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Patrick Limb QC

Call: 1987 | Silk: 2006
Award Award

"He's the pre-eminent silk for disease-related injury issues in the country."

Chambers & Partners

Patrick specialises in all aspects of personal injury and clinical negligence work. With over a decade in Silk, he has substantial experience acting on behalf of Claimants and Defendants in claims of maximum severity, having a particular interest in brain and spinal injuries, as well as claims of intractable pain.

He was shortlisted at the Chambers & Partners UK Bar Awards for 2016 for “Personal Injury / Clinical Negligence – Silk of the Year”. He was winner of “Regional / Scottish Silk of the Year” Legal 500 UK Bar Awards 2017.

With a successful track record in test litigation, group and multi-party actions, he has been named in Chambers & Partners’ Spotlight Table nationally for disease practitioners since its inception. His advisory and court work often involves challenging, novel issues (or safeguarding established orthodoxies). Such work has involved him in claims concerning complex damages awards and insurance coverage, both here and in other jurisdictions (Cayman Islands, Jersey, Gibraltar and Scotland).

He acts regularly and variously in cases engaging product liability, the police, regulatory bodies and sports law.

He is a highly experienced appellate advocate to Supreme Court level, having appeared in the final court on seven occasions.

Sure-footed on law and procedure, he provides strategic thinking, commercial nous and seeks to serve each client by leading as an effective team-player.

Away from the Bar, Patrick is a Trustee for the Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature Board and lists his interests as trekking along and being half French.

Disease

Patrick is a specialist disease practitioner with experience across the full spectrum of claims and is well known for his work in cases involving occupational cancers and related injuries. He has particular expertise in actionability of injury, causation and epidemiology.

He is a highly experienced appellate advocate both in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.

Cases

  • Baker v Quantum Clothing: Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire textile deafness litigation.
  • Armstrong & Others v British Coal Corporation: Vibration white finger – third party actions.
  • AB & Others v British Coal Corporation: British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation – contribution claims.
  • North West Shipyards Asbestos Litigation: Against Cape Contracts Limited.
  • North East Shipyards Litigation: Against T & N / Newalls Insulation Company and Darlington Insulation Company.

Personal Injury and Catastrophic Injury

Patrick has thirty years’ experience of representing a very broad range of clients but now is primarily engaged in trauma cases of maximum severity – typically brain, head and spinal injury – and has a particular interest in claims arising from the sporting arena.

He has long experience of cases raising variously issues of capacity, care, complex pain or fraud.

He is well-regarded for psychiatric injury claims, starting with his junior work in the Hillsborough Disaster cases of Alcock and Frost. He has latterly also been instructed in child abuse group litigation, stress claims and cases with ‘nooks and crannies’ elements.

As well as being known as an excellent advocate, he is a realistic but tenacious negotiator in settlement meetings, helped by accreditation as a trained mediator and arbitrator.

Clinical Negligence

In Silk, Patrick has acted for medical defence organisations and Claimants alike – his practice being more centred on the latter. He has particular experience in dealing with claims of cerebral palsy, eye injury and surgery.

He is disarming with opponents in negotiations, rigorous in analysis of experts’ reports and personable with lay clients.

Patrick is a former President of the Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society (2015-2017).

He also provided representation on behalf of healthcare registrants before their disciplinary bodies.

Criminal Regulatory

Patrick has been instructed to defend and mitigate on behalf of many company clients. He is adept in drafting, presenting and securing agreement to ‘basis of plea’ in work-related death prosecutions.

He prosecuted numerous cases on behalf of the Environment Agency, notably when on the Treasury Junior Regional Panel.

He has a long-standing record of acting in coronial enquiries, particularly for organisations, corporate and non-corporate.

