Jeff possesses over 25 years’ experience as a Disputes Litigation Lawyer.
Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Litigation
- As a Personal Injury Lawyer, Jeff has been involved in complex claims that have included a number of groundbreaking cases, including;
- A successful damages claim against the Hollywood actor, Steven Seagal, who assaulted a client on a film set;
£3 million in damages for brain damaged child who had ran out in front of an ice cream van: Coogan v Bridgen  Lawtel ;
- Successful appeal for claimant, clarifying law on costs for infant approvals: Nicholson v Hickman ;
- The first successful claim for a police officer who developed noise induced deafness through motorcycle wind noise : Lee v Wet Midlands Police (1999);
- Led the First Group Action for police officers suffering from Firearms Deafness;
- Common Law breach of duty established for social worker who was forced to manually handle a patient at home during an emergency : Colclough v Staffordshire County Council  CLY 208;
- Landmark Court of Appeal case of Carver v BAA (2008) EWCA Civ 412, where he was unsuccessful but later proved right by Lord Justice Jackson in his Final Report on Costs in December 2009 and which led to the civil procedure rules being amended;
- High Court claim for cyclist who although found substantially to blame for an accident was successful in recovering one third against a defendant who refused to pay anything, Flavio v Jeffrey ( 2008) before Mr Justice Mackay;
- A successful defence to a claim for res judicata in a substantial occupational stress claim before HHJ Lopez, Birmingham County Court, Unreported, March 2015.
Jeff has written a number of books and articles, including: Manual Handling Law and Litigation (1997); Health and Safety Law: A Modern Guide (2002); Surviving Jackson: How to Develop a Profitable Personal Injury Practice for the Future (2013).
Jeff is also an occasional contributor to the Law Society Gazette and New Law Journal and Editor of the Solicitor’s Group, Monthly Magazine, PI Scribe.
Jeff possesses considerable experience at dealing with professional negligence claims against Solicitors and other professionals and is a member of the Professional Negligence Lawyers Association (“PNLA”). In recent years, he has dealt with a number of professional negligence claims that include:
- Missed court deadlines that have caused loss to an injured claimant;
- Failure to commence court proceedings within the appropriate limitation period;
- The High Court case of Snowdon v Thurstan Hoskins & Partners and others 2002, where Jeff successfully argued that a medical condition that was only discovered many years after a notional trial could be taking into account in assessing damages for a breach of a duty of care on the part of a Solicitor;
- Under-settling a personal injury claim, where the solicitors failed to include a substantial pension loss;
- In a recent action, against a leading trade union, a successful claim was made when the union’s representative failed to bring an employment claim with the strict time limits imposed by the Employment tribunal;
- Numerous Claims against doctors who have failed to exercise the requisite care and skill
Jeff has dealt with a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment claims, ranging from simple unfair dismissal claims to complex discrimination actions. He also advises both employees and employers on settlement agreements.
Jeff’s professional approach is personable and conscientious to ensure clients are not forgotten in big systems or teams. Jeff operates an approach that if he takes a claim on, he will deal with it himself with the support of his experienced team and fight for the client’s best interests