Nigel Poole QC

Personal Injury


36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Stephen Loxton

Personal Injury

Nigel’s personal injury work is for claimants and defendants. He has represented many families at Inquests and in Human Rights Act claims following the death of a patient.

Significant Reported Cases :

Billett v MOD [2015] EWCA Civ 773 – Loss of earning capacity and the definition of disability

Poole v Wright [2013] EWHC 2375 (QB) – liability of a go-kart owner who made it available for use by a friend

Thomas v Warwickshire CC [2011] EWHC 772 – liability of highway authority for lump of concrete spilled on road surface which caused cyclist to fall.

Murray v Cassidy [2002] EWCA Civ 411 – issue estoppel

Thompson v Home Office [2001] EWCA Civ 331 – liability of Home Office to prisoner assaulted by another


Nigel is ranked as a leading QC by Chambers UK and the Legal 500. He is Head of Chambers and sits as a Recorder and a chair of the Bar Tribunal and Adjudication Service. He has appeared in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. He writes a blog, Learned Friend, which has had over 150,000 site visits. He has given many lectures and seminars around the country on subjects including human rights, loss of earning capacity and proving reduction in life expectancy.

Year of Call: 1989           

Year of Silk: 2012

Areas of Expertise
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Personal Injury


Chambers UK 2017

"He's one of the best silks in clinical negligence nationally. He has excellent client care skills and goes above and beyond to fight issues." "He is extremely down-to-earth with no airs and graces and is very bright. He manages cases sensitively but firmly, which is a real gift, and is very quick with returning papers."

"He is incredibly astute, and also quite ingenious; he's always thinking about different angles." "He's extremely focused and incredibly collaborative, with excellent client-care skills."

Legal 500 

‘Passionate about his cases and willing to push boundaries.’

Chambers UK 2016

"A very reliable pair of hands. He has a confident approach to difficult issues, he doesn't get fazed and won't settle at any cost. He's happy to fight a corner that's worth fighting for.”

"His preparation for difficult cases is unsurpassable. He is supremely gifted intellectually."

"He is superb - very skilful and polished in court. He is also brilliant with clients and very down to earth."

Chambers UK

Well known for his skilful handling of a range of catastrophic injury claims.

Legal 500

Clear, jargon-free, robust advice






Various articles in the Journal of Personal Injury Law


Recorder: 2010 - date

Legal Assessor, GMC 2002 to 2012

Chair, BTAS -  2013 to date

Head of Chambers - 2017 to date


BA Hons (First Class) The Queen’s College, Oxford

Diploma in Law, City University, London 

Chambers UK Logo 2016


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