 

Appointments

  • Bar of Gilbraltar (2010)
  • Accredited Mediator
  • PICarbs Arbitrator

Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association
  • British Association for Sport and Law
  • Health & Safety Lawyers Association
  • Discrimination Lawyers Association
  • Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society
  • Action Against Medical Accidents

Education

  • MA (Cantab) Law, Pembroke College, Cambridge

Notable Cases

  • Hayward v Zurich Insurance [2017] AC 142: Deceit; fraudulent misrepresentation; personal injury; setting aside; settlement.
  • Crawley v Barnsley MBC [2017] 1 WLR 2329: Failure to maintain; highway authorities’ powers and duties.
  • IEGL v Zurich Insurance [2016] AC 509: Apportionment; asbestos; compensation; contributions; defence costs; employers’ liability; employers’ liability insurance; Guernsey; insurance policies.
  • Platt v BRB [2015] PIQR P7: Constructive knowledge; date of knowledge; hearing impairment; limitation periods.
  • Blythe v Ministry of Defence [2013] WLR (D) 457: Historic provisional damages orders on asbestos claims.
  • Willock v Corus [2013] PIQR P21: Ergonomics; personal injury; plant and machinery.
  • Harrison v Jagged Globe (Alpine) Limited [2012] EWCA 835: Vicarious liability; adventure sports.
  • Baker v Quantum Clothing Group [2011] UKSC 17; [2011] 1 WLR 1003: Employers’ liability; codes of practice; meaning of ‘safe’.
  • Wilkinson v York City Council [2011] EWCA Civ 207: Highway authorities’ powers and duties.
  • Smith v Northamptonshire County Council [2009] UKHL: 27; [2009] ICR 734: Work equipment; statutory interpretation.

Recommendations

“He’s very incisive, incredibly well organised, clear in what he wants to achieve at any meeting you have with him and has an extremely pleasant manner.” “On his feet he’s very, very thorough and very meticulous.” “A very good advocate. He’s diligent, thorough and gets good results.”
Chambers & Partners 2019 – Personal injury and highlighted in the industrial disease Spotlight Table

“He has phenomenal attention to detail.”
Legal 500 2019 – Personal injury and clinical negligence

“Highly regarded personal injury silk with vast experience in disease claims. He has particular expertise in matters involving occupational cancer and is praised by solicitors for his straightforward approach to issues.” “He is the pre-eminent silk for disease-related injury issues in the country.” “He has an unrivalled reputation for diseases and regulatory work.” “Patrick adopts a hands-on, no-fuss, collaborative approach with his instructing solicitors, providing support and guidance throughout with the sole aim of getting the very best outcome for the client.”
Chambers & Partners 2017 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

“He always goes the extra mile.”
Legal 500 2017 – Personal injury and clinical negligence

Highly regarded personal injury silk with vast experience in disease claims. He has particular expertise in matters involving occupational cancer and is praised by solicitors for his straightforward approach to issues. “He is a specialist personal injury silk with impeccable standards and he delivers a no-nonsense approach.” “His manner is very user-friendly, and he gets to the point very clearly and in a way that is easily understood.”
Chambers & Partners 2016 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

“In court he really sticks to his guns and ensures the client’s case is fully heard.”
Legal 500 2016 – Personal injury and clinical negligence

He’s very bright, very sharp and a safe pair of hands.” “He has an amazing memory for detail, and he’s very kind to the clients – he puts them at ease while still being straight with them.”
Chambers & Partners 2015 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

“He never shies away from a fight.”
Legal 500 2015 – Personal injury and clinical negligence

Acts on catastrophic injury and industrial disease work, and is recognised as a standout in both areas by claimant and defendant solicitors. He is highly regarded for his advocacy skills and pragmatic approach. “He’s the pre-eminent silk for disease-related injury issues in the country.” “He’s quiet, unassuming, and lethal. He struck home with every syllable.”
Chambers & Partners 2014 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

Barrister of the Year 2014 – Nottingham Law Society

Patrick Limb QC is praised for his “ability to very quickly grasp complex medical issues,” which sources suggest is down to his “excellent analytical mind.” He acts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants, and is noted for his expertise in catastrophic brain injury claims.
Chambers & Partners 2013 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

“Patrick Limb QC impresses with his ‘laser-like concentration on the detail’. He handles high-value brain and spinal cord cases and occupational disease litigation.”
Chambers & Partners 2012 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

“Has a nationally recognised industrial disease practice and is recognised as ‘a master of presentation and cross-examination who is particularly sensitive to clients’ needs'”. “He is hugely popular on circuit.”
Chambers & Partners 2011 – Personal injury (Band 1 and in the Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

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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