Charlie Woodhouse

Year of call 1997

CClerk

William Meade
020 7269 0360 Email William

Charlie specialises in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests.

He is ranked in Band 1 for Personal Injury by Chambers & Partners and has been described in the legal directories as "a superb advocate with a fantastic success rate" who "… has the full range - he's very good with clients, and a fantastic advocate who wins difficult cases. His attention to detail is excellent", "He's very confident and accessible. He builds up a good rapport with witnesses; he's engaging and clear but not dogmatic". Charlie is particularly "recognised for his insurance defence practice".

Charlie has enormous experience acting for Claimants and Defendants predominantly in high value and serious or fatal injury cases arising from road traffic, industrial and other accidents. His caseload includes accidents resulting in brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and cases involving contested mental capacity. Charlie has a particularly strong reputation acting in claims by members of the armed forces and for acting for insurers in cases involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Pain and associated disorders, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Functional Neurological Disorder.

He has considerable experience of claims that arise out of accidents, often fatal, involving industrial machinery including cranes, trains and other engineering equipment in which Charlie is regularly instructed to act at inquest and in civil proceedings.

Charlie has been ranked as a leading junior in Clinical Negligence by the Legal 500 since 2009 where they observe that he 'grasps medical issues quickly'.

He has considerable experience in clinical negligence acting at inquest and in civil proceedings in a wide range of clinical accident claims including fatal accident claims, obstetric negligence claims and claims arising from delayed diagnoses.


Charlie has 20 years’ experience of acting at inquest and in civil proceedings in a wide range of clinical accident claims and he is ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence in the Legal 500. Most of his caseload involves high value or medically complex claims including fatality during the course of medical treatment, perinatal injury to mother and child, delayed diagnosis of cancer and iatrogenic injury in the course of treatment (particularly injury to the bowel). Charlie has a particular interest and considerable experience in representing members of the armed forces in respect of treatment received in both a military and civilian set-ting and he has represented a number of elite and professional sportsmen and women in respect of the treatment of career ending injuries.

Charlie is described in the legal directories as "a superb advocate with a fantastic success rate" who “...has the full range - he's very good with clients, and a fantastic advocate who wins difficult cases. His attention to detail is excellent", "He's very confident and accessible. He builds up a good rapport with witnesses; he's engaging and clear but not dogmatic".

Recent Cases                                              

  • Matuszczak v Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. A claim for psychiatric illness resulting from the still birth of the Claimant’s baby.
  • Shoniwa v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust. A claim for obstetric negligence leading to asphyxia and brain injury to the Claimant’s son and severe psychiatric injury to the Claimant.
  • Byrne v MoD. A claim for the negligent treatment of a knee injury suffered by a serving soldier and her subsequent deployment to Afghanistan, leading to subsequent re-injury and ultimately a below knee amputation. Complicated causation issues with similar arguments to those in Wright v Cambridge Medical Group [2011] EWCA Civ 669.
  • Ramesh v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. A fatal accident claim arising from the Claimant’s husband’s death following vascular injury sustained during the course of an angiogram.
  • Arrands v Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. A claim arising from iatrogenic bowel injury during the course of arthroscopic surgery leading to severe debilitating injury and a permanent ileostomy.
  • Meade v Timeyin. A claim arising from the delayed diagnosis of cancer.

Charlie has considerable experience of representing interested parties in the coroner’s court. He is often instructed on behalf of interested parties in inquests arising out of industrial accidents and death arising as a result of medical treatment. He regularly appears in inquests before a jury.

Recent Cases

  • Inquest touching the death of Erjon Hyseni. Represented a fairground operator at a widely reported jury inquest into the death of a young child at a fairground.
  • Inquest touching the death of Adrian Roberts. Represented the deceased’s employer at a jury inquest into the death of an abattoir worker at work.
  • Inquest touching the death of Kathleen Haines. Acted for British Oxygen at an inquest into the death of a patient at Royal United Hospital, Bath who suffered injuries as a result of serious fire on the intensive care unit.
  • Inquest touching the death of Parameswaran Ramesh. Represented the widow of the deceased who died following injury caused in the course of an angiogram.
  • Inquest touching the death of Lee Friend. Represented an interested party responsible for erecting temporary traffic lights at the scene of a fatal road traffic accident at a jury inquest.
  • Inquest touching the death of Anne Weller. Represented the family of the deceased who died shortly after being discharged home from hospital with poorly controlled vomiting.
  • Inquest touching the death of René Tkacik. Represented the widow of the deceased who died in an accident on a Crossrail construction site at a jury inquest.

Charlie is recognised as one of the leading personal injury juniors at the Bar. He is ranked by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 and is ranked in both London Bar and on the Western Circuit. Whilst legal directories record that Charlie is “…very much beloved by the insurance clients”, he also has vast experience acting for Claimants in a wide range of cases.

Most of Charlie’s caseload involves high value, complex or catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims including brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation. Charlie’s vast experience of dealing with medical and non-medical experts makes him particularly popular in contested quantum cases or cases in which there are significant disputes as to medical causation.

Charlie has developed particular expertise acting for insurers, in claims for Complex Regional Pain Disorder, Chronic Pain and associated disorders including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Functional Neurological Disorder. In 2015 alone, Charlie was involved in the settlement of Chronic Pain claims with a pleaded value of in excess of £5,000,000. Charlie regularly lectures on this area of specialism, often in conjunction with leading medical experts.

Charlie has considerable experience of acting for members of the armed forces in claims against the Ministry of Defence and other Defendants. His understanding of the military way of life, of rank and salary structures and of military career paths enable him to create an immediate rapport with serving and former members of the armed forces.

He is regularly instructed by insurers in respect of fraudulent claims or claims in which policy cover is avoided by virtue of the insured’s conduct. Recent examples of such cases include claims involving racing by multiple drivers resulting in multi vehicle fatal accidents and a claim involving the reckless use of a car to injure several of a group of pedestrians by an unidentified driver.

 

Recent Cases                  

  • Shepherd v Yates. Acted for the Defendant in this case in which the Claimant suffered spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia in a road traffic accident. Settled at a JSM for £2.275M
  • Harrowven v Poole Borough Council. Acted for the Defendant in this case in which the Claimant suffered a below knee amputation following an accident at work when he was knocked off a bicycle by a dustbin lorry. The case was complicated by the risk of further surgery leading to above knee amputation and settled at a JSM for substantial damages covered by a confidentiality agreement.
  • Wait v Atkins. Acted for the Claimant in this complex claim in which a pedestrian was struck by a taxi on a country lane at night sustaining very serious brachial plexus and orthopaedic injuries. Primary liability, contributory negligence and quantum were all in issue. Settled at a JSM for £250,000 (equivalent to £750,000 on a full liability basis).
  • Tkacikova v BAM Nuttal Ltd. Acted for the Claimant in this fatal accident claim arising out of the death of a concrete sprayer working on a Crossrail construction site. Acted at inquest and in successful civil proceedings
  • Thomas v Zurich Insurance. Acted for the Defendant in this claim in which the Claimant developed Fibromyalgia following a road traffic accident. Pleaded at in excess of £1.5M the claim settled at a JSM for £550,000.
  • Miller v TfL & Ringway Jacob. Acted for the Defendant in a chronic pain claim pleaded at about £800,000 and settled at a JSM for £175,000.
  • Gupta v Baverstock School. Successfully represented the Defendant at the trial of liability of a claim arising out of a tripping accident at work leading to wrist fracture and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • Broadfield v. Meyrick Estate Management Limited

    An employer had been in breach of its obligation to provide a suitable and sufficient handrail in accordance with the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 reg.12(5) in circumstances...

  • Lumb v. Hampsey

    The test to be adopted under CPR r.36.10(5) for exercising discretion to depart from the usual costs consequences where a claimant accepted a defendant's Part 36 offer out of time...

  • A & B v. Somerset County Council

    A master had erred in applying too strict a test of causation when refusing an application for pre-action disclosure under CPR r.31.16 in relation to a claim for negligence against...

  • Asa MacIntyre v. Ministry of Defence

    An army officer's claim for damages for personal injuries sustained in a rock fall during an army climbing expedition was dismissed as there had been no breach of duty of...

  • Neil Turner v. (1) Russell Green (2) Motor Insurers Bureau

    The owner of a motorcycle was not liable for personal injuries sustained by the rider of the vehicle when it was involved in a road traffic accident as, on the...

  • See all cases

     

pAwards

Legal 500 2017 Leading Individual 2017 C&P Leading individual 2016 L500 Leading Individual C&P 2016 Ranked Barrister L500 2015 leading individual Chambers & Partners 2015 Barrister Legal 500 Top Ranked Barrister 2014 Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2014 Ranked in Legal 500 2013

Charlie specialises in Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence and Inquests.

