Barrister Jeremy Pendlebury

Jeremy Pendlebury

Year of call: 1980  

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“He’s very bright, understands the work very well and has a nice rapport with clients.”

Chambers & Partners 2014

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Overview


Consistently rated as a leading junior in both the Chambers & Partners and Legal 500 directories, Jeremy’’s principal areas of work are in clinical negligence, personal injury and professional negligence; together with a niche practice in Sports Law.

The majority of his cases involve injuries of maximum severity; and he regularly appears against Silks. He has a reputation for building a good rapport with clients’ and being a fighter in court. He brings extensive medical knowledge and sound tactical judgment to his clients’ advantage.

Jeremy is also an accredited mediator.

Clinical Negligence Personal Injury Sport

Clinical Negligence


Clinical Negligence injury is Jeremy’s main area of work. The majority of his instructions are on behalf of Claimants. He enjoys a reputation in obstetric and neonatal brain injury cases, together with spinal and other brain injury work. His recent work involving other fields of medicine includes cases in orthopaedics, neurology, gynaecology, oncology, general practice, general and colo-rectal surgery, ophthalmology and accident & emergency. Jeremy is very client-focused and will leave no stone unturned to ensure the optimum outcome for the client.

Memberships


  • PNBA
  • PIBA
  • AvMA

Clinical Negligence Cases


  • Bonfield v James Paget University Hospitals NHSFT:  Delayed diagnosis of brain tumour and ventriculitis post-surgery. Damages approved at 1.9125 million plus PPOs for life, equivalent lump sum value of circa £8 million.
  • Lindenbauer v Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHST: Hypoxic birth injury; causation of cord occlusion disputed. Liablility settled at 75% of damages.
  • Chestnutt v Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHST: Hypoxic birth injury; Damages approved at 2.65 million plus PPOs for life, equivalent lump sum value of circa £6.5 million.
  • Furlong v University Hospitals Coventry NHST: Hypoxic birth injury: Damages approved at 2.3 million plus PPOs for life, equivalent lump sum value of circa £5.5 million.

Personal Injury


Jeremy has specialised in PI for more then 25 years; and in the past 10 years his work has become increasingly concentrated in catastrophic injuries and fatal accidents both in the workplace and in road traffic accidents. He continues with ‘niche’ practices in RSI / ergonomic claims and in sports injuries claims. He acts for both Claimants and Defendants. He applies his extensive medical knowledge (gained through clinical negligence work) and tactical judgment to his to his clients’ best advantage. He has been described in the legal directories as having “safe pair of hands on complex cases” and as being “a real fighter in court”.

Memberships


  • PIBA

Personal Injury Cases


  • Khursheed v Robert Wilkinson’s Funfair (on-going): Security guard stabbed by gang at funfair. Issues concerning system of work for known risks of gang violence.
  • Arnell v Gunton: RTA involving brain injury to a child. Liability settled after negotiation at 68.33%. Quantum ongoing, with issues concerning degree of need for care etc versus claimant’s desire for independence.
  • Jodoin v Blackstone: Fatal RTA; Deceased had 4 dependant children, 3 being adult at settlement. Partner left 2 years after death. Issue as to whether actual loss of partner’s financial contribution was recoverable.
  • Lu v Royal Russell Preparatory School: Trampolining accident in which claimant (a promising violinist) suffered severe eye injury. Issues on liability turned on expert trampolining evidence.

Sport


Jeremy has developed a niche practice in sports law, resulting from his PI work. His caseload has included career-ending injury to sports professionals, “professional foul” cases, negligent referee cases, and negligent coaching cases. Whilst much of this work would in the past have been categorized as personal injury or professional negligence work, Jeremy recognizes that participation in sport has become more widespread, more specialized, more technical and more ‘professional’ in approach. His own participation in the ‘adrenaline’ sports of windsurfing and kitsesurfing (and formerly American Football) gives Jeremy a particular understanding of the sports person.

Memberships


  • BASL

Sport Cases


  • Cudicini v Bernard (on-going): Premier Division goalkeeper suffered serious injuries in an RTA. The main quantum issue concerns whether the significant reduction in salary package (by 70%) was due to the injuries.
  • Lu v Royal Russell Preparatory School: Trampolining accident in which claimant (a promising violinist) suffered severe eye injury. Issues on liability turned on expert trampolining evidence.
  • Moore v Ski Club of Great Britian: Whether a ski guide owed a duty of care to prevent a novice / intermediate skier in his group from undertaking a double black run.
  • Adler v Snowbizz Vacances: Whether a skiing accident was caused by allegedly inadequate ski binding set-up.
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How to get in touch


For more information please contact our clerks by calling +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email: clerks@7br.co.uk.

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