a ferocious work rate and superb analytical skills
Legal 500

Robert Hunter
Year of Call 2000

Rob’s practice has three major strands:

(i) high value personal injury work arising from serious injury or fatality;

(ii) clinical negligence claims at all levels;

(iii) instructions as junior counsel in catastrophic injury claims.

Rob has experience of the full spectrum of serious injuries, especially brain, spinal, obstetric and orthopaedic injuries of the utmost severity (including amputation).   Fatal claims are also a particular area of expertise.  

More recently, Rob has built a reputation in travel law and is instructed where there has been a serious accident abroad or in large group actions on behalf of disappointed holiday makers.

Rob has been recommended by the leading legal directories since 2009.

Recent notable cases:

  • Haynes v Printcloths Limited (2014) Trial on all quantum issues in claim arising from Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome.  Covert surveillance. Successful cross-examination of D's pain consultant.  Judge held C had no residual earning capacity and awarded £299k.
  • K v A (2014) Subtle traumatic brain injury. Settled at JSM for provisional damages of £750k.
  • P v M-B & An Insurer (2014) Fatal accident claim where Rob acted for the widower and disabled son of the deceased.  Long term involvement. Issues in relation to services dependency claim, appointment and deputyship
  • M-F v S (2014) Subtle traumatic brain injury. Settled at JSM for £375k.
  • B v N & D Plc (2014) Serious upper limb orthopaedic injuries. C returned to full time work as Shunter.  Settled at JSM for £275k.
  • Large number of fatal claims, including those arising from clinical negligence or asbestos exposure; many resolved, many ongoing.
  • Instructed as Junior Counsel in several ongoing catastrophic / birth injury claims.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    A well-regarded large loss/severe injury practitioner who excels in accidents that involve spinal trauma, complex regional pain or amputations. He also undertakes CICA claims and is mainly instructed by the leading personal injury firms. Expertise: "His opinions are really thorough and detailed, and he thinks about all the issues, not just the ones you have identified for him to consider." "He is also very good with clients, works really hard, and is very thorough and well prepared." Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a high-value motor claim where catastrophic spinal damage was sustained. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2015

    Described as "strong on quantum and descisive on liability". - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2014

    Robert Hunter has been recommended for Personal Injury by Legal 500 each year since 2009 and received quotes as follows:

    Known to be "thoroughly committed to his cases." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014

    An “exceptionally promising junior" who "sees the woods from the trees in getting to the issues at the heart of a case". - Legal 500 2011

    “A ferocious work rate and superb analytical skills”. - Legal 500 2010

    "Abilities and qualities add to the strength-in-depth of Devereux Chambers". - Legal 500 2009

    Rob is one of only 30 junior barristers recommended by the Spinal Injuries Association on its approved list of catastrophic injury barristers and one of only 3 called in or after 2000.

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  • Personal Injury

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    Rob accepts instructions in almost all areas of personal injury work.  He is presently instructed in accidents at work, industrial disease litigation, accidents at sea and abroad (he is comfortable with jurisdictional points), and various public liability claims.  He has particular expertise in fatal accident claims.

    Rob has a busy road traffic practice.  He is involved in accidents that have led to fatality, amputation, or other serious injury, or where there are issues relating to the liability of the MIB or road traffic insurer.

    Rob has received instructions in multiple head injury claims, on behalf of amputees and in many other maximum severity cases. 

    Rob has also received instructions on behalf of high earning claimants.  Recent clients have included a Pilot, Professor, Consultant Surgeon and Investment Banker.

    Rob does not accept instructions in claims with a value below £100,000, unless there is a particularly interesting point of law or procedure.  He would expect to act without a leader in the vast majority of sub-catastrophic cases. 

    Some examples of recent work (not included above):

    • A v National Grid Plc (2013) Traumatic brain injury and polytrauma to a young man who aspired to join the Fire Service.  Settled a few days before trial for £900k.
    • B v Aviva & Another (2013) Fatal accident claim following death of entrepreneur.  Settled at round table meeting for £675k.
    • G v Haden Drysys International Limited (2013) - Fatal Accident Claim arising from tragic death of Claimant’s husband from asbestosis. Complex issues of quantum. Compromised shortly before trial for £415k.
    • Harvey v Plymouth City Council [2010] EWCA Civ 860 Junior Counsel for Claimant in catastrophic injury claim in occupiers' liability.  Successful at first instance but overturned by the Court of Appeal.  Led by Stephen Killalea QC
    • Barber v Nuthal (2010) Successful appeal to the High Court against dismissal of RTA claim by a Recorder.  Judgment on appeal for 100% of the claim
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  • Clinical Negligence

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    Rob has acted in medical and dental negligence claims. He is instructed by many of the major firms including Irwin Mitchell, Pattinson & Brewer and others.

