"An expert in catastrophic injury claims."

Geoffrey Tattersall QC

Call: 1970 | Silk: 1992

Email: Geoffrey.Tattersall@byromstreet.com


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Personal Injury
Clinical Negligence
Professional Liability
Professional Discipline and Regulation
Ecclesiastical Law



Personal Injury Bar Association
European Circuit
Ecclesiastical Judges Association
Ecclesiastical Law Society
New South Wales Bar Association


Recorder 1989
Senior Counsel New South Wales 1995
Bencher Lincoln`s Inn 1997
Judge of Appeal Isle of Man 1997-
Deputy High Court Judge 2003-
Chancellor Diocese of Carlisle 2003-
Chancellor Diocese of Manchester 2004
Reviewer Office of Fair Access 2005-
Court of Arches 2007
Chairman Clergy Disciplinary Tribunals
Bar Council 2008-

Personal Injury

Geoffrey has always specialised in personal injury work but since moving to Byrom Street in 1992 he has specialised in substantial personal injury claims almost invariably resulting in spinal injury or brain damage. He continues to be instructed by both Claimants and Defendants. The cases are seldom reported or reportable.


C v Dixon [QBD]
After 2 week trial seriously brain damaged claimant failed to beat part 36 offer with adverse cost consequences


Howarth v. Whittaker [QBD]
Assessment of damages for brain injured claimant.


Taylor v Rochdale MBC [CA]
Civil liability for non-repair of highway


White v White & Motor Insurers` Bureau [HL]
Incompatibility between the MIB Agreement and an EEC Insurance Directive


Scargill v Newell [CA]
Liability: fatal road traffic accident


Robertson v Ridley [CA]
Members suing their own clubs

Clinical Negligence

Child A v MoD [CA] 

Duty of care owed by MoD for negligent treatment abroad


The Shipman Inquiry

Representing Registrars of Birth, Deaths and Marriages


Sharpe v Bishop of Worcester [Employment Tribunal]

Test case as to whether a freehold incumbent is an `employee` or `worker`


Reyes-Beaman v Bishop of Leicester [Employment Tribunal]

Claims for victimisation and discrimination in relation to refusal to ordain


Gibbs v Bishop of Manchester [Div Ct] - 

Judicial Review of revocation of a lay worker`s licence by Bishop


Dean of Ripon [Ripon Consistory Court] 

Ecclesiastical disciplinary proceedings


Brown v Bishop of Carlisle [Archbishop of York] 

Appeal from revocation of a priest`s licence by Bishop

Professional Liability

AD & OH v Bury MBC [CA] 

Duty of care owed to parent by Local Authority instituting care proceedings


Marsh v Chief Constable of Lancashire [CA] 

Striking out: damages for misfeasance in public office


R v Salford Health Authority ex p Janaway [HL] 

Judicial review: Applicability of the conscience clause in the Abortion Act


R(CR) 2/02 [Social Security Commissioners] 

Deduction of statutory benefits


R v Tameside Magistrates` Court ex p Coleman [CA]

Enforcement of non-payment of community charge

Commercial Litigation

White Arrow Express v Lameys Distribution [CA] 

Part performance of a contract


Easton v Ford Motor Co Ltd [CA]

Amendment of pleadings


Sheikh v Chief Constable of Greater Manchester [CA] 

Race relations: police

Directory Comments

"An expert in catastrophic injury claims."

