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Rory Holmes

Call 2009

Rory has specialised in PI and associated areas of work over the past 10 years. He is an experienced advocate with cases which overlap a number of Chambers’ specialisms. He has significant Trial experience for his level of call, and has appeared in the Supreme Court as Junior Counsel. Before coming to the Bar, he read modern & medieval languages at St John’s College, Cambridge. For further details of work undertaken please follow the links.

Personal Injury

Rory has a broad practice, and is instructed in cases involving physical injuries, psychiatric injuries, chronic pain syndromes, and functional/somatoform disorders. He has particular experience in proceedings where fraud or dishonesty is alleged or intimated. His cases are typically mid-level Multi Track value and above.

Rory deals with claims against local authorities, public providers, manufacturers, occupiers, and employers. He also has a particular interest in injuries arising from or in connection with professional sport. He has experience in advising in cases of accidents abroad and accidents in this jurisdiction involving foreign nationals.

Rory advises on all aspects of litigation including limitation, liability, and quantum, either at conference or in writing. His cases regularly involve the drafting of detailed schedules and counter schedules of loss. He delivers seminars on a range of topics, and has experience of working both in-house and on secondment.

Rory has a mixed practice and acts for both claimants and defendants. He is instructed by major insurers on a repeat basis and also regularly carries out work for various Local Authorities. He will accept appropriate instructions on a CFA basis.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for a defendant care home providing services to vulnerable adults, where assaults by service users on staff have given rise to multiple large chronic pain claims;
  • Acting for a claimant in a fatal accident action where a large financial services dependency upon a teenage child was achieved in settlement;
  • Acting for various defendant motor insurers in TBI claims giving rise to complex claims for future losses;
  • Acting for a claimant following an armed robbery in her workplace giving rise to PTSD, involving expert evidence from security consultants;
  • Acting for a large defendant theme park operator in a host of EL/ PL claims across a range of sites;
  • Acting for a claimant following an assault in prison by a fellow inmate giving rise to severe cognitive deficit requiring an extensive treatment regime;
  • Acting for a defendant motor insurer in relation to its Article 75 status and liability to meet various claims;
  • Acting and advising a young claimant where chosen career was no longer possible due to orthopaedic injuries. Case pleaded at £4M.
  • Advising various defendant insurers on deployment of surveillance evidence at its implications, including FD & s.57 CJCA 2015;
  • Acting for a military pilot with serious orthopaedic injuries following mechanical failure of ejector seat during crash landing;
  • Acting for various foreign sporting bodies following claims arising out of negligent provision of services;
  • Acting for a foreign national unable to pursue a legal career in the UK following a RTA.

Industrial Disease

Rory has a broad practice and deals with a variety of work related conditions.

He has experience of matters relating to asbestos-related disease, occupational asthma, HAVS, WRULD, COSHH, and NIHL. He has a practice in abuse, workplace bullying, and stress at work claims, including where there is overlap with previous employment tribunal proceedings.

He advises on all aspects of litigation including limitation, liability, and quantum, either at conference or in writing. He appears at show cause hearings, CCMCs and at Trial.  His cases regularly involve the drafting of detailed schedules and counter schedules of loss. He delivers seminars on a range of topics. He has experience of working in-house and on secondment to assist with drafting statements of case.

He is instructed by several of the major insurers on a repeat basis and also regularly carries out work for various Local Authorities.

Selected Cases

  • Acting and advising for defendant insurers in mesothelioma and asbestosis claims;
  • Acting for a manufacturer faced with various occupational asthma claims involving complex issues of medical causation;
  • Acting for a defendant in a stress at work claim following alleged racial harassment in the workplace which overlapped with previous employment tribunal proceedings;
  • Acting for a defendant in an historic childhood abuse claim giving rise to limitation issues;
  • Advising various defendants in HAVS, WRULD and COSHH claims;
  • Acting for various defendants in NIHL trials on limitation, liability and causation.

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Rory has an established practice in the Coroner’s Court which dovetails with his practice in other areas.

He is frequently instructed on behalf of a variety of interested persons including families, companies, local authorities, and insurers. He has experience of a range of coronial proceedings, including Article 2 inquests and those where a jury is called.

He is often instructed at the outset of a case, where his involvement runs from the initial stages to the final hearing.

Selected Cases

  • Representing a family following failures of supervision within a mental health facility;
  • Representing families following alleged failures in medical treatment;
  • Representing a Local Authority where inadequacy of a highway inspection regime was in issue;
  • Representing a care home involving issues relating to supervision of an epileptic resident with learning difficulties;
  • Representing various care homes where allegations of physical abuse and neglect have been raised against staff;
  • Representing various motor insurers following RTA fatalities.

Clinical Negligence

Rory undertakes work in a broad range of clinical disputes.

He acts for claimants, various medical defence organisations and medical insurers.

He has acted and advised clients in regards to claims proceeding in both the County Court and High Court. He drafts pleadings, and advises on liability and quantum. He will accept instructions on a CFA basis.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for a claimant following obstetric failures giving rise to a somatoform disorder;
  • Advising a claimant on a ‘secondary victim’ claim;
  • Advising a claimant on issues of negligent oncological misdiagnosis;
  • Advising dependents on issues of dehydration contributing to death;
  • Advising a defendant Trust on issues of negligent urological misdiagnosis;
  • Acting for a GP in a claim which raised issues of fabricated medical records;
  • Acting for defendant Trust following delayed treatment of sepsis;
  • Acting for various claimants following missed diagnosis of orthopaedic injuries;
  • Advising for a claimant on issues of consent and surgical negligence arising out of failed knee surgery.

Awards


  • Erasmus Scholar (2005)
  • St John’s College Cambridge, McMahon Post-graduate law scholarship (2007, 2008)
  • Middle Temple Lord Diplock Scholar (2008)
  • Pegasus Scholar (Singapore) (2013)

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Qualifications


  • Modern and Medieval Languages BA (Hons) (Cantab) (2003-2007)
  • La Universidad de Complutense, Madrid (2004-5)
  • GDL (City University) (2007-2008)
  • BVC (City University) (2008-2009)
  • BVC-LLM (City University) (2010)
  • MA (Cantab) (2010)

Before coming to the Bar, Rory read Modern and Medieval Languages at St. John’s College, Cambridge, and at La Universidad de Complutense, Madrid.

At Cambridge University Rory was part of the Blues squad for Rugby Union and Boxing. He has previously played rugby professionally in Spain, and has represented England Universities XV.

In 2013 Rory was seconded to the commercial department of Rajah & Tann, Singapore, as a Pegasus Scholar.

Memberships


  • PIBA
  • PNBA

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