Travel - UK-wide
Basic facts about the department
- 7 partners
- 2 other qualified lawyers
- Recommended office locations: London, Leeds
What the team is known for Specialises in claimant work, particularly relating to international catastrophic injuries such as spinal cord injuries, brain injuries and amputations. Also very active in aviation accidents.
Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
Client service: "I'd recommend the team and have done. The client service is excellent; the team places client communication at the centre. Members are always available and respond to queries rapidly and effectively."
Working style: "They're excellent: pragmatic and realistic. What I also like about them is that they're businesslike and know all the legal issues."
What's new? Partner Julie Straughan, a travel specialist with a focus on French law, joined the firm from Pierre Thomas & Partners.
Work highlights Represented a claimant who sustained a spinal cord and multiple orthopaedic injuries in a motorbike accident in France.
Advised three claimants who were severely injured during a self-drive tour of Fraser Island, in Australia.
Clients highly recommend head of travel Julian Chamberlayne, saying: "I've never come across someone who's so professional whilst being understanding of the circumstances of the case. He's very empathetic, it's as if he knows what I've been through. I'd go to him for anything."
Aviation law expert James Healy-Pratt is described as "technically brilliant; his understanding of the issues is second to none."
Partner Ben Townsend enters the rankings following strong feedback: "He is a pragmatic litigator, but does not capitulate on the important points for his clients, to ensure they are protected and compensated appropriately."
Newly promoted partner Scott Rigby remains an integral part of the team. He is noted for excellent client-handling skills and a lucid manner of explaining technical points.
Christopher Deacon recently joined from Blake Lapthorn. He advises on all aspects of travel litigation, with a focus on delayed boarding. He is also strong on French claims.