"strong on quantum and decisive on liability"
Chambers UK

Robert Hunter
Year of Call 2000

Rob’s specialist practice is a mixture of:

  • high value personal injury work arising from serious injury or fatality
  • complex clinical negligence claims
  • catastrophic injury claims.

He 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.

During 2015, Rob was involved in Hicks v Young [2015] EWHC 1144, a groundbreaking authority in intentional torts and Ramirez v Nature Port Reception Facilities Ltda complex fatal accident claim involving a challenge to the prevailing discount rate in Gibraltar, where he acted alone against Leading Counsel. 

Rob is instructed in catastrophic claims either as sole counsel or with Leading Counsel, for example as a team for JSM or trial. During the last year or so, he has worked alongside Robert Glancy QC, Stephen Killalea QC and Rob Weir QC.

Rob also has a strong reputation in international personal injury and is instructed where there has been a serious accident or fatality abroad and in large group actions on behalf of disappointed holiday makers.

The leading legal directories have ranked Rob as a leading junior since 2009 (see 'Recommendations' below).  Most recently, in the 2016 edition of Chambers UK, he was recommended as "a good strategic thinker" with "an instinct for working out how things are going to play out". Previous editions have described Rob as "well prepared", "thoroughly committed" and "very good with clients".

  • RECOMMENDATIONS

    Frequently instructed on cases concerning chronic pain, fatal accidents and orthopaedic injuries. He is also noted for his expertise in cases involving injuries abroad. Strengths: "He's a good strategic thinker. He can look at a case in context and risk-assess in a way that is far beyond his call." "He's got an instinct for working out how things are going to play out." Recent work: Obtained a £299,000 award on behalf of the claimant in Haynes v Printcloths, a fully contested chronic pain dispute. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2016

    "He is very professional and nothing is too much trouble." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015

    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

    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, asbestos-related litigation, accidents abroad 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.

    He has successfully concluded multiple head injury claims, those for amputees and 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:

    • Hicks v Young [2015] EWHC 1144 (QB) Successful claim for Claimant who jumped from moving taxi and sustained very severe brain injuries. Groundbreaking authority on causation in intentional torts. Retained for appeal in April 2016. Led by Steve Killalea QC.
    • Ramirez v Nature Port Reception Facilities Ltd (2015) High value, high profile fatal accident claim following explosion at the Port of Gibraltar. Liability and quantum in dispute. Challenge to prevailing discount rate in Gibraltar. Settled at mediation with adjusted discount rate. Acted alone against Leading Counsel. 
    • B v R (2015) Long term representation of a young woman with multiple injuries of the upmost severity (numerous fractures, incontinence, chronic pain, etc). First instructed 2011; liability compromised days before trial in 2013; claim concluded for £650k in 2015.  Sole counsel throughout.
    • 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:

    • Obstetric / Gynaecological claims – birth injuries (typically hypoxia), stillbirths and failure to manage pregnancies 
    • Gastroenterological claims – misdiagnosis, substandard surgery, failure to intervene
    • Negligent or delayed spinal surgery - typically involving cauda equina syndrome
    • Delayed oncological diagnosis
    • Necrotising fasciitis  
    • Fatal Accident claims
    • Claims involving the negligence of a general practitioner

    Recent notable cases include:

    • EGW v York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2015)  High value claim for child Claimant who sustained cerebral palsy due to negligence at birth. Settled Schedule alone. Compromised with Robert Glancy QC after a JSM.
    • R v X Trust (2015) Delayed spinal surgery for developing cauda equina syndrome. Instructed on behalf of medical Professor. Liability denied. Case settled after proceedings served.
    • H v X Trust (2015) Perforation of colon during gastrointestinal surgery leading to sepsis and premature death.
    • W v X GP & Y Trust (2015) Failures to undertake adequate vascular examination leading to lower limb amputation. 
    • O v C University Health Board (2013) Negligent spinal surgery leading to causa equina syndrome.  Led by Rob Weir QC. 
    • Large number of birth injury claims, both settled and ongoing.
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  • Accidents Abroad & International Travel

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    Chambers UK 2016 singled out Rob as a barrister noted for his expertise in cases involving injuries abroad.

    Rob is comfortable with the full range of jurisdictional issues and has acted in cases involving disputes arising from, for example, direct rights of action against a foreign insurer, service out of the jurisdiction, and choice of law contests.

    In group actions, Rob enjoys rolling up his sleeves and working in a team with his Solicitors. He is experienced in relation to accidents at sea and in resorts.  

    Some examples of notable cases include:

    • Bradie Perkins v TUI UK Ltd (2016): high value claim for life-threatening conditions developed by a teenager while on holiday in Turkey. He contracted e.coli, Giardiasis and the kidney condition HUS which were attributable to the hotel's negligence. The claimant has been awared a six-figure out-of-court payout by the travel company, offering him peace of mind in the event of future kidney failure. The case was widely reported in the national press.
    • C v R S Holidays (2015) Claim for young woman who developed arthritis allegedly as a result of gastric illness contracted on holiday in Egypt. C in work. Polarised expert evidence on causation and prognosis. JSM unsuccessful but case settled shortly after PTR.
    • Emslie v RII, Inc (2015) 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. 
    • F & 40 Others v TUI UK (2015) Group action for illness at hotel.
    • A & 275 Others v A Tour Operator (2013) Large group action for illness abroad.
    • X v Y Association (2012) – Tetraplegia to young man following in diving accident in Baltic States. Liability and quantum compromised. Led by Stephen Killalea QC.

    Rob is a member of TATLA.

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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

PIBA, TATLA

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, University of Manchester

Personal interests

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

Family and fresh air - ideally at the same time.