Personal injury defence lawyers

Simon Eastwood

Senior Consultant & LEAD CONTACT
  • London
  • Professional Discipline; Regulatory; Sports Law; Employment
  • 020 7484 7594
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Defending personal injury claims – how we can help

Our personal injury defence lawyers are equipped to defend clients facing a wide range of claims, whether via their insurers or on a private basis. We are able to assist you throughout the process, from pre-action correspondence all the way to trial, and at all times adopt a pragmatic approach to ensure the most cost-effective management of the case.

We have particular experience in defending sports-related personal injury claims, particularly amateur sports coaches and individuals, for example:

  • Football coaches
  • Wrestling coaches
  • Diving instructors
  • Fencing coaches
  • Judo instructors
  • Leisure centres

We have defended several cases all the way to trial and will always fight our client’s corner where merited, but from the outset we will also engage with other parties’ lawyers in a spirit of dialogue and communication, to ensure the best possible outcome. We will identify, at an early stage, cases which should be settled and those which can and should be contested, always with one eye on minimising both costs and the stress endured by our clients in what can be unsettling proceedings.

Pre-action correspondence

If you have received correspondence from a claimant’s solicitors setting out allegations against you (known as a “letter of claim”), it is important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible. There are set rules and timeframes within which you will be expected to reply to the allegations in a “letter of response”, and our team of personal injury defence solicitors can help you make sure you use that time effectively, in order to produce a robust response – or, where necessary, to identify the best way of settling the claim before court proceedings are issued. If necessary, we have access to a bank of experienced medico-legal experts, who can help you to analyse the extent of a claimant’s injuries and, more importantly, whether or not those injuries can be attributed to any actions on the part of the defendant. We can then help you to devise the appropriate strategy and will correspond with the other side on your behalf. If it is not possible to resolve the matter pre-action, we are able to accept service of court proceedings on your behalf and go on the record with the court as your representatives.

Court proceedings

If you have been told that a claimant is going to serve court proceedings on you, and even more so if you have actually received court documentation, it is vital that you seek advice and representation as soon as possible, to ensure that all court deadlines are met, and that your defence case is put together as effectively as possible. Hempsons’ team of personal injury defence lawyers has years of experience of dealing with court proceedings, and as a result we have access to barristers widely-regarded as leaders in the field. That means we can ensure you have access to the very best representation and advice, exactly when you need it most.

If you are being sued for personal injury, contact us today to speak to one of our lawyers and ensure you have the best possible advice from the outset.

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  • Chambers UK 2016
    “[Adam is]praised for his “all-round ability.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[Adam is] a real thinker... If you have a problem case, he can find a way to tackle it.”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He’s unflappable, calm and level-headed. He’s good at managing the stress of the client.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “I would describe him as being great in a case analysis – he has a very intellectual, careful and cautious approach, and he is great at determining strategy.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “Very astute, switched-on and practical.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “My sincere thanks to Adam Smith and team, who rose above the call of duty to help me successfully pull through my most stressful and darkest hour, with them you are not only in safe hands but experts as well.”
  • Client following HCPC hearing 2020
    “Adam you smashed it out the Park, when the panel retired I knew it would be a good result... No stone unturned.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “I am very grateful for your support and professionalism throughout, which made a potentially traumatic and stressful experience considerably less so.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “I cannot thank you enough for your empathic and brilliant defence by you and the team…Adam, thanks a lot as I realise you orchestrated everything with an astute thoroughness.”
  • Dental Client 2020
    “I cannot begin to describe how reassured I was by your handling of the case at all times. I was extremely lucky, as I had the best possible legal team and I am fully aware of that…I am thoroughly indebted to you for going that extra mile on my behalf.”
  • Chambers UK 2016
    ““[Simon is] a vigorous and effective advocate” who is “very able and thorough.” “He continues to be highly regarded for his representation of healthcare practitioners."”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[Simon has] robust advice combined with tactical awareness and a good client manner. He is well regarded in the marketplace for his representation of medical professionals facing disciplinary proceedings.
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He’s very experienced and knows the regulation of medical professionals inside out. He’s very thorough and very knowledgeable.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “Simon Eastwood is a standout lawyer who is well known for defending healthcare professionals before the GDC and GMC. Sources say: “He is hugely experienced. What he doesn’t know about regulatory work isn’t worth knowing.”
  • 2016
    “Friendly, unpretentious and prepared to work hard to achieve results.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “[He is] ‘a very astute and thoughtful tactician’ with sources commending his ability to ‘identify the real issues and consequences of problems and devise the appropriate strategy.”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “[Stephen is]…very bright, very clever and works incredibly well with clients, counsel and legal experts”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “He is very loyal to his clients, very tenacious and absolutely dedicated.”
  • Chambers UK 2020
    “[Stephen Hooper] asks the right questions and takes a systematic approach.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “My very sincere thanks to you for your calm and reasoned approach, your thoroughness and prompt communications. You made a distressing episode considerably more manageable.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Just a brief note to say a very big thank you for all of your highly professional and skilled advice during the last 5 months not forgetting the day of the inquest itself….Many thanks once again for your excellent and superb service.”
  • Dental Client 2020
    “As I have said after the committee decision, I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer.
  • Dental Client 2020
    “Thank you for your support that has gone at times also beyond the strictly professional boundaries to act both as a friend and a legal counsellor.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “We have found Stephen to be approachable, reassuring, supportive, appropriately direct, thorough, to have offered wise counsel and to have dealt with our insecurities and concerns with patience and care no matter how irrational – and as GPs we know how irrational people’s concerns can be. We thought you should know how grateful we are that he was assigned to us.”
  • Medical Client Student 2020
    “I wanted to say a big thank you for all your help during the case. Your help during that difficult time was so vital for me getting back on the course and getting to where I am now.”
  • Barrister 2020
    “I particularly wanted to tell you how impressive I found Stephen to be. In fact, he has to be one of the best solicitors I have ever worked with. He is intelligent, perceptive, efficient, knowledgeable and extremely good with people.”
  • Legal 500 2017
    “Stephen is described as] an ‘imaginative’ associate with a ‘refreshing approach to legal problems.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Stephen Hooper is thoughtful, hardworking, and approachable.”
  • Chambers UK 2013
    “Huge commitment and passion for the job without being unrealistic about what can be achieved... [He is] entirely straightforward, and he fights very hard for his client. He’s the ideal solicitor.”
  • Chambers UK 2017
    “The highly experienced Surjit Dubb receives praise for his proficiency in "managing the case and the anxiety of the doctor."”
  • Chambers UK 2018
    “He has an excellent manner with clients. He’s very realistic and very down-to-earth.”
  • Chambers UK 2019
    “He’s a very thoughtful solicitor who thinks strategically and tactically.”
  • Criminal Client 2020
    “Thank you so much for fighting for me, for your professionalism and for your patience. I cannot thank you enough.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Please pass on my heartfelt thanks to your team for all of the hard work, kindness and patience that you have shown me over the course of what has been a testing 5 years.”
  • Medical Client 2020
    “Just a big thank you for all of your help, support, advice and guidance over the last 2 years. I was delighted to receive the news that the GMC will be closing their investigation with no further action. I am grateful to you. In you I had the best defence team. Surjit – you are an excellent, caring, compassionate and very supportive solicitor and simply the best. I would recommend you to anyone.”
  • Legal 500 2018
    “Has unmatched client care and attention to detail.”
  • Legal 500 2020
    “Surjit is a cool, calm strategist who inspires confidence in his clients and fear in his opponents.”