegic case. 5 day liability trial. £2.5M settlement.
M - Quadraplegic case. Complex quantum issues. £3.9M settlement.
D - Tetraplegic case listed for 8 days on liability. Complex causation issues. Value estimated at £5M.
W - Brain injury with complex personality disorder and capacity issues. Value £3M +.
F - Brain injury with complex personality disorder. Value £2M+.
S - Complete brachial plexus injury. £1M settlement on full liability basis.
B - Complete brachial plexus injury with severe CRPS. Value £1M+.
R - CRPS. Value £1M+.
T - Pain disorder arising out of road traffic accident. £750,000 settlement at JSM.
N - Brain injury. Value £4M
L - Brain injury. Liability in dispute. Value £3M+
F - Brain injury. Value £2M+
H - Orthopaedic injury and pain disorder. Potential value £1M+. Several ongoing Pain Disorder cases valued between £500,000-£1M
D - Loss of chance claim pleaded in excess of £800,000. Settled at JSM £150,000.
H - Brain injury at work. Case listed for 7 day trial. C discontinued in the week before trial.
B - Head injury claim pleaded in excess of £200,000. Liability admitted. Judgment: £2,000.
A - Construction site accident. Pleaded in excess of £200,000. Case dismissed after 4 day trial.
T - Trial listed for 7 days. Liability and fraud in issue. Claim pleaded at £400,000. Parties’ costs estimated at £1M. Claimant discontinued on the 4th day of trial.
S - Liability admitted. Claim pleaded in excess of £400,000. Awarded £16,000.
F - Liability admitted. Claim pleaded at £400,000+. 4 day trial with 6 medical experts. Claimant awarded £3,000 and ordered to pay D’s costs from a 2 year period prior to the Defendant’s first part 36 offer.
M - Claimant attempting to extend scope of vicariously liability in respect of an assault by a security guard. Listed for 3 days. Claim dismissed.