Bruce Silvester is an accomplished personal injury, health and safety, and clinical negligence litigation practitioner who is also highly regarded for his practice in travel litigation. He regularly appears for claimants and also defendants in the High Court as well as providing advisory and mediation services. He has particular expertise in the field of catastrophic injuries including brain, spine, multiple injuries and also group litigation.
Focusing his practice on travel litigation, he appears frequently in large-scale group actions on both the claimant and defendant side. He handles claims arising from a range of transport accidents, both on road and at sea. "He is a great advocate, well respected by clients and judiciary alike, who has a wealth of knowledge and takes a tenacious approach to litigation." "Bruce is incredibly single-minded in his pursuit of the client's objective, and always prepared to think outside the box with liability arguments." "He gets a grasp of cases very quickly and is a bullish advocate."Successfully represented the claimant in the appeal of Gillian McIlhagga v Abdul Majid, which arose from a quad biking accident in Spain resulting in catastrophic injury. - Travel PI, Chambers UK 2017
Hugely experienced senior junior with an enviable caseload of multimillion-pound catastrophic injury instructions, predominantly from claimant solicitors. Sources value his ability to be very direct in his dealings with the opposition while remaining entirely sympathetic and approachable for the client. "Very calm, very confident in his own abilities, not afraid of difficult cases." "Incredibly tenacious and single-minded in his pursuit of the client's objectives. He is very creative and always prepared to think outside the box." Represented the claimant in David O’Mahoney v Derek Stratton. A trooper in the Household Cavalry was struck by the defendant's taxi and suffered near-fatal brain injuries. Achieved £1.5 million at a joint settlement meeting. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2017
Bruce Silvester is ranked as a Leading junior in 'Personal Injury'. "He will often get results that others would not." - Legal 500 2016
Regularly appears opposite silks taking on complex maximum severity claims. He acts for both claimants and defendants and is noted for his expertise in cases concerning catastrophic head injuries. "He is a very impressive and persuasive advocate; if there was a jury he would probably have them in the palm of his hand." "He is a practical, fast-thinking lawyer who's also good at getting results." Acted in McIlhagga v Majid, a case concerning a serious accident leading to head and spinal injuries. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2016
Has established an excellent reputation among peers for his work on the claimant side of group illness cases under the Athens Convention. Such cases have typically turned on questions of liability. "He is very focused in terms of picking out the main points to argue. There may be many issues but he's very good at isolating those points that are really at the heart of the matter." - Travel, Chambers UK 2016
"Always approachable and well prepared." - Personal Injury, Legal 500 2015
Devotes much of his time to individual and group litigation concerning health and safety and catastrophic injury. He boasts a flourishing High Court practice and acts for both defendants and claimants. Expertise: "He is a phenomenally hard worker. Every point is taken, and he doesn't miss anything." "His advocacy is superb, and he is regularly up against silks, often coming out on top." Recent work: Acted as counsel in a high-value accident claim involving a child with serious neurological damage, where the damage could not be assessed properly until adulthood. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2015
Acts for claimants and defendants in cross-border personal injury litigation. He is notably strong in cases involving multiple claimants and issues arising from the Athens Convention. Expertise: "He's very forensic, good with experts, and demonstrates good attention to detail." "Pretty fearsome to come up against, he doesn't mince his words, is very thorough and is incredibly tenacious." Recent work: Acted for 205 claimants who fell ill during their stay on the 'Thomson Dream' cruise ship. - Travel: International Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2015
Described as "scrupulous in assessing evidence." Bruce Silvester is also ranked as a Leading Junior in Personal Injury, Legal 500 2014
"A fearsome advocate who is capable of handling the most complex and high value of claims." He has many years of experience of a wide variety of personal injury claims, and is highly regarded for his expertise in cases involving brain and spinal injuries. He acted in Mark Lynch v CEVA Logistics, acting for the claimant, an electrician who was crushed under a fork-lift truck in the defendant's warehouse. - Chambers UK 2013
Bruce Silvester of the same set offers "assertive advocacy," and acts on anything from large illness group actions to RTA fatalities. Solicitors speak of his "fantastic client skills," noting that "he can be quite direct with clients and sometimes you need the barrister to be like that." He advised on Barltrop v TUI, which concerned a serious coach accident in Bulgaria. - Chambers UK 2013
Recommended as a leading junior for Personal Injury and Travel in Chambers UK.
Prominent junior Bruce Silvester "works like a Trojan and has great forensic skills". “He handles catastrophic brain injury, spinal injury and multiple injury cases” - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2011
Specializes in international personal injury work and has been involved with a number of multiparty actions. He successfully acted for the claimants in Barltrop and 22 others v TUI UK Ltd, a case concerning a serious coach crash in Bulgaria involving 40 passengers travelling to a ski resort. - Travel, Chambers UK 2011
...the "brilliant and sensible" Bruce Silvester, is "an expert on brain and spinal injury cases. Silvester's recent highlights have included acting on Nicholson v Willis, a catastrophic injury case that raised issues of periodical payments and the relevance of state provision in Scotland". - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2010
... is viewed as "highly effective, forthright and aggressive." Examples of his work include acting for a group of claimants in a case stemming from widespread illness in a hotel following a flooding. He also handled another group action relating to an outbreak of cryptosporidium infections.
"Great charm and presence in court". He is "like a dog with a bone when pursuing relevant arguments and issues within a case" He advises both claimants and defendants on clinical negligence and health and safety matters, as well as handling group litigation and catastrophic injury work. - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2009
"Bruce Silvester can take a difficult point and make it look easy" - Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2008
Bruce Silvester has also been handling some high-profile cases involving substantial damages. He will put his neck on the block and fight difficult points. - Legal 500
Ranked in Chambers UK as a prominent junior, and in Tier 1 by Legal 500 2016, Bruce undertakes all aspects of personal injury, health and safety and clinical negligence work and regularly appears for both claimant and defendant in the High Court. He is instructed as lone and led junior in matters concerning catastrophic injuries, brain and spine, and in multi-party cases.
Bruce lectures extensively in the field of Personal Injury litigation at professionally organised conferences: Euroform, Butterworths and Lloyds of London and Legal Network Television, as well as providing seminars as part of the in-house training programs of a number of firms of solicitors.
Bruce Silvester is a well-known international personal injury specialist who has been ranked in Chambers UK for a number of years. He appears on behalf of claimants and Defendant Note in both single and multi-party matters, providing the full range of advocacy, advisory and mediation expertise in this complex area of law.
PIBA, PNBA, APIL
University of London, Queen Mary College London LLB (1982)
Inner Temple Cecil Yahuda Scholarship; Inner Temple Law Grant (1983)
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