Vanessa joined 12 King’s Bench Walk in October 2011, having successfully completed pupillage at these Chambers.

Vanessa is in court almost every day, acting for both claimants and defendants in a variety of cases including small claims and fast track trials, applications, disposal hearings and infant approvals. She also has experience of inquests and pre-inquest reviews. Vanessa’s practice includes advising on liability, quantum and procedural issues and drafting statements of case.

Vanessa is willing to consider pro bono work where appropriate.

Personal Injury

Vanessa undertakes work for both claimants and defendants in all areas of personal injury litigation, including road traffic accidents, employers' liability, occupier’s liability, public liability, highways cases and slipping claims. Before starting pupillage, Vanessa worked in a top-tier catastrophic personal injury firm, during which time she gained valuable experience in all aspects of catastrophic spinal and brain injury claims. She has since advised on such claims.

Vanessa was recently instructed as a second junior on a complex employers’ liability matter arising out of an explosion at a fireworks factory.

Clinical Negligence

In the year prior to pupillage and during pupillage itself, Vanessa also gained experience of clinical negligence claims following on from personal injury. Vanessa also has advised on dental negligence and advised and drafted pleadings in a claim for negligent cosmetic treatment. She has also recently been instructed on a clinical negligence matter arising out of a spinal injury. She is keen to develop this area of her practice.

Industrial Disease

Vanessa has advised and drafted pleadings in a number of asbestos-related claims and also has experience of HAVS/VWF claims. She is keen to develop this area of her practice.

Common Law

Vanessa has extensive experience in the field of credit hire and regularly appears on such matters. She also appears in general contractual and commercial disputes.

Qualifications

BA Hons, Music (First Class) – St Hilda’s College, Oxford
GDL (Commendation) – City University
BVC (Very Competent) – The City Law School

Awards and Scholarships

Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn
Music Scholarship, St Hilda’s College, Oxford

Interesting cases

Wembridge and 14 others v (1) Winter (2) East Sussex Fire Service and another [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB) The claimants alleged that the fire service was in breach of numerous statutory health and safety regulations and negligent at common law.

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