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Charlie Woodhouse QC

Silk: 2022 | Call: 1997

"Personal Injury Junior of the Year"

Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021

"He is forensic and gets to the root of issues." "Great with his advice, really good with clients and in court he is robust and very thorough." "He's well thought of, experienced and a solid opponent."

Chambers & Partners 2022

"He has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe."

The Legal 500 2022


Charlie Woodhouse QC specialises in personal injury, clinical negligence and inquests.

He is ranked as a ‘Star Individual’ for personal injury by Chambers & Partners and has been described in the legal directories as “a superb advocate with a fantastic success rate” who “… has the full range – he’s very good with clients, and a fantastic advocate who wins difficult cases. His attention to detail is excellent”; “He’s very confident and accessible. He builds up a good rapport with witnesses; he’s engaging and clear but not dogmatic”. Charlie is particularly “recognised for his insurance defence practice”. Charlie was named ‘Personal Injury Junior of the Year‘ at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2021.

Charlie has enormous experience acting for Claimants and Defendants predominantly in high-value and serious or fatal injury cases arising from road traffic, industrial and other accidents. His caseload includes accidents resulting in brain injury, spinal cord injury, amputation and cases involving contested mental capacity. Charlie has a particularly strong reputation acting in claims by members of the armed forces and for acting for insurers in cases involving complex regional pain syndrome, chronic pain and associated disorders, including fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and functional neurological disorder.

He has considerable experience of claims that arise out of accidents, often fatal, involving industrial machinery including cranes, trains and other engineering equipment in which Charlie is regularly instructed to act at inquest and in civil proceedings.

Charlie has been ranked as a leading junior in clinical negligence by the The Legal 500 since 2009 where they observe that he “grasps medical issues quickly”.

He has considerable experience in clinical negligence acting at inquest and in civil proceedings in a wide range of clinical accident claims including fatal accident claims, obstetric negligence claims and claims arising from delayed diagnoses.

Charlie took silk in March 2022.

Professional Recommendations


“He is a robust advocate with an excellent knowledge of quantum issues. ” ” He has the command of the court room and his advocacy is a joy to observe. ” ” Charlie is by far the most outstanding senior junior that I have worked with. His eye for detail is second to none. He holds the attention of the court, and his advocacy is parallel to silks. Judges like him, opponents like him and clients like him. The perfect package.”

The Legal 500 2022

“He is a powerhouse and simply one of the best juniors at the Personal Injury Bar. No case is too complex for him and his ability to distil complex information into coherent strategy is excellent.” “He is forensic and gets to the root of issues.” “Great with his advice, really good with clients and in court he is robust and very thorough.” “He’s well thought of, experienced and a solid opponent.” “He is a real tactical and technical expert.”

Chambers & Partners 2022

“He is very thorough and professional.” “He is meticulous in his preparation.” “He inspires confidence and is someone you definitely want on your side.” “He pulls out the key issues in a case very quickly and thinks laterally when trying to work through challenges.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

“He is just about the best barrister. An extremely effective advocate who has the ability to hold the attention of the court. He is charming, eloquent and razor sharp. He is as good as any silk.” “He is the complete package and one of the few PI juniors who would sail into Silk and do well. He is highly regarded by all of his peers as a courageous and charming barrister. He is one of the few senior junior who is equally adept representing claimants and defendants.” “Tenacious in arguments, empathic with the clients and principled with expert witnesses.”

The Legal 500 2021

“He exudes confidence in court.” “He is prompt, punctual, bright, articulate and pragmatic.” “He’s very good on his feet and his command of the room is brilliant.” “He has excellent client care skills and is able to deliver advice in a clear and concise manner. He also fights hard for his clients and is very thorough and detailed in his work.”

Chambers & Partners 2020

“A sublime advocate who commands respect in the court room.” “Brilliant on his feet and commands respect from the court room.”

The Legal 500 2020

“Very well prepared and organised. He is good with the finer detail and impresses clients. He is a tough, successful negotiator, and confident in risky cases.” “Friendly to clients and very effective at trial. He provides accurate and sensible advice.”  “Confident, able and always meticulously prepared. He has a remarkably effective ability to get on well with clients. A very impressive barrister.”

Chambers & Partners 2018


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