Kim Tuson - DAC Beachcroft
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Kim Tuson

Kim is an Advocate in our specialist advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft Buildings (8DB)

Kim has 2 years of experience of insurance litigation work across  a range of sectors including vehicle hire, casualty injury claims, and occupier’s liability.

Kim regularly appears in the county courts having been instructed for both Claimants and Defendants. Kim is instructed on all manner of hearings, such as applications, stage 3’s, allocations, CMC’s, dispute resolution and small claims hearings for matters including road traffic liability disputes, breach of contract and occupiers liability. 

In addition to oral advocacy, Kim is available for written advisory work for the drafting of pleadings and applications.  

Kim is available to provide and deliver training which have included a live negotiation exercise for the vehicle hire team, delivered training focused on credit hire to the motor recoveries teams and liability/witness statement training to insurer clients.

Relevant experience / notable cases incudes:

  • Kim was successful in gaining a position for the Post Office Horizon IT Public Inquiry team acting for the core participant throughout the Inquiry. Kim participated for all phases of the Inquiry, attended hearings, witness preparation, document review and assisted in rewriting the corporate governance for the Post Office for the Historical Matters Business Unit.
  • Kim represented the Defendant in a road traffic liability matter whereby the Claimant was assisted an interpreter. Kim had a very good understanding of the circumstances of the case. Kim’s cross-examination of the third party highlighted the inconsistencies in their allegations of negligence which ultimately led to the claim being dismissed. Resulting in a significant saving to the insurer client in third party damages and costs.
  • Kim was instructed for the Defendant to attend a stage 3 hearing for credit hire with a value in the sum of £20,340.00. The Defendant had made an application to transfer proceedings from the Stage 3 process to Part 7 due to concerns regarding the illegality of the signature on the credit hire agreement. Kim successfully argued the matter be transferred to Part 7 submitting the rare and exceptional circumstances with the issues in relation to the illegality in accordance with Phillips v Willis [2016].
  • Kim was instructed for the Defendant last minute on a matter that was believed to be settled on papers but proceeded unexpectedly to trial. Kim was excellent in understanding the issues and was able to achieve notable savings for the insurer client at trial including defeating a wasted costs application by the Claimant.
  • Kim was instructed on a complicated credit hire matter which included impecuniosity. Kim’s thorough cross-examination of the Claimant highlighted points within the financial disclosure which resulted in the Claimant being debarred from relying upon impecuniosity and a 75 percent saving in credit hire charges for the insurer client.
Employment History:
  • August 2022 to present - The Post Office; Horizon IT Public Inquiry
  • August 2021 to present - 8DB; Advocate 
  • January 2021 to August 2021 - DAS UK Group; Legal Insurance Claims
  • September 2007 to August 2020 - Virgin Atlantic; Senior Cabin Crew 

Degree/University:

  • Cardiff University – Master of Laws (LLM) – Merit – 2022
  • Cardiff University – Bar Professional Training Course – Very Competent – 2021
  • Open University – Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – Upper Second Class Honours (2.1) - 2021

Year of Call - 2021

Professional Bodies/Associations:
  • The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
  • Open University Alumni Association
  • Member of the Open University Law Society
  • Student Mentor Scheme Mentee of the Inner Temple – 2019 –‘21
  • Inner Temple Regional Representative -2019 –‘21
  • Student Representative Bar Professional Training Course -2019 –‘21

 

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