Lauren Seager

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Lauren has a busy nationwide personal injury practice representing claimants and defendants in a range of hearings in both fast and multi-track cases. She also undertakes commercial law and clinical negligence.

Her practice encompasses all areas of personal injury including general negligence, Occupiers’ Liability, Highways Act cases, serious road traffic accidents, product liability, public liability, employers’ liability and abuse claims. She deals with cases involving fatalities, catastrophic injuries and complex pain disorders. She is experienced in all areas of credit hire including bicycle claims, taxi hire, prestige vehicles, hire for business use, fraudulent claims and storage and recovery.

Testimonials

“Lauren dealt with a fast track liability case for me where prospects of success for my client were somewhat slim yet she managed to convince the judge to prefer our client’s version of events and got the claimant’s claim dismissed resulting in a very good saving for my insurer client. I felt Lauren had a great deal of understanding on where the case was, advised me prior to the hearing on the pros and cons of the case and advised me how she was going to attack the claimant’s claim. Overall I was extremely pleased with Lauren’s performance and will definitely instruct her in the future.” – Adam, Horwich Farrelly Solicitors

“She took on a complex case with significant issues and delivered an outstanding result that was far better than I expected.” – Glenn Frazer, Clinch Solicitors

PI Practice strengths

Lauren is a persuasive advocate with strong cross-examination skills and a good understanding of CPR, medical conditions and the JC guidelines. She enjoys being able to use the minutiae of the case to build a preferable and often unexpected result.

She regularly undertakes contentious trials, where her cross-examination skills have been used to great effect. Her strong advocacy style has led solicitors to ask specifically for her to conduct a case, and often a particular argument has only been run with her in mind. She has succeeded on these points on several occasions.

She is particularly renowned for claims valuations, because of her ability to use medical conditions and the JC Guidelines to the client’s advantage. This may be in the form of an advice on quantum, advice on offers and tactical moves, participating in disposal hearings or Stage 3 hearings.

She is good at applications and case management hearings, and is often able to achieve good results by understanding the CPR and employing case law and strong argument. She recognises that these occasions are invaluable opportunities within the case as a whole.

Many solicitors relish Lauren’s ability to turn around paperwork very quickly, her availability to be contacted, and her willingness to discuss any matters informally over the phone.

Lauren is able to assist parties by representing them in all types of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation. She recognises the importance that courts place upon the role of ADR, particularly when considering costs, and the useful role it can have in achieving settlement outside of the courtroom. Lauren is attuned to the differences between mediation and the courtroom and adapts her style to suit. She is able to act tactically and flexibly in order to facilitate a settlement agreeable to her client.

Notable PI cases

During her time at Queens Square Chambers Lauren has achieved advantageous results at various levels from CCMCs through to trial.

Notable cases include:

A multi-track trial involving tripping on a public highway.

Representing a claimant in a complex multi-track quantum dispute.

Representing a minor who sustained injury as a result of running into the path of a police vehicle.

Achieving judgment for the defendant below their portal at a Stage 3 hearing.

Advising in a successful slipping claim that occurred in a supermarket.

Securing an award for personal injury in the face of fraud allegations.

Advising in a claim involving a rare heart condition brought on by a road traffic accident.

A claim for damages following exacerbation of existing Myalgic Encephalomyelitis.

Credit Hire Practice strengths

Lauren has a clear understanding of the wealth of legislation and case law surrounding the area, and is able to use it to her advantage to achieve preferable results on both sides of the coin.

She is a persuasive advocate with a strong advocacy style which is essential in credit hire claims, and has often been able to achieve unlikely results through her detailed and focussed cross-examination.

Her advocacy skills have led solicitors to ask specifically for her to conduct a case, and often a particular argument has only been run with her in mind. She has succeeded on these points on several occasions.

Recent credit hire cases

Representing a defendant involving strike out of a claim for credit hire charges as a result of an undated agreement.

Representing a defendant in a multi-track credit hire claim where fraud was suspected to successfully obtain adverse Orders against the claimant.

Representing a defendant involving dismissal of a hire claim under a business insurance policy.

Representing a claimant to recover hire charges where a Notice of Cancellation was purportedly non-compliant.

Representing a defendant to achieve dismissal of a cycle hire claim.

Full dismissal of a large credit hire claim based following a successful argument that it fell foul of the ex turpi causa maxim

Recovery of full credit hire charges following arguments as to the defectiveness of the BHR evidence

Dealing with an application for sequential exchange of BHR evidence

Successful dismissal of a credit hire claim by establishing that the claimant could have replaced the vehicle from his own funds

Background

Lauren obtained a Law degree from Bristol University and went on to obtain Outstanding on her BPTC at Cardiff University. After being called to the Bar in 2011 she spent a year working in the department of a nationwide firm of solicitors as an in-house advocate.

Interests

Lauren is a keen runner and surfer. She can often be found braving the cold of the Devon coast at weekends attempting to catch a wave or trying to reclaim her dog in a muddy field.

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