Claire Collins

Experience

  • I am a partner in BLM's London catastrophic injury team.

  • I deal with a wide range of defendant personal injury claims and have over 20 years' experience dealing with large and complex claims, to include spinal, brain injury and amputation cases. I have a specific interest in subtle brain injury claims. I have a strong technical background with many years’ experience dealing with high value, high profile personal injury claims for many leading insurers who advocate my appointment with their policyholders.

  • I successfully highlight risks to opponents through my close attention to the finer details and cases include obtaining knowledge of a proposed and unwanted arranged marriage, investigations of medical records into undeclared pre-accident psychological histories and events breaking causation, all of which resulted in substantial savings for clients. I am acknowledged for my confidence in negotiations and in RMH v SWA (2018) I successfully achieved a 55% deduction on damages in a matter involving a claimant crossing at a road crossing and persuaded the claimant to accept an award for loss of chance in respect of a substantial claim for future loss of earnings.

  • I acted in the widely reported decision of Mustard v Flower (2019) in which the claimant’s conduct in covertly recording medico-legal examinations, whilst not unlawful, was deemed reprehensible and I was successful in applying to have the disproportionate Part 35 Questions to the defendant’s experts disallowed.

  • I also acted in the follow-up case of MacDonald v Burton (2020) dealing with the importance of a level playing field for medico-legal recordings and the refusal of permission for a neuropsychological examination to be recorded.

  • I have mentored individual claims controllers at various insurers in their personal, technical and professional development.

  • I have been named as a “Leading Individual” in Legal 500 2018, 2019 and 2020 and a “Next Generation Lawyer” in Legal 500 2017.

Significant reported cases

A successful trial where the defence of ex turpi causa was upheld (D v H - 2017)

A successfully contested liability trial (D v N - 2018)

Involvement in the first hybrid trial in the RCJ during the pandemic, where I successfully secured a trial win in a claim pleaded in excess of £2million (S v M - 2020)

Membership/appointments

  • Member of the London Catastrophic Injury Group and FOIL.

Contact Details


+44 20 7865 8458
claire.collins@blmlaw.com
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Testimonials


Leading individual

Legal 500 2018 - 2021

Claire Collins has mastered the balancing act of supervising her team whilst retaining an in-depth knowledge of her files. She provides excellent balanced advice

Legal 500

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