Legal 500 2016


Experienced in high-value catastrophic injury and medical negligence cases.
Legal 500 United Kingdom 2015


Intellectually strong, pleasant and courteous.
Legal 500 2014
“Wealth of experience inspires confidence.”
Legal 500 2013
An excellent advocate and marvellous with clients
Legal 500 2012
Geoffrey Tattersall QC … is particularly noted for his expertise in high-value personal injury claims, but also maintains a strong track record in clinical negligence matters. Recent examples of his work include a number of ongoing severe brain damage cases and delay in diagnosis claims. Sources single him out for ‘his excellent manner with even the most difficult of clients.’ 
Chambers & Partners 2012 – Clinical Negligence
Geoffrey Tattersall QC is ‘exceptionally thorough’ and ‘a most persuasive advocate’
Legal 500 2011 – Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence
Geoffrey Tattersall QC is ‘down to earth and superb with clients’ in high-value claims.
Legal 500 2010 – Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence


For 16 years Geoffrey sat as the sole Judge of Appeal in the Isle of Man and together with a local judge hears all appeals. He is also the final arbiter under the Advocates Act 1995 as to whether foreign advocates can be licensed to appear in the Manx courts. Some notable cases include:


Eurotrust v Barlow Clowes [No 1] [1996-98] MLR 394 
Limitation of Actions - constructive trusts: Civil Procedure - dismissal for want of prosecution. Privy Council twice refused leave to appeal


Deras v Ocean Marine Mutual Insurance Association Limited [1996-98] MLR 517 
Injunctions: discharge of Mareva injunction


In Re The Villa Marina [1999-01] MLR 224 Local Government : powers of local authority : charitable trust


Dobson v R [1999-01] MLR 267
Criminal Law: murder - intent - diminished responsibility


In Re Galloway [1999-01] MLR 479 Judicial review: prisons - transfer of Manx prisoners to the UK without their consent


Rosewood Trust Limited v Schmidt [1999-01] MLR 570 Discretionary trusts: rights to disclosure of trust information by objects of dispositive power


Liggins v Lumsden Limited [1999-01] MLR 601 
Partnership: Time-share - solicitor knowingly assisting in breach of trust - liability of partners


In Re Manx Ices Limited [2001-03] MLR 64 European Law: Licensing system for imports - effect of EEC Treaty Art 28 - misfeasance in public office


Mount Murray Country Club Limited v Macleod [2001-3] MLR 381 Judicial review: Income Tax - tax returns - whether public interest in disclosure of tax returns to commission of inquiry outweighs public interest in confidentiality


Barlow Clowes International Ltd v Eurotrust International Ltd [2003-05] MLR 18 
Trusts: constructive trusts - knowing assistance - `blind eye` dishonesty


In Re Atrium Trading Limited [2003-05] MLR 91
Banking: Regulation and licensing of the Financial Supervision Commission


In Re World Duty Free Limited [2003-5] 
Conflict of Laws: enforcement in the Isle of Man of judgment of the High Court of Kenya transferring shares


Re Bellfield Limited [2003-5] MLR 330 
Companies: validity of share allocation - effect of illegality


In Re Poyiadjis [unreported 17.02.2005]
Civil Procedure: proceeds of criminal conduct - restraint orders under Criminal Justice Act 1990 - alleged insider trading in New York


Re Navigator Gas Transport Plc [2003-05] MLR 317 + 459 
Conflict of Laws: transfer of shares pursuant to letter of request by US court in Chapter 11 bankruptcy


Caldwell-Camp v R [2003-05] MLR 505 
Criminal law: Sentencing guidelines for supplying Class A drug - English guidelines not followed.


Drower v Gubay [2003-05] MLR 531 
Contempt of court: internet libel - the nature and extent of the legal protection from disclosure in Manx law


In Re Law Investments Limited [2005-06] MLR 1 and 73 
Companies: Winding up - expedient in the public interest


Boothman v K D Resources [2005-06] MLR 174 [and 13.03.2007] 
Contract: effect of illegality - failure to declare income on German tax returns


In Re Hafner [2005-06] MLR 309 
Judicial Review: application by Australian Securities + Investments Commission.


