Stephen Maguire

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
Paul Clarke

Personal Injury

Stephens’s personal injury practice involves advising clients involved in road traffic collisions, accidents at work, product liability and public liability claims.  He is regularly instructed to advise on health and safety matters and represents clients in the Higher Courts. Stephen has considerable experience in handling claims which involve public service employees including members of the armed forces and police.

Stephen’s practice is focused on complex and high value litigation.  He handles cases of the utmost severity, which include traumatic brain and spinal injuries, severe orthopaedic conditions, chronic pain, amputation and fatal accident cases.  He regularly achieves multi-million pound settlements and periodical payment awards.

Prior to becoming a barrister Stephen was a senior solicitor/partner in a large city practice, where he was Head of Litigation.  During this time he specialised in high value and complex cases and was instructed to advise on class actions, some of which he acted as lead solicitor.   He was a Higher Courts Advocate and regularly represented his clients at all levels of the Court before transferring to the Bar.


Significant Cases

Davies (deceased) v Global Strategies Group (Hong Kong) Ltd Court of Appeal (Civil Division) – the deceased sustained fatal injuries whilst performing private security operations in Mosul, Iraq

Shaw (a Protected Party) v Wilkinson [2016] – 78 year old Claimant injured when struck by a motorcycle; recovered damages of £1.5m.

Barnes v Ali & MIB [2015] – the Claimant suffered complex injuries involving above knee amputation and brain injury during a RTA.  He was awarded damages in excess of £4.5m.

Walton (a Protected Party) v Reed & MIB [2015] – the Claimant suffered traumatic brain injuries during an RTA.  She suffered ongoing cognitive injuries and complex behavioural changes.  Awarded damages in excess of £2.5m.

Leicester (a Protected Party) v Fone [2015] – the Claimant suffered severe injuries, including brain damage during an RTA.  The case involved complex issues relating to the ongoing care requirements and treatment.  The Claimant recovered damages totalling in excess of £2.5m.

Ashton v Moss (1), Brown (2), Department for Transport (3) and 3 others [2015] – The Claimant suffered severe orthopaedic and neurological injuries during a multi vehicle accident on the A627(m).  In total there were 8 parties involved in the action.  After long and complex litigation the case was resolved at mediation where the Claimant was successful and recovered substantial damages.

Bennet v James – the Claimant suffered severe brain injury when a vehicle collided with his motorcycle.  He developed complex cognitive symptoms and behavioural changes.  He recovered damages of £1.26m plus an annual PPO of £100,000.

Long v MOD [2014] – The Claimant suffered severe spinal injuries during a military training exercise in the Brecon Beacons.  He recovered substantial undisclosed damages.

Various Claimants v Derby University – presently instructed to advice a large number of Claimants who pursue a multi-party action against the Defendant for negligent hygiene during routine blood tests.
Shoreham Air Crash – Instructed to advise certain families affected by the disaster.  Stephen is expected to appear at the inquest and advise the clients during the ongoing litigation.


Inner Temple


University: Lancashire

Degree: LLB (Hons) Law

Legal Practice Course: 1997

Admitted as a Solicitor: 1998

Solicitor Higher Courts Advocate: 2002

Year of Call: 2007 (Inner Temple)

Joined Chambers: 2007


Year of Call: 2007



Chambers UK 2017

"He's very aware of what the client has been through" and "is able to explain complex matters in a succinct and clear way that the client understands."

"He gets very good results in negotiations, often beyond our expectations." "His robust and uncompromising approach to litigation is inspiring. He is brave and willing to take on and win cases with difficult causation issues or where liability is in dispute."

Legal 500 2017

‘A very clever, strong advocate with a passionate approach.’

Chambers UK 2016

"He understands the solicitor's point of view, has good medical knowledge and specifics of the area of law. He's very down to earth and very friendly and approachable to clients." 

"He is good with clients. He has a good eye for detail, provides good advice and turns around work quickly." "He is clever and very approachable."

Chambers UK 2015

"He's great on quantum, schedules and maximising damages." "He is adaptable and sympathetic, yet robust with clients when required." 

"He is robust in negotiation." "He is very good technically, and always has the answers."

Legal 500 2015

"Very good with difficult clients."

Chambers UK 2014

"He's exceptionally good; he communicates very well with clients and is technically astute." 

"He's a very good advocate;particularly good with experts, at clarifying issues and at obtaining the best possible paperwork."

"He is extremely personable and down to earth with first-class communication skills."

Legal 500 2014

Stephen "Makes clients feel completely at ease."

Legal 500 2011

Stephen is "bright, approachable, a born advocate, and delivers an absolutely first-class service"


University: Lancashire

Degree: LLB (Hons) Law

Legal Practice Course: 1997

Admitted as a Solicitor: 1998

Solicitor Higher Courts Advocate: 2002

Year of Call: 2007 (Inner Temple)

Joined Chambers: 2007


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