Giles specialises in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He has a healthy claimant / defendant split of work, acting in claims of the highest value and complexity. Giles is currently engaged in several cases worth in excess of £10 million including claims involving, brain damage, limb amputations and severe spinal injuries. It is a mark of his expertise that he often acts alone, against parties represented by silks. Recent settlements acting for the claimant have included £7 million in a Cerebral Palsy birth injury claim.
Giles has extensive experience and expertise fighting trials as he relishes taking on difficult liability issues. Indeed his trial advocacy has been recognised in Chambers and Partners where he was described in 2017 as “An all-round excellent advocate”.
In addition to his clinical negligence and personal injury work, Giles also does professional negligence and civil fraud work. His professional negligence work includes claims against solicitors, veterinary surgeons, insurance brokers and surveyors.
Giles is recommended as a leading Junior by the bar directories in the following areas of practice: Clinical Negligence – Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Personal Injury - Chambers & Partners and Legal 500, Travel Law – Legal 500.
What the directories say:
"Giles applies his in-depth knowledge systematically and he is a great speaker." Ben Pepper, Senior Solicitor, Bolt Burdon Kemp
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Giles has a mixed personal injury practice acting for claimants and defendants. Giles is instructed in a wide range of claims including workplace, road traffic (including untraced and uninsured claims against the MIB), disease, public liability and occupiers' liability. Giles' work is concentrated on serious and catastrophic injury cases and he has extensive experience of brain damage, spinal injuries and amputation cases.
He has a specialist interest in accidents at sea and claims under the Animals Act 1971. In the latter he has been involved in a number of precedent setting cases in the Court of Appeal (Clark v Bowlt, Freeman v Higher Park Farm and Jones v Whippey). It is a measure of his expertise that he is often instructed in preference to a silk in liability denied catastrophic injury cases, multi party litigation and appeals in this complex area of law.
Giles has a busy clinical negligence practice acting mainly for claimants. His expertise covers a full range of claims encompassing injuries of the upmost severity including spinal surgery, neurosurgery, birth injury cases, delayed diagnosis of cancer and ophthalmology. Giles is recommended in both Chambers & Partners 2018 and Legal 500 for his expertise in clinical negligence.
Recent cases have included claims worth several millions of pounds as a result of negligent treatment resulting in injuries such as Cauda Equina, Erb’s Palsy and Cerebral Palsy.
As a result of his high profile personal injury and clinical negligence practice, Giles has gathered extensive experience in the Coroner's Court acting both on behalf of the family of the deceased and other interested parties. Giles has a particular interest in Article 2 inquests.
Giles has recently been instructed by two families to represent them at the Inquest relating to the Croydon Tram Disaster.