Robert Smallwood

Viewing: Personal injury for Robert Smallwood

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 GBP 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
- 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
- Fraud
- 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
Career
Called to the Bar 1994; lectures to solicitors and insurance clients on all aspects of personal injury litigation and recent developments.
Recommendations
‘A junior handling the work of a silk’
Legal 500 2019
‘He’s very thorough with great attendtion to detail, and leaves no stone unturned. He is very personable and interacts well with clients. He spots the important issues early on and has an innovative approach to tricky cases’
Chambers UK 2019
‘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 Cases
CLAIMANT
W- RTA. Cyclist struck by speeding vehicle. Estimated value GBP 20m+. Severe brain injury and below knee amputation. Liability in dispute.
L- RTA. Pedestrian struck by police vehicle on emergency call. Liability compromised 72.5/27.5 in favour of pedestrian. Estimated value GBP 4m+.
E- RTA. 5 day liability trial against driver and highway authority. 100% liability established against driver. Subtle brain and severe orthopaedic injuries. Case settled for GBP 1.4 m.
S- RTA. Complex brain injury and personality disorder. Value estimated GBP 4m.
R- EL. Crushing injury by reversing excavator. Liability in dispute. Value GBP 1m+.
H - RTA. Tetraplegic with significant brain injury. Defendant arguing ‘Act of God’. GBP 9.4m settlement.
F - RTA. Brain injury with complex personality issues. GBP 5m settlement.
B - RTA. Brain injury after falling from bonnet of father’s car. Value GBP 1m+.
G – OLA. C slipped down stairs in a nightclub. Brain injury. Case listed for 5 day liability trial and settled on 1st day. Settled GBP 3m.
C - Brain injury after falling from height at work. Liability in dispute. Estimated value GBP 5m+ .
T - Brain injury. ‘Loss of edge’ in running family business. Estimated GBP 1 m+.
L - Quadraplegic case. 5 day liability trial. GBP 2.5m settlement.
W - Brain injury with complex personality disorder and capacity issues. Value GBP 3m+.
F - Brain injury with complex personality disorder. Value GBP 2m+.
S - Complete brachial plexus injury. GBP 1m settlement on full liability basis.
B - Complete brachial plexus injury with severe CRPS. Value GBP 1m+ .
R - CRPS. Value GBP 1m+.
T - Pain disorder arising out of road traffic accident. GBP 750,000 settlement at JSM.
DEFENDANT
N RTA. Brain injury. Capacity dispute. Value GBP 4m+.
S- OLA. Fall from Scaffolding. Brain injury. Liability in dispute. Value GBP 2m.
B- RTA. Cyclist v car. Liabiity in dispute. Brain injury. Capacity in dispute. Est value GBP 5m+.
B- EL. Fall from scaffolding. Pelvic injuries. Value GBP 1m.
A-EL case listed for 5 days. C discontinued claim a few days before trial. Despite the Claimant undergoing back surgery D made a application for a finding of fundamental dishonesty.
R- EL case listed for 5 day trial. Liability disputed. Teacher sustained back injury when child moved chair.
A-Vicarious liability case involving an assault by one security guard on another. Liability in dispute. Extension of VL principles. Case due for liability trial in 2020.
L - Brain injury. Liability in dispute. Value GBP 3m+.
F - Brain injury. Value GBP 2m+.
H - Orthopaedic injury and pain disorder. Potential value GBP 1m+.
Memberships
PIBA
AvMA
Qualifications
LLB (Hons)