Barrister

Ruwena Khan

Year of call 2005

Personal Injury

Practice Summary
Ruwena is a Legal 500 Leading Junior in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence law. Her practice, in all areas of personal injury litigation, involves representation of both Claimants and Defendants in fast track and multi-track cases at all stages of proceedings.

Alongside her court work she also has a busy paper practice and regularly prepares written advices on liability and quantum and drafts pleadings. She is happy to consider matters on a CFA, where appropriate.

Ruwena is a highly experienced and skilled credit hire practitioner. She has extensive knowledge and in-depth understanding of credit hire litigation. As a result, Ruwena is regularly instructed to advise law firms and also CHOs as to both procedural and legal strategy at all stages of proceedings, including pre-issue. 


Ruwena is a thorough and robust advocate instructed in trials on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants at both fast track and multi-track level. She is accustomed to dealing with a wide variety of contentious legal issues such as enforceability, misrepresentation and fraud.  Ruwena frequently delivers seminars to all levels of credit hire practitioners, from paralegals to Partners. She provides updates as to both law and practice, giving insight into potential tactical advantages.

Areas of Expertise

  • Clinical Negligence
  • Industrial Disease Disputes
  • Occupiers’ Liability
  • Employers’ Liability
  • Public Liability
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Road Traffic Disputes
  • Credit Hire Claims
  • Costs Disputes
  • CRU Appeals


Notable Cases

  • W (By his L/F) v B 

     The adult Claimant, who had a pre-existing general poor level of neuropsychological functioning, was injured in a road traffic accident when he was knocked down by the Defendant’s motor vehicle whilst cycling. The case involved complex issues in respect of traumatic brain injury, exacerbation of pre-existing vulnerability, future long-term case management/support and legal capacity. Numerous medico-legal experts had been obtained by both parties in respect of the Claimant’s neuropsychological and psychiatric state.

  • C v G a claim for damages arising out of an accident that occurred whilst the Claimant was working in the course of her employment.  The Claimant suffered significant complex multiple physical and psychological injuries, including musculo-skeletal damage to the lumbar spine, neuropathic pain, change in bladder function and significant exacerbation of Somatic Symptoms Disorder.  
  • M v W 

     Advised in multi-track matter in respect of a Claimant who suffered from PTSD and sustained multiple physical injuries, including a fracture to her mandible, when the vehicle in which she was travelling as a passenger veered down a 50 foot embankment and landed on its roof on train tracks. The case also involved issues in respect of rupture of PIP breast implants which resulted in the Claimant being left with silicon laden nymph nodes in her system.

  • T v A – a claim for damages arising out of a breast reduction and uplift surgery alleged to have been carried out negligently and/or in breach of contract by a Consultant Plastic Surgeon.  The Claimant has been left with cosmetically unsatisfactory scars on the breasts; cosmetically unappealing asymmetrical and irregular breasts following surgery; and, an unwanted bra cup size.  The Claimant’s claim includes damages for future revisionist surgery.
  • Naylor v Monahan [2011] EWHC 1412 (QB) – successfully defended an appeal before the Honourable Mr Justice Coulson in respect of His Honour Judge Moorhouse's summary assessment of costs following a quantum only trial. This matter has been referenced in Halsbury's Laws of England as a noteworthy case detailing the relevant procedure for assessing costs.


Seminars

Ruwena has vast experience in providing Seminars tailored to the needs and requirements of all levels of solicitors, legal executives and case workers. Recent Seminars include:

  • LVI and Fraudulent Claims
  • Costs – Key Issues
  • New Rules on Disclosure, Witness Statements, Expert Evidence and Everything Inbetween
  • Multiple Injury Claims and Valuation
  • An Introduction to Clinical Negligence in PI Claims
  • An Introduction to Cosmetic Surgery Claims


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Personal Information

Ruwena’s activities include the following:

  • Yoga
  • Playing Piano
  • Playing Guitar
  • Theatre and cinema
  • Art
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Testimonials

"Recognised as Leading Junior Counsel in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence."

Legal 500 (2016)

"She is extremely capable and has strong legal knowledge"

Legal 500 (2015)