Shahram is one of the most capable and outstanding Juniors at the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Bar. He leads our ever growing and successful Clinical Negligence team, ranked by Chambers and Partner, which comprises no fewer than 5 Silks and over 30 Juniors. His practise in this field, as well as Personal Injury, consists exclusively of high value and complex claims. He has an unrivalled work ethic and thrives on dealing with complex issues of liability and causation, just as much as evaluating claims and drafting multi-million pound Schedules of Loss.
Shahram’s approach is very much client focused and results driven. He brings formidable intellect, energy and drive to any case to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for a client. He is seen as a 'safe pair of hands' and a calming and confidence-building influence on clients and instructing solicitors alike. He has built his reputation and success on accepting difficult and challenging cases, but is equally efficient and effective dealing with the more straight-forward claims.
He is highly regarded by clients and solicitors for his direct and hands-on approach, and is much respected by Judges for his sensible and effective approach to interlocutory and trial advocacy. Shahram is able to quickly grasp and process complex issues of fact, evidence and law in order to skilfully construct cogent arguments in a charming and persuasive manner.
Shahram is currently engaged in a number of claims with a value in excess of £50 million, some of which he is being led by Silks within and outside Chambers and others he is leading Juniors in Chambers.
In addition to his Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence practice, Shahram also undertakes High Court Enforcement work acting almost exclusively on behalf of High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs). He was the first barrister to be retained by one of the largest firm of HCEOs in the UK to act, via Direct Access, as their lead advocate for all High Court Enforcement proceedings.
Shahram is recognised as a Leading Junior by Legal 500 who state:
"Shahram is a fantastic barrister and a great asset to Chambers. His attention to detail is staggering, his pleadings a work of brilliant art and his advocacy is top drawer. What I like the most is he does all this in the real world. He realises how important a claim is to either a client or the instructing solicitor. Without compromising his independence or integrity he always gives the instructing solicitor enough to run with. In other words he has intelligence and is 'street smart' which is why he does very well and will continue to do so. Chalk up another fantastic result on a case the majority of lawyers would not have touched!"
"Shahram is a very personable and professional barrister. His knowledge and drive has made him a great advocate to work with."
Outside of work, Shahram occupiers his time with road cycling which is done for fitness and relaxation as well as raising money for charity through sponsored events. He also enjoys travelling extensively around the globe learning about new cultures. As a life-long Everton fan, Shahram finds that stressing over his team’s results and league position often helps to take his mind off work, though remains ever hopeful of a change in fortunes.
Shahram has extensive experience and expertise in all areas of Personal Injury in particular claims involving drivers/passengers, pedestrians, motorcycles and construction site accidents where brain and spinal injuries as well as limb amputations are prevalent. He is able to relate to clients in a way that ensures they are at the heart of everything that occurs in a case. Clients appreciate his direct and honest advice, which is explained clearly but with authority. Whether advising victims of serious accidents or insurers keen to minimise losses, his effective and efficient advisory have won him many plaudits from clients and instructing solicitors alike. He is one of the busiest and sought-after Personal Injury/Clinical Negligence Junior at the Bar.
In the last 24 months, Shahram has concluded claims worth over £10 million pounds, and currently has a caseload with a value in exceeding £50 million. However, he appreciates that money is only part of the service and that he must ensure a client's experience of the litigation process is positive and their expectations are sensitively understood and managed.
Shahram's is currently being led by the leading Silks in the field of Personal Injury in several complex seven-figure claims. He is also leading Juniors in Chambers in multiple high value claims. He regularly appears in the High Court and has dealt with appellate level claims in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. He is a particularly ferocious cross-examiner and highly persuasive trial advocate.
Shahram has been recently instructed in a number of high profile claims including:
Shahram has published works within the Personal Injury field, namely contributing chapters to the APIL Road Traffic Accidents book as well as several books published by Chambers on employment related claims. He has also edited the Road Traffic Accident and Fatal Accident Claims section in the Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service. Shahram regularly provides seminars on novel, developing and/or interesting topics within the field of Personal Injury.
As the head of the Clinical Negligence team in Chambers, Shahram has a thriving practice acting mainly for Claimants, though he has represented medical practitioners and NHS Trusts in recent years. He possesses an encyclopaedic knowledge of most areas of medical treatment, particularly birth injuries/defects, orthopaedic injuries (including those resulting in amputation) as well as organ injury/damage. Within these areas failure to or delay in diagnosis and treatment are prevalent and require detailed consideration of a large volume of medical records in order to understand the chronology of events, analyse issues and advise on whether there is a claim. Much of his skills in advising and advocacy have been developed whilst practising in the field of Personal Injury. However, he has adapted his style and approach to the unique needs of a Clinical Negligence claim, such as the detailed approach to be adopted when reviewing thousands of pages of medical records, creating a clear chronology of events and handling expert witnesses.
Recent cases in which Shahram has been instructed include those concerning spinal surgery, neurosurgery, cerebral palsy, delayed diagnosis of cancer, failure to treat appropriately resulting in amputation of a limb and claims involving laser eye surgery.
Shahram was seconded by APIL to assist with the Governments proposals for fixed-costs in Clinical Negligence claims via a staged portal process.
Shahram's experience and knowledge of conducting Inquests arises from undertaking complex and high profile Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence claims where sadly death occurs all too often. Shahram utilises the inquisition into the death which is led by the Coroner to ascertain and extract as much information as possible to enable him to advice a client on the strength of a potential civil claim.
Shahram has over 15 years of experience of advising client's regarding the actions of High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs). He is regularly instructed to deal with significant and complex matters of statutory construction and commercial dealings between debtors, creditors and HCEOs. He is the first port of call for such work and has been involved in two of the most recent authorities concerning the powers of the HCEO in the context of landlord and tenant possession proceedings and the taking control of goods legislation. These authorities have clarified the ambit of the powers of the HCEOs when enforcing Writs of the High Court.