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Caroline McColgan

Call 2010

Personal Injury

Caroline has considerable experience of all types of Personal Injury litigation. Her particular focus is on fraudulent road-traffic litigation and she regularly appears for insurers at trial where the claim is defended on low velocity impact grounds. She is very familiar with the Kearsley v Klarfeld / Casey v Cartwright arguments and has obtained findings of fundamental dishonesty on a number of occasions.   More broadly, Caroline has a keen interest in employers’ liability and industrial disease claims, in which she acts for both claimants and defendants.

Her practice extends to dealing with associated insurance and professional indemnity work.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for a number of defendant insurers at trial in their successful defences to fraudulent personal injury claims.
  • Advising and settling a Schedule of Loss on behalf of a Claimant who suffered significant back pain following multiple road traffic accidents. There was a significant and difficult dispute among the medical experts as to causation.
  • Representing several local authorities in claims by employees for injury in the workplace.
  • Representing a defendant local authority in a claim for psychiatric damage / distress arising out a series of procedural errors. The claim was successfully struck out before trial.
  • Settling a defence on behalf of an NHS Trust in a claim valued in excess of £575,000. The claim was discontinued on receipt of the defence.
  • Representing a number of care homes in inquest proceedings lasting several days and touching on sensitive issues of patient care and safeguarding. Favourable verdicts were achieved on every occasion.
  • Acting as Counsel to the Coroner in the Inquest into the Lakanal House Fire in 2009. Caroline was led by James Maxwell-Scott and instructed with Mike Atkins.
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Qualifications


  • Major Scholar, Inner Temple (2009 – 2010)
  • BVC, BPP Law School (Very Competent) (2009 – 2010)
  • Exhibitioner, Inner Temple (2008 – 2009)
  • GDL, BPP Law School (Distinction) (2008 – 2009)
  • Demyship, Magdalen College, Oxford (2006 – 2008)
  • BA (Hons) University of Oxford (2005 – 2008)

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