Two members of Outer Temple Chambers (instructed by Rebecca Dixon of Stewarts Law) have recently been involved in assisting an Australian national to obtain a significant award before the First-Tier Tribunal (Criminal Injuries Compensation). Stephen Climie and Ben Bradley achieved a substantial CICA award for the appellant.
The appellant was injured in an unprovoked attack in London in 2004, which caused the client to suffer a brain injury.
The CICA had initially contended that the appellant was not entitled to any form of award at all by reason of his alleged conduct prior to the incident. Climie represented the appellant at the eligibility hearing. Having heard evidence from the original officer in the case, the tribunal concluded that the appellant was subjected to an unprovoked attack and as such was entitled to a full award.
Bradley represented the appellant at the quantum stage of proceedings. The CICA contended that the appropriate award was circa £18,000. The claim involved complicated issues relating to the appellant’s likely career progression in the Australian private banking sector but for the injury, and required an understanding of Australian employer-contribution pensions, there being a significant claim for pension loss.
Despite the CICA’s contentions, the tribunal awarded the appellant an amount slightly less than £300,000.
Bradley regularly represents seriously injured clients in CICA proceedings. In the past 18 months, he has assisted clients to obtain combined awards of circa £1.9m in claims under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme.