Colin Mendoza has a broad practice encompassing all aspects of personal injury work for both Claimants and Defendants; including clinical negligence; and health & safety.
Colin has built a reputation for taking on high value and difficult cases. He is very experienced in cases involving serious or fatal injuries arising from road traffic, industrial and other accidents. His caseload frequently involves acting for Claimants who have suffered brain damage, spinal cord injury and has built up as particular expertise in advising in cases involving amputations. Many of his cases involve awards or settlements running to many millions of pounds.
Throughout his career he has appeared on behalf of bereaved families in jury and coroner-only inquests concerning a broad gamut of incidents.
A number of his cases in recent years have been ground-breaking and he enjoys advising in cases that involve issues arising in developing areas of the law. Colin has extensive experience of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), including mediations and JSMs/round-table meetings.
Having spent his early years at the criminal Bar, he is experienced in serious criminal work and is instructed to defend in Health and Safety prosecutions.
Apart from his clinical negligence work, involving Defendant doctors in person when acting in the private sector or Health Trusts, Colin is instructed in other types of professional negligence cases involving other types of healthcare providers and solicitors. His enormous experience also contributes to instructions in areas related-to, but outside, his core areas, such as:
In addition, Colin is instructed in cases conducted in the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands.
Colin was appointed in 2008 as a Tribunal Judge Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Tribunal.
He regularly undertakes cases funded through CFAs and is a member of the Personal Injury Bar Association and the Professional Negligence Bar Association.
‘Colin is the counsel you want fighting for your client in a difficult liability case. He is not afraid of making strategic decisions, that many would shy away from, in order to get the best outcome.’ - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2024
‘Very understanding when dealing with clients and determined and tenacious in the face of complex and challenging issues arising during litigation.' - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2024
'Colin is meticulous in his attention-to-detail and he is very good with lay clients.’ - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2023
‘Colin has a vast wealth of experience in the field, which is readily apparent in his work and advice.’ - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2023
Handles the full spectrum of personal injury work for both claimants and defendants, with significant expertise in life-changing brain and spinal injuries, catastrophic psychiatric injuries and amputations. He is also adept at handling claims involving disfigurement and severe pain. He is recommended for his grasp of complex medical causation and quantum issues. "A great cross-examiner who fears no one. He is very effective and has a phenomenally busy practice." "Always a pleasure to be against. He is extremely experienced and knowledgeable." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2022.
"He is a formidable advocate, whether articulating a case in writing, dealing with technical procedural issues or in oral advocacy." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2022
"Colin has a wealth of experience. His authority and gravitas come across clearly in his advice and advocacy." - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2022
"He is clearly very experienced and has a good grasp of amputation cases." "Very personable, great with clients and a pleasure to work with." Acted for an engineering student who suffered catastrophic injuries following a high-speed head-on collision - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2021
"Very approachable and provides extremely thorough explanations to clients." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2021
“Extremely knowledgeable and informative, as well as courteous and helpful.” - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2021
"A very strong negotiator." Instructed in a complex case involving two experienced lift engineers who were standing on top of a lift in a block of flats which plummeted to the bottom of the lift shaft after a cable broke. One of the claimants suffered severe brain damage. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2020
‘Methodical, good with clients and extremely knowledgeable on all aspects of personal injury law.’ - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2020
'He has a great capacity for detailed analysis of a case, including anticipating risk.' - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2020
‘He is a fantastic junior and has a very good manner with clients putting them at ease, whatever the difficulty of the issues under discussion.’ - Clinical Negligence, Legal 500 2019
"He's very experienced, very sharp and judges like him." "He is a very tenacious advocate." Acted in a maximum severity burns case concerning a claimant who was involved in an explosion at work. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK Bar 2019
‘A larger than life character who inspires confidence and has a good command of every case.’ - Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud, Legal 500 2019
"Has such gravitas in these cases. Great technically and fantastic on his feet. He handles judges well and is good with the clients, putting them at ease and explaining things in layman's terms." Acted in a high-value claim regarding an industrial accident in which a young woman suffered a major prolapsed disc in her neck leading to a major two-level fusion operation and early retirement. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2018
"His advocacy skills are unrivalled and he always exceeds expectations with the results he achieves." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2017
"He's a junior in name only. He's very good with clients, he puts them at ease, he prepares well for conferences and doesn't need anyone holding his hand." "Pragmatic and provides sensible solutions." - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2017.
"He has a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience in the field of claimant personal injury" - Legal 500 2016
A veteran practitioner who acts for both defendants and claimants across the full range of personal injury work. His practice is focused on cases concerning injuries of the maximum severity. "When you see his name at the bottom of a skeleton, you know the case is really well prepared and that you will have to be on the top of your game." Defended Stagecoach South in a case concerning a claimant who fell from a bus and was said to have suffered severe brain injuries. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2016
"He is highly regarded for his success in the most difficult cases." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
A personal injury junior whose sophisticated understanding of medicine enables him to deal with cases involving severe, often life-changing back and head injuries, as well as injuries involving the loss of major organs. He is also a specialist in amputation and chronic pain syndrome matters. "He's very, very hard-working and doesn't shirk the difficulties in a case." Advised a claimant who, following an accident at work, had developed a chronic pain condition that meant he was severely dehabilitated. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2015
Colin Mendoza has been known to "make the client feel that their case is his only case" - Legal 500 2014
Colin Mendoza receives regular instructions from both defendants and claimants in catastrophic injury cases involving spinal cord injury and brain damage. He acted in Virgo v Howie, a case brought by the claimant following a severe injury in a road traffic accident. - Chambers UK 2012
“Unbelievably hard-working and incredibly sharp” Colin Mendoza, is a “stunning lawyer” who is both “technically and commercially astute”. He has “an uncanny ability to interact with judiciary witnesses and experts to get to the nub of complex cases” - Chambers UK 2012
“Strives to achieve the best possible outcome” - Legal 500 2011
"Totally committed to his clients" - Chambers UK 2011
"A good Junior to go up against a Silk" - Chambers UK 2010
Extensive experience in insurance defence and in dealing with fraudulent claims. “Good with clients”, he gains approval for being “approachable, friendly and robust in court.” - Chambers UK 2009
Known for his “diligent approach and extensive medical knowledge” - Legal 500 2008
Colin undertakes all aspects of personal injury work for Claimants and Defendants, including claims involving fatal accidents, catastrophic personal injury including brain damage suffered by adults and children, spinal injury, severe orthopaedic and soft tissue injury, particularly those leading to amputation, scarring and severe psychiatric damage. He has experience of disaster litigation such as that arising out of rail crashes, industrial accidents and transport accidents involving multiple deaths.
Recent settlements include:
Significant cases include:
Further examples of Colin’s experience can be found under Notable Cases below.
Colin acts for both claimants and defendants.
His practice covers a wide variety of claims and he has a past and current workload which includes:
Recent cases have included:
Significant older cases include:
2008 - Tribunal Judge Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Tribunal
PIBA, PNBA, APIL, BAFS
Haberdashers’ Aske’s School, Elstree
University of Kent (1982 BA Law)
Cambridge University (1984 LLM)
English, French & Spanish
Jazz, rugby, water-skiing