Niall Edwards

Niall Edwards

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom

Qualification

  • Qualified in 1998 in England and Wales

Niall is a Partner in our Sheffield office. He specialises in motor litigation and leads the firm’s strategic motor group. He became the motor team leader in 2005 and a partner in the motor team from 2006.

He advises on all aspects of defendant motor litigation. He deals with a broad selection of complex motor claims and large and catastrophic loss motor cases of up to the highest value.

Niall brings particular technical expertise into his handling of cases through his specialist knowledge and is a trusted advisor on complex motor loss claims, motor coverage, statutory declaration and similar claims, valuable credit hire claims, test and appeal cases, brain injury cases, fatality claims, complex psychiatric injury claims and primary victim claims.

Niall continues to play a key and market-leading role in lobbying government and parliament on behalf of insurer clients on many aspects of civil reform including whiplash, track changes, autonomous and connected vehicles, telematics, MedCo, the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, and the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into the motor market. He now also lobbies, presents and advises on autonomous vehicle technology. He has drafted responses, articles and papers in relation to these topics.

Niall has played a lead role in business process reviews and innovations at Kennedys. He has had a pivotal role in developing groundbreaking systems, including a new case management system to further enhance legal service and excellence with clients, including revolutionary case management systems.

Niall has also contributed widely to trade and insurance magazines and journals including comments and articles in Insurance Post and Insurance Times and is often sourced for comment. He has presented at firm and insurance seminars as well as national and regional insurance and trade conferences on a variety of topical motor-related issues. He is frequently invited to conferences in a panel speaker role. Additionally, he authored a number of chapters on motor liability in Kennedys’ UK claims handling guide.

Niall has worked with several hire rates providers to improve the content and effectiveness of evidence in light of recent case law, and has worked closely with a number of insurer clients to ensure that their intervention and other motor claims processes are as robust as possible.

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

Among the top lawyers in the country for defending credit hire claims

The Legal 500 UK 2017

Market recognition

  • Recommended Lawyer for 'Personal injury: defendant (Yorkshire and the Humber)'
    The Legal 500 UK 2018/19
  • "Among the top lawyers in the country for defending credit hire claims"
    The Legal 500 UK 2017

Work highlights

  • L v W. The defendant suffered cough syncope and his lorry skewed across the M1 motorway causing extensive damage to motorway property and striking six vehicles. An automatism defence was successfully advanced such that all similar claims were either discontinued or withdrawn.
  • P v T. The defendant driver suffered an ‘aura’, colliding with several vehicles on a motorway slip road resulting in a series of injury claims. T had a pre-existing condition but had been advised by medics to continue driving. A fairly unusual non-fault defence was successfully maintained.
  • Dickenson and others v Tesco. Dealt with over 450 claims, including 65 appeals and retrials and four test cases in the Court of Appeal, relating to historic credit hire settlements and Autofocus rates evidence.
  • Gibson v Chartis. Through pre-litigation to litigation Niall ran Part 18 and other conduct points resulting in a strike out of a liability-conceded Merseyside Court claim of £100,000, which was largely credit hire and injury based. An application for permission to appeal was refused and a further attempt to reissue proceeding was also struck out on grounds of abuse of process.
  • A v A. Took the lead in challenging the provenance of third party credit hire evidence by applying to cross-examine (and challenge credibility) of a number of credit hire organisation rates witnesses who had sought to rely on hearsay notices. The multi-track claim settled then for a quarter of its original value.
Market recognition
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    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2019