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Overview

Jayne has extensive experience in personal injury, clinical negligence, disease and fraudulent claims litigation, travelling throughout England and Wales.

Jayne is frequently invited to provide lectures in all of the areas above, but particularly in the industrial disease field to both solicitor and insurer clients.

She is registered with the Bar Council to undertake Public Access work and is able to receive instructions directly from lay clients, as well as those on the traditional professional client basis.

Disease

Throughout her career Jayne has had extensive experience in all aspects of industrial disease, including:

  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Work Related Upper Limb Disorder
  • Stress at work
  • Industrial and work related asthma
  • Chemical poisoning
  • Bladder cancer
  • Wood dust
  • Silicosis and other lung diseases particularly asbestos related disease

She is experienced in preliminary issues, including limitation, and regularly appears in front of the Senior Master for disease litigation whether for CMC, Show Cause procedures or other individual aspects.

She deals with breach of duty, medical causation and quantum at Courts throughout England and Wales, at multi track level, at both first instance and appellate courts.  She also deals with Part 20 proceedings and insurance related disputes.

Jayne also regularly undertakes very high value JSM’s in all aspects of disease, but particularly mesothelioma claims involving high earners and company directors.  She is experienced, in this context, in dealing with accountancy and projected profit issues.

Personal Injury

Jayne has specialised in all areas of personal injury litigation throughout her career but now concentrates on high value and catastrophic claims.

She continues to act in all aspects of injury claims, including:

  • Industrial
  • Domestic
  • Construction
  • Motor
  • Product liability
  • Education
  • Employers’ and occupiers’ liability
  • Fatal Accident Act claims

She has had extensive experience of spinal related conditions and all types of physical injury.  She deals with major head injury and psychiatric/psychological type conditions, as well as complex regional pain conditions, somatoform disorder and post traumatic stress type conditions.  She is also experienced in claims involving children and vulnerable adults.

She was Junior Counsel on the Leicestershire, Bryn Alyn and North Wales abuse in Care litigation, having experience of many hundreds of cases, dealing with limitation, liability, medical causation and quantum.

Clinical Negligence

Jayne has extensive experience in all aspects of clinical negligence and has appeared in actions against NHS Hospital Trusts, GPs and individual Consultants working in the private sector.

She has also appeared in numerous inquests arising from medical errors.

She was, for 10 years, Chairman of the Care Ethics Committee (fertility and surrogacy treatment) and a member of a Local Pharmaceutical and Medical Research Ethics Committee.

Jayne has a particular interest in representing medical professional before their respective disciplinary and regulatory bodies.

Counter Fraud

Jayne has been instructed throughout her career in relation to fraudulent, malingering and exaggerated claims on behalf of insurers and individual companies.

She has had considerable success both in defending claims when the accident itself is suspect as well as in establishing a very reduced value to claims often pleaded in excess of £1 million.  There is a considerable overlap between this work and her personal injury practice.

Criminal Regulatory

Jayne has significant experience of defending health and safety prosecutions.

She has represented corporate clients prosecuted for work-related deaths and serious injury both in relation to prosecution and at Inquest.

Notable Cases

Jayne has appeared in a range of notable cases including:

Dunn v National Grid Gas PLC [2010] Lawtel (level of damages, mesothelioma)

White v E.On [2008] EWCA Civ 146 (limitation, HAVS)

Brett v University of Reading [2007] EWCA Civ 88 (breach of duty, mesothelioma)

Recommendations

Recent recommendations for Jayne include:

“She is good with clients and speaks to them naturally and without jargon. She's got a very good brain, and takes a sensitive approach to cases.’

Chambers and Partners 2015 - Personal Injury

“Very good on her feet.’

Legal 500 2015 - Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

“Acts across the spectrum of personal injury litigation for both Claimants and Defendants.  She is highly regarded for the breadth and depth of her experience, particularly in serious personal injury and disease claims, and for her courtroom advocacy.  ‘She's extremely good with clients and on her feet. She's very thorough and good to work with.’"

Chambers and Partners – Personal Injury (Band 1)

“Jayne Adams is recommended for her ‘strong court presence.’”

Legal 500 – Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

“Jayne Adams acts for both Claimants and Defendants on a broad range of matters.  Industrial disease, product liability and fatal accident claims all fall within her remit.”

Chambers and Partners – Personal Injury (Band 1)

“’The ‘tough but fair’ Jayne Adams ‘presents cases very well’ and wins plaudits for her approachability and judgement.  She has broad experience in asbestos-related, deafness and HAVS litigation."

Chambers and Partners – Personal Injury (Band 1)

“Highly regarded for her expertise in industrial diseases and fraudulent claims. She is recognised for her strong advocacy skills, responsiveness and client skills.”

Chambers and Partners 2016 - Personal Injury (Spotlight Table for Disease Practitioners)

Areas of Work

  • Disease
  • Personal Injury
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Counter Fraud
  • Criminal Regulatory
  • Professional Discipline and Regulation

Professional Memberships

  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Nottinghamshire Medico-Legal Society

Recent Publications

Recent News

  • Jayne Adams Wins Sole Trader of the Year Award

    We are delighted to announce that Jayne Adams QC has won Sole Trader of the Year at the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards 2016. The ceremony took place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Nottingham on 23rd November 2016. Jayne is pictured with Virtual Runner Managing Director, Susan Wheatcroft. Photo credit: Nottingham Post.

  • Chambers UK Bar 2017

    Jayne Adams has been ranked in the Chambers UK Bar 2017 for Personal Injury and is highlighted in the Disease Spotlight Table.

    Recent silk highly esteemed for her experience in industrial disease claims. She frequently handles matters involving fraud and is commended for her client care.

    Strengths:

    "Jayne has excellent attention to detail, is robust and concise in her advice and is able to come up with practical solutions."

    "Very thorough and good on her feet."

    Recent work:

    Advised the defendant in a case concerning multiple fire and rescue workers claiming suffering due to contaminated water. 

    Click here for more information.

  • Legal 500 UK Bar 2016 Leading Silk

    Jayne has been listed as a Tier 1 Leading Silk in the Legal 500 UK 2016 guide to outstanding silks nationwide. She is recommended on the Midland Circuit for Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence.

    "Down to earth while remaining tenacious with the opposition."

    Please click here for more information.

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