Julian fought the case of Harding v Wealands up to the House of Lords, who agreed the assessment of damages for this Australian accident should be in accordance with English law. Not only did that lead to Mr Harding recovering £5.5m compensation for his spinal cord injury, it also set a precedent which helped countless others injured in accidents abroad to recover full compensation.

Recently work includes acting for the family of Jules Bianchi, who died nine months after suffering a severe brain injury during the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix in 2014.


Julian acts for claimants who have sustained spinal cord and severe brain injury, amputations, and for the families of fatal accident victims. In addition, Julian specialises in costs, litigation funding, compliance and knowledge management issues.




Julian is a member of The Legal 500’s illustrious Hall of Fame and is the sole recipient of Chambers Star Individual rating. He also has the rare accolade of a ranking in Claimant Personal Injury and Travel: International Injury sections of Chambers.

Chambers comment that “Julian Chamberlayne is a standout practitioner in the travel law space”. Chambers market sources highlight that he is “a highly effective litigator who has an excellent strategic mind and is fearless in the field”, “excels in complex claims involving catastrophic injury and fatal accidents” and is a lawyer who is easy to work with, describing him as “open, fast and friendly.”

In December 2019 Julian was included in Who’s Who, the leading source of up-to-date information about over 35,000 influential people from all walks of life, worldwide. Containing autobiographical listings of people from around the globe who have an impact on British life, it is seen as one of the world’s most recognised and respected works of reference.


Julian joined Stewarts in 2000 and was appointed a partner in 2002. He founded the International Injury department in 2007 and built it to become top tier in both Chambers and Legal 500.

In 2012 Julian was appointed the firm’s Compliance Officer for Legal Practice. He is the firm’s Risk & Funding Partner which involves developing and implementing improvements to the legal services Stewarts provides to its all of its clients, including innovative cost and funding options. He provides firm-wide risk management, strategic input and partnership level representation for the firm’s Knowledge, L&D, Compliance and Cost & Funding functions.

Accreditations and Memberships

  • Chair of the Forum of Complex Injuries Solicitors (FOCIS)
  • APIL Fellow and accredited specialist in Accidents Abroad, Spinal Injury and Fatal Accidents
  • Member of International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS)
  • PEOPIL member


Julian authors two chapters of the well-regarded Schedule of Loss textbook. He is a regular contributor to a wide variety of legal journals and lecturer at national and international conferences.

Julian actively lobbies to preserve and enhance the law for those who have suffered life changing injuries, including recent responses to governmental consultations concerning damages, fatal accidents, motor accidents and automated vehicles


Julian cycled solo the length of the Americas, from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in 1999-2000, a total of 15,000 miles. He still braves the streets of London on a bike on a daily basis.