Stephen Killalea QC *

Year of Silk: 2006

Year of Call: 1981


Professional Memberships

Personal Injury Bar Association
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
Health & Safety Lawyers Association

Stephen Killalea QC has a leading silk’s practice in personal injury specialising in representing claimants in catastrophic brain and spinal cases.

Stephen is also recognised as one of the leading health and safety silks in the country and specialises in criminal prosecutions arising out of fatalities or major incidents.

Stephen Killalea QC is noted in particular for his handling of matters relating to liability, he specialises in complex, high-value catastrophic claims relating to extremely severe brain and spinal injuries. He is commended by instructing solicitors for his advocacy and for his ability with clients. “If he believes there are prospects he’ll fight a case. He’s utterly brilliant at advocacy – it’s a pleasure to watch […] he’s brilliant with clients – he has a down-to-earth, matter-of-fact manner. He always gets a handle on the key issues and his advice is succinct and to the point.” Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2014

Stephen Killalea QC is an adept silk with a strong standing in the related area of personal injury. He is a popular choice for acting for companies in connection with fatal and life-changing injuries sustained by employees. “He is extremely sharp and incisive […] in addition to being a first-rate advocate, he has a great ability to connect and understand what a client wants; he is exceptional.” Health & Safety, Chambers UK 2014

Ranked in band 1 of the top Personal Injury silks, Chambers UK 2014

Ranked in band 1 of the top Health and Safety Silks, Chambers UK 2014

Stephen Killalea QC “expertly handles the full range of maximum severity cases.” His practice is split between health and safety and personal injury, and he is widely regarded for his representation of claimants in catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. Instructing solicitors positively enjoy working with a barrister who is “simply a delight with clients, but also offers all-round tactical ability.”Chambers UK 2013

“Wonderful client management skills and an easy communication style … technically superb and always approachable” Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2012

Ranked in band 2 of the top personal injury silks Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2012

Ranked in band 1 of the top health and safety silks Health and Safety, Chambers UK 2012

Stephen Killalea is “an exceptionally skilled advocate … brilliant with figures, great with clients and a real fighter … he can achieve some excellent results against the odds” Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2011

“formidable advocate” Personal Injury, Legal 500 2011

A class act due to his “charming, refreshingly measured” approach Health & Safety, Chambers UK 2011

Stephen Killalea “never fails to get his point across, leaving clients feeling confident that no stone has been left unturned” Health, Safety and Environment,Legal 500 2010

Stephen Killalea QC of Devereux Chambers has an impressive trinity of qualities:“Tactical acumen, an ability to build a rapport with clients and awe-inspiring performances in court” are all present in the make up of this hugely popular advocate. Health and Safety, Chambers UK 2010

Stephen Killalea QC is … highly regarded and is “the personal injury silk of choice” for many interviewees Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2010

Ranked in band 1 of the top health and safety silks Health and Safety,Chambers UK 2010

“… quality of advocacy and tactical awareness that are second to none”Personal Injury, Legal 500 2009

“A hard-working silk with international jurisdiction expertise,” Stephen Killalea QC is known for his focus on highly complex brain and spinal injury litigation. One client commented: “He is one of the most powerful and impressive advocates I have come across, yet still has the ability to obtain the trust and respect of clients by speaking at a level appropriate to them” Personal Injury, Chambers UK 2009

Stephen Killalea QC of Devereux Chambers is also very much in his prime.“Combining skill and technical knowledge with the necessary amount of flamboyance in court,” he has achieved impressive results in a number of complex cases over the past year. Health & Safety, Chambers UK 2009

“The straightforward and down to earth Stephen Killalea QC wins a wealth of commendations. He speaks in a language you can understand say clients… one of the rising stars of the field… [he] specialises in catastrophic spinal and brain injury cases and is often employed in multi-million pound cases” Personal Injury,Chambers UK 2008

Former winner of Chambers UK “Personal Injury Junior of the Year”







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