Greg Woods

Greg Woods

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom

Greg is a Sheffield based partner. He qualified in England and Wales in 1993. He advises composite insurers and large corporate clients in relation to the investigation and defence of personal injury claims.

Greg has particular experience working with corporate clients, their insurers and brokers to improve their ability to defend claims, undertaking a wide range of disease and trauma work for a variety of clients. Greg’s particular expertise lies in helping companies become “better” insureds. By helping them to understand the litigation process, develop strategies for improving the quality of their accident investigations and training their staff, he believes that the defensibility of claims can be significantly improved, and the cost of claims reduced.

He is a leading expert in relation to the incidence of CRU and the maximisation of benefit recovery on appeal. Greg is co-author of Kennedys’ Claim Handling Law and Practice Guide to the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU): sCRUtiny.

Most notably, Greg acted for RSA in a CRU Appeal test case R(CR)2/02 which successfully challenged the DWP’s contention that, if they had decided to pay benefits to the claimant on the basis of the alleged condition, then such benefits were repayable by the compensator whatever evidence was be adduced subsequently. This 2001 case has resulted in savings of millions of pounds to the insurance industry.

Greg regularly provides training to claims handlers, businesses and lawyers on a range of subjects, including chest disease claims, manual handling, slips and trips, work-related upper limb disorders, CRU/CRU appeals, fatal accident claims, effective investigation of accidents, obligations of corporate defendants under the CPR.

He is a regular contributor to Kennedys’ liability brief and an author of the updated chapters on Employers’ Liability and Manual Handling in Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide.

Greg is a member of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers.

Qualifications

  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1993

Work Highlights

  • Settled a £1.4m claim for £115k involving a nurse with a history of drug and alcohol abuse who slipped, allegedly sustaining brain injury, significant knee injury, psychiatric injury and complex regional pain syndrome.
  • Co-ordinated defendants in a mesothelioma claim with alleged exposure between 1989 and 2011. Settled for £325,000, with the claim initially estimated at £440,000.
  • A below-the-knee amputation claim by a security guard suffering from type II diabetes in which the claim, estimated at £550,000, was settled for £21,000 with partial recovery of our costs following late acceptance of a Part 36 offer.
  • Acted for defendants in a claim involving a slip on external fire escape steps which was alleged to have resulted in complex regional pain syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and multiple orthopaedic injuries. The claimant had pre-existing ankylosing spondylosis and psychiatric vulnerability. The claim, which was in excess of £500,000, was settled for £125,000.
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