Cyrus Katrak is a specialist personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner.
He has acted for both Claimants and Defendants in high profile cases including the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation and the Paddington Rail Disaster.
His particular expertise is in high value brain injuries, clinical negligence claims and fatal accident cases.
He also represents medical professionals in regulatory health care proceedings, has prosecuted in the General Medical Council. He currently sits as a legal assessor at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Cyrus also acts on behalf of injured clients before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
First and foremost Cyrus aims to put litigants at ease in what are often the most stressful of circumstances and is careful to ensure that conferences are tailored to fit the client's particular needs. He considers that client care is fundamental but nonetheless will always give clear, direct and robust advice.
He currently advices on numerous cases in Jersey and is familiar with the differences in procedure between the Channel Islands and England.
Cyrus lives in Twickenham and can accept instructions at short notice either by DX or email. He is married to a Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon who practices at The Royal Surrey County Hospital. One day he intends to retire to New Orleans to play the blues piano in a bar.
Cyrus has written numerous articles for the Motor Accident Solicitor's Society and has contributed to the Personal Injury Law Journal and APIL's PI Focus magazine.
He also lectures to solicitors and other professional bodies including the Jersey Medico-Legal Society, the Otolaryngological Society and the Motor Accident Solicitors' Society. He has a particular interest in cases involving brain injuries and allegations of exaggeration/malingering.
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Cyrus acts in all areas of personal injury litigation, but primarily focuses brain injuries, fatal accident claims and accidents causing injuries of maximum severity. He has also acted in numerous amputation cases, those involving chronic pain and give rise to unusual liability and causative issues.
All Claimant instructions are, if required, considered on a Conditional Fee Agreement and Cyrus has a pragmatic approach to accepting the CFA risk in litigation.
Cyrus has acted in historic sexual abuse claims including those involving issues of grooming and alleged consent. In Autumn 2015 has lectured at the Personal Injury Bar Association Winter conference on the subject of sexual abuse claims including limitation issues and tactics in historic actions.
In addition to loss of earnings and care claims, Cyrus regularly drafts complex schedules of loss and advises on quantum issues relating to:
Cyrus routinely advises in allegedly fraudulent claim, including:
He is often instructed to investigate these matters in conference with clients and experts and identify any inconsistencies and discrepancies in the evidence. Over the years he has also lectured extensively on these topics and upon recent updates in the law of this area.
Cyrus has had many years experience in acting for Claimants in mesothelioma cases. He also is well used to dealing with terminally ill Claimants and with procedural steps such as the show cause procedure in the High Court, limitation issues and restoration of companies to the Register.
In 2006 he acted as part of a litigation team for 14 Claimants in the Rio Tinto PLC litigation, all of whom died from mesothelioma. These claims involved factually difficult fatal accident claims and assessments of damages.
Cyrus has over 25 years experience in acting in clinical negligence cases including:
He is used to handling expert witnesses, identifying weaknesses in their evidence, advising upon their reports and drafting Part 35 questions.
Cyrus has extensive experience of the Coroner's Court on behalf of families, usually in deaths arising from clinical negligence and road traffic accidents. Recent examples include:
He is happy to consider instruction in the Coroner's Court on a CFA basis.
Cyrus regularly advises on limitation, Section 39 applications, application under CPR 3.9 in relation to late evidence and non-compliance with Court Orders, and has an in-depth knowledge of costs arguments and issues, especially in the context of costs and case management hearings.
He also routinely appears to secure substantial interim payments and has many years experience of appearing for parties in Joint Settlement Meetings.
Cyrus has acted in a significant number of sexual abuse claims including those involving issues of historic abuse, grooming, rape and alleged consent. Very recent cases include those involving rapes by multiple assailants and historic abuse claims by caused by family friends and teachers.
He has also acted in the BBC abuse claims.
He has lectured at the Personal Injury Bar Association Winter conference on the subject of sexual abuse claims including limitation issues and tactics in historic actions and in 2016 he authored an article for Apil's PI Focus magazine on the subject of sexual abuse claims.
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