Peter Blake


I specialise in defending high value, catastrophic personal injury claims on behalf of Insurers. I regularly advise in respect of motor policy indemnity and Road Traffic Act liability issues, employers’ liability and public liability claims and also policy disputes involving coverage and reservations of Insurers’ rights.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7645 9567


My Expertise

I also deal with international claims involving road traffic or workplace accidents abroad, or those occurring in the UK but involving overseas claimants. I have settled several cases by way of a Periodic Payment Order.

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I qualified as a Solicitor in 2005. I regularly supervise more junior lawyers within the firm and I am a contributor of articles and comment to firm publications. I frequently conduct in-house training for clients on a wide range of topics.

Cases of note:

  • Representation of an American rapper in his defence of multiple personal injury claims brought against him following a ‘stage dive’ into the audience at Alexandra Palace during a concert.
  • Advising motor insurers in respect of claim brought by a young tetraplegic female claimant with a damages reserve of just under £7m. The claim eventually settled by way of a Periodic Payment Order following negotiations at a settlement meeting with the Claimant’s solicitors.
  • Defending a claim brought by a claimant who sustained severe injuries after having been driven over by her own vehicle following a ‘car-jacking’ by an uninsured driver and which involved complex motor policy indemnity issues.
  • Advising Insurers in their defence of a claim brought by a severely brain injured UK Claimant who was shot in the head at close range with a high powered rifle whilst on a field trip during a working holiday in New Zealand.
  • 4 year old child amputee claim with a damages reserve of £5m+. Successful RTA policy declaration on grounds of misrepresentation and subsequent passing of the claim on in its entirety to the other tortfeasor along with a full contribution towards costs.
  • Claim brought by a severely brain injured Portuguese claimant following an accident on a building site in Belgium and whose employer was based in the UK.
  • Advising motor insurers in respect of a claim brought by a 28 year old tetraplegic Romanian female claimant following a road traffic accident in Romania involving UK insured driver.
  • Mild traumatic brain and psychiatric injury claim by a Polish migrant involved in road traffic accident in the UK, involving quantum issues of loss of chance of UK earnings and assessing care regime at local Polish rates.
  • Advising Insurers in respect of £7m claim brought by 38 year old male paraplegic claimant following crane accident on UK building site.
  • Horner v. Norman (Court of Appeal, [2015] EWCA Civ 1055) – successful defence of the pedestrian claimant’s appeal of a liability trial decision concerning injury sustained whilst crossing a dual carriageway.
  • O’Leary v. Polson (Swansea County Court, 22/07/2015) – successful defence at liability trial of claim brought by cyclist who sustained a brain injury following a collision with a car.
  • Fytche v. Wincanton Logistics plc (Court of Appeal, [2003] EWCA Civ 874) - successful defence of the Claimant’s appeal regarding the scope of employers’ duties in relation to the maintenance of PPE, a decision subsequently upheld by the (then) House of Lords [2004] UKHL 31.