Pankaj is a recognised leading name with specialist expertise in Brain Injury, Severe limb injury and high value CRPS claims. He attracts a loyal and ever increasing following from both Claimants and Defendant insurers. He acts usually only in high value life-changing and catastrophic injury cases often involving pedestrians or motorcyclists. He is adept at liability issues.
He is from a medical family and has an excellent understanding of medical issues. He is “Recommended for his superb strategic approach to brain injury cases” and “…his brilliant client manner” (Legal 500, 2018/19).
He has however “wide-ranging expertise” including “brain injuries, chronic pain and psychiatric injuries” (Legal 500 2015). Pankaj has been specifically recognised for his “expertise in brain injury cases” in the Legal 500 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as being “Very experienced in high-value Catastrophic Injury claims” generally and his “ability to challenge the unusual in cases” (Legal 500 2017)
Pankaj is routinely instructed nationally by leading firms and he frequently confers with severely injured claimants at their convenience.
He is instructed and respected by leading Defence firms, and sought after by the insurers often at the first intimation of a claim He adopts a team approach with the insurer and Solicitor.
Pankaj has efficiency at the foremost of his practice and operates a “paperless” practice. He welcomes instructions in entirely electronic (PDF) form. This results in better use of fixed or budgeted costs and enhanced security.
He is a Deputy District Judge and has considerable expertise in costs management of high value cases for both Claimants and Defendants.
He is experienced in claims of the utmost severity exceeding £5 million.
Pankaj is the author of two unique books. “A practical guide to Subtle Brain Injury Claims” and “A Practical Guide to Chronic Pain Claims” both published by Law Brief Publishing.
His areas of expertise are principally:
- Brain injury both of the utmost severity and subtle
- “CRPS” Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Chronic and serious limb injuries with actual or potential amputation often with CRPS issues as well.
And also include high value cases involving:-
- Hyper-extension flexion injuries leading to Chronic Pain syndrome, or exacerbating pre-existing conditions such as fibromyalgia and joint hypermobility syndrome
- Unusual Psychiatric Injury e.g. Somatisation Disorder and Hysterical Conversion Syndrome
- Fatal accidents
Pankaj is also a national lecturer in Personal Injury and has been on the CLT (Wilmington Group) panel of lecturers. He has been guest lecturer at the Royal Society of Medicine on the subject Chronic Pain and CRPS and at the Peterhouse Annual Medico-legal Conference in Cambridge
Pankaj is from a medical family and has wide background knowledge. He frequently confers with medical experts. He undertakes high value Clinical Negligence for both Claimants and Defendants particularly involving brain injury or pain conditions caused by Clinical Negligence.
Pankaj has lectured extensively on Costs, particularly on Costs Budgeting in Catastrophic Injury Claims. He represents Claimants and Defendants at CCMC. His expertise as a Deputy District Judge is of considerable assistance in this regard. He ideally is involved several months before the actual CCMC and helps to formulate the budget in conference with the Solicitor particularly in relation to future costs. He is able to provide costs budget templates for his own instruction in cases based on collected data.
Accredited Advocacy Trainer North Eastern Circuit
Trained by CEDR –“Representing Clients in mediation”
Harmsworth Scholar of the Middle Temple (1996)
Astbury Scholar of the Middle Temple (1996)
MA (Cantab.) Hons. (Law Tripos) Magdalene College, Cambridge (2:1)
Deputy District Judge 2010-present
Accredited Advocacy Trainer- North Eastern Circuit
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine
“He has a brilliant client manner” – Legal 500 2018
“Recommended for his superb strategic approach to brain injury cases” – Legal 500 2018
“…has expertise in brain injury cases” – Legal 500 2017
“He has the ability to challenge the unusual in cases” – Legal 500 2017
“Very experienced in high-value catastrophic injury claims” – Legal 500 2017
Experienced in fatal accident cases, and understands the medical issues in high-value catastrophic injury claims” – Legal 500 2015
“His wide-ranging expertise includes brain injuries, chronic pain and psychiatric injuries” – Legal 500 2015
Understands medical issues in catastrophic and fatal accident cases.” Legal 500, 2014.
Respected by leading firms, both claimant and defendant.” Legal 500, 2014.
Described as “extremely thorough” and providing “advocacy of the highest quality” Legal 500 2011
A practical guide to Subtle Brain Injury Claims – December 2016, Law Brief Publishing
A practical guide to Chronic Pain Claims – April 2017, Law Brief Publishing 2017
Forthcoming book on Catastrophic Brain Injury
A v B – Successfully secured a settlement of around £2.2m at JSM for a catastrophically injured Claimant in his late 50’s. The Claimant had been substantially brain damaged, profoundly affecting his speech. He also suffered upper and lower limb injuries which affected his mobility.
C v D – Acting as sole counsel (no QC) for a high net worth motor-biker with profound brain injuries as a result of a road traffic accident with a car. Claim settled for £1.2m – provisional and contingent on their not being an amputation in future.
L – Acting for a brain damaged motorcyclist with severe lower and upper limb injuries. Settlement of £800,000.
R – Acting for the Defendant but against Leading Counsel in a Complex alleged brain injury case still ongoing where the claimant was struck in an accident at work. Likely claim in excess of £3m.
D – Acted successfully for the Claimant in a severe case of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome arising out of a modest RTA. The case illustrates the importance of provisional damages in CRPS cases due to the risk of spreading. £550,000 provisional damages settlement.
E– Acted for the insurer in a pain claim with a claimed potential value of £500,000. Settled for an old offer of £25,000 after conferences. C to pay costs.
M– Acting for the Defendant insurers at an early stage in an alleged CRPS case with a likely claim of over £1m.
B v C. Acted for the Defendant. £2m pain case, settled for £375,000 at Mediation.
H– Acting (with Leader) for a profoundly brain injured young man. Offer of over £2m rejected to date.
R-Acted successfully for a brain injured 92 year old Claimant (90 at date of accident) Securing damages within 12 weeks of instruction at JSM of £350,000.
N v L Acted for the Claimant with Leading Council. Liability in dispute. Settlement approved at £4.5m by the High Court. (Full value circa £7.5m).