Gabriel Farmer

Year of call: 1994

 "Extremely thorough in his preparation, and knowledgeable of the relevant law." "Always on top of the detail."
Chambers UK 2017

Gabriel Gabriel

Gabriel is Head of the Guildhall PI team. He has a longstanding specialist practice in personal injury and clinical negligence including catastrophic cases. He has broad experience of liability issues spanning fatal accidents, industrial injury, RTA/MIB claims, occupier/public liability claims, disease cases, cases of post accident clinical negligence or involving technical factual issues. He has regular involvement in quantum disputes involving fatality, paralysis, traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, amputation and claims involving CRPS / Somatoform / or other chronic pain disorders. He enjoys a busy practice, is instructed by claimants and insurers and is described in Legal 500 as “highly effective” and “ultimately the advocate you want on your side” and is ranked at as a tier 1 junior. He is ranked in Chambers UK as “Extremely thorough in his preparation, and knowledgeable of the relevant law” and “Always on top of the detail.” Recent cases include a T12 paraplegic, a novel issue relating to contributory negligence in a lung cancer claim (destined for the Court of Appeal in 2017), a bilateral above-knee amputation and paralysing discitis caused by a workplace laceration with subsequent clinical negligence. Alongside these less higher-end claims Gabriel’s practice also includes cases spanning down to lower values – a consequence of loyal relationships forged over time. Solicitors particularly value his approachability, commercial awareness, and ability quickly to gain the confidence of the lay client, especially in cases where problems have arisen or where careful handing is required. 

Personal Injury

Gabriel is typically instructed in liability disputes arising out of:

  • Fatal claims of all types
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Subrogated claims
  • Multi-handed liability apportionment disputes
  • RTA 1988 s.151 disputes
  • MIB liability
  • Regulatory breaches in employer liability cases
  • Contributory negligence issues in cases of significant quantum
  • Public liability injury cases
  • Limitation - especially in disease cases

Quantum disputes typically involving:

  • Complex or multiple injury claims
  • Cases involving difficult causation issues surrounding pre-existing medical conditions / acceleration / damaging surveillance / competing psychological disorders
  • Law Reform / Fatal Accident Act assessments
  • Brain injury cases
  • Amputation injuries
  • Pain cases (CRPS, fibromyalgia, chronic pain etc)

Cases involving complex quantum, issues such as:

  • Claimants requiring significant care regimes
  • Losses of earnings in self employed claimants
  • Significant claims for prosthetics and other appliances
  • Cases involving the need for modifications to accommodation
  • CICA claims

Recent Cases

Claimant Cases

  • Hind quarter amputation (leg, part pelvis, genitals) EL claim. C not eligible for a prosthetic (no bearing surface). Claims included earnings, care, accommodation and mobility aids. Settled for c. £1m.
  • £750k claim arising out of avulsion of C's hand in a jet ski accident. Claim including Michelangelo bionic hand and received significant media attention (on-going).
  • Severe knee fracture (EL claim) and subsequent clinical negligence leading to loss of career in HGV diver (trial: £250k).
  • Fatal RTA of designer with significant career potential (settled for £750k).
  • Double fatal RTA including issues of automatism on the part of the defendant (on-going).
  • RTA causing chronic pain where claimant (a GP) suffered significant diminution in earnings potential (on-going).
  • £1m claim involving loss of creative ability secondary to frontal lobe damage.

Defendant Cases

  • Fatal RTA based on complex facts including earlier identical accident on the same road and allegations of defective works causing flooding (on-going).
  • RTA leg amputation. Led by Adrian Palmer QC. Settled for c. £1m.
  • Defending £700k quantum claim brought by claimant with pre-existing leg palsy. Claimant cross-examined on credibility 1 day. Claimant then accepted historic P36 offer of £25k.
  • Quantum defence in case of severe electrical burns causing severe hand injuries and psychological damage (on-going).
  • Hernia claim in manual worker (case struck out at trial on causation argument).
  • Defence of Human Rights Act claim brought by parent following children being place on "at risk" register by social services (on-going).

 

Clinical negligence

Gabriel enjoys a mixed practice claiming and defending in cases involving GP and hospital negligence.

His recent cases include:

  • Negligent failure to prescribe prophylactic antibiotics leading to spinal neurological impairment
  • Post surgery well leg compartment syndrome leading to chronic pain and impaired mobility 
  • Negligent failure to diagnose and treat spinal discitis following a workplace laceration causing neurological impairment

Inquests

As an adjunct to his Fatal Accident Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence practise and as a result of many years' appointment to the Treasury Panel Gabriel has significant experience of inquest work.

Gabriel's inquests work has included:

  • Acting as counsel to the enquiry in a complex young person suicide cases
  • Numerous RTA workplace inquests (especially where issues involve multi-party liability)
  • Public liability fatal claims
  • Prison / secure unit suicide cases

Recommendations


CHAMBERS UK 2017

Personal Injury

Leading Junior

Handles cases involving spinal, brain and limb injuries. He frequently advises on high-value RTAs and fatal accident claims.

Strengths: "Extremely thorough in his preparation, and knowledgeable of the relevant law." "Always on top of the detail."


LEGAL 500 2016

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'He has clarity of expression and attention to detail, and gains clients' trust and confidence.'


CHAMBERS UK 2016

Personal Injury

Leading Junior 

Practices exclusively in personal injury, mainly representing defendants in catastrophic or fatal cases. 

Strengths: "He has a forensic grasp of detail." "He provides very astute analysis of the commercial risks, as well as the legal risks."


LEGAL 500 2015

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'His analysis is excellent, and he is skilled in negotiating and drafting'.


CHAMBERS UK 2015

Personal Injury

Leading Junior 

Leads the set's personal injury team and is noted for his expertise across a wide span of injury claims. He is particularly adept at handling liability and quantum disputes.

Expertise: "He understands this area of the law extremely well, and he turns things around very quickly."


LEGAL 500 2014

Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

Leading juniors

'A catastrophic injury specialist'.


CHAMBERS UK 2014

Personal Injury

Heads Guildhall Chambers' personal injury group. He is highly experienced in a broad range of personal injury matters, and acts for claimants and defendants in cases involving industrial diseases, fatalities and catastrophic injuries, particularly amputations.

Expertise: "He's very good in putting it down on paper for insurer clients - he gives precise and very specific points."


LEGAL 500 2013

Gabriel Farmer is 'very approachable and helpful, with meticulous attention to detail.'

CHAMBERS UK 2013

Gabriel Farmer is head of the personal injury group at Guildhall Chambers. He acts for both claimants and defendants on all manner of personal injury claims, and is especially good on catastrophic brain and spinal injury matters.


LEGAL 500 2012

Gabriel Farmer is recommended for industrial disease litigation.


CHAMBERS UK 2012

Personal Injury

Gabriel Farmer tackles serious head and spinal injuries and specialises in construction-related accidents.


LEGAL 500 2011

Practice head Gabriel Farmer is a 'good tactician, highly effective negotiator and ultimately the advocate you want on your side'.


CHAMBERS UK 2011

Personal Injury 

Gabriel Farmer is a "clear, measured advocate," who handles RTAs, catastrophic injury cases, inquests and cases involving loss of career.


CHAMBERS UK 2010

Gabriel Farmer is "a skilled technician and excellent advocate, whose communication skills with clients in conference are markedly superior to many."


CHAMBERS UK 2009

High-value personal injury case specialist Gabriel Farmer, whose "sophisticated and effective negotiation skills" were much applauded.