Chris Deacon reports on a High Court decision that increases protection for victims of accidents abroad
1 August 2019
Chris represents clients following serious international accidents, usually UK residents injured overseas but also foreign nationals who sustain life-changing injuries in the UK. Fluent in French, his background in international law means he is well placed to advise in relation to claims arising from incidents across the globe. He has written, presented and advised on the implications of Brexit for international injury claims.
Chris was once again listed as a rising star in Chambers 2019, sources describe him as an “absolutely fabulous guy” who has “lots of good ideas” and is “very much on top of international work and issues.” He is also praised for his client service, as well as his “in-depth knowledge and sympathy to traumatic circumstances.”
The Legal 500 (2019) describes Chris as a “superb travel lawyer; he is knowledgeable, tenacious, compassionate and intellectually astute”. In previous editions they commented he is “absolutely dedicated and organised” and “outstanding” noting his “good judgement and calm approach”. Satisfied clients praise “his invaluable ability to put technical terms into language a lay client can understand”.
Chris represents clients in a range of serious international personal injury cases. He represents the claimant in Lackey v (1) Mallorca Mega Resort SL and (2) Generali, successfully establishing jurisdiction against both the hotel and its insurer in the English courts. Chris acted for the claimant in Thomas v (1) Baker and (2) ICWA (2015), securing damages of £6.25m following a spinal cord injury she sustained in Australia. He recently represented the family of F1 driver Jules Bianchi following his accident at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix. He is currently representing a number of seriously injured clients and their families following accidents overseas, including a child who sustained a spinal cord injury in a road traffic accident in Poland.
Chris studied European and French law at the University of Warwick and Lille II, France. He trained at Blake Lapthorn, qualifying into travel litigation before moving to Stewarts in 2013.
Chris is an APIL accredited accidents abroad specialist and assessor. He is a member of the Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association, APIL and PEOPIL, and secretary to the APIL International Special Interest Group.
Chris regularly comments on travel law issues and has appeared on the BBC. He has written for the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette, International Travel Insurance Journal and City AM.
Chris’s interests include theatre and travel. He sits on the board of a national street theatre company in a voluntary capacity and is usually always planning his next adventure abroad.