Joshua Hedgman

He is approachable, clever and easy to work with. He gets excellent results and is very knowledgeable.

Chambers UK 2022

Joshua Hedgman

  • Called in 2011


Joshua has broad experience in both insurance and re-insurance. He has recently acted or advised in cases concerning aggregation, coverage and indemnity clauses.

Joshua is fully conversant with the Uninsured Driver’s Agreement and recently succeeded in a trial on behalf of an insurer to recover substantial payments from an uninsured driver.

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Notable Cases

Re Ennis
Alleged chronic spinal injury claim for more than £900k. Settled for £38k at JSM following receipt of Josh’s counter schedule for trial.

Re B
A claim presented for £2mn after cyclist thrown from his bike, over a truck and head-first on the kerb of a pavement. Issues of contributory negligence as the claimant was not wearing a helmet such that reconstruction evidence was required. Claim for significant neurocognitive disability which settled shortly after JSM.

H v G
Instructed in defence of £5mn brain injury claim after a car mounted a pavement and struck various pedestrians.

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Various Claimants v Lime Green Events
Ongoing instruction defending a number of claims brought following a stampede at ‘We Are FSTVL’ in 2019.

Re Kennedy
Severe traumatic brain injury claim dismissed following preliminary trial on liability. HHJ Ralton accepted Josh’s submission that there was no sufficient evidence of an assault by the defendant’s pub manager and that liability would not have attached vicariously in any event.

Re V
An interesting £1.2mn claim for significant brain injury suffered by a professional triathlete during a competitive event in which another rider caused a serious collision in the middle of a peloton. Significant neurocognitive disability.

Re P v M
Instructed for car in car versus motorcycle collision. Significant brain injury and capacity in issue. Claim presented in excess of £1mn. Successful appeal against interim costs order in favour of the claimant. Claim settled at JSM on a 25/75 apportionment against the claimant.

Re O
A fatal accident in which the deceased fell from a temporary structure. Claim presented for £2mn. Settled at JSM.

Wilson v George
Acted for the defendant in unusual brain injury claim, in which it was alleged that the accident caused decompensation of hydrocephalus. The defendant’s evidence was that the decompensation was inevitable and the accident was fortuitous in bringing it to light.

Chappell v Mrozek
Instructed in substantive claim pleaded at nearly £10mn following wrist injury. Issues of fundamental dishonesty and exaggeration.

Battersby v Stonegate Pub Company & Regency Security Services
Severe traumatic brain injury claim dismissed following preliminary trial on liability. HHJ Carr dismissed the claim by finding that the insured’s doorman had not committed an assault.

Harding v Richardson
Liability-admitted severe brain injury claim struck out for non-compliance with Court orders. Josh secured the strike out at first instance and successfully resisted the claimant’s appeal against it.

Perez v Savills UK Limited
Josh successfully defended Savills in a serious injury claim after a tenant fell from a gate as he attempted to climb over it in order to access his flat. The tenant sustained multiple injuries including several spinal fractures and a moderate traumatic brain injury. HHJ Baucher accepted all of Josh’s submissions; that there was no duty of care, no breach and no causation in light of the tenant’s decision to climb the gate, which was ‘reckless in the extreme’.

Santos v Metroline
Successful appeal against trial judge’s refusal to find fundamental dishonesty. The trial judge had misdirected himself on the standard of proof required of a defendant to show fundamental dishonesty, and had perversely speculated on reasons as to why the claimant might not have been dishonest.

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Education & Qualifications

  • BA Hons, Jurisprudence, Keble College, Oxon (2010)
  • Farnham Sixth Form College (2007)

Directory Quotes

Joshua Hedgman predominantly acts for defendants in high-value personal injury claims. He is skilled in cases involving complex issues surrounding causation or allegations of fundamental dishonesty. He is noted for his expertise in public liability and employers’ liability claims.

‘He always goes above and beyond and takes a commercial and pragmatic approach.’ Chambers UK, 2024

‘Josh remains a reliable safe pair of hands for whatever is thrown at him, with a no-nonsense approach. Clients love him.’ Chambers UK, 2024

‘His drafting is second to none. He is also very good with clients, particularly in mediations.’ Chambers UK, 2024

 ‘Joshua is an excellent barrister and has a wide range of knowledge. He is particularly impressive at trial and in advocacy.’ Legal 500, 2024

“Joshua delivers spot-on and commercially-minded advice in a user-friendly format.” Chambers UK, 2023

“Joshua’s written work is superb and he is a top advocate; a go-to junior.” Legal 500, 2023

‘He is approachable, clever and easy to work with. He gets excellent results and is very knowledgeable.” “Absolutely superb. He’s good to work with and very effective.’ Chambers UK, 2022

‘ Exceptional written work and a skilled advocate. ’ Legal 500, 2022

Personal Interests

Outside of the Bar, Joshua enjoys travel and theatre. He is a Governor of his former secondary school, Farnham Heath End School, and a lecturer in contract law on the Graduate Diploma in Law. He also examines for the leading A-level Law examination board.