Howard Cohen

"He has excellent attention to detail. His written work is always powerfully presented and often produced with tight deadlines. He is also a very skilled advocate and superbly capable in fraud cases."

Chambers and Partners 2019

Personal Injury

Howard’s particular expertise is in Personal Injury work, particularly where there are elements of fraud or dishonesty apparent or alleged. He covers a broad range of matters with an emphasis on high value and complex cases.

His caseload includes Employer’s Liability, Occupier’s Liability, Product Liability, Fatal Accidents, Highways and Road Traffic claims, as well as associated areas including MIB, CRU and Criminal Injuries compensation. He has vast experience of railways claims.

He acts for both Claimants and Defendants on claims predominantly in the multi-track and he regularly appears in the High Court. His clients include local authorities, trade unions, large companies and other corporate organisations. He is an accomplished court performer, appearing in courts and tribunals nationwide. In addition, he has a busy paper practice and frequently represents clients at round-table conferences and other settlement meetings.

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Notable Cases

Ogiehor v Belinfantie [2018] EWCA Civ 2423
Successfully defended 2nd appeal by litigant in person against an Unless Order and related costs award, resulting in Defendant's costs being awarded of over £110,000.

Tasneem v Morley (2014)
Won exemplary damages for successful Defendant insurer against a total of 16 fraudulent Claimants involved in a fraud ring comprising 9 separate road traffic accidents.

Royal & Sunalliance Insurance Company Ltd v Kosky (2013)
Successfully defended the first ever application for permission to bring committal proceedings for contempt of court under the new CPR 81 in the High Court.

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B v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (2013)
Represented applicant in appeal to First Tier Tribunal after he was awarded £1,500 at first instance following sexual abuse suffered at the hands of a former teacher at his school. Drafted a full Schedule of Loss and following submissions before the Tribunal, the applicant was awarded in excess of £105,000.

Taylor v Taylor (2013)
Represented the Defendant in a multi-track trial involving a Claimant who was claiming in excess of £100,000 for lost earnings following a road traffic accident. Following 2 days of detailed cross-examination revealing the true extent of the weaknesses in the Claimant's case, the matter settled globally (including costs) for £42,000.

Deegan v (1) Thompson (2) Motor Insurer's Bureau (2013)
Led by Alan Jeffreys QC. Instructed by MIB in a claim arising out of a road traffic accident that was pleaded in excess of £6 million. Drafted Counter-Schedule, following which the matter settled at a JSM for just over £1 million.

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Appointments & Memberships

  • Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

Education & Qualifications

  • Winner of Wilfred Getz Scholarship, Gray’s Inn
  • BVC, Inns of Court School of Law, London
  • M. Phil (Criminology), Trinity Hall, Cambridge
  • MA Hons, Jurisprudence, St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • City of London School for Boys