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Gordon Catford

Call 1980

Personal Injury

Gordon is frequently instructed in catastrophic injury claims, usually involving acquired head and spinal injuries. These cases usually involve detailed consideration of care and case management needs, as well as issues of prognosis and life expectancy. He is happy to travel out of London to meet clients and expert witnesses.

He handles the full range of employers’ liability work.

He is frequently instructed by Local Authorities and NHS Trusts, advising in connection with health and safety related issues. He has acted in proceedings arising out of fatal accidents on school trips and in the provision of public services, representing clients at Coroners’ inquests and in the Crown Court. He has also been involved in the drafting of health and safety policies for education authorities.

Selected Cases

  • Mason v Satelcom & East Potential [2008] EWCA Civ 494 – Interpretation of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 – meaning of ‘control’ in reg 3(3).
  • Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust v Troup Bywaters & Anders [2000] Env LR 343 – Claim against consulting engineers in relation to installation of hospital incinerators – status of expert evidence.
  • Melhuish v Clifford Others – Duties of unincorporated associations to their members in the area of occupiers’ liability.
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Qualifications


  • LL.B (Lond)
  • Kennedy Scholarship & Buchanan Prize (Lincoln’s Inn) 1980
  • Recorder

Recommendations


‘A solid barrister, who is able to make clients feel at ease.’

Legal 500, 2017

“he is good at assessing the quality of the evidence and identifying gaps”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (The Legal 500, 2016 Edition)

“he is approachable, professional, good with clients and organised”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (Chambers & Partners, 2016 Edition)

“a strategic thinker who is good with witnesses”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (The Legal 500, 2015 Edition)

“he’s very thorough, his written work is excellent and he really knows his stuff” and “from the client’s point of view he is very user-friendly and provides clear advice”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (Chambers & Partners, 2015 Edition)

“his practice is complemented by expertise in personal injury”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (The Legal 500, 2014 Edition)

“produces extremely good work.” Solicitors favour him as he has “an exceptional way of empathising with the client”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (Chambers & Partners, 2013 Edition)

described as “brilliant”; as having an “amazing ability with clients” and as being “very efficient and turns round papers with great speed”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (Chambers & Partners, 2012 Edition)

described as being “always well prepared”

'Leading Junior' in Clinical Negligence and Healthcare (The Legal 500, 2011 Edition)

described as “very authoritative and highly able”, and as having “particularly good communication skills”

'Leader at the Bar' in Clinical Negligence (Chambers & Partners, 2011 Edition)

described as “thorough”, “well researched”, “efficient with paperwork”, and is credited with “excellent” people and communication skills.

'Leading Junior' in Clinical Negligence and Healthcare (The Legal 500, 2010 Edition)


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