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Dr Tagbo Ilozue

Year of Call: 2019
Email Address: tagbo.ilozue@3pb.co.uk
Telephone: 01962 868884

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Overview

Tagbo Ilozue joined Chambers in October 2020 after successful completion of his pupillage. He undertook a common law pupillage at 3PB’s Winchester centre in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence under the supervision of Mark LomasMark Stephen LomasCall: 1983 and in Criminal and Regulatory Law with David RichardsDavid RichardsCall: 1989.

He came to the bar from a career in medicine, having worked as a junior doctor in a variety of medical and surgical specialities. He continued working as a locum doctor while studying part-time for the BPTC and obtained the 7th highest mark in a cohort of over 400 students.

Tagbo also holds a doctorate in Developmental Biology from Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Oxford. During his time in Cambridge, he taught anatomy and embryology to undergraduate medical students.

He chose the change to the law because he realised it would enable him to combine in one career the aspects he found to be the most rewarding from his experiences in science, his undergraduate studies in philosophy, and his work as a doctor.

The core of Tagbo’s practice lies in the specialisms that were the focus of his pupillage, Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, General Crime, and Public & Regulatory Law; further details on these areas of work can be found under the headings below.

However, his interests continue to encompass a broad range of Chambers’ practice areas and he is regularly instructed in a variety of commercial, construction, consumer, and property law matters.

Examples of recent work in such fields include:

  • Advising a claimant company on the merits of a multi-track claim for anticipatory breach of a sole agency contract, and drafting the particulars of claim, reply, and draft directions.
  • Advising a claimant contractor on the merits of a £20,000 claim for wrongful dismissal from the construction site, and drafting the particulars of claim.
  • Representing a claimant consumer in a dispute over domestic building work in which damages in excess of the original invoice price were recovered for the cost of the remedial work required.
  • Advising a claimant on the prospects of success of a claim for damage caused by a tree that fell from a neighbour’s garden.
  • Advising a claimant company on the steps needed to progress a multi-track claim for the consequential losses arising from the supply of defective construction materials which had been used in multiple kitchen installations.
  • Advising and representing a public body defendant in relation to an application to strike out a claim for purported breach of an exclusivity agreement.
  • Representing a defendant landlord in a claim alleging a failure to provide prescribed information (claim dismissed) and wrongful deductions from the deposit (the refund awarded by the court was less than the lowest refund offered by the defendant prior to the trial).

Expertise

  • Personal Injury
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    Tagbo Ilozue has amassed considerable experience in Personal Injury, acting for claimants and defendants in small and fast track claims, stage 3 hearings, infant settlements, and related applications. He appears regularly in the county court and maintains a busy paperwork practice, drafting pleadings and advising in relation to liability, quantum, and procedure.

    He has been instructed on cases involving:

    • Road traffic accidents
    • Credit hire
    • Employers’ liability
    • Public liability
    • Occupiers’ liability
    • Health and Safety regulations

    Notable recent cases include:

    • R v N (2021) Small Claim RTA
      Represented the defendant, who was found likely to have contravened a traffic light but nevertheless held to have no liability for the subsequent accident.
    • K v B (2021) Advice on an RTA claim
      Advised the claimant on liability and expert evidence in relation to an injury sustained after the sudden braking of a bus.
    • C v S (2021) Stage 3
      Represented the claimant and secured an award of £8,440 for a soft tissue shoulder injury and associated adjustment disorder.
    • W v B (2021) Small Claim RTA
      Represented the defendant driver in relation to an accident resulting from lane changes on a dual carriageway. Claim dismissed and judgment in full for the defendant on the counterclaim.
    • P v N (2020) Small Claim RTA
      Represented the defendant lorry driver in a dispute arising from a collision with a car after the lorry moved off from a parked position. Claim dismissed.
    • R v W (2021) Advice and drafting on an Occupiers’ liability claim
      Advised the claimant and drafted the particulars of claim for proceedings against three defendants arising from an injury sustained in a fall in a shopping centre.
    • B v A (2020) Small Claim RTA
      Represented the defendant in a technical dispute over additional diminution in value of the claimant’s damaged vehicle over and above the cost of repair.
    • F v S (2020) Fast Track RTA
      Represented the claimant cyclist in a trial on quantum.
    • F v T (2020) Stage 3
      Represented the claimant, securing an award of £10,500 for a soft tissue neck injury.
    • K v U (2020) Stage 3 and infant settlement
      Represented the claimant, securing an award of £8,500 for situational anxiety on a background of autism.
    • G v P (2020) Fast Track RTA
      Represented the claimant, who was the driver of a car involved in a collision with a moped. Judgment in full for the claimant.
    • C v D (2020) Fast Track application hearing
      Successful application for permission for the claimant to reply on additional psychological, orthopaedic, and dermatological expert evidence.
  • Clinical Negligence
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    Before he came to the bar, Tagbo Ilozue worked in emergency medicine, acute medicine and a variety of surgical specialities in a number of different hospitals across the country. He gained familiarity with multiple clinical fields, treated innumerable patients and worked alongside a large number of healthcare practitioners. He thereby gained an invaluable insight into the key matters lying at the heart of clinical negligence disputes.

