Charles Ciumei QC practices at the intersection of commercial, employment and information law, with a focus on protecting confidential information and injunctive relief. He has a particular interest in cybercrime and security, data protection and machine learning. He also has considerable expertise in IT technical matters. Charles started his career as a scientist at the MOD Admiralty Research Establishment, before being called to the Bar in 1991.
John Hyde has been a reporter for the Law Society Gazette for more than three years and has extensively covered the personal injury during that sector. He has been described as a leading commentator on the sector and was recently listed as one of the UK’s top five legal tweeters.
David Pilling was educated at the Universities of Sheffield, California at Santa Barbara and Manchester Metropolitan, and was called to the bar in 1999. David’s main areas of practice are Costs, Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury. Prior to practice at the Bar he was a director of a legal costs company advising and representing major insurer clients and local authorities. He is now regularly instructed by both receiving and paying parties at first instance and on appeal in relation to all matters involving civil costs including increasingly costs budgeting hearings. As well as costs issues arising from personal injury and commercial claims David was extensively involved in costs litigation arising from the North West Child Abuse Cases group action and also has experience of dealing with the costs of receivers and trustees in bankruptcy in both civil and criminal matters. His clinical negligence practice encompasses claims ranging from dental negligence through to maximum severity cerebral palsy claims whilst his personal injury practice includes industrial disease matters. He has been listed in Professor Dominic Regan’s “Top Talent 2014” list of barristers and judges being described as “having a sublime appreciation of the brave new world of portals and fixed costs”.
Professor Dominic Regan is a prolific legal writer and speaker. He is not one of the Jackson assessors but has accepted the invitation to assist Lord Justice Jackson again on practical issues arising from reform. He is visiting Professor at City Law School London.
Donna Scully is a Director in Carpenters Group, having worked for various law firms in London before joining in 1997 and setting up its specialist Personal Injury department. She was Chair of MASS from 2010-12. During her term, she was closely involved in the formation of AskCUE PI and the implementation of the LASPO legislation. Donna has held a seat on the Insurance Times’ Fraud Charter since its launch in 2010, is a member of the editorial board for Modern Insurance Magazine and she received the Outstanding Achievement award at the 2014 Personal Injury Awards. In 2016 and 2018, Insurance Business UK named her as one of the insurance industry’s Women of Influence. In September 2018, Donna jointly won the Insurance Post Social Media Influencer Award.
Beth Wilson is a pupil barrister at Liverpool Civil Law Chambers. She was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 2015 and is a member of the Northern Circuit. During pupillage, Beth has undertaken work across a broad range of personal injury matters. She appears on behalf of claimants and defendants at CCMCs, CMCs, Small Claims, Fast Track Trials and other interlocutory hearings covering road traffic accidents, employer’s liability, public liability, occupiers’ liability and industrial disease claims. Prior to pupillage, Beth worked as an Advocate at a multinational law firm in the North West and gained experience in personal injury, employment and costs work.