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Gordon Exall
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He is quick, up to date and an excellent worker

Chambers UK

He is a behemoth in the procedural world. He is quick, up to date and an excellent worker

Legal 500

Gordon Exall’s practice focuses exclusively on Personal Injury, Clinical Negligence, limitation and civil procedure. He has an enormous depth of knowledge, having written a number of books and lectured frequently in these areas of law.

Gordon also writes his own blogs Civil Litigation BriefFatal Accident Law  and Accidents at Work after The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform  Act 2013.

Areas of expertise

  • Liability in personal injury cases, particularly accidents at work.
  • Personal injury damages, future losses and loss of earnings. He has written the last three editions of the authoritative text, Munkman on damages for Personal Injury and Death.
  • Extensive experience and knowledge in the area of fatal accidents, he is instructed by solicitors throughout the country.  Gordon writes the APIL Guide to Fatal Accidents, the third edition of which comes out later this year.
  • Civil procedure, sanctions, costs, procedure and limitation. Gordon writes the well received blog Civil Litigation Brief, there are numerous articles and posts on all these matters which reflect his experience and practice.

Reported cases

  • Pykett v Clement [2011] EWCA Civ 2925 (issue of liability owed by overtaking driver causing substantial injuries).
  • Re M (2011)(Lawtel) £4 million CICA award.
  • Re S (2011) (Lawtel) £3.6 million CICA award.
  • Motor Insurers Bureau v Shikhell [2011] EWHC 527 (QB)(Successful defence of witness in personal injury case alleged to have been in contempt of court).
  • Hodinott v Persimmon Homes [2008] 1 WLR 806. (Appropriate procedure for challenging service of the claim form).
  • O’Hara v McDougall [2005] All ER D 275 (service on tenant’s address not good service on landlord).
  • Smith v Hughes [2003] 1 WLR 2441 (appropriate address for service for service of claim form).
  • Lunnun v Singh [1999] All ER D 718 (effect on judgment on ability to defend claim for damages).

Notable cases

  • Junior Counsel in several cases relating to loss of career chance of professional footballers
  • Numerous fatal accident cases representing, widows, widowers and children.
  • Advising and representing children and mothers in clinical negligence and cerebral palsy cases
  • Representing mentally handicapped claimants on appeals to the CICA, several multi million pound awards
  • Cases relating to procedural and limitation issues and problems arising out of the civil procedure rules.

Directory recommendations

Gordon is recommended in Legal 500 for Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence.   He is also recommended by Chambers UK for Personal Injury.

  • “Very thorough, very pragmatic, and an expert in cases concerning fatal accidents and high value catastrophic injury claims.” (Chambers UK)
  • his legal knowledge is all encompassing; clients are reassured by him” (Legal 500)
  • Renowned for his written work and opinions in complex cases” (Chambers UK)
  • Good with paperwork and excellent with clients” (Chambers UK)


  • Munkman on Damages for Personal Injury and Death (11th, 12th and 13th editions)
  • Personal Injury Practice Notes (2nd, 3rd and 4th editions)
  • The APIL Guide to Fatal Accidents (1st and 2nd editions’; 3rd edition pending)
  • Periodical Payments the New Law.
  • Gordon was editor of Personal Injury Precedents (Sweet and Maxwell, looseleaf) and is author of the section on limitation for APIL Personal Injury looseleaf. Gordon also wrote the section on Service of the Claim Form and the Early Stages of Litigation in The Law Society’s Litigation Handbook (2nd edition).