Angela Rainey

Year of call:
2010
Email:
angela.rainey@39essex.com

Clerks:
+44 (0)20 7832 1111

Angela Rainey practises across the range of chambers’ Civil Liability work, specialising in: insurance fraud, indemnity and multi-party commercial disputes; high value personal injury cases with a particular focus on clinical negligence; product liability; and, property damage. She regularly advises in relation to insurance policy coverage and indemnity issues.

Angela is known for: her practical and strategical approach to litigation; easy, direct manner with professional and lay clients; tenacious yet measured advocacy; and rigorous cross-examination. She regularly attends mediations and joint settlement meetings, and engages actively in all forms of ADR throughout her cases. She is a skilled negotiator.

Angela’s experience attending detailed assessments and Appeals in the SCCO alongside costs advisory work has informed her strategic approach to litigation, including ADR and interlocutory hearings.

She frequently appears in the High Court, the County Court, and undertakes the full range of pleading and advisory work.

 

 

Insurance Fraud


Angela has a thriving defendant fraud practice, having successfully defended many claims, either at trial, through negotiation, or by securing discontinuance following service of a robust Defence. She is known for her direct, approachable manner with professional clients, detailed case preparation, and effective advocacy with rigorous cross-examination. Her experience is across the range of such claims including: issues with indemnity, employers liability, public liability or product liability claims involving fraud, or suspicious factors.

Angela has particular interest and experience in more complex RTA fraud cases requiring expert evidence, and has worked with major vehicle manufacturers on sensitive cases requiring detailed analysis and accident reconstruction. She enjoys the particular challenge of assimilating and distilling engineering evidence in such cases.

She is often instructed at the earliest stage of a suspicious claim to advise in conference in relation to witness credibility and case strategy. Such cases inevitably involve costs arguments, including the appropriate use of the offer regimes and indemnity costs, and the disapplication of the QOCS regime.

Clinical Negligence


Angela is experienced in high value and complex clinical negligence cases. She accepts instructions as a junior, but has handled cases pleaded at around £1 million or more as sole counsel, with significant additional experience assisting in multi-million pound actions.  She is meticulous when reviewing expert reports, and confidently conducts conferences with multiple experts at the same time, across a range of medical disciplines. Her ability to assimilate, memorise and communicate complex medical information arises out of a profound interest in the subject matter.  She is rigorous when cross-examining or questioning experts and an unflappable advocate.

Her experience includes a wide range of such cases, including:

  • Hip Replacement Litigation;
  • Failure to detect DVT;
  • Obstetrics negligence, including still birth and cerebral or erbs palsy;
  • Complex urological and gynecological issues, involving multiple overlapping injuries;
  • Optometrist and opthamologist negligence;
  • Detailed calculations as to future losses involving appropriate use of multipliers and discount rate.

In such cases, Angela has been instructed in multi-day trials in the High Court, the County Court, and at Joint Settlement meetings. She also undertakes advisory and drafting work.

 

 

Commercial


Angela is an experienced practitioner covering the full spectrum of commercial work including: drafting pleadings; advising as to the proper construction and effect of contractual terms and conditions; strategy and settlement; and, reviewing complex settlement agreements.

She regularly appears in the High Court and the County Court in respect of trials, interlocutory applications, and in relation to injunctive relief.

She is a skilled negotiator, always with the bigger picture in mind, and is instructed to attend mediations and to advise on ADR generally.

Her experience includes:

  • Multi-party contractual disputes as to terms, indemnities and enforceability;
  • Disputes as to indemnity or guarantees;
  • Solicitor-Client disputes as to retainer, and fees and professional negligence;
  • Injunctions, including applications for delivery up involving metadata;
  • Commercial debt claims;
  • Drafting and advising on compromise agreements, including being instructed to advise as to the setting aside of compromise agreements.

Commercial fraud

Angela has a particular interest, and niche experience, in international commercial fraud work and compliance, having been part of a team of lawyers instructed to undertake internal investigations into alleged bribery and corruption in a number of international commercial companies, which extended into a number of countries. This investigation was run in connection/conjunction with a US led SEC investigation.

Personal Injury (with specialist experience in product liability, accidents in the air and abroad, involving jurisdictional disputes).


Angela is an experienced practitioner across the full range of such claims. She has acted in high value and sensitive cases, including brain and spinal injury.

Angela accepts instructions from claimants and defendants in employers’ liability (EL), public liability (PL) and product liability cases. On the defendant side, she regularly acts in RTA cases and has experience assisting in multi-million pound RTA claims involving detailed expert analysis and accident reconstruction.

Angela acts for celebrity clients, and is skilled at pleading the more complex future loss calculation and causation arguments that arise in such claims, and is sensitive to confidentiality and disclosure issues.  Her discretion is absolute.  A variety of her work has been highly confidential.  Her experience includes:

  • Road Traffic Accidents
  • Product liability
    • Vehicles
    • Lifts
    • Escalators
    • Lasers and other dermatological equipment
    • Various other machinery
  • PL acting for claimants and defendant companies in OLA and negligence claims
  • EL, including the application of the legislative framework to claims brought post-ERRA.

Accidents in the Air, Travel Law and Jurisdiction

Angela has particular experience in accidents in the air, accidents abroad, including jurisdictional issues, both at trial and at joint settlement meetings.

Recently she represented a Defendant in a High Court action arising out the Vauxhall Helicopter Crash litigation, and has acted in relation to a helicopter crash in Africa, with complex issues as to jurisdiction (Rome II) and quantum. Angela assisted in a multi-million product liability case involving a quad bike accident in Iceland.

Costs


Angela has a specialist costs practice, appearing regularly in the SCCO. Her skill in detailed costs work enhances and informs her strategic approach to litigation.

Her experience includes:

  • Detailed assessment
  • Costs & Case Management Hearings
  • Applications for indemnity cost
  • Fundamental dishonesty and the disapplication of QOCS
  • Advisory work
  • Notable cases include successfully defending an appeal before the Senior Costs Judge in the SCCO in the case of Art Access Research (UK) Limited v Peter Biro (2013)

Call +44 (0)20 7832 1111 for more information

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