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Georgina Crawford

Call: 2006

Georgina is experienced in all types of personal injury, disease, clinical and professional negligence work. She is noted for her talent as a courtroom lawyer.

Georgina is typically instructed in catastrophic and other high value claims in the High Court, JSMs, expert and lay client conferences, and Multi Track matters in the County Court. She also has a wider common law practice ranging from inquests to defective product liability claims. Her practice is both Claimant and Defendant, in almost equal measure.

Georgina unwinds by riding her horses, running, swimming, cycling, skiing, and relaxing with friends and family.

Personal Injury

Georgina’s personal injury practice has been built up over more than a decade of extensive court room litigation, featuring predominately high value catastrophic claims. She acts for Claimants and Defendants on an equal basis and has developed firm relationships with her solicitors over the years based on reciprocal loyalty.

In terms of Defendant work, Georgina is happiest and most successful in achieving findings of lack of credibility and fraud, and was at the forefront of the emerging fundamental dishonesty case law. In terms of Claimant work, she focuses on high value life changing or fatal injuries.

Georgina is experienced in the spectrum of personal injury claims ranging from employer’s liability/ industrial accidents to public liability and everything in between.

Clinical Negligence

Georgina has extensive experience of fatal and catastrophic claims. Her clinical negligence work is usually conducted in the High Court and involves conferences with and cross-examination of expert witnesses.

She has acted for protected parties in brain injury claims, children in negligent delivery claims, patients in failed cholecystectomy and other failed surgery actions, delayed diagnosis claims and the victims of failed cosmetic and reversal procedures.

She is happy to take instructions on claims of any value and complexity and is valued for putting her lay clients at ease in anxious circumstances.

Disease

Georgina represents clients on a broad range of disease claims and deals with HAVS, asbestosis and mesothelioma, noise-induced hearing loss, and work related upper limb disorders.

She is well versed in the raft of legal arguments surrounding disease claims and has lectured extensively on limitation, causation and expert evidence.

Costs & Litigation Funding

Georgina has been regularly instructed to advise on and to attend summary and detailed costs assessments over the years. She has had a good deal of success both for Claimants and Defendants at costs management hearings since the inception of Precedent H.

She also has considerable experience of and success with fundamental dishonesty / section 57 strike out applications and the disapplication of QOCS.

Inquests

Over the years, Georgina has been instructed in many inquests both as counsel for the bereaved family and from a protective position representing the relevant interested party.

Her experience covers fatal road traffic collisions, drug related deaths, clinical care related deaths, fatal falls in care homes, suicide and more.

She has met with challenges over the years in this fraught environment and has successfully cross examined forensic road traffic collision experts, pathologists, neurosurgeons, oncologists and the like.

Professional Negligence

Georgina has contributed to Atkin’s Court Forms on professional negligence, and has courtroom experience of defending disciplinary actions and professional negligence claims.

Criminal Regulatory

Georgina is very familiar with and has a particular interest in Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal matters, and has advised on and been instructed on many appeals over the years.

The focus has naturally gravitated towards the victims of crimes of violence and abuse, who have suffered life changing injuries, both physical and psychological. Georgina is noted for her courtroom persuasion and has only ever lost one appeal in over ten years.

Animals & Equine

Georgina was brought up in a rural environment and equestrianism and country pursuits are her passion. She is a keen and competent horsewoman and brings personal knowledge and experience to claims involving the Animals Act, nuisance claims, horse riding / training accidents and contractual claims, and other animal related accidents.

Georgina was appointed as a legal chair of appeals to the British Equestrian Federation in 2016, in order to hear appeals on anti-doping and competition selection decisions.

 

Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers

Education

  • London Faculty of Laws
  • BVC (very competent), University College London
  • LLB Law (First Class Hons), University College London

Notable Cases

  • Farrow v Wood and Mott Ltd (2017): Represented the Claimant in a claim involving life changing  injuries to the hand, pleaded at around £2 million, with permanent disability. The principally contested issue was whether this was a Billet type or Ogden scenario. The Claimant was successful on the issue at an evaluation hearing heard by a High Court judge, and the parties settled the matter on that basis.
  • W (deceased) v York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2016): Advised on an unusual claim for damages arising out of the negligently performed insertion of a peritoneal dialysis tube which led to perforation of the bowel. The Claimant was suffering in any event from an underlying chronic condition but the surgery shortened his life expectancy. By a cruel twist of fate he survived longer than anticipated after the negligently performed surgery, and a result his estate was advised to contend for damages for mental anguish under the new chapter in the JC Guidelines dealing with injuries resulting in death. The claim was settled on that basis.
  • Menary v Darnton (2016) LTL 30/1/2017: Successful appeal on behalf of the Defendant of the application of QOCS in favour of the Claimant. The judgment gave a more detailed clarification of the term ‘fundamental dishonesty’ and also extended its reach to include enablers behind the claim. It replaces Gosling v Screwfix as the most up-to-date authority on the issue.
  • X v Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (2013): Obtained the increase of an award for a little girl whose mother tried to stab her to death, leaving her with permanent damage to the oesophagus and severe scarring to the torso.
  • Bevan v Righetti & Tesco Insurance (2012): Successfully represented the Claimant in a High Court action. The Claimant was a pedestrian knocked down by a van, sustaining the most severe crush fractures the orthopaedic surgeon had seen in thirty years as well as extremely serious degloving injuries which almost led to amputation.
  • X v Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunal (2012): Successfully appealed the refusal to make an award to the victim of a crime who was robbed at knifepoint and threatened with a gun. An award of five figures made.
  • X v St George’s Hospital NHS Trust & Others (2011): Acted for the Claimant in a dependency claim arising out of the death of his father as a result of a failure to diagnose an abscess in the brain. The settlement was approved in the High Court.

For further information please contact our clerks on:

+44 (0) 115 947 2581

Location:

Postal address:
Ropewalk Chambers
24, The Ropewalk,
Nottingham, NG1 5EF.

Telephone: +44 (0) 115 947 2581

Fax: +44 (0) 115 947 6532

Document Exchange:
DX: 10060 Nottingham 17

Email: clerks@ropewalk.co.uk

Opening hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm

Out of hours:
Tony Hill – 07850 086097
Alan Odiam – 07771 603929

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