Georgina Crawford

Call: 2006
Georgina Crawford

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, boxing, swimming, and relaxing with friends and family.

Personal Injury & Catastrophic Injury

Georgina’s personal injury practice has been built up more than 12 years of extensive court room 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, acting for both Claimants and Defendants.

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.

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.

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 both claimants and defendants on a broad range of disease claims such as HAVS, asbestosis and mesothelioma, noise-induced hearing loss, 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 has lectured extensively 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 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. 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.

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 12 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. Recent cases include hunting accidents, allegations of negligent farriery work, equine competition training accidents and large animals accidents on public rights of way.

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

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