Gemma enjoys a varied civil practice, spanning Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, Public and Regulatory and Commercial law. She has a busy advocacy and advisory practice, representing Claimants and Defendants.
Before coming to the Bar, Gemma spent ten years as a British Diplomat, serving both overseas and as the Legal Researcher in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
Gemma also spent two years working as the Business Manager to the CEO of Coutts Bank. Given her background, Gemma has a particular interest in claims with an international dimension and is happy to travel on instruction. Gemma speaks Spanish.
Gemma has a busy personal injury practice. She advises and represents Claimants and Defendants in fast-track and multi-track claims and has experience of:
- Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims
- Employers’ liability
- Fatal accident claims
- Foreign jurisdiction claims
- Occupiers’ liability
- Product liability
- Public liability
- RTA litigation including all aspects of credit hire and fundamental dishonesty
- Trips and slips
- Athens Convention (cruise ship) claims
- Sexual offences and abuse claims
- Sports claims
Gemma has a particular interest in international personal injury claims and has been instructed on both accidents abroad and accidents in the UK involving international parties. She advised the Secretary of State for Justice on an historical sexual abuse claim with an international dimension.
Gemma is adept at handling sensitive procedural and factual matters. She recently advised the Secretary of State for Justice on a discrimination claim by a transgender prisoner. Gemma also appeared for a high street retailer defending a product liability claim by a Claimant who had a general civil restraint order issued by the Royal Courts of Justice to stop them from bringing certain cases to court.
Examples of recent cases include:
- J v R - Acting as junior counsel, led by senior counsel, for Claimant who suffered serious spinal injury following fall from indoor play equipment.
- F v M - Advised Claimant on quantum and offers in relation to a claim for polytrauma injuries sustained in a severe RTA.
- E v I - Advised Claimant who suffered unstable fracture to back resulting in chronic pain, kyphosis, foot drop and risk of syringomyelia. Drafted particulars of claim and schedule of damages and advised on quantum, including provisional damages. Advised on applicability of Athens Convention.
- G v C (Admiralty Court) - Advised on liability, quantum and offers and drafted particulars of claim for a Claimant with limited mobility who was knocked to the floor whilst using rollator on a cruise ship in Spanish waters.
- D v A - Represented Claimant who suffered severe physical and psychological injuries following RTA with international lorry.
- B v H - Advised family on quantum in fatal accident claim where Deceased, a pedestrian, suffered life-changing injuries including amputation of leg and ultimately died of covid-19 after being struck by a speeding car.
- B v M - Represented Claimant who suffered permanent tinnitus, symptoms of deafness and PTSD following RTA.
- V v a Police Commissioner - Instructed by Claimant, a pedestrian, who was struck by a car following a collision between a car and a police car. Drafted particulars of claim and schedule of damages.
- B v a Government Department - Advised Claimant on quantum having been struck in eye by part of an airbag deployed during training at a fire station.
- W v Y and Y - Instructed by Claimant in civil claim following criminal proceedings for serious assault.
- L v a Tennis Club - Advised Claimant on liability and evidence following slip during tennis tournament.
Fraudulent insurance claims
Gemma represents Claimants and Defendants at trials involving allegations of fraud and fundamental dishonesty. She is thorough and robust in cross examination.
Examples of recent cases include:
- M v L - Represented Claimant. Secured award for whiplash. Successfully defended against a finding of fundamental dishonesty, the pleading of which was based on social media intelligence of extreme sports during prognosis period.
- L v C - Represented Defendant. Secured finding of fundamental dishonesty and an enforceable costs order against a professional person.
- R v A - Represented Defendant. Successfully defended a £20,000.00 claim for tinnitus.
- C&C v K - Represented Defendant. Following trial, successfully applied to re-allocate multi-track case of multiple Claimants to the fast-track, significantly limiting costs.