Outer Temple Chambers, London
Year of call: 1984
James Counsell QC, one of Outer Temple Chambers’ heads of chambers, responsible for governance, is widely recognised in the ?elds of clinical and professional negligence and personal injury, acting both for claimants and for defendants.
James has an extremely busy personal injury practice, representing mostly, but not exclusively, claimants, often funded by CFAs. He specialises in acting for claimants in non-recent and recent sex and racist abuse claims against religious organisations, schools, the scouts and against football clubs and other sporting bodies.
He acted for a successful claimant in the first successful historic sex abuse case against the Jehovah’s Witness organisation and in the second claim against that organisation, he has just been successful at first instance and on appeal to the CA (see below). In three months at the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, he represented three survivors of historical sexual abuse in contested High Court trials, the first against the Jehovah’s witnesses, the second against Blackpool football club and the third against a girls’ boarding school (all reported).
He is currently representing the survivors of abuse committed by Barry Bennell in multiple claims against Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra and by Frank Roper against Blackpool Football Club together with cases against Newcastle United, Leicester City, Watford and Southampton. He is also representing a number of claimants in cases against Chelsea FC arising out of allegations of racist abuse and assaults by Graham Rix and Gwyn Williams, former coach and youth manager respectively.
Much of his PI work involves claims arising out of serious injuries sustained in accidents at work and other health and safety contexts and he also acts for both parties in high RTA claims.