Stuart is Head of Osbornes’ award winning Personal Injury department and the firm’s joint Senior Partner.
Stuart joined the firm in 1994 in order to specialise in personal injury litigation, and has built a thriving practice in head injury and high value claims, often representing professionals and foreign based clients.
Stuart is passionate about fighting for the rights of accident victims and is heavily involved in the campaigning group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
Appointments and Memberships
Stuart was elected to APIL’s national Executive Committee in 2007 and served for six years. Since 2013 he has been APIL’s elected Secretary. He lectures regularly for APIL and in 2010 was appointed a Fellow of the organisation.
Stuart was a member of the Law Society’s policy making body the Law Society Council and its Civil Justice Committee from 2010 to 2013.
In 2015 he was appointed to the Legal Network Television Personal Injury Expert Panel.
He is an approved solicitor for Headway – the brain injury association, and for The Brain Injury Group.
What the Directories Say
Stuart is recognised as a leading Personal Injury lawyer in the field of Claimant Personal Injury in the 2010-2016 editions of the independent legal directory Chambers & Partners.
The 2016 edition 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 says he 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”
2013 edition: Stuart is “immensely impressive” and “focuses on serious head injury cases and gains high praise from top claimant solicitors and clients alike”.
2012 edition: Stuart commands respect for his “energetic, intuitive” approach to cases.
2011 edition “well regarded in the personal injury world for his handling of head injury and workplace accident cases”.
He is also ranked in the Legal 500 and the Super Lawyers directories.
The 2014 edition of The Legal 500 comments that Stuart is “sensible and pragmatic”.
2012 edition: the ‘first choice for referrals in the profession’.
2011 edition: “effective and helpful’, and ‘focuses on the needs of the individual”.
2010 edition: “earning a number of glowing recommendations in the past year”.
Case Highlights over the last 12 months
Stuart acted for a US litigation attorney in a personal injury damages claim arising out of a road accident in London. The Claimant sustained multiple pelvic fractures when a car reversed crushing her against wall. She underwent complex surgery and after rehabilitation was able to resume work, but the following year the metalwork failed and she required revision surgery. Due to ongoing orthopaedic, neurological and psychiatric symptoms she put her career on hold in order to concentrate on rehabilitation. Liability was admitted but quantum of damages was at issue. High Court proceedings were brought and medico-legal reports obtained from experts in pelvic surgery, psychiatry, uro-gynaecology, pain management and forensic accountancy. The main issues between the parties were the prognosis for the psychiatric symptoms and the claimant’s future capacity for work. The claim was settled at a round table meeting for £2.3m.
Stuart acted for a young man who suffered a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident. He was left with significant cognitive impairment and needed help to structure his day and to manage his affairs. The case on liability was hotly contested but was settled just before a three day High Court trial in May 2016 for £1m damages. The money will secure the long term care and support needed to help our client live independently.
Acted for victims of Oxshott rail crash and secured £1.1m in compensation payments for a US economist who was crushed in the train and suffered spinal injuries. High Court action settled at round table meeting shortly before trial.
Represented an EU national who suffered severe degloving and orthopaedic injuries in road accident whilst visiting London. Rehabilitation package set up and €1.15 m + damages payment allowed for adapted accommodation to be purchased.
Acted for young man who sustained head and jaw injuries at work when a crate fell on him. Subtle yet significant traumatic brain injury established by 3T scanning and neuroradiology evidence; case settled after High Court proceedings for £175,000.
Represented Brazillian national who suffered head injury in car crash; comprehensive rehabilitation package allowed a return to work and case settled for £350,000.
Stuart’s recent testimonials
“Head of the personal injury department, Stuart Kightley is a first-rate practitioner, wholly focused on getting his client the best outcome in a pragmatic, sensible and consensual manner.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“Stuart Kightley is very good in legally complex cases.”
Legal 500 2015