Stuart Kightley

Position: Partner
Practice Areas: Personal Injury

Stuart is Head of the Personal Injury department.

After a spell with the Crown Prosecution Service he joined the firm in 1994 in order to specialise in PI work. He has built a thriving practice representing clients in head injury and high value work accident and road accident cases.

Stuart is actively involved in the campaigning group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which champions the rights of accident victims. He lectures regularly for APIL and was recently appointed a Fellow of the organisation. He is also on the Law Society PI Panel.

In April 2007 Stuart was elected to APIL’s national Executive Committee and then re-elected for a second term in 2010. He was elected to the position of  APIL Secretary in 2013.

He was also appointed to the Law Society’s policy making body the Law Society Council in 2010 and to its Civil Justice Committee.

Stuart was recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of Claimant Personal Injury in the 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 editions of the independent legal directory Chambers & Partners.

The 2015 edition of Chambers & Partners comments that Stuart “continues to strengthen his expertise in the serious and catastrophic injury field. Sources say he is “a fount of knowledge who can cut to the chase quicker than most,” and “understands his clients’ problems and fights hard for them.”

The 2014 edition of Chambers & Partners comments that Stuart is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.

The 2013 edition of Chambers & Partners comments that Stuart is  “immensely impressive” and “focuses on serious head injury cases and gains high praise from top claimant solicitors and clients alike”.

The 2012 edition of Chambers comments that Stuart  commands respect for his “energetic, intuitive” approach to cases.

The 2012 edition of The Legal 500 comments that Stuart is ‘firmly resolute yet pragmatic’ and is the ‘first choice for referrals in the profession’.

The 2011 edition of Chambers described him as “well regarded in the personal injury world for his handling of head injury and workplace accident cases”.

The 2011 edition of The Legal 500 also describes Stuart as being ‘effective and helpful’, and ‘focuses on the needs of the individual’.

The 2010 edition of Chambers described Stuart as “earning a number of glowing recommendations in the past year.”

Case Highlights over the last year

  • Road accident below knee amputee case where liability completely denied but case settled at round table meeting just days before a High Court  liability trial for £700,000 gross.
  • Multiple injuies case, including head injury and psychiatric damage, where Claimant cyclist knocked down by drunk driver.  Main issue was the Claimant’s loss of a chance of qualifying as a UK doctor; case fixed for 6 day High Court  trial but settled by solicitors’ negotiation for £460,000.
  • Work accident where Claimant suffered severe degloving injury to the foot and risked future amputation; liability agreed a day befrore trial and case settled by solicitors’ negotiation for over £500,000 gross.
  • Head injury to 15 year old girl where a rehabilitation and case management package set up with insurers supported her studies and early career to maximise her potential before case settled in a solicitors’ meeting at £300,000 gross.
  • Head and spinal injury case, where claimant fell from a window to escape a house fire.  Liability eventually established and main issue on value was the extent to which the relatively mild effects of head injury together with residual back pain would compromise the claimant’s future ability to work as a graphic designer. Case settled at round table meeting for £300,000.
  • Currently acting for the victims of the Oxshott train crash in 2010

When not at work he will be running or cycling far away.


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