Cameron Clark

Cameron Clark

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom

Cameron is a partner based in our Sheffield office. He qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1996. He is a senior figure in our strategic disease litigation practice and leads the northern disease team.

He acts in the defence of cases covering the full ambit of disease and employers liability litigation and has a particular expertise in asbestos work, industrial deafness, hand arm vibration syndrome, work related upper limb disorders and chronic-pain syndrome claims.

Cameron has been involved in a number of landmark disease cases such as acting for UK Coal in the world’s largest personal injury scheme with over 590,000 claimants and awards of compensation totalling £2.3bn - Griffiths & others v DTI (The British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation) [2007].

He acts for self-insured corporate clients’ composite insurers, TPA’s and public bodies only in the defence of claims.

He often acts as the coordinating solicitor on behalf of multiple defendants and insurers in long tail disease claims and is experienced in handling issues such as apportionment, uninsured periods of cover, application of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and the reporting requirements to participants.

Cameron provides strategic advice to clients not only in response to the claims that are currently receiving but by identifying future risks in an attempt to safeguard their business. This requires flexibility of advice and settling those claims where costs and damages could unnecessarily escalate, or alternatively making a robust denial where the risk is a floodgate of similar cases. Clients appreciate Cameron’s clear and definitive advice on how to respond to claims.

Cameron regularly contributes articles to our Disease Brief and co-authored the occupational disease chapter of Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide. He also provides bespoke training sessions and seminars to clients upon employers’ liability topics and contributes articles for publications to the insurance industry.

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

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1996

Cameron Clark leads the disease team and with 'impressive depth of knowledge and expertise'.

The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Market recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (Yorkshire and the Humber)'
    "Cameron Clark leads the disease team and with 'impressive depth of knowledge and expertise'."
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19

Work highlights

  • Ghoorah v Barking NHS Trust [2015]. Successfully defended a NHS Trust against a £550,000 mesothelioma claim.
  • Johnson v MOD [2012]. In the Court of Appeal Cameron acted for the Ministry of Defence in a case which is the leading authority as to the determination of a Claimant’s date of knowledge under the Limitation Act 1980 in an industrial deafness claim.
  • Baker v Quantum Clothing [2011]. Acted for a defendant in the Supreme Court decision of Baker v Quantum Clothing [2011] which is the leading authority as to a breach of duty under the common law for industrial deafness claims.
  • The British Coal Vibration White Finger Scheme [2013]. Acted for UK Coal in the second largest compensation scheme in the world by 170,000 former Coal Miners who had developed hand arm vibration syndrome with awards totalling £1.7bn.
  • Pearce v Cleveland Potash [2016]. Negotiating a settlement of £300,000 on behalf of a Mining Company in response to a £4m head injury claim after securing deductions for the claimant’s contributory negligence and a 75% contribution from a co-defendant.
  • Marshall v Hatfield Collery [2016]. Negotiating the settlement of a £300,000 complex regional pain syndrome claim for £35,000 further to unravelling the claimant’s medical evidence by the instruction of our own experts.
  • Dibble v UK Coal [2016]. Acting for a colliery in the defence of a c.£2.5m claim by a miner who fractured his leg at work in 2009, developed a MRSA infection and required a below knee amputation in 2016.
  • Strawbridge v Hatfield Colliery. Represented a colliery in the defence of a £600,000 fibromyalgia claim further to the claimant suffering a soft tissue injury to his lower back. Negotiating a settlement of £170,000 on behalf of the client.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019