FFW secures compensation for Potters Bar victim

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has landed a High Court ruling that sees a top Taiwanese TV presenter being awarded substantial compensation after being horrifically injured in the Potters Bar rail crash.

Tanya Liu, who was a news anchor for Hong Kong-based satellite TV station Phoenix TV, was left with intellectual and cognitive problems after suffering brain damage in the 2002 disaster.

The 39-year-old, who is now given round-the-clock care by her family in Hong Kong, was awarded an undisclosed sum by the High Court.

Mr Justice Irwin said the award against Jarvis Rail and Network Rail Infrastructure was “in my view a substantial sum and reflects the severity of this injury”.

The court heard that Liu, who drew audiences of 140 million, was left “a shadow of her former self” after the Potters Bar crash.

During her career Liu had interviewed Bill Clinton and Bill Gates. Her popularity had led to the Chinese premier intervening to fly her to Beijing for specialist care following the crash.

Lui spent two months in a coma, having suffered brain damage, spinal fractures and internal injuries. She has been left with intellectual and physical difficulties.

Seven people were killed and a further 76 people injured when a train left the tracks near Potters Bar Station after passing over a faulty set of points in May 2002.

Personal injury partner Paul McNeil from FFW, who acted for Liu, said “no amount of money will compensate Tanya for the horrendous injuries she suffered and the glittering career which was snatched from her as a result of this avoidable accident.

“Tanya was the most seriously injured surviving victim of the Potters Bar rail crash. The case was extremely complex, involving legal issues in the UK, China and Taiwan. The family is satisfied with the outcome of the case.”

FFW instructed James Badenoch QC of One Crown Office Row as lead counsel, while partner Peter Warren from Kennedys instructed Andrew Prynne QC of Henderson Chambers to represent Jarvis and Network Rail.