Sadly, our remarkable friend and colleague Steven Weddle passed away back in November 2013.
Steve will always be remembered as a wonderful man who was full of fun, and who helped many by giving advice, helping with a case or just being his usual kindly self. He continues to be missed by friends and colleagues.
Steven was a personal injury and clinical negligence practitioner with a practice mainly comprising higher value claims. He was listed as a leading Clinical Negligence junior in the Legal 500.
From 1977 to 1990 Steven developed a wide court based practice in personal injury and general tort, crime, contract, family and landlord and tenant. He had experience in all courts up to, and including, the Court of Appeal giving him an excellent grounding in advocacy. He was a practical barrister with a thorough understanding of the commercial necessities driving solicitors’ practices. He was also an adaptable advocate who relished a good fight in Court whilst also having excellent negotiation skills leading to many satisfactorily negotiated settlements. He had extensive experience of costs issues and the recoverability of ATE premiums and CFA uplifts.
He gave regular lectures to both barristers and solicitors on legal and practice topics including: Multipliers, Periodical Payments, Motor Claims, Fatal Accidents, Head Injury, Minimising and Maximising Claims, Occupiers Liability, Slippers and Trippers and Accidents at Work. Steven also co-authored “Basic Practice in Courts and Tribunals” – a practical book guiding practitioners through different Court proceedings.
From 1978 to 1985 he volunteered at Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre where he gained insight into the intricacies of dealing with clients and the issues surrounding case handling.
Steven studied and trained as a Shiatsu practitioner gaining insight into practical therapies, anatomy and physiology, orthodox medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He was also a keen skier and cyclist who also rows on the Thames in an 11 metre replica 18th century Thames Watermans’ Cutter.