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Nicholas Grimshaw

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Nicholas Grimshaw - Deans Court Chambers


  • Keble College, Oxford
  • Inns of Court School of Law


  • Paul Methven Scholar & Inner Temple Award
  • Lovell White Durrant Award
  • Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship

Professional Associations

  • Northern CircuitPersonal Injury Bar Association
  • British Fencing: Disciplinary & Grievance Panel Member


Nicholas is a personal injury specialist. He is Counsel of choice for many institutional clients and insurers facing multi-track claims, particularly in cases of serious injury, fatal accident or industrial disease. Nicholas is particularly sought after for his vast experience and handling of Joint Settlement Meetings, typically in high value/catastrophic injury claims and is regularly instructed without a leader in cases having pleaded value in excess of £1million. He is accustomed to working as part of a team in litigation involving multiple experts and professionals.

The consistency of strong advice and advocacy Nicholas provides to clients has typically generated repeat instructions over very many years. In this regard, he has developed considerable experience of farming and equestrian cases. He has also frequently been instructed in contested cases involving analysis of video surveillance evidence and disputed medical evidence regarding bona fides.

The Claimant instructions that Nicholas receives comes from a variety of leading firms in the North West, including several he originally worked for as a pupil. He continues to receive large volumes of instructions for pleadings and paper advice, across the full spectrum of work serviced by his solicitor client base. Paperwork for all values of case is provided promptly and ongoing professional relationships are highly valued. Nicholas is happy to provide informal support and assistance by telephone. A significant portion of the Claimant practice comprises industrial disease claims, notably hearing loss and mesothelioma. Nicholas is currently acting for clients who have suffered serious spinal injuries, brain injuries and/or upper/lower limb amputations.

Nicholas has acted in numerous mediations, often involving multiple parties and sensitive issues e.g. fatal accidents, terminal disease, confidentiality.

Nicholas is a registered fencing coach and also sits on the Panel of British Fencing’s Disciplinary & Grievance Committees. He has separately advised a number of international athletes in a range of selection appeals and grievance processes at the highest level. He has also been instructed by the Governing Bodies of Field Sports in various personal injury claims.

Notable Cases

  • Personal Injury

    Ewart v Prudham (2011)

    Brain Injury, JSM

  • Personal Injury

    Foley v Morgan Sindall (2011)v

    Arm Amputation

  • Personal Injury

    Pritchard v Child (2011)

    Brachial Plexus, Total Loss of Arm Function, JSM

  • Personal Injury

    Strenger v MIB (2011)

    £1 million claim, Video Surveillance, Strike Out

  • Personal Injury

    Thurlow-Smith v Donoghue (2011)

    Video Surveillance, Mediation

  • Personal Injury

    Brind v Moss (2011)

    Fatal Accident, JSM

  • Personal Injury

    G v G (2011)

    Catastrophic Spinal Injury, Illegality

  • Personal Injury

    Ormandy v Barrow BC (2011)

    Legionnaires Disease, Mediation

  • Personal Injury

    Owen v Moore (2011)

    Horse Racing Accident

  • Personal Injury

    Rosser v Knockout Roadshow (2011)

    Bouncy Castle Accident, Spinal Injury, JSM

What the directories say

Principally represents defendants in a broad range of personal injury claims, including industrial disease, fatal accidents and serious injuries. He also has a niche practice in cases related to farming and equestrian activities.

Chambers UK, 2017

A broad-based personal injury barrister who is principally instructed by insurers on cases stemming from catastrophic injury, fatal accidents and industrial disease. Commentators praise his witness-handling skills and his efficacy in negotiations. "He prepares well and is very considered with strong attention to detail. He takes a pragmatic approach and clients like him." "He displays a calm and measured approach that is persuasive to judges."

Chambers UK, 2016

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