Nigel Adams - DAC Beachcroft
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Nigel Adams's Expertise

 

Nigel Adams

Nigel is a Partner in the Claims Solutions Group in our London office. He commenced his career as a criminal defence/regulatory lawyer but his practice has evolved to the point he now specialises in the resolution of catastrophic and complex injury claims brought against private and public bodies, individuals and their respective insurers. Nigel's practice covers all areas of motor, employers', occupiers' and public liability claims, sports injuries as well as claims brought by secondary victims.

He has over 30 years' experience of handling such matters, during which time he has gained considerable experience of amputation claims, head and spinal cord injuries, chronic regional pain syndrome and fatal accidents.

Nigel has also been involved in a number of claims arising from accidents occurring abroad as well as fraudulent claims, insurance coverage issues, claims against the MIB and under the Rail Industry Dispute Resolution procedure and product liability claims (most notably an action on behalf of a number of insurers against a motor manufacturer for losses arising from defective motor vehicles).

Nigel has developed a very close working relationship with a number of national and international insurers (most notably Zurich Insurance Plc who have instructed Nigel on increasingly high value and complex claims for the last 20 years) as well as Tradex Insurance Services, Clegg Gifford & Co Limited and Armour Group Limited. He is also nominated by certain companies to undertake discrete aspects of work for them.

Relevant experience includes:

  • A £14 million settlement involving a double lower limb amputee in 2020.
  • A multi-claimant coach crash in the French Alps.
  • Fatal accidents in Nigeria to include a fatal helicopter crash litigated in Guernsey and America.
  • Skiing accident involving a film director and hand injury to a rock musician.

Five cases in the Court of Appeal:

  • Broughal v Walsh Brothers Ltd & Zurich Insurance Plc [2018] EWCA Civ 1610 (medical records, strike out, relief from sanctions and perceived Judicial bias) – Supreme Court declined permission to appeal by Claimant/Appealant.
  • Edwards v Sutton [2016] EWCA Civ 1005 (a public liability case involving a Local Authority).
  • R v Elson [1994] EWCA (identification parades in criminal matters)
  • Interface Properties Ltd v Eagle Star Insurance Co Ltd [2004] (a dishonest claim against an insurer for alleged theft of a motor vehicle).
  • Hatton v Cooper [2001] (reasonable and proper inference to be drawn from evidence).
  • As well as notable cases / reports such as: Hamil v Hamil; Brown v AA Developments and Lacey v Leonard & Zurich Insurance Plc.

Nigel is ranked by both chambers and Legal 500.

 

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