Occupiers Liability and Public Liability Claims

Making an occupiers or public liability claim

If you are seriously injured whilst using the “highways and byways” or whilst on someone else’s property and it is not your fault you may have a personal injury claim. Our dedicated team of personal injury experts have experience of dealing with a wide range of accidents in shops, factories, pubs and restaurants, leisure centres, schools, hospitals and other buildings open to the public.

Over many years we have dealt with a huge range of different types of occupier’s liability and public liability claims both in public areas and on private premises.

If you have tripped or slipped whilst using the roads or pavements it is important to find out at an early stage whether it is the local highway authority or some other organisation, for example a utility company which is responsible for the problem. If you do suffer an injury as a result of falling over then it is vital to get photographic evidence as soon as possible before any defect is repaired.

These claims often involve careful analysis of detailed records by specialist lawyers who are acknowledged as experts in their field who really know what they are looking for.

To speak to a specialist personal injury lawyer who can help with an occupier’s liability or public liability claim or any other type of personal injury claim contact us now by calling, emailing or requesting a callback.

Who to contact

Gerard Sanders

Partner, Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Partner, Head of Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Gerard Sanders

Gerard qualified with a large regional firm in 1991. Since 1995 he has specialised exclusively on claimant personal injury work. More recently he has focused on complex higher value clinical negligence and personal injury claims, achieving seven figure settlements in personal injury cases involving amputation, multiple orthopaedic injuries and head injuries.

His greatest success has been winning the high profile case of Delaney-v-The Secretary of State for Transport where after almost 9 years of litigation involving two Court of Appeal hearings and an application to the Supreme Court he was finally able to establish that the Motor Insurers’ Bureau Agreement was incompatible with EEC law. As a direct result of the decision in this case the agreement has had to be amended to the benefit of many future victims of uninsured drivers.

Gerard is a member of the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel and he appears in the latest Legal 500 rankings in the fields of personal injury and clinical negligence.

Gerard’s other professional qualifications include a Diplome D’Etudes Juridiques Francaises from Strasbourg University.

What do people say about Gerard?

“I have the highest regard for you and your company.” – Dr Philip Steadman , Consultant Psychiatrist.

“He is a pleasure to work with and always gains the absolute best outcome for those who instruct him. He is highly responsive and he has an eye for detail with a sensible overview of the global issues.” – Colin McDevitt, Barrister, 3 Paper Buildings.

“I think that is an excellent outcome!. You have phenomenal negotiation skills. I work with insurers every day and to say the very least they are a challenge!” – client.

“It has been an unbelievably difficult time over the past few years. The decision to have my leg amputated was not particularly easy, nor was the rehabilitation. To do all of that whilst worrying about my case would have quite simply been overwhelming. Having you there meant that I had none of that worry. I have always known as I was in incredibly good hands and that I had nothing to be concerned about… You have made a unfathomably difficult situation immeasurably easier, and I will be forever grateful to you.” – client.

Mark Wisby

Associate, Clinical Negligence

Associate, Clinical Negligence

Mark Wisby

Mark is an Associate Solicitor specialising in clinical negligence and serious injury claims.

Mark’s role is to investigate allegations of negligence including at inquests to try and get his clients any additional help they may need and to recover for them the compensation they deserve. He guides his clients carefully through the litigation and alternative dispute resolution process always setting out clearly what the options are and which is the best one.

He has over 30 years’ experience of working for both claimants and defendants including working on secondment for a number of insurers dealing with employers’ liability, public liability, product liability and road traffic accident claims. He has over that time recovered substantial damages for his many clients including over £3 million for one of them.

Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and qualified at the Inns of Court Temple as a solicitor in 2004.

Mark really listens to what his clients want to achieve and will always tries to ‘go the extra mile’ to secure a successful outcome.

What do Mark's clients say?

"...thank you so very much for handling my case and getting me an unexpected outcome even with its complexity! The settlement has afforded me to cut my hours and afford to take early retirement..."

"A huge thank you for all of your guidance and support. Throughout you have been patient, explaining everything, never offering false hope, always approachable. We can now move forward..."

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you for all the hard work you have done for me... I really appreciate it and wasn't expecting anywhere near the final figure, all due thanks to you!"

"Thank you for all your efforts in sorting out my personal injury claim... I also thank you for your clear and concise explanation of legal speak which is hard to understand. All of my meetings with you were productive and interesting and you kept me well informed throughout."

Morag Lewis

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Paralegal, Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Morag Lewis

Morag joined Hart Brown in December 2018 as Paralegal in the Dispute Resolution Department. Morag assists the Partners and Solicitors with their varied caseloads and she has acquired considerable experience in advising and assisting clients across a wide range of disputes, both in the High Court and County Court.

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