John Boumphrey

Year of call 1992

Personal Injury

Practice Summary

John handles all aspects of personal injury, ranging from modest to catastrophic. He also appears in inquests and public inquiries. He has narrow expertise in cases involving Credit Hire

John has a particular interest in injuries arising in sport and is comfortable dealing with specialist expert evidence and has ready access to medical expertise for informal input.

John has acted in credit hire cases from 1994 onwards. At various times he has been on the approved counsel panels for Accident Exchange, True, Winn and Enterprise.
He has provided update lectures on credit hire and low velocity impact and keeps up to date in these relevant areas of law. He has extensive driving experience; prior to being called to the bar he was trained by Central Relief Services as an emergency response driver; has completed driver training at Hendon Police College; held an RAC Racing permit for two years; has driven under race conditions from London to Monte-Carlo. He has driven 3 tonne trucks, holds a full motorcycle licence, and cycles. John is a prospective panel member for Auto Resolutions.

Areas of Expertise

  • Claims involving Police activity
  • Quantum of Personal Injury damages
  • RTAs (including credit hire)
  • Occupiers’ Liability
  • Highways cases
  • Inquests
  • Costs
  • Limitation
  • Sanctions
  • Fraudulent Claims Cases involving criminal liability    

Notable Cases

  • Heseltine v Secretary of State for Home department - Action for damages where defendant with mental health problems set fire to himself whilst under supervision in a prison hospital wing.
  • Canada Square Tower Crane Collapse - John acted for the family of the Crane operator during the exhaustive inquest into the collapse in May 2000 of a Wolff 320 BF tower crane at Canada Square, London, in which three workers were killed. He quickly developed substantial expertise in the operation, erection and maintenance of cranes.
  • Renard v Ali - Claim involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. All aspects of causation were considered.            


  • Low Velocity Injuries with Simon Ross
  • Assorted update lectures for local authorities            
  • Sanctions for Royal College of Nursing  in Leeds