Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC



Head of Chambers

Year of Call: 1983
Year of Silk: 1999

Nick is a leading practitioner in the fields of:

  • Personal injury
  • Clinical negligence
  • Regulatory law

He has practised in these fields since 1984. He took silk in 1999 and became Head of Chambers in January, 2010. He is a Recorder (crime and civil) and a Deputy Judge of the High Court (QBD).

In personal injury litigation, Nick's practice comprises of high-value, complex and often high-profile cases arising out of accidents on the road, in the workplace, in the military setting and arising out of sporting and high-risk leisure pursuits. He acts for both claimants and defendants. He is a member of the Sport Resolutions Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators.

He has been involved in a large number of catastrophic injury cases involving complex spinal and neurological injury including PVS claims.

His military cases have included actions arising out of incidents in Bosnia, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Nick has acted in a large number of birth damages cases for both claimants and the NHS involving detailed and difficult issues surrounding the cause and timing of damage and case valuation.

In the regulatory field, his experience is wide having conducted cases in the fields of licensing, confiscation and professional discipline. He has appeared regularly in the GMC, in the disciplinary tribunal of the British Psychological Society at Inquests and in various bodies governing sport including the Jockey Club and IG British Horseracing Authority.


Most recent cases (2012)

Representing an army officer catastrophically injured on a Special Forces Selection Course.

Representing a fishing vessel owner in a claim arising from serious injury sustained by deck hand during operations in the North Sea.

Representing a young women who suffered catastrophic injury (tetraplegia) following a go-kart accident.

Representing a Premiership Rugby Football forward injured during the course of a pre-season match and alleging negligence against the tackler.

Representing a well-known UK fairground at which the claimaint alleges to have been rendered tetraplegic following a regular ride.

Representing a cosmetic surgeon in relation to a potential claim following his defence to a £50 million claim brought by a patient.

Representing one of the UK's best known jockeys in respect of a lenghy suspension imposed whilst riding abroad.

Representing a six year old girl suffering paraplegia in addition to congenital musculo - skeletal dysplasia following a road accident. 


Recommendations

Chambers UK 2015:

"He's a very impressive barrister who is approachable, hands-on, and a consummate advocate."

"He is an imaginative, innovative silk."

"He has a brilliant and incisive mind. His advice is always extremely well thought-out and he is very impressive at trial, with a talent for cutting straight to the point."

Chambers UK 2014:

"He's excellent on his feet - very good tactically and he's very good at looking for solutions. He has genuine rapport with clients."

"He has a sharp and analytical mind and is an excellent advocate." "He has a very poised manner in court."

Legal 500 2014:

Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC "displays exceptional attention to detail".

Chambers UK 2013:

Nicholas Braslavsky QC has a practice which is focused on both personal injury and clinical negligence claims. He receives instructions from both claimants and defendants, and is highly regarded for his expertise in birth damages cases.

Nicholas Braslavsky QC is "hugely experienced in the personal injury field, especially when it comes to catastrophic injury cases." He garners particular acclaim from instructing solicitors, who note that he "is really good to work with, and sees the case as a team effort."

Legal 500 2012:

Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC is "highly regarded for clinical negligence claims".

Chambers UK 2012:

Nicholas Braslavsky QC is head of chambers and straddles both personal injury and clinical negligence work. He continues to have notable success in cases concerning cerebral palsy, birth asphyxia and misdiagnosed cancer issues, and is described as a "sound advocate who is cool, calm,collected and highly astute”. 

Nicholas Braslavsky QC excels in complex high-value head and spinal injury cases. Clients value his "ability to get to the centre of the most complex cases." Recently, his practice has been concentrating on claims by military and private security personnel. The "immensely talented, well-prepared and persuasive".

Legal 500 2011:

Dr Nicholas Braslavsky QC is "excellent, thorough, a great advocate and good with clients".

Chambers UK 2011:

Nicholas Braslavsky QC is a very experienced practitioner who handles a whole range of clinical negligence issues with great skill.

Nicholas Braslavsky QC has a thorough and tough approach to litigation but also demonstrates a "supreme ability to put clients at ease." He has recently been acting for an army officer in a paraplegia claim valued at over £4 million.


 

Career & Education:
University: University of Birmingham (1976-1982)
Degree: LL.B Hons (1979) Ph.D (1982)
Year of Call: 1983 (Inner Temple)
Queen's Counsel: 1999
Recorder of the Crown Court: 2001
Official Appointments: Deputy High Court Judge 2008

 



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