John Collins

Year of call 1956

Personal Injury

Practice Summary

Having practised in the Personal Injury area for nearly 60 years John has a well-established, thriving and broad ranging practice undertaking work in all areas of PI specialising in clinical and professional negligence.


Reported Cases

Ribee v. Norrie [2001] PIQRP8, a successful appeal to the CA, where duties of an absentee landlord in relation to personal injury caused by the escape of fire and nuisance were laid down.

Jeffrey v. CMB [1999] CLY 461, a successful appeal to the CA on limitation of actions for deafness claims.

Gouldsborough v. Thompson [1996] PIQRQ 86—quantifying future loss.

Hill v. Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [1989] AC 53 (the 'Yorkshire Ripper' case).

The Vladimir Timofeyev [1983] (accident aboard ship)

Rahman v. Kirklees AHA [1980] 1WLR 1244 (evidence in medical negligence cases);

Notable Cases

Hardaker v. Huby (1962) ('plumber without mate'); What is believed to be the first award of £200,000 general damages by the CICA to a tetraplegic child. Awards of £2.9 and £2.8 million to severely injured children.

Thompson v Smiths Ship Repairers [1984] Q.B.405


Publications include recent articles on disclosure and the use of inquiry agent evidence in PI cases.

Proforma guide for medical reports on applications for adjournment.

Personal Information

During his spare time John is involved in charitable and public work (including membership of a housing association board for over 40 years) and enjoys music, art, reading and walking.

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