Adam Weitzman QC is a very experienced barrister in all fields of personal injury litigation. He works with the leading solicitors firms and has cases in all parts of the country. Professional clients find him responsive, commercially minded and willing to work as part of a team. They praise him because he is decisive, able to make tough decisions and happy to take cases to trial. Lay clients find him approachable and sympathetic. Most of all he is valued for his advocacy and ability to win in court. Adam is ranked in the directories as a leading barrister in both personal injury and clinical negligence. He is described by clients as, “incredible and brilliant with clients. If there is a way through a case he will find it. His advocacy is second to none“.
Starting as a mixed practitioner Adam had both a civil and criminal practice until 2009 when he chose to specialise in all types of personal injury work. His criminal background (Attorney General’s B panel prosecuting fraud, tax evasion and drug importation) has given him a wealth of advocacy and courtroom experience. His practice now includes personal injury claims, involving injuries of the maximum severity and fatal cases, clinical negligence, inquests and historic abuse cases. He also has a specialist knowledge and wide experience of claims involving local authorities.
“He is a fearless advocate and innovative in his approach.” Legal 500 2016
Instructed predominately for the claimant Adam’s practice includes claims resulting from wrongful birth, failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome, contraceptive failures, failure to diagnose cancer, failures of colo-rectal, gastric, gynecological and vascular surgery. He is also regularly instructed to assist in the quantification of maximum severity claims against the NHSLA, in particular claims involving children with cerebral palsy arising from failures at or immediately after birth. Adam is ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.
Recent notable hearings include the 2 week inquest into the death of Hayley Fullerton, a baby who had undergone heart surgery, at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, after which the coroner’s criticism of the Trust was nationally reported. He was junior counsel for the defendant in Woodand v Essex CC in the Supreme Court.
“His client care skills are unsurpassable.” Legal 500 2016
Adam is experienced in dealing with the full scope of personal injury work but now concentrates on maximum severity claims, fatal accidents, claims involving historic abuse and actions against local authorities or other statutory bodies.
In general PI he is familiar with liability issues and regularly acts in serious RTA, EL and PL claims. He has a particular specialty in local authority duties, appearing for the local authority in two of the more recent Court of Appeal cases on the duties of highway authorities.
The majority of Adam’s clients are those who have acquired brain or spinal injury with claims valued in excess of £1,000,000. He has a clear understanding of the medical and care issues affecting these claimants and how these play out legally. He has a particular interest and expertise in pediatric brain injury having acted for a number of applicants to the CICB who suffered catastrophic injuries after they were assaulted as babies. Adam regularly negotiates settlements that include a PPO for future care and case management and has recently achieved in excess of £12,000,000 for a spinally injured client.
Adam regularly acts in cases involving claims against the police. He is frequently instructed by the Metropolitan and Essex police in claims involving allegations of assault, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. He is currently acting for Essex Police in claims arising out of the evictions from Dale Farm. Recent actions for claimants include litigation against South Yorkshire police for remanding in custody a prisoner with a subdural hematoma who subsequently developed a catastrophic brain injury.
Adam has been acting for defendants in historic abuse claims for the past 15 years. He is one of the most experienced and recognised juniors in this field; instructed by all the major firms who do the work and by local authorities direct. Clients include religious organisations, charities, voluntary groups, local authority social services and education departments and other statutory bodies. He is in trial, acting for the defendant 2 or 3 times a year, almost invariably with success.
Adam’s breadth of experience means he is familiar with the legal issues (limitation, no fault liability and duty of care), damages social work practice and psychiatry.
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In addition to dealing with claims involving a breach of a common law duty of care Adam is regularly instructed by local authorities to deal with claims arising from the exercise of their statutory functions under the Human Rights Act, the Data Protection Act and the Equalities Act.
Adam has appeared in inquests for both the family and institutions throughout his career. Typically, he is instructed by the family in cases where there are concerns about clinical negligence. He has also acted in inquests involving the death of children on school trips, defective products, workplace fatal accidents and RTA. Recent notable hearings include the 2 week inquest into the death of Hayley Fullerton, a baby who had undergone heart surgery, at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, after which the coroner’s criticism of the Trust was nationally reported.
Dealing with large quantum cases Adam regularly litigates to recover Court of Protection fees and has called a deputy on a number of occasions to give evidence. He has also litigated the issue of capacity and sought damages for the costs of a welfare as well as a financial deputy. On behalf of applicants he negotiated and then drafted a form of Peters’ indemnity which was acceptable to Master Lush for use by the CICB where large awards were made to brain damaged children who lacked capacity. In his work for local authorities he has also negotiated and drafted agreements for social services departments to act as financial deputies to those without capacity awarded damages as a result of historic abuse.
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