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Michael Kent QC

Call 1975 • QC 1996

"He is very well respected and you would instruct him in any significant disease cases."
(Chambers & Partners 2016)

Personal Injury

Michael regularly acts for claimants and defendants in a range of complex matters, including catastrophic injury claims and has achieved of the largest known settlements He is frequently instructed in group actions and to argue points of law of general application (and he advises on costs sharing orders under GLOs and on third party costs orders).  Nominated as PI silk of the year 2017 by Chambers & Partners.

Recent work includes:

  • Acting in group action by 250 former residents of an approved school alleging historic physical and sexual abuse; limitation issues; credibility of recollection over many decades; psychiatric issues.
  • Acting for a claimant in a brain damage case which was listed for trial on the day the reduction in the discount rate to -0.75% came into effect: as a result a very substantially increased settlement was achieved and approved by the court).
  • Instructed for defendants in group action (17,000 plus claimants) seeking damages for alleged effects of smoke and toxic emissions from factory fire in a suburb of Liverpool which burned for two weeks or so in June/July 2011: issues of causation and toxicity of smoke tried as preliminary issues. Meteorological, medical, toxicological and plume modelling expert evidence.
  • Instructed in a claim against an Immigration Detention Centre operator for failure to prevent suicide attempt resulting in tetraplegia he acted for G4S.
  • Acting for claimant in a claim for negligence of a NHS Trust in failing to warn local authority social worker of threats to her life by voluntary mental patient. Issues: whether necessary to show an assumption of responsibility for victim’s safety; whether Art.2 ECHR engaged.
  • Acting for appellant in CA: whether duty of care owed by local authority to seriously injured bystander by a runaway horse at the Appleby Horse Fair.
  • Acting for Home Office in settling claim by prisoner who suffered catastrophic brain damage following epileptic seizure; novel approach to accommodation award approved by HC: see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/7589895/Brain-damaged-prisoner-wins-4.7m-compensation-package-to-cover-his-rent.html
  • Acting for a claimant in assessment of damages in respect of serious brain injuries sustained in a road accident – amongst other things, the case involved a further review of the correct approach to the determination of the life multiplier in cases involving reduced life expectancy and the deductibility of injury pensions.

Selected Cases

  • Various v Catholic Child Welfare Society [2016] EWHC 3334, 5, 6 and 7 (QB); [2017] EWHC 1 (QB); [2017] E.L.R. 136:
  • Saunderson v Sonae Industria (UK) Ltd [2015] EWHC 2264 (QB)
  • Nyang v G4S Care & Justice Services Ltd & Ors [2013] EWHC 3946 (QB) – Claim against Immigration Detention Centre operator for failure to prevent suicide attempt resulting in tetraplegia – acted for G4S.
  • Selwood v Durham CC & Ors [2012] EWCA Civ 979; [2012] PIQR P20 – Represented Claimant in claim for negligence of NHS Trust in failing to warn local authority social worker of threats to her life by voluntary mental patient. Issues: whether necessary to show an assumption of responsibility for victim’s safety; whether Art.2 ECHR engaged.
  • Glaister v Appleby in Westmoreland Town Council [2009] EWCA Civ 1325, [2010] PIQR P6 – First instance trial and Court of Appeal – existence of duty of care alleged to have been owed to seriously injured bystander by a runaway horse at the Appleby Horse Fair.
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Qualifications


  • Inns of Court School of Law (1973 – 1975)
  • BA (Hons) Politics, University of Sussex (1970 – 1973)
  • Nautical College, Pangbourne (1965 – 1969)
  • Recorder of the Crown Court
  • Deputy High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division and Administrative Court).
  • He is a Bencher of the Middle Temple

Memberships


  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association (Chairman 2011-13)
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Tecbar
  • Chairman of working group on expert witnesses for Inns of Court College of Advocacy (2018)

Recommendations


“A highly skilled advocate who is able to get to grips with the most complex of issues…The epitome of a smooth operator. An excellent QC whom I can’t recommend highly enough.”

Chambers & Partners 2018

“A very high-quality silk.”

Legal 500 2017

“He has a profound understanding of legal principles and how to construct a case.”

Legal 500 2017

“he is very well respected and you would instruct him in any significant disease cases”

Chambers & Partners 2016

very intelligent and capable of very quick thinking on his feet”

Legal 500 2016

a highly intelligent advocate, who has particular experience in group actions”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“a highly intelligent, very responsive silk”

Legal 500 2015

“extremely bright..the finest appeal advocate I have ever seen”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“good for complex cases”

Legal 500 2014

“strong on paper and in court a great grasp of disease law”

Chambers & Partners 2013

“strong on paper and in court a great grasp of disease law”

Chambers & Partners 2013

“high level of technical capability combined with an easy charm”

Legal 500 2011


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