12 King’s Bench Walk’s Sports Team will be hosting an evening of talks to coincide with the start of the World Cup. The talks will focus on issues arising in cases involving amateur and professional football players, clubs and governing bodies. The session will take place at The Inner Temple on 15th November 2022 from 4:30pm with drinks and canapes at The Amicable Society of Lazy Ballerinas Wine Bar afterwards.


Time Talk Information

Introduction and chair – Patrick Kerr


Proving negligence in football injury cases. – Spencer Turner


Amateurs, players and scouts: the vicarious liability of football clubs – Jessica Franklin & Elle Duckenfield


Head injuries in football – Harry Steinberg KC & Aliyah Akram


The relevance of redress schemes in civil litigation: a case study of the Manchester City Survivors’ Scheme – Megan Griffiths


The view from the crowd: an examination of claims, both historic and potential, brought by spectators at sporting events – Thomas Banks & Ted Cunningham


Loss of a chance in football injury cases: precedents and practice – Emily Read


Drinks & Networking

Harry Steinberg KC

Harry Steinberg is a “widely acclaimed practitioner”, “brilliantly knowledgeable”, with a “standout practice”. His practice spans serious injury, sports law and environmental damage. His work often involves an international dimension and he specialises in large-scale group actions for claimants and defendants. He is renowned for innovative thinking, challenging legal orthodoxy, and winning difficult cases. Accordingly, he is regularly instructed in test litigation. The directories recognise him as a leading silk in personal injury, industrial disease, product liability, group litigation and international litigation.

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Patrick Kerr

Patrick is consistently ranked as a Leading Junior, Tier 1 in the Legal 500 and a Leading Junior, Band 1 in Chambers & Partners. The current editions describe him as “warm and approachable, and his attention to detail is first class. His advocacy is eloquent, innovative and charismatic” and “an outstanding barrister who is undoubtedly destined for the top”. Recent editions say he is “a superb advocate who is highly intelligent” and “definitely the counsel you want on your side”.

Patrick has particular expertise in mesothelioma claims, clinical negligence and sporting injuries.  Most of his claims involve catastrophic injuries.  He also has extensive experience in defending fraudulent claims.

He is a member of the Northern Irish Bar and has provided expert evidence on English and Welsh law for other jurisdictions.

Patrick also runs a charity which funds Research Fellowships at the Royal Marsden Hospital (lecure.org).

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Emily Read

Emily focuses on civil litigation involving damage to people and to property as well as proprietary interests, insurance, recovery and costs.

Emily has a diverse professional and legal background; her first degree was an MA in Economics. Emily worked for a property developer, then one of the leading global insurance and risk legal specialists doing professional negligence work involving property investment fraud as well as working for one of the largest global insurance companies, also dealing with professional risks at a senior level.

During her second six Emily did a mix of criminal and civil work, prosecuting and defending at both magistrates and crown court level and this provided her with not only the knowledge to deal with criminal aspects of the law, but also an excellent ability to quickly read and digest large quantities of paperwork with an eye for relevant detail, something she is regularly praised for by clients and Judges.

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Thomas Banks

Tom is ranked as a Personal Injury Leading Junior in Legal 500. He specialises in catastrophic, complex and high value Personal Injury claims, Insurance Law, Inquests, Military claims, Fraud and Costs.

His specialist personal injury practice focuses on Brain and Spinal Injuries, Fatal Accidents, Motor Insurance and Indemnity Law,  International and Travel Law, Public and Employers Liability and Industrial Disease

As former Tank Commander and Intelligence Officer in the British Army, he is also recognised as an established specialist Counsel in Armed Forces Claims.

Tom has also been instructed in High Court Defamation proceedings.

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Aliyah Akram

Aliyah Akram is acknowledged as a leading junior in personal injury and industrial disease litigation. She is renowned for her expertise and experience in group litigation in all of the core areas in which she practices. Many of her cases have an international aspect and give rise to both jurisdictional issues and conflicts of laws.

Aliyah is a robust and persuasive trial advocate. She prides herself on working closely as a team with instructing solicitors, not just in group litigation, but in every case in which she is involved. Her focus is always on maximising the client’s prospects of success. She is able to cut through the background noise and gets straight to the issues.

She is a contributing author of Asbestos: Law & Litigation (Sweet & Maxwell, 2nd edition, 2022).

She is ranked by the legal directories as a leading junior in Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Travel: International Personal Injury.

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Ted Cunningham

Ted accepts instructions across all of 12KBW’s core areas. He specialises in personal injury, fundamental dishonesty, fatal accidents, sports law, costs and inquests.

Ted is an extremely experienced advocate and continues to appear in Court multiple times a week. In addition to a busy Court diary, Ted’s paperwork practice includes advising and pleading in high value claims for both Claimants and Defendants in both the County and High Court.

Away from Chambers, Ted has had several articles published in national newspapers, presented his own radio shows and volunteered both abroad and in the UK with human rights and legal charities.

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Spencer Turner

Spencer’s practice encompasses the full range of Chambers’ expertise. He specialises in sports disputes, personal injury, industrial disease, international and travel and clinical negligence claims. He is ranked in all of these practice areas in the legal directories where he is described as “great” with “impressive advocacy”, “already having developed a practice that exceeds his seniority”, “absolutely superb”, and “thorough, professional and well-liked by clients”.

