Personal Injury

Personal injury is Joel’s bread and butter. He acts for claimants and defendants in Fast Track and Multi-Track claims across the full spectrum of personal injury litigation, including cases involving road traffic accidents, occupier’s liability, employer’s liability, the Highways Act, the Animals Act and the Package Travel Regulations.

As well as being adept at dealing with liability, Joel is fully conversant with all of the causation, evidential and quantum issues that arise in this area. He also has extensive experience of claims involving allegations of dishonesty (further information can be found under ‘Civil Fraud’).

Joel appears in hearings at all stages of a case and his court work is complemented by a busy paperwork practice.

A few recent examples of Joel’s work include:

  • Successfully acting for a claimant in a six-figure employer’s liability case involving multiple defendants. Liability was initially in issue and there was a significant loss of earnings claim
  • 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 for the purposes of the Act
  • Acting for a claimant in an ongoing road traffic accident Multi-Track claim involving chronic pain and complex medical evidence

Joel is willing to consider instructions on a CFA basis.

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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, Alan Kilbey MBE. Our phone number is +44 (0)20 7583 9241. Alternatively, please email us at chambers@farrarsbuilding.co.uk

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

Education

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.