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Rosanna Hellebronth

Call 2004

Rosanna Hellebronth joined Chambers on successful completion of her pupillage in 2005 and practises in the core areas of Chambers’ work, focusing particularly on personal injury, industrial disease, and clinical negligence.

Clinical Negligence

Rosanna has a growing practice in the field of clinical negligence, complimenting and building on her significant experience in personal injury and industrial disease work. She has dealt with claims on behalf of National Heath Service trusts arising out of alleged malpractice during the course of surgery. She has recently given a talk on shoulder dystocia.

Personal Injury

Rosanna has developed a broad personal injury practice, regularly appearing at trials of all levels and advising on behalf of claimants and defendants. She has been involved in a wide range of cases including employers’ and occupiers’ liability, highway claims, claims against local authorities and the Prison Service, and harassment and trespass claims. She has dealt with numerous road traffic accident claims including complex multi accident claims with difficult causation issues. She has previously acted on behalf of the Metropolitan Police and for the Treasury Solicitor, on behalf of the Home Office, in respect of claims against the Prison Service.

She has been involved in a wide range of industrial disease claims, including deafness and upper limb disorder claims, HAVS and vibration white finger claims as well as stress at work claims. She has recently successfully defended on appeal a strike out of a high value (£500,000) stress at work claim. She is currently involved in a high value RSI claim.

Rosanna often advises on difficult quantum claims including complex loss of earnings / profit claims, loss of a chance claims, Ogden6 claims and high care claims.

Brain Injury Work

Rosanna is developing her brain injury practice. She has recently acted for a defendant in a case where the claimant suffered brain injury when he fell from a scaffolding tower on a construction site. She is currently acting as a junior on behalf of a young adult claimant in a multi million brain injury case arising out of a road traffic accident.

Fatal Accident Claims

She has been involved in a number of high value dependency claims brought under the Fatal Accidents Act.

Fraudulent Road Traffic Claims

She has been instructed for a range of insurers both at trial and in conference in suspected fraud road traffic cases. She has successfully defended fraudulent claims and low velocity impact cases, including “stooge-vehicle” claims, “phantom passenger” claims and staged accidents. She regularly deals with multi-party fraud claims.

Inquests

She has regularly attended the Coroner’s Court, representing a range of parties at inquests, including families of the deceased, persons involved in the circumstances of the death and other interested parties, e.g. insurers. Previously, she has been instructed to attend the inquest arising out of a death at the Oulton Park Racecourse. She represented the family of one of the deceased who died during the de-rigging of a crane. The inquest required ad hoc questioning of experts on the rigging and de-rigging procedures of a crane. This accident prompted concern in the construction industry at the lack of a nationally recognized training programme for crane rigging and de-rigging.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for the Claimant (a protected party) in a claim arising out of an accident in a swimming pool where he was left unattended by his carers.
  • Acting for the Claimant in an workplace RSI claim on behalf of a secretary.
  • Acting for the Defendant in a contribution claim in respect of an allegedly defective lift at work.
  • Acting for the Defendant in a Defective Premises Act / Landlord and Tenant Act claim arising out of the alleged collapse of a kitchen ceiling on to the Claimant’s head.
  • Acting on behalf of a Claimant – settling a dependency claim for £400,000 at a joint settlement meeting.
  • Advising and pleading a schedule (£500,000) in a claim where the claimant has suffered a severe hand injury and is disabled, requiring significant amounts of care, but was unusually currently earning a higher wage than prior to the accident.
  • Advising, pleading a schedule and settling a claim for £100,000 net of agreed contributory negligence in a thumb amputation case with a contentious loss of earnings claim.
  • Advising and pleading a schedule (£100,000) on a claim where the claimant has maintained a similar earning level but now has to work double the previous number of hours.
  • Advising in and settling pleadings in a claim where the claimant’s case is that she would have set up her own fitness business but for the accident.
  • Advising and settling counter-schedule in a claim where the claimant alleged an unusual eye injury necessarily resulted in voluntary redundancy.
  • Advising in and settling a claim where a young woman suffered a nasty pelvic fracture, fractures to both legs, urological and gynaecological injuries.
  • Advising in writing and in conference, and settling a claim where a teenager suffered a fracture to the femur, multiple scarring and psychological injuries where her loss of earnings in particular was contentious because the accident occurred just before her first day of work.
  • Advising and settling pleadings in a dependency claim (c. £300,000) by a widow where a key issue is whether or not her husband would have improved the business in which he was employed on becoming a managing director in the future.

Qualifications


  • Harmsworth Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple
  • Astbury Scholarship, Middle Temple
  • MA Law (Cantab)

Memberships


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

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