Georgina Crawford

Call: 2006

"Georgina gets an excellent grasp of the issues; she establishes a good rapport quickly with clients and has the ability to think outside the box."

LEGAL 500
Georgina Crawford

Georgina is ranked as a leading junior in the field of personal injury.

She is typically instructed in catastrophic and other high-value claims in the High Court and multi-track matters in the County Court.  Her particular expertise is in Animals Act claims.  Her practice also routinely includes disease work, inquests, clinical negligence, road traffic accidents and the full raft of public and employer’s liability claims. Her practice is both Claimant and Defendant.

Personal Injury & Catastrophic Injury

Georgina’s career began in London and her personal injury practice has been built up over 14 years of extensive courtroom litigation with experience in the spectrum of personal injury claims ranging from employer’s liability/ industrial accidents to public liability and everything in between. She deals with predominately high-value catastrophic claims but engages in cases of various value and complexity.

Recent catastrophic injury cases include life-changing injuries to the hand pleaded at around £2 million with permanent 50% disability, and a pedestrian knocked down by a van, sustaining the most severe crush fractures and degloving injuries which almost led to amputation. Other recent cases include multiple spinal fractures in an industrial accident, and multiple spinal and pelvic fractures with head injuries and brain damage in an agricultural crushing accident.

Georgina is frequently successful in achieving findings of lack of credibility and fraud and was at the forefront of the emerging fundamental dishonesty case law. 

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 etc.

Georgina is valued for putting her lay clients at ease in difficult circumstances.

Professional Negligence

Georgina has contributed to Atkin’s Court Forms on professional negligence and is experienced in defending disciplinary actions and both defending and acting for the claimant in professional negligence claims. Georgina has dealt with a range of cases over the years, with recent cases focusing in particular on the negligent ending of solicitors’ retainers in cases where fundamental dishonesty is in issue.

Disease

Georgina represents both claimants and defendants on a broad range of disease claims such as HAVS, asbestosis and mesothelioma, occupational asthma, dust exposure, chlorine exposure, leptospirosis and work-related upper limb disorders.

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

Inquests

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

Her experience covers fatal road traffic collisions, drug-related deaths, clinical care related deaths, fatal falls in care homes, suicide, fatal accidents at work 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.

Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal

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.

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 including dog bites, farm animals etc. She has dealt with all manner of claims involving racing yards, hunting accidents, farriery work, competition accidents and large animal accidents on public rights of way.  Georgina was successful in the much publicised High Court case of Ford v Seymour Williams in 2021, against a QC.

Georgina was appointed 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

Recommendations

"Georgina gets an excellent grasp of the issues; she establishes a good rapport quickly with clients and has the ability to think outside the box."

Legal 500 2022 - Personal injury

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