Spencer has developed extensive trial experience and his practice combines advisory work, drafting and advocacy in both the High Court and the County Courts. He appears at CCMCs, interlocutory hearings, multi and fast track trials on an almost daily basis. Spencer acts in high value personal injury litigation, both as sole counsel and junior counsel to silks. His practice includes acting unled in several fatal accident cases. He has particular experience in a range of claims brought under the Package Travel Regulations, the Montreal and Athens conventions and his international and travel work often involves complex questions of jurisdiction and foreign law. In the context of industrial disease litigation, Spencer has experience of acting for claimants in claims arising from exposure to asbestos as both sole and junior counsel. Spencer’s sports law practice encompasses personal injury claims suffered during sporting activities, anti-doping and athlete selection disputes. He is a contributor to several publications in his specialist areas.

Prior to joining Chambers Spencer worked in the personal injury department of an international law firm. He read law at the University of Bristol and was an Exhibition and Benefactors Scholar of the Inner Temple. During his pupillage he received the Jarman Award for Advocacy and he has recently been awarded an outgoing Pegasus Scholarship to the USA. He is also a member of the Bar Council’s Young Barristers’ Committee. Spencer is committed to widening access to the Bar; he is part of the outreach team within Chambers and is regularly invited to speak on panels on the topic of social mobility.

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Megan Griffiths

Megan’s practice spans many of chambers’ specialisms but comprises mostly general personal injury, abuse and clinical negligence work.

Megan has a busy paper practice and is regularly instructed in six figure claims. She frequently advises on all aspects of claims for psychiatric injury arising from historic sexual abuse including limitation and to facilitate settlement negotiations, the quantum of amateur sporting injuries and the merits and quantum of claims for delayed and negligent clinical treatment.

Megan is also often instructed to assist leading counsel with disclosure issues in cases of significant value and/or importance because of her detailed and analytical approach. She was recently instructed as Second Junior in international group litigation for alleged breaches of human rights in the workplace by way of sexual abuse, harassment and gender-based discrimination; to advise on disclosure issues in a complex multi-million pound claim involving a traumatic brain injury and amputation; and to contextualise complex causation issues in an industrial disease group action.

Megan is regularly instructed to represent claimants and defendants in court at trials, interlocutory hearings and approval hearings. She is in court almost every week.

She has been praised by her instructing solicitors for her communicative and thorough approach to case preparation in both her court work and paper practice.

Megan is a member of the Government’s Junior Juniors Scheme and of the Metropolitan Police Panel of Counsel. She regularly contributes to chambers’ various blogs and her articles have been republished in AvMA’s newsletters and on LexisPSL.

Before joining chambers Megan worked as a paralegal at two London law firms in domestic abuse and clinical negligence departments. She therefore appreciates the importance of working closely with solicitors to achieve the best results for clients.

Megan is happy to consider instructions on a CFA or legal aid funded basis where appropriate.

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Jessica Franklin

Jessica specialises in personal injury, disease, and employment.

Jessica writes robust pleadings, offers realistic advice on liability and settlement and is a confident advocate.  In employment, she is particularly experienced in whistleblowing, discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. In personal injury, she is experienced in a range of areas including complex vicarious liability and military disputes.

Jessica has experience in appellate work. She was recently junior counsel in the Court of Appeal. In April she will be junior counsel in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

Jessica is a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. She achieved a Distinction in the GDL and the BVS. She was awarded academic scholarships by the City Law School and the Inner Temple to undertake her legal studies. She is an able advocate: she won the Inner Temple’s Lawson Moot, the City GDL Moot and the Cecilia Moot.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Jessica had a career in advertising and marketing. She worked in Beijing for a year and has a great interest in Chinese culture, language and food.

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Eleanor Duckenfield

Eleanor joined chambers in October 2022 following successful completion of her pupillage. She advocates in court numerous times a week in trials, interim hearings, CCMCs and applications. In addition, Eleanor has a busy paperwork practice.

Eleanor accepts instructions in all areas of personal injury, credit hire, clinical negligence, industrial disease, costs and fraud. She is also keen to accept instructions in inquests. In addition, Eleanor is an experienced courtroom advocate in Disposal hearings, Stage 3 hearings and Infant Approvals.

Eleanor is clerked by Lily Baker (baker@12kbw.co.uk).

Under her supervisors, Rachit Buch, Charles Robertshaw and Isaac Hogarth, she obtained experience in personal injury, clinical negligence, inquests, and industrial disease, with a particular focus on mesothelioma and noise-induced hearing loss claims.

Eleanor studied Anthropology at Durham University (with a particular interest in Forensic Anthropology). Following her degree, Eleanor achieved a Distinction in both the GDL and LLM in Bar Practice. Eleanor won a prize for receiving the highest mark in Ethics in her BPTC cohort and 91% in her Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence module.

Following several successes in mooting competitions, Eleanor volunteered at the University of Law’s Legal Advice Centre where she represented litigants in person in hearings and offered assistance throughout the litigation process.

Prior to pupillage, Eleanor gained experience working abroad in Austria and Spain, before returning to the UK to work in the pharmaceutical industry throughout Covid, whilst simultaneously completing both her delayed Bar exams and a Medical Counter Assistance course.

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