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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 2022

Police Law - Leading Juniors - Tier 1 - 'Extremely persuasive in writing and on his feet and always goes the extra mile.'

‘Highly approachable and great with clients.’

Chambers & Partners 2022

Police Law: (Juniors) - Band 3

Geoffrey Weddell 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.

"You've got a job on your hands when he's the barrister on the other side. He's a very beguiling opponent and he'll get you on the ropes quickly. He has a great way of framing any point he needs to argue."

Recent work: Acted for Surrey Police at the inquest of Kimberley Ann Smith, which considered questions of inadequate mental health safeguarding contributing to her suicide.
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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