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Luke Ashby

Year of Call: 2007
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Telephone: 01202 292 102

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Personal Injury

Luke appears in cases involving serious and life changing injuries.  He has represented parties in claims for fatal accidents, amputations, chronic pain syndromes, permanent physical injuries, serious scarring, psychological injuries and transmission of HIV.  Luke’s experience extends to claims involving significant damages for loss of earnings and care which extend to several hundred thousand pounds or more.

Luke is experienced in a wide spectrum of cases including road traffic collisions, occupier’s liability, public liability and employer’s liability, including assaults at work

Luke’s experience includes not only multi-track trials but appeals, conferences with experts and interim hearings such as costs and case management hearings.  Luke has substantial experience of providing written advice and pleadings, including large value schedules of loss and counter schedules which involve Ogden calculations.  Luke’s advice is often sought at an early stage in relation to strategy and tactics.

Examples of cases include

  • Acting for the Claimant in an amputation claim with damages claimed in excess of £1m.
  • Acted for the Claimant in a chronic pain syndrome case with damages claimed in excess of £1m, settled for a six figure sum.
  • Acted for the Defendant in a claim involving serious knee injuries with damages clamed up to £400,000.
  • Acted for the Claimant in a case involving serious foot fractures, settled for a six figure sum.
  • Securing a favourable settlement for a Claimant with serious facial scarring and post concussional syndrome.
  • Acted for the Claimant in a case involving the need for repeated lifelong knee replacement surgery.
  • Acted for the Claimant in a case where the incident caused a fistula and use of a stoma.
  • Securing settlement for a Claimant with an acceleration of dementia.
  • Acting for the successful appellants concerning whether two personal injury claims were an abuse of process. The Court had to decide whether the definition of abuse was changed by the ‘Jackson reforms’.
  • Successfully defended an appeal against a case management decision.

Luke has written a number of articles, including publications in the Personal Injury Law Journal, District Judges Law Bulletin and the Personal Injury Brief Update Law Journal.

Counter Fraud 

Luke is frequently instructed by some of the leading counter fraud teams in the country in cases involving allegations of fraud, fraud rings, exaggerated claims, staged and induced accidents, phantom passengers, low velocity impacts and fundamental dishonesty.  He is adept at utilising intelligence from a variety of sources as well as surveillance evidence.  He is a robust cross examiner.

Luke has a good knowledge of the impact of insurance in this arena, including matters of indemnity.

Examples of cases include:

  • Acting for the Defendant.  Secured a finding of fraud as the Claimant was found not to be in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
  • Acting for the insurance company as a Second Defendant.  Secured a finding of fundamental dishonesty where the Court found the injury claim brought by the Claimant was fabricated.
  • Acting for the Defendant, secured discontinuance of a claim where CCTV gave rise to pleading of fraud.

Credit Hire

Luke is well versed in all matters relating to credit hire litigation. He is highly sought after for his expertise, particularly in high value claims. His knowledge of authorities is extensive and has been described by the Court as encyclopaedic. His expertise extends to fleet claims as well as more unusual enforceability and contractual arguments.


Luke’s experience extends to costs litigation including detailed assessments, costs budgeting and more novel costs disputes.  Cases include:

  • Waring v McDonnell, a much publicised case concerning the impact of QOCS on counterclaims.
  • Nicholls v The Ambassador Theatre Group.  Luke acted for the successful respondent to the appeal concerning when it is reasonable for a Claimant to exit the PI Portal and escape the associated costs regime.
  • Articles
    • Conducting effective remote hearings in the time of Covid – a guide by Luke Ashby

      A recent survey, conducted by 3PB’s Luke Ashby and Albion Chambers Kate Brunner QC for the Western Circuit, showed a 75% decrease in the number of hearings and a 58% reduction in work done by the Bar. Luke Ashby now offers some practical guidance on:
      •what legal professionals can do to ensure remote hearings in the Civil Justice System are both effective and fair; and
      •identifying the main barriers to a remote hearing and how to overcome them.

      View Article
  • Recommendations

    Luke Ashby acts for claimants and defendants in a range of catastrophic injury claims, including those arising from accidents at work and on the road. His broad expertise encompasses cases involving fractures, amputations and psychological injuries.
    Strengths: "He is very forensic and has a real eye for detail. He can tackle those difficult points of law and find good solutions." "A very effective cross-examiner."
    Recent work: Instructed in a multi-track case involving a hard-fought liability dispute as a result of an accident at work.

    Chambers UK 2022/Personal Injury/Western Bar

    ‘He has a forensic eye for detail and leaves no stone unturned.’

    Legal 500 2022/Personal injury/Western Circuit

    ‘Excellent with clients. Very user-friendly. Sharp on the law, but sees the bigger picture. Top drawer negotiator. Always really well prepared and knows their areas. Also very good at retrieving potentially lost-cause situations.’
    "Luke Ashby deals with life-changing injuries and fatal accidents and has a specialist counter-fraud practice."

    Legal 500 2021/Personal injury/Leading Junior/Western Circuit

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Chambers and Partners rankings

  • Leading Junior 2022

Legal 500 rankings

  • Leading Junior 2022

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Deputy District Judge (Civil)
  • Fee-Paid Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)
  • Pupil supervisor
  • Bar Vocational Course (Very Competent)
  • LLB - 2:1

Professional bodies

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Western Circuit