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Geoffrey's particular specialisms are tort-based claims, such as claims for damages for personal injuries, claims against local authorities including injury, abuse, highway, property damage and flooding claims, claims against police forces and regulatory claims, particularly against barristers and police officers.

He has acted for and against local authorities and police forces for over 25 years, acting in hundreds of claims during that time, in all courts and for every type and value of claim. He has acted as an advocate and as a legal adviser to the panel in police disciplinary proceedings, and has acted on many cases in disciplinary proceedings against barristers.

  • Northumbria University BA (Hons) 1988

  • Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Finals) 1989

  • Qualified advocacy trainer

Recent cases

  • D (Children) v Wakefield MDC [2016] 3312 (Fam): a barrister who presented a care claim on behalf of a local authority had not been negligent or guilty of any misconduct.

  • Legg v Sterte Garage [2016] EWCA Civ 97: a judge was entitled to make a non-party costs order against an insurance company that caused costs to be increased by its actions.

  • Wilson v G P Haden trading as Clyne Farm Centre [2013] EWHC 1211: a user of adventure equipment was entitled to damages for the centre's failure to instruct him adequately in the use of its equipment.

Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 Rankings
Legal 500 2018

Police Law - leading juniors - Tier 1 - ‘Extremely unflappable and persuasive in court, his advice is always pragmatic and clear.’

Chambers & Partners 2019

Police law - Mainly defendant (Juniors) - Band 3 - Has a strong practice advising forces on false imprisonment, assault and malicious prosecutions. He is also experienced in human rights and failure to investigate claims.  "A walking encyclopaedia of the law. Any enquiry you have on any subject, he seems to know the law. He's helpful, pleasant and has a good sense of humour." "Extremely able, highly organised and someone who always delivers on time."

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association

  • Western Circuit

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