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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)

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.
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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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