Karl Hirst

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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.
“Karl is an excellent tactician. He provides pragmatic advice.” “He is exceptionally client-friendly and a very astute negotiator.”
Chambers UK 2023
“Karl is one of the most highly regarded barristers in his field. Karl achieves outstanding outcomes for clients, sometimes in the most hard-fought claims which others might shy away from. It is a privilege to work alongside him.”
Legal 500 2023
“He is absolutely excellent with clients.” “Personable and a strong advocate.”
Chambers UK 2022
“Very personable, good with clients and always well prepared.”
Chambers UK 2021
“An excellent tactician who is superb with clients.”
Legal 500 2021
“He’s very experienced and always ready to take on big and complex cases. Rather than just giving cold advice on the law he’s always empathetic and approachable.” “He has a really good manner with clients and he’s really down to earth. He’s also very good on his feet.”
Chambers UK 2020
Notable Cases
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 GBP 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 GBP 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 GBP 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 GBP 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 GBP 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.
Personal Injuries Bar Association
LLB (Hons)
Pupillage Supervisor
Karl is a Harvard trained advanced mediator

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Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2018