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Paul Kitson Practice Group Leader

Experience Profile

Paul is a claimant personal injury specialist and Practice Group Leader for Clinical Negligence & Serious Injuries, whose particular expertise lies in serious injury claims; this includes spinal injuries as well as brain injuries. Paul has considerable experience of road traffic accidents, fatal accident claims, sports injuries and claims against highway authorities.

He is a claimant personal injury specialist, whose expertise is in cycling injury claims and is Russell Jones & Walker (now Slater and Gordon Lawyers) client partner for the CTC, the UK's national cycling organisation.

Paul fronted RJW's "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.

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 since 1998 and the joint head of the national Personal Injury since 2005.

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 claims, including recently a £3million claim for a young, male claimant who suffered a subtle brain injury, which prevented him from pursuing his pre-accident career. Part of this claim was settled on a periodical payment basis.

Paul also acted for the appellants in the landmark House of Lords case Wells v Wells and obtained, what was in 1996, a record award of damages for an industrial accident in Page v Sheerness Steel (£1million).

Other reported cases include:

  • 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.

As well as being known for sports injury claims 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).

Reported cases

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.

Parents of Reading Cyclist Begin Court Battle after Collision Kills Son - Paul represented both gentlemen 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 earlier in the year.