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Nicholas Grimshaw

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Nicholas Grimshaw - Deans Court Chambers

Education

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

Appointments

  • Paul Methven Scholar & Inner Temple Award
  • Inner Temple Pegasus Scholarship

Professional Associations

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

Profile

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.

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 agricultural and field sports cases. He has also frequently been instructed in contested cases involving analysis of video surveillance evidence and disputed medical evidence regarding bona fides. He is accustomed to working as part of a team in litigation involving multiple experts and professionals.

Nicholas is particularly sought after for his vast experience and handling of Joint Settlement Meetings in high value/catastrophic injury claims and is regularly instructed without a leader in cases having pleaded value in excess of £1million. He has also acted in numerous mediations, often involving multiple parties and sensitive issues e.g. fatal accidents, terminal disease, confidentiality.

Paperwork is provided across the full spectrum required by his solicitor client base., e.g. Counter-Schedules, Questions for Experts and Advice on Liability/Quantum/Settlement Parameters. Nicholas is happy to provide informal support and assistance by telephone.

Longstanding experience in cases of industrial deafness has led to a busy practice for insurers dealing with the large volume of these claims which have been issued in more recent years, often involving highly technical expert evidence as to medical causation and/or limitation disputes.

Nicholas 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

  • H v D (January 2018)

    Instructed by Defendants in personal injury claim following shooting accident on a grouse moor resulting in serious injury to gamekeeper. 

  • H v M (December 2017)

    Instructed by Claimant at Appeal Hearing concerned with procedural points arising from an industrial disease claim. Defendants' appeal dismissed. 

  • H v A (December 2017)

    Instructed by Claimant in personal injury claim following RTA, in which he had sustained serious chest injuries and chronic pain. Settled shortly before trial.

  • W v D (November 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in personal injury claim following an agricultural accident which resulted in an upper arm amputation. Claimant's case pleaded at £6-8 million. Settled at Mediation.

  • Q v C (November 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in personal injury claim following a construction accident which resulted in serious foot injury. Claimant's case pleaded at £2 million. Settled at JSM.

  • H v E (October 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in product liability claims which followed a double fatality. Both claims settled at JSMs.

  • S v S (July 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in brain injury claim following RTA. Settled at JSMs.

  • W v P (June 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in spinal injury claim following accident at a school. Trial on liability, resulting in agreed apportionment for contributory negligence. 

  • P v C (May 2017)

    Instructed by Claimant in brain injury claim following RTA. Settled at JSM.

  • C v MIB (April 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in RTA involving serious multiple injuries. Settled at JSM.

  • S v Leeds CC (March 2017)

    Instructed by Defendants in multitrack trial by a parent following slipping accident at school during winter weather. Claimant's action dismissed on liability.

  • T v O (March 2017) 

    Instructed by Defendants following serious injuries to multiple Claimants from high speed RTA involving uninsured driver. Settled at 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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