Greg Woods

Greg Woods

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom

Greg is Head of Kennedys’ ELPL Casualty Product Group.

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.

In addition to his management role, Greg handles high value injury claims for his clients and provides regular advice on litigation strategy. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Greg has been at the forefront of Kennedys’ thought leadership in relation to the potential for workplace claims and the employer’s duty of care, delivering a series of webinars and client briefings on the subject.

He has many years’ experience advising companies who face claims, both trauma and disease, by operation of the TUPE regulations and those who provide FM services at third party premises (security, landscaping, cleaning, maintenance), which frequently give rise to challenging evidential and contractual indemnity issues.

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. He 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, vicarious liability, occupiers’ liability, 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, TUPE Regulations and effective claim negotiation.

He is a regular contributor to Kennedys’ liability brief and author of the updated chapters on Employers’ Liability, Manual Handling and Effective Negotiation in Kennedys’ Claims Handling Law and Practice Guide, as well as co-authoring the chapter on CRU.

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
  • Defended a claim for well in excess of £1M brought by a stunt performer who alleged a serious injury sustained when filming a scene had significantly impacted and curtailed his stunt career. Evidence required from a large number of professionals in the entertainment industry and liaison with US-based attorneys. Interesting issues over duty of care in relation to necessarily hazardous activities, disclosure and likely career progression in the industry but for the accident.
  • Acted for one of 5 defendants in a complex construction site claim, value in excess of £1M. Claimant sustained serious orthopaedic and psychiatric injuries when the newly installed floor he stepped onto collapsed. Our client has designed the installation project. Succeeded in agreeing settlement with a 10% contribution.
  • Acting for specialist sub-contractor who supplied an allegedly defective screeding machine. Claimant sustained multiple finger amputations when his hand came into contact with the rotating blade of the machine. Claimant sought lifelong loss of earnings, need for care and prostheses, valued at £1M. Settled with  a contribution of £115,000.
  • Acted for a decorating company whose employee fell from a mobile platform sustaining burst fracture to lumbar spine, fractured femur and tibia, together with alleged psychiatric injury and erectile dysfunction. Primary liability conceded pre-issue. Claim in the region of £750,000. Settled for £400,000.
  • Defended claim brought by a construction worker who suffered significant, multiple, internal injuries, pelvic fracture, spinal fracture and psychiatric injury when struck by an excavator. Life-long self-catheterisation. Liability not in dispute and medical evidence required from a wide range of medical disciplines. Claimant residing in Ireland, raising additional challenges in relation to quantification Claim £1.5M settled for £800,000.
  • Defended employer in EL wrist fracture claim. CRPS. Liability not in dispute. Claim for £750k advanced. Settled for £225,000.
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