In Re Peveril Court [20.06.2006] 
Land: application under Partition Act 1931


Montpelier Tax Planning (Isle of Man) Limited v Jones & Morris [2007] MLR 87 
Contract: effect of legal professional privilege


In Re a Petition of the Department of Education [2007] MLR 115 
Control of Employment Act 1975: roles Work Permit Committee + Control of Employment Appeal Tribunal


In Re Graley [2007] MLR 133 
Judicial review: Interception of Communications Act 1988 - whether necessary to import some of the rules of natural justice should be imported into statutory system authorizing the interception of communications


Devo & Riedel v Attorney General [2008] MLR 483 
Criminal law: evading prohibition of unauthorized use of trade marks and/or commission of offences outside the Isle of Man


Kyrgyz Mobil Tel Ltd & Others v Fellowes International Holdings Ltd & Others [2008] MLR 614 
Forum non conveniens: leave to serve out of jurisdiction - Kyrgyz law


Re Seaside Shipping Ltd v Isle of Man Steam Packet Co [2009] MLR 192
Limitation of actions : Quantitative restrictions on imports and exports : Articles 28 and 29 EC Treaty


Re International Asset Recovery Ltd [2009] MLR 123
Companies : Restoration of company in liquidation by a creditor


Dominator Ltd v Gilbertson SL & Others [2009] MLR 161
Shipping : Limitation action : Right of ship owner to bring pre-emptive action


Baccarrat Ltd v Department of Local Government & the Environment [2009] MLR 261
Planning : Judicial review of Strategic Plan


Clinton v R [2009] MLR 544
Criminal law : Drug offences : No basis for review of existing guidelines


Du Preezx Ltd v Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander [2010] MLR 55
Banking : Collapse of Icelandic bank : Effect on transactions in progress


Templeton Insurance Ltd v Booth & Another [2010] MLR 97
Insurance : Effect of non-registration under Insurance Intermediaries (General Business) Act 1996


Kennedy v Australian Securities Commission [19.07.2010] 
Judicial review : right of potential defendant in criminal proceedings to inspect documents when on application of Commission AG makes order under section 21 Criminal Justice Act 1991 issuing summonses to give evidence and produce documentation


Obetor Ltd v Gaetano Ltd [25.11.2010]
Companies : Winding up : Inability to pay debts


I v C [2011] MLR 53
Family law : Removal of children from jurisdiction : Consent to or acquiescence in removal


T v T [2011] MLR 136 
Divorce : Financial provision : Big money case : Guidance re principles of special contribution


X v Attorney General [2011] MLR 336
Criminal law : Child abduction : Proper conduct of the trial


Department of Economic Development v Work Permit Appeal Tribunal [2011] MLR 376 
Work Permit Appeal Tribunal : Refusal of permit on basis of previous convictions


Kaupthing Singer and Friedlander v MacPherson [2011] MLR 524
Companies : Winding up : Mutual credit and set-off : s 22 Bankruptcy Code 1892


Moore v SV Company Ltd , Soyuz Victan Group Ltd & Okhlophov [2011] MLR N11
Receivership : Registration of trademarks : Receivership obtained by minority shareholder


Beattie v Attorney General [2012] MLR 1 
Criminal law : Sexual offences : evidence given by video or dvd : Retention of transcripts of evidence of complainant by jury


Petrodel Resources v Le Breton [2012] MLR 55
Civil procedure : Service out of jurisdiction : Conflict of laws : Recognition and enforcement of foreign judgment


Irving v Harding [2012] MLR 86
Judicial review of order quashing appointment of liquidator ; striking out as out of time ; summary judgment


Penfolds v Treasury [2012] MLR 399 
National Insurance. liability of Manx employer to pay UK employer NI contributions in respect of employees resident and working in UK


KFG Companies v Alfa Parties & Others [08.04.2013] 
Conflict of laws : Interlocutory appeal : Refusal of permission to amend : Striking out of expert evidence and pleadings


Hamblett v Attorney-General [12.09.2013]
Revised sentencing guidelines for trafficking in Class A drugs

Receivership : Registration of trademarks : Receivership obtained by minority shareholder