Julian Benson

Year of call: 1991

"He's fantastic with clients, very easy to deal with, and his turnaround time is exceedingly fast. He's at the top of his game."
Chambers UK 2019

Julian Julian

Julian is a personal injury barrister whose work is focused chiefly on a balance of complex and/or high value claimant and defendant work, typically involving brain injuries, catastrophic limb injuries (and amputations), chronic pain syndromes and disorders, and psychiatric injuries. He is frequently instructed in difficult fatal accident claims and has been instructed in cases against leading counsel on numerous occasions in recent years.

Julian is a co-organiser, speaker and co-chair of the annual Cambridge Medico-Legal Conference.

He is also long time organiser of the highly regarded Guildhall Chambers Personal Injury seminars.

Publications

In 2014 Julian has co-authored of a series of articles, downloadable free of charge below, with three distinguished clinicians involved in the field of chronic pain. Similar to Julian’s book, the articles provide neutral information to individuals involved in litigation involving chronic pain. They are peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine

In 2013 and 2014 Julian has also published articles on the role of expert witnesses in personal injury litigation, which can be downloaded below, and an article for the Solicitors Journal entitled 'Grumpy Reflections from the PI Bar'.

In 2012 Julian wrote "A Barrister's Guide to Your Personal Injury Claim", a not-for-profit book aiming to explain the content and procedure of personal injury litigation in an entirely neutral manner, to increase understanding among claimants and thereby reduce costs and promote settlements.

The book, which is available free from Julian’s website (www.abarristersguide.org.uk), or Amazon, is also recommended by Headway UK, where 1,000 copies were downloaded in its first three months.

Personal Injury

Julian is prominent in the commendations in the independent directories, and by solicitors and clients alike. Chambers UK describes him in its most recent editions as: 

"Well known for the breadth and depth of his expertise in complex and high-value matters, including extremely severe high-value catastrophic injuries, complex pain and fatal claims. He draws particular praise for his sensitivity and understanding when dealing with clients..."

"a barrister who gives you confidence as you know he is prepared to take on complex issues...an excellent advocate"

"a "superbly tactical brain...he is not afraid to go where others fear to tread and clients love his have-a-go approach"

...and he "impresses with his "ability to come up with a novel angle or an extra argument.""

The Legal 500 also considers him "highly rated for complex PI matters...very able and willing to pull out all the stops when required...and very user friendly."

Solicitors and clients also recommend Julian highly: http://www.abarristersguide.org.uk/about-julian-benson/recommendations-from-solicitors/

Recent Cases

  • Achieving a £1.2+ settlement in a lower limb amputation case, where 2/3 liability had been successfully established in a liability trial
  • Settling a moderate brain injury claim for an 87 year old man for £198,000
  • Successfully resisting making any contribution to a Claimant's damages at a multi-party JSM (desoite a factually relevant 'due care' conviction), and seeing off (to discontinuance) the subsequent contribution proceedings brough by the remaining Defendants.
  • Settling a claim (for £375,000) for an already wheelchair-bound claimant born with brittle bones, who lost an eye (and suffered other injuries) in a collision with a tram.
  • Achieving an approved award in excess of £1m for a mother and children in a fatal accident and combined personal injury claims, involving difficult issues concerning the deceased and the injured mother.
  • Achieving settlement (£1.5m), with Robert Glancy QC, of a long-running brain injury claim, with issues of capacity, limitation, ‘unravelling’ a purported earlier settlement, as well as complicated care issues involving what intervention the Claimant was likely to tolerate in the future.
  • Defending, to settlement, a £5m brain injury claim, including a Periodical Payment Order.
  • Achieving (against leading counsel) damages of £1m for a young female graduate who suffered a moderate brain injury in a road accident.
  • Successfully defending, on grounds of causation, a complex and very substantial vestibular disorder claim - which settled for £5,000. 
  • Settling a claim for £1m for a mature man whose brain injury had reduced his capacity to work and increased the likelihood that he would live alone;
  • Achieving awards 10 – 20 times greater than the best previous offers for numerous Claimants in complicated pain-related claims who had been advised to settle by their previous representatives.
  • Succeeding in an extremely complex liability trial in a fatal accident claim dating back to 1994.
  • Successfully defending at trial a claim by a care worked injured at a patient’s home.
  • Successfully acting for a Defendant in a multi-million pound claim in an application to resolve mental capacity issues.
  • Succeeding in two difficult claims against local authorities arising from injuries to staff caused by vulnerable young people.
  • Settling a claim (for £450,000) for a young man who suffered serious heart injuries, with a reduced life expectancy, and consequent ‘lost years’ claim.
  • Settling, for a Defendant, at a substantial discount, a difficult case concerning complex post-accident causation (pre-accident history) and contributory negligence (obesity, smoking, etc.) issues.
  • Defending (led by Adrian Palmer QC) to conclusion at mediation, in a multi-million, multi-party Consumer Protection Act claim.

