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Will Cornwell Principal Lawyer, Personal Injury

Experience Profile

Will is a Principal Lawyer in the Personal Injury department at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

His main area of specialism is dealing with civil claims arising from road traffic accidents. He leads a team of talented lawyers and paralegals. Will recognises the need to be at the top of his game technically, but he allies this with a personal and personable approach to his clients. Nothing is too much trouble for him where his clients are concerned. Recent testimonials include “We could not have wished for a more professional, caring and supportive solicitor” and “Will……is excellent in every way……I trusted his advice absolutely”.

The Legal 500 lists Will as a recommended lawyer who is “pragmatic, realistic and hardworking”; and elements of his work have variously been described by counsel as “a tour de force” and “first class”. Will has experience across the spectrum of personal injury law but his strength lies in representing clients who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries and the bereaved families of those who have been fatally injured.

Will is not afraid to take on the most challenging of cases and frequently goes out on a limb for his clients.

During 2018 Will was successful in the Court of Appeal in the case of Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd [2018] EWCA Civ 2214 – a case which extends the boundaries of the law of vicarious liability and which is frequently quoted in law articles and relevant court judgements.

Also in 2018, Will achieved some remarkable settlements including recovering over £10 million for a severely brain injured young lady; £1.95 million for a brain injured cyclist; and over £1 million for a bereaved widow. He also provided inquest representation for the widow of one of the cyclists recently killed on London’s streets.

Will is well attuned to the profound impact that life-changing injuries have on his clients and their families. How the legal process can support his clients in the important process of rehabilitation is always at the forefront of his mind and facilitating rehabilitation is a core objective of his work. Collaborative working with opponents is a strong feature of Will’s practice and his clients reap dividends from this, very often in the form of comprehensive rehabilitation packages and interim payments.

Will maintains close connections with a number of charities. He represents the firm as member of the RoadPeace legal panel; and is lead lawyer for the firm’s legal panel membership with The Silverlining Brain Injury Charity.

Professional development is something which Will takes seriously. He has authored a number of training seminars and workshops for serious injury lawyers and has delivered training externally on subjects such as the role of the personal injury lawyer; road traffic accident reconstruction; and the interplay between the litigation process and rehabilitation.


Career history

  • Since 2013 Slater and Gordon
  • 2012 – 2013 Fentons Solicitors
  • 2008 – 2012 Irwin Mitchell
  • Inns of Court Law School, London

Professional memberships

  • Senior litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Recent Testimonials for Will Cornwell

“We could not have wished for a more professional, caring and supportive solicitor than the one who conducted our case – Will Cornwell. He made a difficult and stressful experience much easier and bearable and for that we are truly grateful”

Mrs B, London

“Will Cornwell is excellent in every way. He worked very hard for my case and I trusted his advice absolutely. Not only is Will professional but also empathetic – he helped me a lot during a difficult time. He is a real asset to Slater and Gordon.”

Mr Y, London

“Will Cornwell talked us through every stage of the case thoughtfully and carefully.”

Ms B, London

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