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Patrick Blakesley QC

Call 1993 • QC 2018

"He is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges."
(Legal 500 2016)

Patrick Blakesley has been recognised for many years in the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories as a leading personal injury junior. He routinely handles multi-million pound catastrophic claims both for insurers and claimants, with and without leading counsel, and is particularly known for his effective courtroom, negotiation and client handling skills. He also has an impressive disease practice across all areas including mesothelioma and industrial cancers, and other toxic exposures.

Patrick undertakes inquests and a range of insurance and professional negligence work associated with personal injury.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Patrick is experienced in policy and coverage disputes in a wide variety of accident, indemnity and liability policies. He is regularly instructed to advise insurers on fraud and other avoidance issues, often in claims arising out of personal injury accidents.

  • Negative declaratory relief.
  • Dual insurance and the interplay between policies (such as EL, PL and motor).
  • Claims under permanent health insurance policies.
  • Actions for negative declaratory relief.
  • He has acted in a number of claims arising under permanent health insurance policies.
  • Fire and flood claims.

Selected Cases

  • Humphrey v Aegis Defence Services [2016] EWCA Civ 11 – Claim arising from activities in Iraq and the application of a “desirable activity” defence under the Compensation Act 2006.
  • Foxtons v Bicknell [2008] EWCA Civ 419; [2008] 2 EGLR 23 – Criteria for establishing estate agent’s entitlement to commission.
  • Healy v Corporation of Lloyd’s [2004] EWCA Civ 262 – Permanent health insurance policy – quantification of damages – litigant in person alleging unfair trial.

Personal Injury

Patrick is an experienced senior junior, specialising in a broad range of multi million pound personal injury claims for both claimants and defendants. He has considerable experience in catastrophic and other high-value claims, including the following:

  • Brain and spinal and other orthopaedic injuries including paraplegia and tetraplegia
  • Amputations and prosthetics
  • Death and dependency
  • All kinds of employers’ liability, factory, construction site and road traffic accidents.
  • Toxic substances – COSHH claims, carbon monoxide and other gas poisoning, food poisoning
  • Accidents abroad. Jurisdiction and applicable law issues.
  • Stress, bullying and harassment claims.
  • Limitation
  • Cases of complex causation.
  • MIB and CICAP

Industrial Disease:

Patrick has extensive experience in the following:

  • Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions. Taking evidence on commission.
  • Work-related upper limb conditions
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Limitation, causation and apportionment

Selected Cases

  • Humphrey v Aegis Defence Services [2016] EWCA Civ 11 – Claim arising from activities in Iraq and the application of a “desirable activity” defence under the Compensation Act 2006.
  • TCD v Harrow [2008] EWHC 3048 (QB) – Limitation in a sexual abuse claim.
  • Welsh v Matthew Clark Wholesale [2001] EWCA Civ 320 – Gastro-oesophageal reflux allegedly caused by repeated manual handling.

Product Liability

Patrick has extensive experience in product liability work involving complex technical, engineering and design issues and parties outside the UK, causing serious personal injuries, property damage and business interruption.  Recent cases include:

  • Defective tyre claims;
  • Vehicle fires and other defects in commercial vehicles
  • A claim involving transfer of chemical taint to meat from plastic curtains in a wholesale butcher’s cold store;
  • A fire claim arising from faulty restaurant kitchen equipment
  • A fire in an oil storage tank causing significant damage to industrial premises.
  • Several claims involving faulty play equipment

Selected Cases

  • Sayers v Chelwood [2012] EWCA Civ 1715; [2013] 1 WLR 1695 – Limitation & NIHL – leading appellate authority on burden of proof in s33 applications under Limitation Act 1980.



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  • Commercial Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association


“He is rated because of his excellent outcomes both from trials and JSMs.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is excellent with the client and forensic in his ability to digest a lot of medical information.”

Chambers & Partners 2016

“He is calm, thoughtful and has a good manner with clients and judges.”

Legal 500 2016

“He’s not frightened of having a conflict where it needs to be had, and his advocacy and negotiation skills are particularly strong.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“He’s measured and practical, and reduces things down to the key points.”

Chambers & Partners 2015

“He has a good bedside manner in conference but takes no prisoners in the courtroom.”

Legal 500 2015

“A very strong advocate, who you certainly want on your side.”

Legal 500 2015

“My choice of counsel on high-value cases against leading silks.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“An exceptional talent.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

“A superb advocate” and “impresses with his approachability, and obvious ability”.

Legal 500 2014

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