Joined in: 1976
Specialises in: Clinical Negligence
Qualification: LLB Hons
Education: Leicester University
John Hall is the longest serving Partner at Tilly Bailey & Irvine having qualified as a Solicitor in 1976 and become a Partner in 1978.
To put his experience into perspective, John became qualified in the same year his boyhood football team, Sunderland, were winning Division 2, while Brotherhood of Man were chart-toppers.
John was formerly Managing Partner of the firm for a term of 10 years. During that period he also headed up the Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Teams. He now deals exclusively with high value clinical negligence claims and remains at the helm of a specialist local team.
John specialises in complex high value claims and is recognised as having specialist expertise in relation to cerebral palsy claims. He has acted for clients across the country and secured a number of multi-million pound settlements.
"I am proud to say that I have secured life changing awards of compensation for a number of clients over the years. The damages received have been used to finance the purchase of specially adapted accommodation and high quality private care regimes as well as specialised equipment including IT, wheelchairs and vehicles."
A career highlight for John was when he recovered damages of £4m on behalf of a client in relation to a wrongful birth claim. This was the highest award of damages made in relation to such a claim and John believes that it still remains the case.
John managed to establish that an NHS Trust failed to properly scan his pregnant client, as a result of which she gave birth to a child born with spina bifida. The Defendants denied liability and also argued that any damages should be limited to the date on which the child reached 19 years of age. John managed to negotiate a settlement on the basis that damages were payable for the life span of the child.