a ferocious work rate and superb analytical skills
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Robert Hunter
Year of Call 2000

Rob’s practice has three major strands:

(i) mainstream personal injury work in cases of 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 a particular area of expertise.  

Recent notable cases:

  • 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 high earning entrepreneur.  Settled at round table meeting for £675k.
  • 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.  Little comfort that Rob's hypothetical "impudent banister-slider" immortalised in the judgment. Led by Stephen Killalea QC
  • A number of tragic clinical negligence cases on behalf of parents following neonatal or postnatal bereavement, some resolved, some ongoing
  • Junior Counsel in several ongoing catastrophic / birth injury claims.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    Robert Hunter is known to be "thoroughly committed to his cases." Legal 500 2014

    Robert Hunter is 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

    Robert Hunter has “a ferocious work rate and superb analytical skills”. Legal 500 2010

    Robert Hunter's "abilities and qualities add to the strength-in-depth of Devereux Chambers"Legal 500 2009

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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, Consultant Surgeon and Investment Banker.

    Rob does not accept instructions in claims with a value below £25,000, unless there is a particularly interesting point of law or procedure.  He does not accept Highways Act claims.  He would expect to act without a leader in the vast majority of sub-catastrophic cases. 

    • G v Haden Drysys International Limited - 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.  Little comfort that Rob's hypothetical "impudent banister-slider" immortalised in the judgment. 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, Hugh James 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 £25,000 and £500,000. He also acts in lower value claims where there is complexity or tragedy such as neonatal or postnatal bereavement.

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  • Accidents Abroad & International Travel

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    Another area of expertise is 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.

    • 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, including 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.

    • Wood v Hatch (2010) Junior Counsel for Claimant in catastrophic brain injury claim settled in May.  Complex issues of causation and quantum compromised.  Terms of modified Peter’s undertaking litigated and resolved in Claimant’s favour. Led by Robert Glancy QC
    • Gorski v M H Poskitt Limited - Very severe brain injury sustained by Polish Claimant in an accident at work.  Catastrophic injuries.  Perhaps the last case to be settled with purchase of a life annuity by the Defendant
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  • Spinal Injury

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

    • Barton v Rose - Catastrophic spinal injury.  Instructed as Junior Counsel alongside Rob Weir QC (Band 2 Personal Injury Silk) to deal with 8 day quantum trial
    • 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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  • 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

Continuing obsession with live jazz - conferences between 11th and 20th November 2011 (London Jazz Festival) can be expected to finish promptly

Otherwise, Rob is keen on economics and fresh air