Personal Injury Bar Association
Employment Law Bar Association
LLB (Hons) Manchester University
Jules Thorn Memorial Scholarship (Middle Temple)
Chris is a personal injury specialist. His focus is on higher value claims and fraud. He has considerable experience in all aspects of road traffic, public liability and employment claims. He has long experience of dealing with police personal injury claims.
Chris is an extremely experienced trial advocate and combines his regular court work with a busy paper practice and regular instruction in joint settlement meetings.
He acts for both claimants and defendants, regularly receiving instructions from the major claimant firms and from large insurers.
Recent defence work includes settlement at JSM of a claim against the MOD, unled, for provisional damages totalling in excess of £3m and successfully defending multi-track liability trials dealing with serious injuries caused by an allegedly dangerous dog and the loss of part of the claimant’s hand in an industrial machine. Chris regularly defends road traffic claims on the grounds of fundamental dishonesty.
For claimants, recent cases include successfully prosecuting multi-track trials in respect of an assault perpetrated against carers by a young person in local authority care and successfully representing a police officer in respect of injuries suffered during the course of self-defence training.
Mr Taft is a practising barrister, who is regulated by the Bar Standards Board. Details of information held by the BSB about Mr Taft can be found here.
Mr Taft's clerks will happily provide no obligation quotations for all legal services that he provides. Their contact details can be found here. It is most common for Mr Taft to undertake court work for a fixed fee or a brief fee plus additional refreshers. For advisory work (paperwork and conferences) it is most commonly charged at an hourly rate, although fixed fees are available. Conditional Fee Agreements and Damages Based Agreements will be considered in cases with favourable prospects of success. Mr Taft will typically return paperwork within 7-14 days, however professional commitments, complexity and volume of documentation can affect these approximate timescales, and more pressing deadlines can often be accommodated by agreement.
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