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Geoffrey Tattersall QC

Call 1970 • QC 1992

"Noted for his expertise in high-value personal injury claims, but also maintains a strong track record in clinical negligence matters."
(Chambers & Partners 2012)

For 14 years Geoffrey has sat as the sole Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man and together with a local judge hears all appeals. He is also the final arbiter under the Advocates Act 1995 as to whether foreign advocates can be licensed to appear in the Manx courts.

Clinical Negligence

Selected Cases

  • Child A v MoD – Duty of care owed by MoD for negligent treatment abroad.
  • The Shipman Inquiry – Representing Registrars of Birth, Deaths and Marriages.


Selected Cases

  • R v Salford Health Authority ex p Janaway – Judicial review: Applicability of the conscience clause in the Abortion Act.
  • R v Tameside Magistrates Court ex p Coleman – Enforcement of non-payment of community charge.
  • White Arrow Express v Lameys Distribution – Part performance of a contract.
  • Henfield v Attorney General of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas – Death row: delay in executing constitutes inhuman punishment.
  • Reckley v Minister of Public Safety & Immigration – Death row: Judicial review of the exercise of the royal prerogative.
  • Easton v Ford Motor Co Ltd – Amendment of pleadings.
  • Sheikh v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester – Race relations: police.

Criminal Regulatory & Environmental

Selected Cases

  • HSE v British Gas – HSE prosecution in respect of gas explosion.

Personal Injury

Geoffrey has always specialised in personal injury work but since moving to Byrom Street in 1992 he has specialised in substantial personal injury claims almost invariably resulting in spinal injury or brain damage. He continues to be instructed by both Claimants and Defendants. The cases are seldom reported or reportable.

Selected Cases

  • C v Dixon – After 2 week trial seriously brain damaged claimant failed to beat part 36 offer with adverse cost consequences.
  • Howarth v Whittaker – Assessment of damages for brain injured claimant.
  • Taylor v Rochdale MBC – Civil liability for non-repair of highway.
  • White v White & Motor Insurers’ Bureau – Incompatibility between the MIB Agreement and an EEC Insurance Directive.
  • Scargill v Newell – Liability: fatal road traffic accident.
  • Robertson v Ridley – Members suing their own clubs.

Professional Liability

Selected Cases

  • AD & OH v Bury MBC – Duty of care owed to parent by Local Authority instituting care proceedings.
  • Marsh v Chief Constable of Lancashire – Striking out: damages for misfeasance in public office.


  • European Circuit
  • New South Wales Bar Association
  • Ecclesiastical Law Society
  • Ecclesiastical Judges Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


“Geoffrey Tattersall QC…is particularly noted for his expertise in high-value personal injury claims, but also maintains a strong track record in clinical negligence matters.”

Chambers & Partners 2012

“Recent examples of his work include a number of ongoing severe brain damage cases and delay in diagnosis claims. Sources single him out for ‘his excellent manner with even the most difficult of clients’.”

Chambers & Partners 2012

“Geoffrey Tattersall QC is ‘exceptionally thorough’ and ‘a most persuasive advocate’.”

Legal 500 2011

“Geoffrey Tattersall QC is ‘down to earth and superb with clients’ in high-value claims.”

Legal 500 2010

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