Max is recognised as a leading practitioner in aviation, international and travel, industrial disease and personal injury litigation.

He is known for his excellent client care, robust advocacy and pragmatic approach to litigation. Max’s work is often technical, high value and complex. He often appears unled against silks in the higher courts and is acknowledged for his advocacy skills in the leading directories.

His work often has an international dimension, he has expertise in jurisdiction and conflicts of laws as well as private international tort law and human rights issues. He has unparalleled knowledge of aviation law and acts in large loss events occurring all over the world.

Max often acts in group actions, both led and unled. He is adept at handling mass tort cases and often acts in environmental actions as well as group personal injury claims.

Max prides himself on being approachable and likes to build a strong rapport with his instructing solicitors and clients.

He is a contributing author of Asbestos: Law & Litigation (Sweet & Maxwell, 2019) and the co-editor of 12KBW’s Asbestos Blog.

Max is recognised as a rising star in Aviation, Personal Injury and Travel in the Legal 500 and in Aviation, Personal Injury and Industrial Disease in Chambers & Partners.

Aviation
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Max is an experienced Aviation practitioner and is recognised in the leading directories for his unique expertise in this field.

He is an authority on the interpretation and application of the Montreal Convention 1999, regularly advising on cases in this area. He also acts in commercial and regulatory aviation matters for claimants and defendants.

He has considerable experience in fatal air crashes, often with a cross-border element. He has been involved in several high profile cases, including the recent Leicester Air Crash. He is technically minded and comfortable handling aviation experts and the AAIB. He has acts in inquests in aviation matters, including those involving a jury.

Recent instructions include several fatal helicopter crashes, international light aircraft crashes, a catastrophic parachuting accident, a serious ballooning incident and cases arising out of the Shoreham Air Disaster.

In 2021 he acted for the successful claimant in Lipton v BA City Flyer [2021] EWCA Civ 454.

Cross-border and Travel
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Max has extensive experience of cases with an international element.

Max routinely deals with cases involving questions of jurisdiction and applicable law and is experienced in handling Rome I, Rome II and the Brussels Regulations. He is comfortable dealing with foreign law experts and has experience in cases involving applicable law issues involving a wide range of jurisdictions.

He regularly acts in claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations and is experienced in bringing recovery actions on behalf of their insurers and suppliers. Max has recently been instructed as sole counsel in a high value recovery action brought by a well-known tour operator.

Max is experienced in cases involving accidents at sea and has appeared in the admiralty court on a number of occasions. As a ranked travel lawyer Max is a specialist in the application of the Athens Convention, he also has expertise in contractual issues arising out of cases involving accidents at sea and issues involving the conflict of laws. Max has expertise in the application of equality laws to cases involving transportation by sea and air.

Max is also very experienced in mass tort litigation involving cross-border issues. He has been instructed in one of the highest value cases being litigated in Europe as part of a core team of counsel pleading the claim. He brings considerable experience in pleading such claims and is well versed in the complex issue of case managing mass torts.

Industrial Disease
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Max has experience in industrial disease litigation beyond his call and has a particular interest in acting for claimants in claims arising out of exposure to asbestos. He has appeared in numerous high court trials both led and unled including Balls v Thurlow [2021] EWHC 751 and Taylor v Fascia Future [2018] EWHC 3049.

Max regularly advises on issues such as low-level exposure, immunotherapy and claims involving difficult evidential and insurance issues.

Max acts in contribution claims brought by insurers and often brings his international expertise to bear on this area.

Max is the co-editor of the 12KBW Asbestos Blog.

Max also acts in non-asbestos related disease claims including exposure to various contaminants including fibreglass and silicon.

Personal Injury
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Max is recognised as a leading junior in personal injury litigation. He acts for claimants and defendants in high value and complex personal injury cases. He is regularly instructed in catastrophic injury cases for both claimants and defendants. He is known for his pragmatic, logical, advice and ability to cut to the core issues.

Max’s recent personal injury work includes a catastrophic claim arising out of an accident on the DLR, recovery actions brought by major insurers, claims brought under the animals act, brain and spinal injury cases and stress at work claims.

Information Law & Human Rights
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Max is experienced in advising and acting in both human rights and informational law litigation.

He is acting in a number of information law cases in the High Court. He brings his considerable group litigation experience to bear on this area. He has an in-depth knowledge of information law case law and statutes including:

  • Breach of confidence and misuse of private information;
  • Data Protection Act 1998/2018;
  • Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC;
  • General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679;
  • Human Rights Act 1998 and article 8 of the ECHR;
  • The right to be forgotten.

Max is regularly asked to advise on human rights issues, particularly where such issues occur in personal injury cases. Recent examples of his work include advising on the compatibility with international conventions with the HRA 1998, immigration issues, privacy issues and equality act claims.

Product Liability
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Max has a strong interest in product liability claims and regularly accepts instructions in this area. He has experience of product liability cases brought by consumers as well as commercial product liability litigation. He is particularly interested in the overlap between product liability and industrial disease and is litigating a number of cases involving asbestos products.

Max has an interest in driverless cars and offers in house talks on the forthcoming legislation and proposed liability regime.

Qualifications & Awards
  • GDL & BPTC – City Law School
  • Mphil in Modern European History – University of Cambridge
  • BA (Hons) History – University of Warwick
  • Lord Haldane Scholarship- Lincoln’s Inn
  • Hardwicke Entrance Award- Lincoln’s Inn
  • Honourable Mention- William C. Vis International Arbitration Competition
  • Linklaters Aspire Award
Appointments & Memberships

Personal Injuries Bar Association

Pro Bono Champion

Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association

British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Scheme

Publications

Contributor Asbestos: Law & Litigation, Sweet & Maxwell, 2019 (Chapters; Asbestos: history and use, Product liability, Contributory negligence)

Max is the co-editor of the 12KBW Asbestos Blog, and a contributor to the 12KBW International and Travel Blog.