Julian Chamberlayne

Stewarts Law LLP Profile

5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF

Telephone: 020 7822 8000


Partner in the Personal Injury Department, Head travel team, Knowledge Management Partner.


Severe spinal, brain, amputee and fatal accident claims, including  accidents abroad.  In the recent past, third parties have commented as follows:

"Julian Chamberlayne is described by clients as 'top class' and 'an outstandingly good lawyer of high personal integrity, intelligence and thoroughness'."

"The 'energetic and phenomenally committed' Julian Chamberlayne is known for his experience of personal injury work and has, according to reports, "glided effortlessly into high-end aviation work."

Recent notable cases include:

• Harding -v- Wealands, forum established in England for Claimant injured in RTA in New South Wales, Succeeded before the House of Lords with judgment in July 06 establishing that English law applies to the assessment of damages, clarifying the distinction between substantive and procedural law.  This is the lead authority on the interpretation of the Private International (Miscellaneous Proceedings) Act 1995.  £5.5 million damages recovered on 2nd day of High Court trial in Feb 07;

• Sarwar v Ali and the MIB,  Judgment for an unseat belted claimant for 75% of £9.5 million, of which the loss of earnings and care elements were awarded as earnings indexed PPs. During the course of the claim interims of £1.66 million were recovered to maximise the claimants rehabilitation.  Not only is the highest reported judgment for a personal injury claimant, it also remains the only case in which earnings indexed PPs have been awarded for a loss of earnings claim. The Judgment was referred to extensively, with approval, by the  Court of Appeal in Thompstone.

• Nunns v R.J.Cannon, £6 million recovered for 59 year old motor biking accountant following a collision with a crane. The claim was settled on a 100% basis early in proceedings on innovative terms that avoided the claimant in the likely complications and delays of a causation defence on clinical negligence grounds.

• Sedyakin v Stolt Nielsen; 2/3 liability agreement achieved on 3rd and final day of a liability trial relating to a shipping accident of the coast of Egypt, causing paraplegia.  £1.7 million recovered in January 2007 settlement for this highly independent 50 year old paraplegic Russian man;

• Paton v MOD, £5 million settlement achieved the day before a 3 week Category A trial for a fatal claim arising out of an air accident, overcoming accident investigation reports by both the AAIB and the MOD which found  the deceased to have caused the accident.  Thought to be the highest award for a single fatality; 

• Campbell -v- Watson-Mitchell, Judgment and interim payment of £650,000 within six months of instruction for a young tetraplegic man, subsequently settled for £5 million;

• A (by Litigation Friend B) - v C & the PRs of D -record life multiplier of 33.2 for a 10-year-old paraplegic, claim pursued to the Court of Appeal on the issue of indexing of lump-sum future losses, subsequently settled at £2.75 million;

• Griffiths -v- Brown £3.37 million (x 65%) for a brain injured hemiplegic;

• Re: Loescher, negotiated high value ex-gratia payment from the UN for the victim of a terrorist bombing in Iraq;

Recent publications (not including regular case reports for Lawtel) include:-

July & Sept 2007 - To PP or not to PP (Parts 1 & 2) - APIL PI Focus
June 2007 - JPIL - Claimant Part 36 Offers are they worth it?
May 2007 - Legal Week - High Stakes (calculating claims for high earners)
2006, Issue 5 - APIL PI Focus - Varying PPs
25 July 2006  - The Times - Lawyer of the week
March 2005, Issue 2- APIL PI Focus - From bombs to rehab; interview with Helen Blundell


The Law Society's Personal Injury Panel; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (Fellow); London Cycling Campaign

Career Overview

Hutchins & Co. 1992-1999, specialising in the full range of personal injury, clinical negligence and criminal injury compensation claims.
The youngest member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel at the age of 27 in 1998.
Joined Stewarts Law Personal Injury Department in 2000. Appointed Partner 2002.


Cycling solo 15,000 miles the length of the Americas, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego - 1999-2000.


The Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (FOCIS) Response to the Vnuk Consultation
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Richard Grand passes away of natural causes
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Introduction to the Response by FOCIS to the Discount Rate Questionnaire
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