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Peter Harrison

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PRACTICE OVERVIEW

Product liability; fire claims; personal injury/catastrophic injury; insurance; professional negligence; HSE prosecutions; Inquests; MOD Boards of Inquiry. Instructed by Claimants and Defendants in broadly equal measure. Frequently engaged in preparation of schedules/counter schedules of loss for high value litigation, and in representation of litigants at Mediation/ Joint Settlement Meetings.

The latest version of the legal 500 states "Peter Harrison has 'in-depth, up-to-date technical knowledge of complex industrial disease claims".

Areas of Expertise:

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Personal Injury

PRACTICE DETAIL

Product liability:
claims for supply of various defective products, including  eg. cattle infected with BSE; defective vehicles; exploding bottles; faulty medical/surgical equipment; defective breast implants; flammable building materials resulting in extensive fire damage claims;

Personal injury: covering all traditional areas of employers' and public liability, sports injuries and road accidents. Catastrophic injuries. Cases involving complex engineering and medical evidence. Experience of road accident claims incorporates fraudulent staged accidents, MIB and high value vehicle claims;

Insurance - policy coverage: litigation involving fraudulent insurance claims; material non-disclosure; misrepresentation; breach of warranty; avoidance of policy coverage/indemnity and waiver of entitlement to avoid;

Professional negligence: particularly insurance brokers.

HSE Prosecutions: fatal accidents/serious breaches of health and safety legislation.

LEVEL OF WORK

Majority of caseload has a value ranging from £50,000 - £1,000,000. Often instructed in cases valued at £1-5 million.

REPORTED/NOTEWORTHY CASES

Mitchell & Os v United Co-operatives [2012] EWCA Civ 348: Lead claim in series of generic EL claims pursued by shop workers suffering psychiatric injury following exposure to robbery incidents.

Sellars v Surgicare Ltd [2012]: Product Liability claim arising from defective implants used during breast augmentation procedure.

Robinson v M.O.D [2011]: Nervous shock claim following explosion on board naval submarine.

Re. Bussey (deceased) [2010]: Inquest into death by scalding in retirement home.

Battersby v M.O.D [2010]: Fatal accident claim arising out of helicopter accident during military operations against insurgents in Iraq. Issues of consent immunity, human rights etc.

HSE v Smith [2010]: HSE prosecution following catastrophic collapse of building during construction process.

Dean(1) and Harrington(2) v CRG [2008]: Employers liability - injuries sustained during terrorist attack in Iraq - nature/extent of employer's duty to employee.

HSE v Edeco [2008]: Breaches of HSWA s2 and 3 - major civil engineering project - fatal crushing accident - exceptional aggravating features.

Hyldon v MOD [2007]: Employers liability - parachuting accident - mitigation of loss - loss of congenial employment - loss of chance - career model quantification - Blamire approach.

Gunshorn v Transpamole [2007]: RTA - brain injury - parties contesting capacity under Mental Capacity Act/Masterman-Lister.

Breach v Lloyds TSB General Insurance [2002]: Fire damage - fraudulent insurance claim - avoidance of policy.

McManus v Mannings Marine [2001] EWCA Civ 1668: VWF - limitation - date of knowledge - meaning of "injury in question" - exacerbation of injury by successive employers.

NSP Enterprises v Mainline Buses [2000] LTL: RTA - liability of bus driver - treacherous icy conditions - vehicle sliding from stationary position.

Baxenden Chemicals v NEM General Insurance/Hogg Robinson [1994] QBD: Product liability - professional negligence - insurance broker - material non disclosure - waiver of entitlement to avoid.

ASSOCIATIONS

Professional Negligence Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association.

SPECIAL INTERESTS

Motor sport injury claims and claims involving high value vehicles: collector of specialist and classic motor cars.

Catastrophic Injury Unit

Disease Unit

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