    While working as junior doctor Tagbo achieved the rare distinction of completing the membership exams for both the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians. His experience of research in a developmental biology laboratory, while working towards his PhD, enhanced his capacity for forensic analysis and ingrained a meticulous attention to detail that has translated into his legal practice.

    Tagbo acts for both claimants and defendants. His previous professional experience makes his involvement particularly helpful at a very early stage in the proceedings, to advise on whether the merits of a case are sufficient to justify the instruction of a medical expert and on the type of expert likely to be best qualified to assist the court.

    Recent work includes:

    • Advising a claimant on the merits of a claim arising from perinatal obstetric care.
    • Advising a claimant on expert evidence in relation to a delayed diagnosis of hip dysplasia in an infant.
    • Advising a defendant on quantum, and amendments needed to expert evidence in relation to a claim arising from the peri-operative management of anticoagulation therapy.
    • Advising a defendant on the practical steps to be undertaken to advance proceedings towards settlement.
    • Advising a claimant on the merits of a claim in relation to the delayed diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy.

    Tagbo welcomes instructions in all areas of medical and surgical practice.

  • Public and Regulatory
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    Tagbo Ilozue has a keen interest in public and regulatory law. He is a member of the Attorney General’s Junior Junior scheme and welcomes instructions on that basis.

    He has been instructed on multiple occasions to advise the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, both independently and as a led junior, in matters including:

    • Implementation of the Polar Code within domestic legislation.
    • Jurisdictional issues and potential offences arising from a collision at sea involving citizens of a British Overseas Territory who were operating a vessel in foreign waters.
    • The Victims’ Right to Review scheme for MCA prosecutions.

    His medical background makes him particularly well suited to inquest and professional discipline work. He has been trained to present cases on the behalf of the NMC and will act for both regulators and registrants at fitness-to-practice hearings.

    His interests extend to regulation of the legal profession. He has advised in relation to a potential solicitors’ negligence claim, and he is keen to develop his practice to include disciplinary and negligence proceedings involving solicitors and barristers.

  • Crime
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    Tagbo Ilozue dedicates roughly half his time to his criminal practice. He is a level 1 prosecutor on the CPS General Crime Panel, and he defends and prosecutes in all areas of general crime, appearing regularly in the Magistrates’, Youth and Crown Courts.

    He has been instructed to advise and represent defendants and the Crown in matters involving:

    ABH, affray, breach offences (CO, SSO, RO, CBO, Bail, SHPO, and notification requirements), burglary, common assault and battery, criminal damage, domestic violence, drugs offences, fraud, harassment, malicious communications, public disorder, road traffic offences, sexual offences, theft, and violent disorder.