He is ranked in Band 1 for Personal Injury by Chambers & Partners and has been described in the legal directories as "a superb advocate with a fantastic success rate" who "… has the full range - he's very good with clients, and a fantastic advocate who wins difficult cases. His attention to detail is excellent", "He's very confident and accessible. He builds up a good rapport with witnesses; he's engaging and clear but not dogmatic". Charlie is particularly "recognised for his insurance defence practice".

Charlie has enormous experience acting for Claimants and Defendants predominantly in high value and serious or fatal injury cases arising from road traffic, industrial and other accidents. His caseload includes accidents resulting in brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and cases involving contested mental capacity. Charlie has a particularly strong reputation acting in claims by members of the armed forces and for acting for insurers in cases involving Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Chronic Pain and associated disorders, including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Functional Neurological Disorder.

He has considerable experience of claims that arise out of accidents, often fatal, involving industrial machinery including cranes, trains and other engineering equipment in which Charlie is regularly instructed to act at inquest and in civil proceedings.

Charlie has been ranked as a leading junior in Clinical Negligence by the Legal 500 since 2009 where they observe that he 'grasps medical issues quickly'.

He has considerable experience in clinical negligence acting at inquest and in civil proceedings in a wide range of clinical accident claims including fatal accident claims, obstetric negligence claims and claims arising from delayed diagnoses.


Charlie has 20 years’ experience of acting at inquest and in civil proceedings in a wide range of clinical accident claims and he is ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence in the Legal 500. Most of his caseload involves high value or medically complex claims including fatality during the course of medical treatment, perinatal injury to mother and child, delayed diagnosis of cancer and iatrogenic injury in the course of treatment (particularly injury to the bowel). Charlie has a particular interest and considerable experience in representing members of the armed forces in respect of treatment received in both a military and civilian set-ting and he has represented a number of elite and professional sportsmen and women in respect of the treatment of career ending injuries.

Charlie is described in the legal directories as "a superb advocate with a fantastic success rate" who “...has the full range - he's very good with clients, and a fantastic advocate who wins difficult cases. His attention to detail is excellent", "He's very confident and accessible. He builds up a good rapport with witnesses; he's engaging and clear but not dogmatic".

Recent Cases                                              

  • Matuszczak v Mid-Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust. A claim for psychiatric illness resulting from the still birth of the Claimant’s baby.
  • Shoniwa v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust. A claim for obstetric negligence leading to asphyxia and brain injury to the Claimant’s son and severe psychiatric injury to the Claimant.
  • Byrne v MoD. A claim for the negligent treatment of a knee injury suffered by a serving soldier and her subsequent deployment to Afghanistan, leading to subsequent re-injury and ultimately a below knee amputation. Complicated causation issues with similar arguments to those in Wright v Cambridge Medical Group [2011] EWCA Civ 669.
  • Ramesh v St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust. A fatal accident claim arising from the Claimant’s husband’s death following vascular injury sustained during the course of an angiogram.
  • Arrands v Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust. A claim arising from iatrogenic bowel injury during the course of arthroscopic surgery leading to severe debilitating injury and a permanent ileostomy.
  • Meade v Timeyin. A claim arising from the delayed diagnosis of cancer.

Charlie has considerable experience of representing interested parties in the coroner’s court. He is often instructed on behalf of interested parties in inquests arising out of industrial accidents and death arising as a result of medical treatment. He regularly appears in inquests before a jury.

Recent Cases

  • Inquest touching the death of Erjon Hyseni. Represented a fairground operator at a widely reported jury inquest into the death of a young child at a fairground.
  • Inquest touching the death of Adrian Roberts. Represented the deceased’s employer at a jury inquest into the death of an abattoir worker at work.
  • Inquest touching the death of Kathleen Haines. Acted for British Oxygen at an inquest into the death of a patient at Royal United Hospital, Bath who suffered injuries as a result of serious fire on the intensive care unit.
  • Inquest touching the death of Parameswaran Ramesh. Represented the widow of the deceased who died following injury caused in the course of an angiogram.
  • Inquest touching the death of Lee Friend. Represented an interested party responsible for erecting temporary traffic lights at the scene of a fatal road traffic accident at a jury inquest.
  • Inquest touching the death of Anne Weller. Represented the family of the deceased who died shortly after being discharged home from hospital with poorly controlled vomiting.
  • Inquest touching the death of René Tkacik. Represented the widow of the deceased who died in an accident on a Crossrail construction site at a jury inquest.

