I am Senior Partner in the Accidents & Injuries team.
I undertake work specialising in catastrophic head and spinal injury cases, as well as birth related injuries of maximum severity. I have been accredited by the Law Society as a member of their specialist personal injury and clinical negligence panels.
I have also been appointed by the Court of Protection to act as a professional deputy to manage the property and financial affairs of vulnerable adults, and also sit as a Deputy District Judge in London.
I am a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500 2021 guide which notes: ‘Chris Whiteley is known for his work on catastrophic head and spinal injury cases’.
I was Managing Partner of Trethowans from April 2015 to March 2021.
Very good with clients and supportive, clients have a lot of trust and faith in him, and he sticks by them and does a good job - Chambers and Partners
Areas of Expertise
I acted for a Claimant who sustained a head/brain injury during his birth. It was necessary to obtain an interim payment on account of damages to fund the client attending a private specialist school. The claim settled for substantial damages including an annual payment for the rest the client’s life to cover his loss of earnings and care needs.
In another instance, acted for a client who sustained a serious spinal injury as a result of falling through a roof on a building site. The client was unable to return to any form of employment and needed constant care/assistance. I was successful in recovering substantial damages which allowed the client to build his own adapted property and be financially secure.
What others say
Chris has also been ranked in Chambers (2020) as an eminent practitioner in clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. He is noted for his handling of complex negligence issues involving spinal and brain injuries. He also handles Court of Protection work as well as catastrophic injury claims, including brain and spinal injuries and amputation cases.
Legal 500 (2017) state that he is “hugely experienced, very sensible and highly supportive of clients.”
Away from the office
I have two daughters who have finally finished their studies. I also enjoy travel, mountain walking and cycling.