Dan specialises in high value insurance litigation.
He has 20 years’ experience advising major insurers in relation to complex and large loss personal injury and fatal accident litigation. His key clients include QBE, HDI Global, as well as public sector bodies such as ambulance services and police forces.
Dan is usually instructed on claims where damages are claimed in the range of £500,000 - £10,000,000, and involve complex liability disputes, indemnity issues, multiple parties and fatalities. Dan acts in claims involving severe brain injury, FND, psychiatric injury, and severe orthopaedic injury, including amputations. Dan has knowledge of and instructs a wide network of expert witnesses. Dan has acted in cases involving rare disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos and Goodpasture syndromes, and cases involving high profile professional sportspersons. Dan prides himself upon adopting a collaborative team approach with the insurer and Leading/ Senior Junior Counsel, to achieve the best possible outcome in terms of both indemnity spend and protection of reputation.
Relevant experience includes advising:
- Acted for insurer in relation to 2017 M1 motorway road traffic accident involving 8 fatalities (the largest number of deaths in a road traffic accident in 25 years) and multiple high value personal injuries. Secured liability apportionment with Co-Defendant and thereafter worked proactively and collaboratively to resolve all but one claim within 4 years.
- Defended an insurer against a High Court claim for substantial damages where the Claimant alleged to suffer a rare chronic pain condition, which rendered her highly vulnerable to injury. Claimant crowd funded monies to pay for surgery carried out abroad and sought to recover the same within the claim. The Claimant alleged to be unable to work and to require care. Causation was challenged through expert evidence in rheumatology, neurosurgery and accident reconstruction. The Claimant ultimately accepted a modest historic Part 36 offer.
- Settled an amputation claim involving multiple defendants where the key issues were around responsibility for the allegedly defective design of a section of road. A compromise settlement was negotiated reflecting the disputes in both negligence and contractual liability, including the effect of purported indemnity clauses.
- Defended a commercial insurer against a claim for substantial damages made by a Championship professional footballer who had suffered a spinal injury. Claimant cited players from Manchester United and Sheffield United as comparators. Early resolution achieved under a confidentiality agreement.
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