Joe McManus

Joe McManus

Partner London, United Kingdom


  • Qualified in Belfast in 1988.
  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1990.

Joe qualified as a solicitor in Belfast in 1988 and has worked in London since then requalifying in England and Wales in 1990. He became a partner in 1997.

Joe and his team provide advice and support to insurers and businesses facing high value injury cases particularly in the construction industry. He has a special interest in harassment and stress cases and has represented a number of banks, professional service companies and insurers that have had to defend these claims. More recently Joe has represented a number of insurers dealing with high value claims arising from accidents abroad.  Joe successfully represented the defendants in 2017 in the Supreme Court in the case of Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated following a multiple fatality in Egypt.

Joe co-wrote the chapter in Environmental claims in Kennedys claims handling book.

He has also written for the Post Magazine, one of the leading magazines in the Insurance Industry

Joe is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (FOIL).

A recommended lawyer described as “Approachable, effective and resolute”

The Legal 500 UK 2017

Market recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (London)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • Recommended Lawyer described as “Approachable, effective and resolute”
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlight

  • Joe acted for MNS Mining following the deaths of 4 of its staff and injuries to three other at the Gleison Colliery in South Wales on 15 September 2011. The incident was the largest loss of life in the mines in the UK for over 30 years. It led to the largest corporate manslaughter case under the new 2007 Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act to date
  • Joe is currently representing the employers and insurers following the death of 5 staff in a major incident in the Midlands on the 7 July 2016
  • Joe represented the Hotel group and Insurers in the leading authority of Brownlie v Four Seasons Holdings Incorporated decided by the Supreme Court in December 2017 and which is the key authority for injuries sustained abroad (Link to firm article currently being uploaded or alternatively include the Supreme Court link).
  • Joe is representing insurers involved in an explosion at the Carlsberg bottling factory in Northampton  that left one person dead and 22 injured  and led to the plant been closed
  • Joe is currently assisting insurers and the local authority who were involved in a motor accident where a young children has sustained a catastrophic injury.  The claim is currently valued at £24 million. The approach being followed is a collaborative one.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019

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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017