Henrietta acts for both claimants and defendants in Personal Injury matters. She appears in court on a daily basis. She has been instructed to attend an array of hearings (non-exhaustive list):
- Application for relief from sanctions
- Application to rely on expert evidence
- Application for strike out or summary judgment
- Application to set aside default judgment
- Stage 3 hearing
- Infant and/or Protected Party approval hearing
- Trial (liability, causation and/or quantum)
In relation to trials, Henrietta largely appears in cases involving road traffic accidents. However, she is also instructed in cases concerning:
- Employers’ liability
- Occupiers’ liability
- Public liability
- Accidents abroad
Henrietta has successfully argued for and defended findings of fundamental dishonesty. When acting for defendants in such cases she undertakes robust and detailed cross-examination of claimants, with her attention to detail proving extremely useful.
In addition to oral advocacy, Henrietta can draft skeletons, pleadings and opinions (liability and/or quantum).
Prior to moving to the self-employed Bar Henrietta was in house counsel at a leading personal injury firm, which specialises in civil claims brought by serving and non-serving military personnel as well as claims brought under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).
Her cases of interest include drafting Particulars of Claim in a multi-track case where the claimant suffers Non Freezing Cold Injuries, and appearing at an AFCS appeal securing an increased lump sum thereby triggering a guaranteed income payment.
Furthermore, Henrietta's previous experience includes being legal assistant to a personal injury QC for over 18 months (including during the trial of Nadarajah v Sotnick  EWHC 3389 (QB)) and undertaking paralegal work for other senior members of the Bar who also specialise in the area.
A significant degree of Henrietta's practice is Credit Hire.
Henrietta has been instructed in many credit hire hearings for both claimants and defendants, regularly appearing in cases involving the UK's largest car hire companies and insurers. She has the advantage of being able to help anticipate the submissions her opponents are likely to make given she acts for both sides.
She has substantial experience in addressing the common issues - enforceability, need, type, impecuniosity, duration and rate - and is very familiar with the key authorities in this area of law. Henrietta prides herself on her detailed approach.
She is also able to advise on tactics and settlement in these cases.
“Henrietta was very clear on what was where, preliminary issues etc. Her meticulous preparation was self-evident in the trial, she knew the case and the bundle like the back of her hand and her cross examination was clear, precise, well-mannered and cognisant of the judge. The successful outcome spoke for itself. She was tenacious in pursuing difficult points.
To me, Henrietta’s performance from the outset is an exemplar and she is a credit to chambers. She has just the right attitude; her focus was on the case, she was not hurried or watching the clock and she had an eye on customer service. As for her abilities as counsel, this is someone who knew the law well, who had clearly read the papers meticulously despite the inadequacies of fast track fixed costs, and whose trial strategy and submissions were so well thought out. She was against counsel twice her call but was far more polished, exuded confidence and was not phased by anything thrown at her. Advocacy that was a pleasure to watch.
Henrietta is someone who clearly has the ability to handle complex trials. Her approach to trial preparation clearly lends itself to managing voluminous papers, complex issues and multiple issues whilst maintaining a clear overall game plan. I am sure she will go very far.”
“Henrietta is thorough and comprehensive in her preparation, quickly grasps salient issues and is a determined and focused advocate. She is charming with clients”
“I would always have the utmost confidence in instructing Henrietta in my Stage 3 Hearings, particularly with regards to Credit Hire. Clearly a very skilled advocate which shows in the detailed attendance notes and fantastic results. Always an absolute pleasure to deal with as well!”
- BPTC Scholarship: Received Middle Temple’s Luboshez Award
Professional qualifications & appointments
- 2011-2012 - BPP: BPTC - Very Competent
- 2008-2011 - University of Leeds: LLB Law - High 2.1
- Personal Injury Bar Association