Recommendations


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Personal Injury

Highly esteemed junior adept at handling catastrophic injury claims. He has significant experience in chronic pain cases and is a frequent contributor to academic literature on the subject.

"He's fantastic with clients, very easy to deal with, and his turnaround time is exceedingly fast. He's at the top of his game." "He's very astute technically and has an excellent manner with clients."

Recent work: Acted in a case concerning a mild RTA which caused the claimant to suffer severe chronic pain. The case involved complex psychiatric causational issues.


 LEGAL 500 2019

Personal Injury & Clin Neg
‘Outstandingly bright and tactically brilliant; clients like his no-nonsense approach.’


CHAMBERS UK 2018

Personal Injury

Leading Junior - Band 1

Highly esteemed junior adept at handling catastrophic injury claims. He has significant experience in chronic pain cases and is a frequent contributor to academic literature on the subject.

Strengths: "An exceptional senior junior who gets to grips with instructions exceedingly quickly and turns papers around promptly. He is very personable and superb with instructing solicitors, clients, opposing counsel and the court."

Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a fatal accident case that raised issues of quantum and liability.


LEGAL 500 2017

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

‘He has a fabulous rapport with clients.’


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Personal Injury

Leading Junior - Band 1

Highly esteemed junior adept at handling catastrophic injury claims. He has significant experience in chronic pain cases and is repeatedly praised for his client skills.

Strengths: "Extremely hard-working, dynamic and has an excellent manner with clients." "An excellent court advocate. He can be trusted to take on complicated matters and to consistently achieve the best outcomes for clients."

Recent work: Acted for the claimant in a fatal accident claim raising issues relating to both quantum and liability. 


LEGAL 500 2016

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'He provides and excellent strategic overview.'


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Personal Injury

Leading Junior - Band 1

He represents claimants in catastrophic and high-value personal injury cases.

Strengths: "He's very quick at getting to grips with the case. He's very good with the clients. He's got a very sharp mind and he really helps the solicitor by actually assisting with the case in a very active way. He's particularly good for higher value complex cases including complex injuries and tricky points of law."


LEGAL 500 2015

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading Juniors

'He is very good with clients, and proactive in his approach'.


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading Junior - Band 1 

Noted for his experience in high-value personal injury work, ranging from brain and limb injuries to fatal accidents. He is praised by market sources for his representation of claimants.

Expertise: "He is a very dynamic and very skilled litigator. He works 25 hours a day, seven days a week."

Recent work: Acted for the claimant in Curtis v NIG, a four-day liability trial concerning an amputation following an RTA.


LEGAL 500 2014

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'An expert in high-value personal injury work'.


CHAMBERS UK 2014

Personal Injury

Well known for the breadth and depth of his expertise in complex and high-value matters, including extremely severe high-value catastrophic injuries, complex regional pain disorder and fatal claims. He draws particular praise for his sensitivity and understanding when dealing with clients.

Expertise: "He's very good with clients - he puts them at ease. He's also very keen to work in a team setting and makes himself available for conferences at late notice."

Recent work: He acted for a claimant who suffered devastating orthopaedic and ocular injuries in an RTA. The case was complicated by the claimant's pre-existing osteogenesis imperfecta.


LEGAL 500 2013

Julian Benson is 'extremely user friendly'


CHAMBERS UK 2013

Personal Injury - Band 1

Julian Benson is highly regarded by instructing solicitors, who enjoy working with "a barrister who gives you confidence as you know he is prepared to take on complex issues." He is "an excellent advocate" who focuses his practice on high-value catastrophic injury claims.


LEGAL 500 2012

Personal Injury

Julian Benson is ‘very able and willing to pull out all the stops when required’.


CHAMBERS UK 2012

Personal Injury - Band 1

'Julian Benson is another junior here credited with a "superbly tactical brain."

"He is not afraid to go where others fear to tread and clients love his have-a-go approach."

'He has recently been handling two brain injury cases valued at more than £1 million, as well as a number of complex chronic pain cases.'


LEGAL 500 2011

Personal Injury

'Highly rated for complex PI matters.'


CHAMBERS UK 2011

Personal Injury 

"Takes an extremely pragmatic approach"

'Impresses with his "ability to come up with a novel angle or an extra argument."

'He was recently instructed by Aviva alongside Adrian Palmer QC in a Consumer Protection Act claim. In addition, he regularly acts on the claimant side, recently handling a High Court case that settled for £3.5 million.'


LEGAL 500 2010

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Julian Benson 'gives full commitment and immerses himself in cases'.

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Personal Injury: Heather Bidwell, Wendy Shaw or Olive Kavanagh 

Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Professional Negligence Bar Association

education

  • Inns of Court School of Law
  • 2:1 Masters Degree in Law, Cambridge University
  • 2:1 Degree in Law, Cambridge University
  • 2:1 Degree in History & Politics, Durham University