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Rory Holmes

Call 2009

Rory joined Chambers in October 2010 upon successful completion of his pupillage. He has extensive Court experience, and has appeared as junior counsel in the Supreme Court. For further details of work undertaken please follow the links on the left.

Personal Injury

Rory has a Multi Track practice and is instructed in cases involving physical injuries, psychiatric injuries, and chronic pain syndromes. He has particular experience in proceedings where fraud or dishonesty is alleged or intimated.

He deals with claims against local authorities, public providers, occupiers, and employers. Rory also has experience in advising in cases of accidents abroad and accidents in this jurisdiction involving foreign nationals.

He 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. He has experience of working in-house and on secondment to assist with drafting statements of case.

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 provider, where assaults by service users on its staff have given rise to multiple large chronic pain claims;
  • Acting for a claimant in a fatal action where a large financial services dependency upon a child was achieved in settlement;
  • Acting and advising a defendant on deductibility of payments made under a personal accident insurance scheme;
  • Acting for a claimant following an armed robbery in her workplace giving rise to PTSD, involving expert evidence from security consultants;
  • Acting regularly for a large theme park operator in a host of EL/ PL claims brought against it;
  • Acting for a claimant following an assault in prison by a fellow inmate giving rise to severe cognitive deficit;
  • Advising various defendants on deployment of surveillance evidence at its implications, including FD & s.57 CJCA 2015;
  • Acting and advising a young claimant where chosen career was no longer possible due to orthopaedic injuries. Case pleaded at £4M.
  • Acting for a defendant following a workplace accident where o/s discontinued before CoA appeal hearing;
  • Acting for a claimant in a traumatic brain injury action following a RTA;
  • Acting for a military pilot with serious orthopaedic injuries following mechanical failure of ejector seat during crash landing;
  • Acting for a Cypriot national unable to pursue a legal career in the UK following a RTA;
  • Acting for a motor insurer where issues as to its Article 75 status arose;
  • Acting for insurers following fraudulently induced road traffic accidents/ LVI claims;
  • Appearing for an insurer at a CRU appeal;
  • Defending claims at Trial under OLA 1957 brought against entities in the leisure/retail sector.

Industrial Disease

Rory practice deals with all work related conditions. He has experience of matters relating to asbestos-related disease, occupational asthma, HAVS, WRULD, COSHH, and NIHL. He has a growing practice in abuse, workplace bullying, and stress at work claims.

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

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Rory has an established practice in the Coroner’s Court. 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. There is a cross-over with his civil practice.

Selected Cases

  • Representing various motor insurers following RTA fatalities;
  • Representing families following alleged failures in hospital treatment;
  • Representing a highway authority where adequacy of 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 were raised against the staff.

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 allegedly 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 and drafting pleadings for a claimant on issues of consent and surgical negligence arising out of failed knee surgery;
  • Drafting pleadings in various high value claims for defendants arising from a variety of treatments, including those where periodical payments are sought.

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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