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Rory Holmes

Call 2009

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 to solicitor and insurer clients.

Rory enjoys 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 is willing to act on a CFA in appropriate cases.

Selected Cases

For Defendants:

  • R v O PLC (2021) – Acting for a stocktaking/supply chain provider following an assault in the workplace. Injuries said to have necessitated early retirement. D successfully withdrew a pre-issue admission of liability at a contested hearing. Claim heading for Trial on liability in late 2021.
  • H v VW Ltd (2021) – Acting for refuse operator. Claim struck out following successful opposition of C’s application for permission to serve at alternative address and/or retrospective extension of time.
  • S v R&C (2020) – Acting for a Mexican offshore vessel developer, following an electrical fire on a service vessel. The claim was ultimately discontinued.
  • C v A (2020) – Acting for appliance manufacturer. Claim struck out following successful opposition of C’s application for prospective extension of time for service of proceedings, both at first instance and on appeal.
  • P & others v P (2020) – Acting for a national care home operator providing services to vulnerable adults, where assaults by service users on staff have given rise to multiple large chronic pain claims. The claims have all been successfully brought to a conclusion at JSM.
  • N v R (2020) – Acting for a commercial coach company, following a workplace assault where it was alleged that the employer was both primarily liable and vicariously liable for its employee. The Defendant obtained summary judgment on all allegations of breach.
  • J v WJ (2020) – Acting for a regional pub/bar chain in a £3M+ amputation claim following an accident on its premises. The claim was compromised shortly before Trial for a fraction of pleaded value.
  • G v FB & T & ML (2020) – Acting for a principal contractor in multi-party dispute following a fall from height at development in central London. The claim was compromised at JSM.
  • L v F & B & P (2020) – Acting for a landlord following a collapsed ceiling occurring during the course of soft strip demolition works. The claim was compromised at JSM.
  • S v C (2020) & others – Advising various defendant insurers on deployment of surveillance evidence at its implications, including: FD, s.57 CJCA 2015, and disapplication of QOCS by various routes.
  • T v M (2018) & others – Acting for a national theme park operator in a host of EL/ PL claims across a range of sites. All claims taken to Trial have been successfully defended.

For Claimants:

  • V v H (2021) – Acting for a claimant following a high-speed RTA giving rise to significant orthopaedic injuries. Claim settled at £1.6M shortly before Trial.
  • T v J & others (2021) – Acting for driver following high-speed RTA, giving rise to life threatening injuries. Insurer reduced status to Article 75 insurer following declaration of policy voidance. Claim settled at £230K.
  • P v P (2020) – Acting for dependants following a fatal RTA. The claim was pleaded at £2.4M and settled at JSM.
  • B v R & F & S (2020) – Acting for a contractor in a multi party dispute following an amputation in a construction site accident. Claim settled following completion of pleadings.
  • S v TCG (2020) – Acting for a Claimant who was subject to crushing injury in a garage, giving rise to serious knee injuries. Claim pleaded at £500K, which is ongoing.
  • R v MOJ (2019) – Acting for a claimant following an assault in prison by a fellow inmate giving rise to severe cognitive deficit requiring an extensive treatment regime. The claim was compromised the day before Trial.
  • A v C (2019) – Acting for a young claimant following RTA where chosen career was no longer possible due to orthopaedic injuries. Claim compromised.
  • G v G (2017) – Acting for a claimant following an armed robbery in her workplace giving rise to PTSD, involving expert evidence from security consultants. Claim compromised.
  • L v B (2017) – Acting for a claimant in a fatal accident action where a large financial services dependency upon a teenage child was achieved in settlement. Claim compromised.
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  • 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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  • Modern and Medieval Languages BA (Hons) (Cantab) (2003-2007)
  • La Universidad de Complutense, Madrid (2004-2005)
  • 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.

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, where he assisted on various commercial cases.


Spanish and French


  • PIBA
  • PNBA

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