Personal Injury

Personal injury is Joel’s bread and butter. Increasingly, his cases are high value and complex and include claims pleaded in excess of £1 million.

He is instructed to deal with all aspects of claims including pleadings, CCMCs, Part 35 questions and conferences with experts, advising on liability and quantum, JSMs, and trials.

He acts for claimants and defendants in roughly equal measure. He enjoys seeing litigation from both sides, and considers it an advantage when considering tactics and strategy in a case.

Some examples of Joel’s recent work include:

  • Helping secure £1.1 million in personal injury damages in the Employment Tribunal for a claimant whose employer subjected her to sex discrimination. The unlawful treatment caused the claimant significant psychiatric injury, which in turn left her unable to resume her career in banking. The case gained widespread national media attention and made the front page of the Financial Times. Further information about the case can be found here.
  • Acting for one of the Defendants in a complex, multi-party occupier’s liability claim, and successfully arguing that the relevant defendant was not an occupier of the premises in question.
  • Securing a total settlement of c.£250,000 for four claimants at JSM in claims for disease caused by defective premises.
  • Various chronic pain cases for claimants and defendants.
  • Numerous findings of fundamental dishonesty against claimants who lied in relation to liability and/or quantum.
  • Acting for, and advising, a claimant who was seriously injured in an accident on a building site in a claim with multiple defendants who all initially denied liability. The claim settled for a six-figure sum.

Joel is happy to consider instructions on a CFA basis where appropriate.

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If you would like to instruct Joel McMillan or would like help or advice in doing so, please call and talk to our excellent clerking team, led by Chief Executive/Director of Clerking, Paul Cray. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at

For more information about our clerking team, please click here for the clerks page.

Appointments & Memberships

  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Education Law Association

Education & Qualifications

Prizes and Awards

2017       South Eastern Circuit scholarship to attend the Florida Bar Advanced Trial Advocacy Program at the University of Florida

2013       Certificate of Honour for Results in the BPTC, Middle Temple

2013       The Times Law Award essay competition:  Runner Up

2013       The Kingsland Cup national mooting competition: Runner Up (final held in the Supreme Court in front of Lord Carnwath JSC)

2012       Blackstone Entrance Exhibition, Middle Temple

2011       Jules Thorn Scholarship, Middle Temple


2012 – 2013     BPTC, BPP Law School, London: Outstanding

2011 – 2012     GDL, City University, London: Commendation

1999 – 2003     MA (Hons) History, University of Edinburgh: First Class

Previous Employment

Before converting to law Joel was on the Civil Service Fast Stream. Joel’s experiences in Whitehall included training MPs on the new parliamentary expenses system, drafting a Cabinet paper, working in the private office of a Secretary of State, and advising Ministers on the development of Government policy.

Prior to that, Joel led and managed cultural tours of Western Europe for groups of multi-national clients, giving lectures on the history of the countries and guided tours of a number of cities, including Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, Barcelona, Vienna, Berlin, Amsterdam and London.

Personal Interests

Joel and his wife have recently started a family but he still makes time for cycling, theatre, travel, cooking, and playing football and tennis. He also has a keen interest in history and politics.