Meet the authors—general editor of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service

Meet the authors—general editor of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service

In the third of our series of interviews with our Lexis authors we caught up with Theo Huckle QC, barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, bencher at Lincoln’s Inn and general editor for Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service.

What is your position and what do you do on a day to day basis?

I am a personal injury (PI)/clinical negligence QC practising from Doughty Street Chambers, and bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. I am the general editor of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service, working closely with Matthias Mueller who is a Content Developer at Lexis (and assisted by LexisPSL’s Karen O’Sullivan) on strategic planning and revision of the work as a whole.

How long have you been in this role and what brought you here?

I began as general editor in early 2016, following the 2012 rewrite of Division 1 (the introduction and overview of principles) of the work which I had earlier undertaken with my team of barristers and costs lawyers.

Any memorable stories from your career so far?

Apart from my fascination with and involvement in complex noise cases (Baker v Quantum Clothing Group Ltd (formerly Taymil Ltd) (Guy Warwick Ltd intervening); Grabowski v Pretty Polly Ltd (Same intervening); Parkes v Meridian Ltd (Same intervening); Baxter v Same (Same intervening) [2011] UKSC 17, Goldscheider v Royal Opera House Covent Garden Foundation (Association of British Orchestras and others intervening) [2019] EWCA Civ 711, [2019] All ER (D) 116 (Apr)), it was a particularly proud moment to be expressly welcomed by Lord Hope in the Supreme Court as Counsel General for Wales opening the case for Wales in AXA General Insurance Ltd and others v Lord Advocate and others (Scotland) [2011] UKSC 46  and then to lead for Wales in the first UK constitutional (devolution) cases (Local Government Byelaws (Wales) Bill 2012 - Reference by the Attorney General for England and Wales [2012] UKSC 53, [2012] All ER (D) 239 (Nov); Re Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill [2014] UKSC 43, [2014] All ER (D) 84 (Jul); Recovery of Medical Costs for Asbestos Diseases (Wales) Bill: Reference by the Counsel General for Wales [2015] UKSC 3).

What are the key legal developments which are covered in the latest edition of Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service?

The work is constantly being updated by the numerous authors. Over the last year or so we have in particular introduced an important new division on employer’s liability and commissioned rewrites and substantial updates to the divisions on costs, medical/clinical negligence and road traffic accidents. There are important new decisions on noise injury (Goldscheider) and disclosure (Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd v Dring (for and on behalf of Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK) [2019] UKSC 38, [2019] All ER (D) 161 (Jul)) which are covered in detail.

What do you predict will be the main developments in this area of the law over the next 12–24 months?

We eagerly await the review of the Roberts v Johnstone [1989] QB 878 approach to accommodation claims expected in Swift v Carpenter [2018] EWHC 2060 (QB), [2018] All ER (D) 43 (Aug) at the end of 2019 or early 2020, which was required because of the rise of negative discount rates and their retention in the recent change to -0.25%.

What are the main pain points for practitioners undertaking this type of work? How can Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service help?

The work provides the most comprehensive resource as to practical aspects of PI, clinical negligence and product liability litigation, but combined with detailed expert review of the legal principles and particular applications of them by the courts. It is very much a one-stop-shop for PI litigators, and specifically designed to be easily accessible including to the most junior and inexperienced practitioners as well as those more senior. Division 1 provides the introduction and overview of principles, with references off to the more specialist divisions dealing with particular aspects of liability and quantum issues, and we believe and understand from customer feedback that this works exceptionally well. The work is available online as well as in loose-leaf versions, and in close conjunction with the LexisPSL service.

If you didn’t have a career in the law what would your alternative career be?

I would definitely have been a GB oarsman, Welsh blind side flanker and a world class jazz saxophonist. 

Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service is available in the LexisNexis electronic store.

Interviewed by Aslak Ringhus.

The views expressed by our Legal Analysis interviewees are not necessarily those of the proprietor.

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