Charlie is recognised as one of the leading personal injury juniors at the Bar. He is ranked by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 and is ranked in both London Bar and on the Western Circuit. Whilst legal directories record that Charlie is “…very much beloved by the insurance clients”, he also has vast experience acting for Claimants in a wide range of cases.

Most of Charlie’s caseload involves high value, complex or catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims including brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation. Charlie’s vast experience of dealing with medical and non-medical experts makes him particularly popular in contested quantum cases or cases in which there are significant disputes as to medical causation.

Charlie has developed particular expertise acting for insurers, in claims for Complex Regional Pain Disorder, Chronic Pain and associated disorders including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Functional Neurological Disorder. In 2015 alone, Charlie was involved in the settlement of Chronic Pain claims with a pleaded value of in excess of £5,000,000. Charlie regularly lectures on this area of specialism, often in conjunction with leading medical experts.

Charlie has considerable experience of acting for members of the armed forces in claims against the Ministry of Defence and other Defendants. His understanding of the military way of life, of rank and salary structures and of military career paths enable him to create an immediate rapport with serving and former members of the armed forces.

He is regularly instructed by insurers in respect of fraudulent claims or claims in which policy cover is avoided by virtue of the insured’s conduct. Recent examples of such cases include claims involving racing by multiple drivers resulting in multi vehicle fatal accidents and a claim involving the reckless use of a car to injure several of a group of pedestrians by an unidentified driver.

 

Recent Cases                  

  • Shepherd v Yates. Acted for the Defendant in this case in which the Claimant suffered spinal cord injury resulting in paraplegia in a road traffic accident. Settled at a JSM for £2.275M
  • Harrowven v Poole Borough Council. Acted for the Defendant in this case in which the Claimant suffered a below knee amputation following an accident at work when he was knocked off a bicycle by a dustbin lorry. The case was complicated by the risk of further surgery leading to above knee amputation and settled at a JSM for substantial damages covered by a confidentiality agreement.
  • Wait v Atkins. Acted for the Claimant in this complex claim in which a pedestrian was struck by a taxi on a country lane at night sustaining very serious brachial plexus and orthopaedic injuries. Primary liability, contributory negligence and quantum were all in issue. Settled at a JSM for £250,000 (equivalent to £750,000 on a full liability basis).
  • Tkacikova v BAM Nuttal Ltd. Acted for the Claimant in this fatal accident claim arising out of the death of a concrete sprayer working on a Crossrail construction site. Acted at inquest and in successful civil proceedings
  • Thomas v Zurich Insurance. Acted for the Defendant in this claim in which the Claimant developed Fibromyalgia following a road traffic accident. Pleaded at in excess of £1.5M the claim settled at a JSM for £550,000.
  • Miller v TfL & Ringway Jacob. Acted for the Defendant in a chronic pain claim pleaded at about £800,000 and settled at a JSM for £175,000.
  • Gupta v Baverstock School. Successfully represented the Defendant at the trial of liability of a claim arising out of a tripping accident at work leading to wrist fracture and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • Broadfield v. Meyrick Estate Management Limited

    An employer had been in breach of its obligation to provide a suitable and sufficient handrail in accordance with the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 reg.12(5) in circumstances...

  • Lumb v. Hampsey

    The test to be adopted under CPR r.36.10(5) for exercising discretion to depart from the usual costs consequences where a claimant accepted a defendant's Part 36 offer out of time...

  • A & B v. Somerset County Council

    A master had erred in applying too strict a test of causation when refusing an application for pre-action disclosure under CPR r.31.16 in relation to a claim for negligence against...

  • Asa MacIntyre v. Ministry of Defence

    An army officer's claim for damages for personal injuries sustained in a rock fall during an army climbing expedition was dismissed as there had been no breach of duty of...

  • Neil Turner v. (1) Russell Green (2) Motor Insurers Bureau

    The owner of a motorcycle was not liable for personal injuries sustained by the rider of the vehicle when it was involved in a road traffic accident as, on the...

  • See all cases

     

pAwards

Legal 500 2017 Leading Individual 2017 C&P Leading individual 2016 L500 Leading Individual C&P 2016 Ranked Barrister L500 2015 leading individual Chambers & Partners 2015 Barrister Legal 500 Top Ranked Barrister 2014 Ranked in Chambers & Partners 2014 Ranked in Legal 500 2013
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