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Expertise
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.
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 2021

Police Law - Leading Juniors - Tier 1 - ‘Highly approachable and great with clients.’

Chambers & Partners 2021

Police Law (Juniors) Band 3
Acts for the police in civil claims concerning misfeasance, false imprisonment and assault. He defends against claims for breaches of the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act, in relation to alleged discrimination.

"He really knows his stuff when it comes to police law. He's very down to earth and presents in a way that clients like."
Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association

  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

  • London Commercial and Common Law Bar Association

  • Western Circuit

Education

  • Northumbria University BA (Hons) 1988

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

  • Qualified advocacy trainer

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