Vanessa is an experienced advocate and regularly appears in fast and multi track trials, CMCs, CCMCs, applications and approval hearings. Her practice covers all areas of Chambers’ specialisms and she acts for both Claimants and Defendants. She has a busy paperwork practice which includes pleadings, advices on liability, quantum, procedure and tactics and drafting schedules and counterschedules.

Personal Injury

Vanessa undertakes work in all areas of personal injury litigation. The bulk of her court work relates to road traffic accidents and their various branches, including all aspects of fraud and credit hire. She has appeared in a number of LVI cases.

She has a particular interest in employers’ liability cases and regularly appears in cases involving industrial disease. She has been instructed in numerous noise-induced hearing loss cases and has been instructed in cases involving asbestos exposure, hand-arm vibration syndrome, repetitive strain injury and all manner of slips and trips. More recently she was instructed as a second junior in the case of Wembridge and Ors v East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service [2013] EWHC 2331 (QB) alongside Frank Burton QC and Andrew Roy. She has provided seminars on employers’ liability claims post-Enterprise Act.

Vanessa also has considerable experience of highways cases, again acting for both Claimants and Defendants, and has been instructed in a varied range of Occupiers’ Liability cases, including those involving an allegedly defective football pitch, inhalation of carbon monoxide from a defective boiler and burns arising from use of public transport. Vanessa has provided seminars in respect of hazardous activities.

She has also been instructed in travel law cases involving the Package Travel Regulations, CICA cases and abuse cases. Vanessa has appeared in equestrian cases and is keen to develop this area of her practice, alongside other sports-related cases.

Prior to joining Chambers, Vanessa worked in a top-tier personal injury firm during which time she gained valuable experience in all aspects of catastrophic spinal and brain injury claims.

Clinical Negligence

Vanessa is very interested in clinical negligence work and acts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants. She has been instructed on a considerable number of dental negligence cases and has advised and drafted pleadings in claims for negligent cosmetic treatment. She has recently been instructed as second junior on a clinical negligence case which is due to come up for trial later this year and she is keen to develop this area of her practice.

Inquests

Vanessa has appeared in numerous inquests on behalf of families and other interested parties and most recently appeared in a nine-day inquest touching the death of an undercover police officer. She has appeared in inquests involving road traffic accidents, including the Bestival bus crash, failures to detain under the Mental Health Act and more usually clinical negligence. She is very familiar with Article 2 inquests.

Costs

Vanessa is a member of the Chambers costs team and regularly appears in cost and case management conferences, costs applications and detailed assessments. She is very familiar with the MOJ Protocols and the attendant costs rules.

Professional Negligence

Vanessa is also a member of the Chambers professional negligence team and has experience of such claims arising out of personal injury litigation. She is keen to develop and expand this area of her practice.

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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