Public Liability

Public Liability

What our public liability barristers offer

39 Essex Chambers members have a wide range of expertise in public liability claims. These range from minor slippers and trippers on the highway or at premises open to the public, accidents at leisure and recreational facilities, assaults in restaurants and nightclubs and holiday claims.

Recent significant public liability cases

  • A claim by a youth who sustained a catastrophic spinal injury diving into shallow water against the owner and operator of a beach.
  • A claim by a child against a bouncy castle operator.
  • A claim by a visitor to a leisure centre who fell from a climbing wall.
  • A claim by a young baby who sustained catastrophic injury when struck in its pram by a falling window frame.
  • A fatal food allergy claim.
  • Various claims by visitors against nightclub operators.
  • Various claims by visitors against swimming pool operators.

Who to contact

Ben Sundborg

Ben Sundborg is the Senior Practice Manager for the Public Liability team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Ben SundborgEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7832 1179


Mobile: +44 (0)7921 880 668


Tom Gibbons

Tom Gibbons is the Senior Practice Manager for the Public Liability team and will, along with the clerking team below, be able to help you with any questions.


Tom GibbonsEmail


Call: +44 (0)20 7634 9080


Mobile: +44 (0)771 101 6602


View clerk's team

Charlie Cory-Wright QC

Charlie Cory-Wright QC

Call: 1984 Silk: 2006

Matthias Kelly QC

Matthias Kelly QC

Call: 1979 Silk: 1999

Neil Block QC

Neil Block QC

Call: 1980 Silk: 2002

Susan Rodway QC

Susan Rodway QC

Call: 1981 Silk: 2002

Colin McCaul QC

Colin McCaul QC

Call: 1978 Silk: 2003

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Derek O'Sullivan QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2016

James Todd QC

James Todd QC

Call: 1990 Silk: 2019

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey Brown

Call: 1981

Christian Du Cann

Christian Du Cann

Call: 1982

David Bradly

David Bradly

Call: 1987

Bernard Doherty

Bernard Doherty

Call: 1990

Emily Formby

Emily Formby

Call: 1993

Judith Ayling

Judith Ayling

Call: 1998

Caroline Truscott

Caroline Truscott

Call: 1998

Camilla Church

Camilla Church

Call: 1998

Romilly Cummerson

Romilly Cummerson

Call: 1998

Nicola Greaney

Nicola Greaney

Call: 1999

Colin Thomann

Colin Thomann

Call: 1999

Katharine Scott

Katharine Scott

Call: 2000

Sadie Crapper

Sadie Crapper

Call: 2004

Robert Lazarus

Robert Lazarus

Call: 2004

Caroline Allen

Caroline Allen

Call: 2005

Quintin Fraser

Quintin Fraser

Call: 2006

Edmund Townsend

Edmund Townsend

Call: 2006

Jack Holborn

Jack Holborn

Call: 2008

Patrick Hennessey

Patrick Hennessey

Call: 2010

Angela Rainey

Angela Rainey

Call: 2010

Hannah McCarthy

Hannah McCarthy

Call: 2010

Emma Corkill

Emma Corkill

Call: 2010

Samar Abbas

Samar Abbas

Call: 2011

Tom Tabori

Tom Tabori

Call: 2011

Melissa Shipley

Melissa Shipley

Call: 2011

Jonathan Darby

Jonathan Darby

Call: 2012

Nicola Kohn

Nicola Kohn

Call: 2012

Adam Boukraa

Adam Boukraa

Call: 2013

Sarah Bousfield

Sarah Bousfield

Call: 2013

Rosie Eleanor Scott

Rosie Eleanor Scott

Call: 2013

David Hopkins

David Hopkins

Call: 2013

Augustus Ullstein QC

Augustus Ullstein QC

Call: 1970 Silk: 1992

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

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