Max specialises in cross border cases, industrial disease, aviation and product liability.

Max acts for both claimants and defendants and regularly undertakes work on a CFA basis.

International & Travel

Max has extensive experience of cases with an international element and has a strong interest in this area.

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 applying foreign law from 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.

He has a strong interest in international cases with human rights and equality law elements.

Max also has experience of international arbitration.

Examples of Max’s Work include:

  • Instructed by ST&H in a successful application for summary judgment involving the application of the Equality Act 2010 to cruise holidays.
  • Instructed in a claim arising out of discriminatory behaviour by an airline.
  • A successful recovery action brought against an individual who had obtained monies of a credit card company for a holiday cancellation fee pursuant to the Consumer Credit Act.
  • Junior to William Audland QC in a claim brought against a firm of solicitors who mishandled a case brought under the Montreal Convention;
  • Regularly instructed to defend food poisoning claims on behalf of well-known tour operators;
  • Instructed in a claim involving a zip-wire incident in Bolivia;
  • Instructed by the MOD in a case arising out of the negligent medical treatment of a soldier in Afghanistan;
  • Instructed to draft schedules of loss on behalf of a group of Peruvians who are bringing claims against a mining company for unlawful detention and assault;
  • Regularly instructed in Package Travel claims including matters involving accidents in Spain, Cyprus and Turkey.
Industrial Disease

Max has experience in industrial disease litigation beyond his call and has a particular interest in claims arising out of exposure to asbestos. Max has experience of difficult issues such as low-level exposure asbestos claims and lung cancer cases. He also has experience of noise-induced hearing loss claims, HAVS and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

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

Recent and ongoing instructions include:

  • Instructed with Harry Steinberg QC in a mesothelioma claim brought against a well-known energy provider;
  • Instructed in an ongoing case involving exposure to asbestos by Cape Contracts;
  • Max has recently gone to trial on a limitation point arising out of a NIHL claim;
  • He has experience of a number of claims for noise induced hearing loss sustained whilst working in the textile industry;
  • He has acted in a claim for HAVS and carpal tunnel arising out of slinging work in docks;
  • A claim for negligent exposure to allergens at a school.
Personal Injury

Max acts for Claimants and Defendants in all aspects of personal injury law including road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, occupier’s liability and product liability. He has across-the-board experience in valuing claims, drafting schedules and counter-schedules and providing advice.

Recent and ongoing instructions include:

  • Junior to Michael Rawlinson QC defending a high value brain injury claim;
  • A head injury case arising out of an accident in a leisure centre;
  • A fatal claim arising out of an accident in a care-home;
  • A claim involving an individual who was hit by a car whilst lying in the road at night;
  • Claims against the police involving accidents on active duty;
  • Claims brought under the Animals Act.
Product Liability

Max has a strong interest in product liability claims. 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.

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

Recent and ongoing instructions include:

  • A claim for fuel contamination brought against a well-known fuel supplier;
  • A consumer claim against a supermarket arising out of serious injuries sustained due to contamination in an item bought on a patisserie counter;
  • A claim based on the destruction of industrial chilling device;
  • A claim based on the negligent design and fitting of prosthetics.
  • A claim based on the negligent design of a spoiler on a high-power sports car.

Max has wide-ranging experience of aviation litigation. He is regularly instructed by passengers, airlines and other interested parties. He has developed particular expertise in the Montreal Convention and its application and, in addition to being regularly instructed in in such cases, has written several articles on the subject.

Max is currently instructed in a claim arising out of an air crash in France.

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


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