"He's client-focused in conference and very thorough in his preparation."

Chambers and Partners 2019
Stephen Stephen

Barrister: Stephen Glynn


Law, Bristol University


Stephen has huge experience in all matters personal injury drawn from over 27 years' practice in the field, including RTA, EL, PL and clinical negligence and catastrophic injury. He has particular experience in subtle brain injury cases.

Known mainly for his claimant practice, Stephen is expert in carefully managing lay, professional (as well judicial expectations) in the running of all types of personal injury claim. He is particularly known for his sensitivity and understanding when instructed on complex and challenging cases involving brain and catastrophic injuries including birth and fatal accidents.

He able to bring solid, commercial and good tactical sense to any claim.

Until 2017 he served as a member of APIL’s executive committee and is now a member of APIL's working party on the government’s proposed discount rate change.

What The Directories Say:

  • "He has great client care skills, being sympathetic but also realistic and direct." (Chambers & Partners 2018)
  • "Has a breadth of experience and is impressive on his feet." (Chambers & Partners 2017)
  • "Fantastic and always does an excellent job." (Legal 500 2017)
  • "He is able to turn his head to virtually any problem and circumstance."(Legal 500 2017)
  • "A charming and persuasive advocate." (Legal 500 2017)

He reports his interests as "motorbikes (wife permitting), his wife and children, food (eating as well as cooking it) and American crime novels (but not necessarily in that order)".

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Brain/Catastrophic Injury

Known mainly for his claimant practice, Stephen is expert in carefully managing lay, professional (as well judicial expectations) in the running of all types of personal injury claim.

He is particularly known for his sensitivity and understanding when instructed on complex and challenging cases involving brain and catastrophic injuries including birth and fatal accidents arising out of clinical negligence as well as RTAs and accidents at work.

In clinical negligence he is particularly experienced in birth accidents, cauda equina and delayed cancer diagnosis cases. He is the series editor of Clinical Negligence, law, practice and procedure, now in its second edition published by chambers.

He is frequently invited to lecture. He is usually against very senior juniors or silks. He is ranked in band/tier 1 as a leading PI junior in Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

Recent Cases:

  • H v Naqvi (2017 ongoing) - serious brain injury to serving senior police officer - personality change - substantial accommodation claim - £3M plus. Several experts - causation of organic brain injury in dispute. Stephen instructed without a leader.
  • J v Canterbury University (2017 ongoing) - claimant professor fell downstairs during building work - severe brain injury personality change - suicidal and reclusive - capacity issues - very challenging client - claim worth £1.75M plus. Stephen instructed without a leader by Slater & Gordon.
  • BC v Lamerton (2016) - Stephen acted for C who was cut in half almost by a reversing lorry as he stood facing the tail lift of another lorry whilst loading his camera equipment. World-leading surgery to reconstruct abdomen and internal organs. The claim involved arguing that Roberts v Johnstone dealing with (a) the recoverability of damages for adapted accommodation was wrong or did /should not apply and (b) significantly increased cost of UK living (including private and university education fees) after move from SA were recoverable . Settled at a JSM recently for £4.2M. Instructed by Leigh Day.
  • A v Middlesex University (2016) - Stephen acted for C a senior law lecturer who fell over a corridor obstruction onto her recently implanted prosthetic knee leading to the need for amputation. Argued again that Roberts v Johnstone inappropriate. Settled at JSM for £700K. Instructed by Slater & Gordon
  • O v Ipswich Hospitals (2016) - Stephen acts for a diabetic man who suddenly fell ill with back pain. The hospital failed to identify in time that he had developed a spinal abscess so that he is now a tetraplegic. Very substantial claim settled in excess of £4.5M at JSM. Led by Andrew Ritchie QC. Instructed by Stewarts LLP.
  • M v Medway Hospitals - Stephen acts for a 63 year old retired IT consultant who suffered a spinal compression which was not diagnosed so that he is now a paraplegic. He is led by Andrew Ritchie QC. Multiple medical experts required. Very substantial claim in excess of £3M. There are serious issues still contested including breach of duty and whether this has caused any loss. Substantial accommodation claim - Roberts v Johnstone to be challenged in a test case. Instructed by Stewarts LLP.

Abuse Claims

Stephen has a niche practice in historic sex abuse claims against local authority and various religious bodies. He is able to draw on his earlier experience at the Bar in family and public law proceedings and criminal proceedings. He mainly acts for claimants.

Notable Cases:

  • JR, VR & NR v Merton LB (2017) - Stephen is instructed in respect of 3 young women who were sexually and emotionally abused when they were very young by their father who was subsequently sentenced to 18 years in prison. The local authority is being pursued for substantial damages on the basis that it had ample evidence to justify the removal of the children many years before they were finally taken into care.
  • A v The Anglican Church (2016) - Mr A was sexually abused between 14-16 by the choir master at his local church in the 1980s. Stephen was instructed to advise and represented the claimant at a JSM settling the case for a substantial but confidential sum. He also dealt with the bankruptcy of the claimant and necessary application under the Insolvency Act 1986 to compel assignment of the claim.


Stephen has an extensive asbestos practice. He is known nationally as an industrial disease specialist, having co-written and edited the publication Asbestos Claims (now in its third edition) to which the Senior QB Master and Master Eastman have contributed.

The directories say:

  • "He is the go-to man on any asbestos and industrial disease cases. You would be silly not to go with him."
  • "He has a huge amount of experience in asbestos claims and is very approachable and detailed in his advice."
  • "He is an effective advocate experienced at handling fast-track mesothelioma cases."
  • "He is very approachable and provides very detailed and throughout advice on complex liability, quantum and causation issues."
  • "Very knowledgeable on disease case, always willing to assist by phone and email."
  • He is ranked as a leading individual in this field by Legal 500.

Notable Cases:

  • Mayne v Atlas Stone [2016] EWHC 1030 QB, Cox J - Upheld Stephen's submissions that in a divisible injury case the defendant's liability is to be assessed as the proportion of its exposure to the whole.
  • Woodward v Sec of State for Energy & Clim. Change [2015] EWHC 3604 QB - Mesothelioma - low exposure - overalls contamination suffered by colliery canteen worker.
  • Yates v HMRC [2014] EWHC 2311 QB - Stephen's submissions were adopted by the court to provide a workable solution to the then problem of HMRC deceased work histories.
  • Drake v Foster Wheeler [2011] 1 ALL ER QB - Fatal mesothelioma - hospice costs are analogous to a gratuitous care claim and are recoverable in principle.

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