Spencer’s practice is focused across a broad range of chambers’ specialisms, with particular experience in civil cases with a cross-border element, industrial disease, personal injury and clinical negligence.
Spencer’s cross-border work frequently engages complex questions of jurisdiction and foreign law and his experience includes dealing with claims involving winter sports injuries, defective premises, foreign road traffic accidents and actions under the Package Travel Regulations.
In the context of industrial disease litigation, Spencer is experienced at handling issues in claims arising out of asbestos exposure, NIHL and HAVS.
He also has expertise in handling high value personal injury litigation having previously been employed as an advocate in the personal injury department at a major international law firm where he appeared at court on a daily basis. In addition to his paper-based practice, he regularly appears in trials, CCMCs, interim applications and appeals.
Spencer is committed to widening access to the Bar and is regularly invited to speak on panels on the topic of social mobility.
Spencer regularly acts in claims involving an international element and he frequently advises on applicable law, jurisdiction, claims arising from the Package Travel Regulations, illness claims, direct rights of action, denied boarding claims and cases governed by international transport conventions. He has acted in travel law cases arising from accidents around the world, including in Ghana and Jamaica.
Recent instructions include acting in a serious injury claim arising from a skiing accident in France, advising on the issue of res judicata in a claim previously litigated in the USA and also acting in a claim involving the Lugano Convention.
Spencer’s international experience also includes having worked on secondment with a Malaysian law firm based in Kuala Lumpur where he gained experience in transactional and dispute-related commercial matters. Prior to joining chambers Spencer worked as part of a team on a multi-million pound arbitration heard under the SIAC rules.
Spencer provides training in this area of law and is a contributor to the 12KBW International and Travel blog. He recently wrote a piece considering jurisdiction and applicable law post-Brexit.
Spencer is adept at handling high value claims and has experience in this area beyond his year of call.
He has a busy practice in occupiers’ liability, employers’ liability, highway act and road traffic accident claims. He is regularly instructed to appear in a range of trials, interim hearings and CCMCs. Spencer advises in conference, provides tactical advice and has previously settled pleadings in matters valued in excess of £200,000.
He acts for defendants in cases involving exaggerated injuries and those where fraud has been alleged and has experience of securing the disapplication of QOCS in such cases.
Spencer has experience in claims which involve issues under the Human Rights Act 1998 and is a co-contributor to the Human Rights Act chapter in the latest edition of Local Authority Liability (Jordan Publishing).
He has an interest in injuries arising in the context of sporting activities having recently worked on several skiing accident claims, and he has acted in the context of anti-doping litigation for a professional boxer who was subject to an adverse analytical finding.
Prior to joining chambers, Spencer worked as an advocate for a major international law firm where he frequently appeared at court in trials, in front of Queen’s Bench Masters for case management hearings, interlocutory applications and CCMCs in catastrophic personal injury claims valued in excess of £500,000.
Spencer also accepts instructions in the context of claims arising from abuse, product liability and in claims for and against the MIB.
Spencer’s practice has a growing emphasis on industrial disease work. He advises on all aspects of industrial disease litigation and has experience in matters relating to asbestos-related disease, HAVS and NIHL.
In litigation arising from asbestos exposure, Spencer has experience of low exposure issues, insurance related issues, limitation and quantum.
In claims arising from NIHL, Spencer is comfortable settling detailed pleadings which involve multiple parties and he often represents serving and former military personnel.
Spencer is a frequent contributor to the 12KBW Asbestos Law Blog where he has recently written on the issues of reinsurance and the mechanism for awarding future care damages in mesothelioma claims.
Spencer has significant expertise in this area of law having undertaken work for both claimants and defendants. He has dealt with matters covering a spectrum of medical issues and is adept at understanding complex legal and medical issues.
Spencer often advises, pleads and provides settlement advice and he is particularly comfortable in dealing with experts, breach of duty, causation, quantum and consent issues that recur in the context of in the context of clinical negligence bases. He has particular experience in optometry cases.
BPTC, University of Law
LLB, University of Bristol
Inner Temple Jarman Award for Advocacy (top ranked pupil barrister in cohort)
Times Law Award 2018: Winner
Major Exhibition Award, Inner Temple
Frank and Buriss Gahan Scholarship, Inner Temple
Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award, Inner Temple
Marshall Hall Trust Award, Inner Temple
Advocacy Scholarship, University of Law
Negotiation Prize, University of Law
Personal Injuries Bar Association
Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers
Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit)
Member of the Sport Resolutions Pro Bono Panel
Member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Junior Panel