Holly Holly

Barrister: Holly Tibbitts

Call:
2010

Education:
BVC (Outstanding), BPP Law School; GDL (Distinction), City Law School; MA (Cantab) (First Class), St John's College, Cambridge

Overview:

Holly is a specialist civil practitioner with an emphasis on personal injury and clinical negligence work.

Holly is an established personal injury barrister with a practice spanning the full range of personal injury claims. She is frequently instructed in cases involving road traffic accidents, employers' liability claims (including disease), public liability, fatal accidents, historic abuse cases and CICA claims. She is a familiar face in courts and tribunals across the country and is frequently instructed to advise on complex issues of liability, quantum and procedure. She is a contributing author to Begley on Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims (2nd edition) and the Road Traffic Accidents section of Butterworths Personal Injury Law Service.

Holly is a member of the Personal Injuries Bar Association and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Clinical negligence represents an ever expanding part of Holly’s practice. Recent cases have involved surgical negligence, delayed diagnoses, inadequate consenting and unnecessary treatment. Holly is also experienced in representing families at inquests in a clinical negligence context, including in relation to the deaths of children. She is regularly instructed to advise on liability, quantum, tactics and procedure, as well as drafting pleadings and representing clients at hearings, JSMs and mediation.

In her wider civil and commercial work Holly acts on behalf of both claimants and defendants in cases ranging from contractual claims to landlord and tenant disputes, actions against the police and negligence claims.

Client care is at the forefront of Holly's practice. She prides herself on giving clear, practical and timely advice to lay and professional clients alike and embraces the professional and approachable ethos of chambers. She regularly writes and lectures to solicitors on cutting edge legal developments.

Client comments:

  • "Holly is very approachable. Her advice is always timely and well thought out." Ben Pepper, Senior Solicitor, Bolt Burdon Kemp
  • "We instructed Holly Tibbitts on a clinical negligence case arising out of unnecessary uro-gynaecological surgery, carried out on a claimant who had suffered significant disruption to her life as a result. Holly’s pragmatic, compassionate and sensible approach, combined with her commanding advocacy at JSM, led to a fully satisfactory settlement for our client." - Helen Goatley, Partner and Chairman, and Niamh Hills, Solicitor, Barlow Robbins LLP
  • "We found Miss Tibbitts to be extremely competent and utterly professional in her approach from the outset in providing well considered advice as well as providing outstanding advocacy." Thomas Dunton Solicitors
  • "Holly Tibbitts is such a lovely person, really talented and professional, she was fantastic… I cannot thank her enough." Lay Client

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Personal Injury & CICA

Holly is regularly instructed in personal injury matters of substantial value and complexity. She deals with public liability, employers' liability and road traffic accident claims (including fraud and LVI) on a daily basis. She also has experience in claims involving fatal accidents (including representing families at inquests), industrial disease (including noise induced hearing loss, lung conditions and RSI), historic abuse, holiday claims, accidents on ships, injuries caused by animals and those arising from negligent cosmetic treatments. As a contributing author to the 2nd edition of Begley on Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims, she has a specialist interest in CICA cases. She is often instructed on cases involving life changing injuries, including brain injuries, disabling orthopaedic injuries and chronic psychiatric conditions.

Holly is a confident and effective advocate, both orally and in writing. She prides herself on her ability to distil complex topics into simple terms, giving advice on difficult issues of liability and quantum in a way that is readily understandable by her clients.

