Giles took silk in 2019. He specialises in catastrophic personal injury and clinical negligence claims and won the Chambers and Partners Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year award in 2018. 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. Recent settlements acting for claimants have included numerous multimillion £ awards in cases involving, Cerebral Palsy, Erbs Palsy, severe brain damage, Cauda Equina Syndrome, paralysis and amputations.
Giles has extensive experience and expertise fighting trials as he relishes taking on difficult liability issues for both Claimants and Defendants. Indeed his trial advocacy has been recognised in Chambers and Partners where he was described in the 2018 edition as “An all-round excellent advocate” and in Legal 500 2019 as being “able to take a witness apart in cross examination in minutes”.
In addition to his clinical negligence and personal injury work, Giles also has an expertise in 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 New Silk in personal injury and clinical negligence in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 and for travel Law.
"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.