Frederick Lyon

Frederick Lyon

  • Called in 2012


Frederick is regularly instructed to deal with commercial contractual disputes between companies, insurers and in matters relating to the sale of goods to consumers.

Recent cases have included:

  • Advising travel operators in relation to recoveries claims against overseas suppliers
  • Advising a coach company on the recovery of significant hire charges exceeding £250,000 under the Brussels I Regulation (recast) for an accident which occurred in Europe;
  • Advising a solicitor on their liability under contract in relation to a large claim brought by a medico-legal reporting agency for unpaid fees;
  • Representing a barrister at trial in a claim for unpaid fees requiring analysis of the construction of the contract as between solicitor and counsel and the role of the Sale of Goods and Services Act. Following three years of contentious litigation the case resulted in the total amount of all fees owed to the barrister by the solicitor being awarded by the judge at trial;
  • Advising on the general construction of credit hire agreements and subsidiary insurance agreements arising out of the same;
  • Providing advice on precedent pleadings for a large insurer in respect of claims brought inappropriately under the European Communities (Rights Against Insurers) Regulations 2002
  • Advising a major insurer in relation to their subrogated rights following outlay resulting from disruption caused in the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Notable Cases

EK v. CS (ongoing)
A complex chronic pain claim valued at £1 million. The matter involves issues regarding correct diagnosis of the Claimant’s condition and significantly contested quantum of a loss of earnings and pension loss claim.

Frederick represented the successful claimant at a three day trial. The Claimant faced accusations of fundamental dishonesty, supported by the Defendant’s experts. Following cross examination of the experts the judge found the Claimant had not been dishonest in any part of her claim and awarded damages.

Achille v. Lawn Tennis Association Services [2022] EWCA Civ. 1407
This is the leading case dealing with the interpretation of CPR 44.15. It involves a detailed analysis of the QOCS provisions. Frederick, acting as leading counsel and brought in solely for the appeal, successfully appealed a decision to award the defendant immediately enforceable costs following the strike out of the claimant’s personal injury claim but with the other heads of claim surviving.

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Frederick acted for the successful Claimant in a matter valued at around £400,000 on a full liability basis. Notwithstanding that the Claimant had been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and had no memory of the Index Accident, Frederick was able to secure a significant settlement following details collision reconstruction analysis.

Layla James v. Littlebourne Equestrian Centre (2021, Central London County Court, HHJ Baucher)
Frederick acted for the successful Defendant on appeal. The claimant, a child, had sustained an accidental fall while on horseback resulting in an impalement injury. On appeal Frederick was able to establish that the judge at first instance had been in error in finding that anything could have been reasonably done by the Defendant to prevent the injury in what was already a sport entailing a degree of risk.

PJ v. HP & Ors.
Frederick acted for the Claimant in this fatal accident claim valued at around £500,000. The claim involved a complex for financial dependency based upon the deceased’s earnings as an elected local councillor. The claim ultimately settled satisfactorily for a high six figure sum.

KW & Ors v. MIB
A fatal accident case proceeding in the High Court. Frederick acted for the Claimants. The case was valued in the region of £400,000 and ultimately settled favourably in a high six figure sum a few weeks prior to trial. The matter involved a complex loss of services claim for a child with a learning disability.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • British Association for Sport and the Law
  • London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association
  • Accredited Advocacy Trainer

Education & Qualifications


  • BPTC, City University, London
  • GDL, City University, London
  • MA (Cantab.), Social and Political Sciences (SPS), Pembroke College, Cambridge


  • Prince of Wales Scholar, Gray’s Inn
  • City University Essay Prize in Tort

Directory Quotes

Freddy is ranked as a ‘Leading Junior’ in Legal 500.

‘Able to digest a lot of information and ascertain the key points to eloquently and concisely present a case using the relevant legal and factual evidence.’ Legal 500 2024


Consultant Editor, Halsbury’s Laws of England (Vol 60: Insurance), 2023

Contributing Author, Atkins Court Forms (Vol 23(1): Insurance), 2023

Contributing Author, Butterworths Personal Injury Litigation Service: Special Aspects of Future Loss & Special Heads or Bases of Claim, 2020 – Present

Risky Business: Challenges and Changes in the Assessment of the Standard of Care Owed to Participants in Supervised ‘Extreme’ Sports, Gray’s Inn Student Law Journal, 2012.


Personal Interests

Frederick enjoys outdoor sports, particularly skiing, rock climbing and mountaineering and ultra-running when time allows.