Recent Cases:

  • A liability disputed fatal accident at work where the claimant was crushed by the swing door of a tipper truck
  • A below the knee amputation arising from a road traffic accident
  • A back injury impacting on the young claimant's intended military career
  • An ankle injury sustained at work leading to CRPS following surgery
  • Death of a worker in a machine at a recycling plant
  • A hip fracture sustained when the claimant fell walking down stairs at the defendant's spa, resulting in significant permanent disability. Part 36 offer substantially beaten at trial
  • A successful claim arising out of a facial burn sustained in the course of laser firming treatment where the engineer who had serviced the machine had failed to advise the owner of the health and safety implications if a part was not replaced
  • A CICA claim representing a brain injured appellant and overturning substantial deductions for previous bad character
  • A doctor assaulted by a psychiatric patient when his escape route was blocked
  • A work equipment claim relating to an accident on a ship
  • An occupational bronchitis claim arising from historic employment in a spice factory
  • A head injury sustained on an aircraft
  • Various noise induced hearing loss claims involving issues on breach, limitation and causation
  • An employers' liability claim arising out of chemical exposure at work
  • A CICA claim in which substantial past loss of earnings were obtained for a victim of historic sexual abuse

Clinical Negligence

Holly is an experienced clinical negligence barrister with an ever expanding practice in this area. She is frequently instructed to advise on complex issues of liability and quantum, prepare pleadings and advocate on behalf of clients both in court and at JSM or mediation. In addition, she is regularly instructed to appear at inquests in the clinical negligence context. Holly is adept at dealing with fatal cases and lost years cases as well as those involving life changing injuries. She enjoys working on the full range of claims from those with issues on consent to missed or delayed diagnoses and surgical negligence.

Recent Cases:

  • A claim arising from unnecessary vaginal prolapse surgery with failure to adequately consent and advise of risks, resulting in permanent voiding disorder and unnecessary caesarean section. Successfully settled at JSM
  • Failure to offer surgery for treatment of a wrist fracture leading to permanent pain and restriction of movement and resulting in an inability to return to pre-accident employment. Settled for six figure sum at mediation
  • Claims arising from a uterine rupture at birth leading to death of the infant
  • Fatal failure to diagnose femoral hip fracture associated with opiate toxicity, giving rise to dependency claim
  • Fatal delay in diagnosis of a stroke
  • Surgical negligence and consenting issues in relation to hernia repair surgery resulting in significant worsening of condition
  • Dental injuries sustained as a result of negligent Invisalign treatment
  • Loss of life expectancy as a result of failure to report cancer following biopsy
  • Failure to diagnose a Lisfranc injury
  • Delay in a GP making a cancer referral
  • A positive misdiagnosis of cancer resulting in a failure to treat the other morbidities of a geriatric patient
  • A fatality during a cryoablation procedure

Other Experience

Holly has been involved in the following notable cases:
• Phone hacking enquiry (2012).  Holly was instructed by the Met Police to undertake disclosure work on the phone hacking enquiry.   
• R v Wilson (2014).  Holly was instructed as disclosure counsel by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to a £22m Ponzi scheme style fraud.  The case involved vast quantities of electronic and hard copy material, including third party and sensitive material.  Holly was responsible for overseeing the disclosure team, designing and implementing the disclosure protocol, scheduling the material and arranging for disclosure.  The case was concluded by a guilty plea and a custodial sentence of 7 years.  
• Operation Battle (2015).  Holly was instructed again by the FCA in relation allegations against officers of an Irish spread betting firm.  Holly was responsible for designing and overseeing the disclosure exercise.  Other Experience
Holly has been involved in the following notable cases:
  • Operation Battle (2015): Holly was instructed again by the FCA in relation allegations against officers of an Irish spread betting firm. Holly was responsible for designing and overseeing the disclosure exercise.
  • R v Wilson (2014): Holly was instructed as disclosure counsel by the Financial Conduct Authority in relation to a £22m Ponzi scheme style fraud. The case involved vast quantities of electronic and hard copy material, including third party and sensitive material. Holly was responsible for overseeing the disclosure team, designing and implementing the disclosure protocol, scheduling the material and arranging for disclosure. The case was concluded by a guilty plea and a custodial sentence of 7 years.
  • Phone Hacking Enquiry (2012): Holly was instructed by the Met Police to undertake disclosure work on the phone hacking enquiry. Holly was instructed by the Met Police to undertake disclosure work on the phone hacking enquiry.

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