    Rob has particular experience in:

    • Fatal Accident claims
    • Gastroenterological claims – misdiagnosis, substandard surgery throughout the digestive system
    • Obstetric / Gynaecological  claims – including stillbirth and damage to the baby at birth, typically hypoxia
    • Oncological mistakes – typically late diagnosis
    • Surgical errors
    • Claims involving the negligence of a general practitioner

    The majority of Rob's clinical negligence work has a value of between £50,000 and £500,000.

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  • Accidents Abroad & International Travel

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    Rob has expertise in international travel, especially group actions where Rob enjoys rolling up his sleeves and working in a team with his Solicitors.  He is experienced in relation to accidents at sea and abroad.  He is comfortable with jurisdictional points.

    Some examples of recent cases include:

    • S & Others v XXX Cruise (2014) Group action following repeated norovirus outbreaks on Mediterranean cruise.  10 day trial listed.  Ongoing.
    • C v RS Holidays (2014) High value claim for arthritis allegedly caused by gastric illness contracted in illness.  Ongoing.
    • Emslie v RII, Inc (2014) Spinal injury (tetraplegia) in roll over of an ‘all terrain vehicle’ that C claims was unsafe to drive on a slope.  Previous proceedings in America. High value, cross-jurisdictional, catastrophic injury claim. Led by Stephen Killalea QC.  Ongoing.
    • Cook v Regal Driving & Tours Limited t/a RegalDrive & Others (2014) Moderately high value package travel claim following bacterial illness on holiday for Claimant who emigrated.  Settled two weeks before trial.
    • F & 275 Others v TUI UK Ltd (2011) – Group action arising out of poor standards of hygiene in a hotel in Bulgaria
    • X v Y Association [2011] – Tetraplegia to young man following in diving accident in Baltic States. Liability compromised, quantum ongoing. Stephen Killalea QC and Rob Hunter
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  • Neurotrauma

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    Rob has received instructions in multiple brain injury claims, ranging from catastrophic injury to subtle brain injury and post-concussion syndrome.

    Rob is in demand as Junior Counsel in catastrophic brain injury claims.  He is distinguished by having been led by every personal injury Silk in Chambers.

    Some examples of Rob's recent work (instructed as sole counsel):

    • K v A (2014) Traumatic brain injury.  Settled at JSM for a provisional award of £750k.
    • M-F v S (2014) Subtle traumatic brain injury. Settled at JSM in November 2014 for £375k.
    • A v National Grid Plc (2013). Traumatic brain injury and polytrauma to a young man who aspired to join the Fire Service.  Settled a few days before trial for £900k.

     

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  • Spinal Injury

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    Rob is one of only 30 junior barristers recommended by the Spinal Injuries Association on its approved list of catastrophic injury barristers and is one of only 3 called in or after 2000.

    Rob is distinguished by having been led by every personal injury silk in Chambers.

    Some recent examples of Rob's caseload include:

    • Emslie v RII, Inc (Ongoing) Spinal injury (tetraplegia) in roll over of an ‘all terrain vehicle’ that C claims was unsafe to drive on a slope.  Previous proceedings in America. High value, cross-jurisdictional, catastrophic injury claim. Led by Stephen Killalea QC.
    • Barton v Rose - Catastrophic spinal injury.  Instructed as Junior Counsel alongside Rob Weir QC to deal with 8 day quantum trial
    • X v Y Association – Tetraplegia to young man following in diving accident in Baltic States.  Compromised at limit of insurer's indemnity.  Led by Stephen Killalea QC.
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  • Professional Negligence

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    A small but significant part of Rob's practice is acting in personal injury or clinical claims which went awry due to the alleged negligence of previous legal representatives.  He accepts instructions for Claimants and Defendants.

    Rob has acted in a number of claims where there has been a failure to arrange appropriate legal expenses insurance.  Other claims have included missed limitation (on behalf of Claimants and Defendants) and alleged under-settlement.

    • H v X v Y - Application for 3rd Party Costs Order against Claimant’s previous Solicitors.  Rob is instructed for the Claimant in the costs and prospective professional negligence proceedings. Ironically, he now supports the Defendant who he had originally sued for damages
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  • Additional Information

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    Rob lectures when invited. Last year he delivered a 3-part series on quantum. This year he has spoken on fatal accidents, disclosure, brain injury (in a clincial negligence context) and covert surveillance. Appropriately enough, the latter was the subject of his first webinar.

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Memberships & Associations

APIL, PIBA

Gray's Inn - Approved Pupil Supervisor

Awards & Scholarships

Lee Essay Competition Winner (Pupillage)

Steen Award from Gray's Inn (BVC)

RG Donaldson Award (University)

Education

Bar Vocational Course (Manchester)

BA Hons Law and Government from the University of Manchester

Personal interests

Music - mainly modern jazz from the 1950s / 1960s and modern, modern jazz from this century.  Pop and electronica also feature in Rob's Schedule-drafting soundtrack.

At home, Rob keeps himself busy by entertaining his young family and bemoaning his lack of exercise.