    Selected recent cases include:

    • R v J (2021) Violent Disorder
      Instructed as defence trial counsel in this pending multi-handed trial in Southwark Crown Court.
    • R v L (2021) Fraud and Theft
      Instructed as prosecution trial counsel in this pending appeal in Bournemouth Crown Court.
    • R v Z (2021) Assault by beating of an emergency worker
      Instructed as defence trial counsel in this pending trial at Newport (IOW) Crown Court.
    • R v B (2021) Breach of SSO (imposed for blackmail)
      Prosecuted for the NPS at Bournemouth Crown Court.
    • R v B and others (2021) Affray and Resisting a Constable
      Prosecuted this sentencing hearing at Bournemouth crown court involving detailed analysis of CCTV and legal argument on determining harm in the absence of victim witness evidence.
    • R v Y (2021) Speeding
      Represented the defendant in a successful plea of exceptional hardship at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, avoiding a totting up disqualification.
    • R v N (2021) Application to vary bail
      Successful defence application at Bournemouth Crown Court to vary residence condition.
    • R v S (2021) Criminal damage
      Represented the defendant in a trial at Salisbury Magistrates’ Court, securing an acquittal.
    • R v H (2021) Concerned in supply of and production of cannabis
      Prosecuted the sentencing hearing at Newport (IOW) Crown Court.
    • R v B (2021) Burglary
      Prosecuted the sentencing hearing at Newport (IOW) Crown Court.
    • R v A (2020) Breach of CO (imposed for indecent images of children)
      Prosecuted for the NPS at Bournemouth Crown Court.
    • R v S (2020) Failure to stop and report an accident and Careless driving
      Plea in mitigation at sentencing hearing at Oxford Magistrates’ Court, disposed of with a fine.
    • R v H (2020) Harassment
      Represented the defendant in trial at Southampton Magistrates’ Court; successful submission of no case to answer after close of the prosecution case.
    • R v R (2020) Harassment, breach of RO x2, breach of SSO imposed for previous harassment
      Plea in mitigation at Southampton Magistrates’ Court for a vulnerable defendant; persuaded the district judge to impose a community order.
    • R v B (2020) Assault by Beating (domestic violence)
      Prosecuted trial at Southampton Magistrates’ Court, involving successful legal argument to admit hearsay evidence as res gestae and refuse a s.78 PACE application to exclude it. Guilty verdict.
    • R v H (2020) Assault by Beating and Criminal damage (domestic violence)
      Prosecuted trial at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court. Guilty verdict on the assault.
    • D v R (2020) Failure to provide specimen and driving while disqualified
      Represented the defendant in an appeal against sentence in Leicester Crown Court.
    • R v W (2020) Assault by beating of an emergency worker
      Represented the defendant at his first appearance in Southampton Magistrates’ Court and advised as to obtaining psychiatric evidence that eventually led the crown to offer no evidence.
    • R v G (2020) Assault by beating x2 and Common assault (domestic)
      Represented the defendant at trial in Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court. Evidence included multiple audio recordings made surreptitiously by the complainant. Secured acquittal.
  • Articles
    • Lockdown Law 2 - Public and Regulatory Law

      3PB’s David Richards, Head of the national chambers’ Public & Regulatory Law team, and pupil barrister Dr Tagbo Ilozue have reviewed three new regulatory key cases, covering environment regulation, food safety and housing regulations, all handed down since the UK went into lockdown.

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    • Lockdown Law - Recent criminal law developments and relevant case law

      3PB Barristers’ regulatory counsel David Richards, Head of the national chambers’ Public & Regulatory Law team and pupil barrister Dr Tagbo Ilozue have published a digest of recent criminal law developments and relevant case law since the UK went into lockdown.

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    • Responding to Covid-19: The maritime perspective in the UK

      David Richards, head of the marine group at 3PB and fellow barrister Dr Tagbo Ilozue have reviewed national and international maritime responses to the Covid 19 crisis, looking in particular at the UK regulatory framework that may be used to police responses to the coronavirus beyond the current lockdown.

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Academic qualifications

  • Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL), University of Law – Distinction
  • PhD, Developmental Biology, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MB BChir), Queens’ College, University of Cambridge
  • MA Philosophy and Psychology, Magdalen College, University of Oxford – 2:1

Scholarships

  • Everard Ver Heyden Foundation Prize (for results in the BPTC) City Law School
  • Winner of the City Law School Senior Moot, 2019

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • BPTC, City Law School – Outstanding (7th in a year of over 400 students)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Surgeons (MRCS, expired in July 2019)

Professional bodies

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers