Henry has eighteen years experience of civil litigation (dominated by personal injury and clinical and professional negligence work), with his first six years of practise being in London. Insurers and defendants regularly instruct him in relation to civil claims where fraud is suspected and/or alleged. It is common for Henry to be instructed at the very earliest stages of investigation, often advising and testing evidence in conference. As well as advising in writing and drafting pleadings, he has very considerable trial experience in this area. Henry lectures on fraud in civil litigation.
As with other members of this Group, instructions are most frequently received with regard to alleged road traffic accidents, involving one or more of the following issues:
induced accidents, staged accidents, bogus passenger claims, and, low velocity impact arguments.
Henry has been instructed in relation to suspected "fraud rings" and linked accidents.
In addition, Henry has acted in cases involving suspected fraud in public liability claims (particularly highways claims) and employer's liability claims.
Henry is a contributing editor to Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.
"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
Wiselaw Kownacki v Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust; HHJ Wood QC; Lawtel AC0146913
24 April 2015
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 (QBD)
19 October 2005
Silber J costs orders on appeals
Chase v Newsgroup Newspapers Ltd EWHC 1101 (QB)
use of medical records
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Professional Negligence Bar Association
BA (Hons) Jurisprudence, Worcester College, Oxford University