Paul KitsonPractice Group Leader, Partner
Paul is a claimant personal injury specialist and Practice Group Leader, whose particular expertise lies in Serious Injury Claims; this includes Spinal Injury Claims as well as brain injuries. Paul has considerable experience of Road Traffic Accidents, Fatal Accident Claims, Sports Injuries and claims against highway authorities. Paul has excellent experience of pursing claims for accidents in Europe and in the USA.
He is a claimant personal injury specialist, whose expertise is in Cycling Accident Claims and is Slater & Gordon Lawyers client partner for the CTC, the UK's national cycling charity.
Paul fronted Slater & Gordon Lawyers (Formerly Russell Jones & Walker) "2 Way Street" campaign with Gail Porter - calling for greater training and understanding between lorry drivers and cyclists. This campaign has recently gained further press coverage in light of the recent tube strikes. The press release on this can be read here 'New Campaign: 2 Way Street Launched by Gail Porter Aims to Bring Cyclists and Lorry Drivers Together'. Paul and Slater & Gordon are also supporting the CTC`s Road Justice Campaign.
Paul is rated as one of the leading London claimant Personal Injury solicitors by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, which act as independent guides for clients.
In Chambers & Partners 2014 Paul is ranked in Band 2 for Personal Injury: Mainly Claimant. "Paul Kitson focuses on catastrophic injury claims, and has particular expertise in cases arising from cycling accidents. Sources note his handling of especially high-value claims and his ability in dealing with clients".
The Legal 500 2013 edition states that "Paul Kitson is ‘a skilled tactician with superb judgement’".
Chambers & Partners 2013 legal directory states that Key Individual "The "excellent" Paul Kitson is joint head of the firm's national personal injury department with specialisms in serious injuries, fatal accidents and cycling cases, in particular"
In the most recent Legal 500 review, Paul is described as having ‘good client-handling skills’, and is ‘unflappable, with excellent judgement’. Paul has also been recommended in the Personal Injury claimant field.
Chambers and Partners 2011 comment that Paul is a "first rate litigator", with one interviewee adding that Paul is "incredibly hard working and unflappable." He is the Managing Partner of the London Personal Injury department.
Paul is highly thought of by his clients. Please see below a selection of client comments:
Thank you very much for the way you dealt with my case and the successful outcome. I felt your handling of everything was very professional and yet also very caring.
I was delighted with the final settlement which I must confess was quite a bit more than I was expecting. Thank you once again.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for all your efforts in the matter of my accident. I have found your services to be exemplary in every way.
Thank you for pursuing my claim with patience and tenacity.
He has handled many multi million pound complex personal injury and fatal accident claims. In 2012 Paul recovered approximately £10.6 million for claimants, mainly vulnerable road users i.e. cyclists and pedestrians.
Re R – 42 year old cyclist hit from behind by a motorist. Unable to continue in his employment as a company director. Sustained a spinal injury and a subtle brain injury. Damages £1.47m.
Re S – 24 year old cyclist hit by a van. Her serious back injury and PTSD caused her to take up less stressful employment. Damages £1.5m.
Re C – 62 year cyclist hit by a car. Spinal injuries left her tetraplegic and wheelchair dependant. Damages £5m.
Re N – 64 year old cyclist involved in a collision with a bus. Below knee amputation. Damages £750,000 net of contributory negligence.
Re T – Young female pedestrian ran over by car shattering her facial bones. She underwent multiple operations to reconstruct the structure of her face but she lost the sight in one eye. The injuries were career changing. Damages £700,000 net of contributory negligence.
Re G – 52 year pedestrian hit by a car suffering a below knee amputation. This remarkable man also suffered a below knee amputation to his other leg in his childhood (aged 10) as well as disfiguring burns to his face and torso (at the age of 2). Prior to this recent RTC he was leading a full and active life. Damages £1.35m.
Other reported cases include:
Morjaria v Samwell (Kemp/Lawtel) – £2m for an injured cyclist.
Cunningham -v- Reading Football Club (High Court) - this was a landmark occupier’s liability case.
BRB -v- Franklin (Court of Appeal) - a subrogation claim
Cockran -v- Metropolitan Police Commissioner (Court of Appeal) - regarding a police training accident
Leatherland -v- Edwards (High Court) - player v player in a hockey accident.
Page -v- Sheerness Steel PLC (House of Lords) - at the time this was the highest award for an industrial accident. It is one of three landmark "multiplier" cases.
Wells -v- Wells (House of Lords) - multi-million pound brain injury award. This was also one of the landmark "multiplier" cases.
Paul was a committee member of the British Association for Sport & the Law between 1995 and 1998. Between 1998 and 2001 Paul was the London Regional Coordinator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). Paul is also a member of PEOPIL (Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers)
Recent press coverage
Injured cyclist challenges Brighton and Hove council after cycle lane accident - Paul represented Ms Vanni in this case. She was involved in a cycling accident when her bike collided with a splitter island positioned in the road.
Cyclist wins Pothole Payout - Paul represented Mr Atkinson after he was involved in a cycling accident.
Parents of Reading Cyclist Begin Court Battle after Collision Kills Son - Paul represented both claimants in this case.
£280,000 for Student Crushed Between Two Lorries in Cycling Accident - Paul represented Ms Barrera-Torrico who suffered serious injuries after a cycling accident. This case was reported in much detail by the Evening Standard. This was also picked up by Cycling Weekly, and Bike Radar.
The Hidden Costs Associated with Having a Skiing Accident - Paul comments on skiing accidents with particular reference to the injuries Richard Branson suffered whilst on holiday.
Recent Testimonials for Paul Kitson
“Attention to detail and thoroughness throughout. Well done. Being able to talk and deal with one person - Paul Kitson (and his 'helpers') throughout either by phone or letter was all very much appreciated.”
“The service relieved a great deal of my stress, knowing that my claim was being dealt with by someone really committed and very approachable and also recommended by the CTC. All my contacts by letter or telephone were conducted in a clear manner.”