Stephen Killalea QC *

Year of Silk: 2006

Year of Call: 1981


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  • 'An exceptional negotiator and advocate and a thoroughly nice human being. ’

    The Legal 500 (2022)
  • ‘An exceptional advocate who rises to the challenge however formidable or complex the case may be and invariably with great success.’

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • ‘Very strong client care and good instincts for tough cases.’ - Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • "He is a talented advocate with very good knowledge of catastrophic brain injury cases. He's also well liked by clients and is very personable."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • "He is a fantastic courtroom advocate."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • "He is very good on his feet and is always extremely well prepared - he is a force of nature in court. His written work is clear, concise and easy for clients to understand."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • "Very responsive and provides an excellent service for his clients."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • 'A gifted advocate who is excellent at cross-examination and always one step ahead.’ - Personal Injury

    The Legal 500 (2020)
  • "He is absolutely fantastic with clients." - Travel: International Personal Injury,

    Chambers & Partners (2020)
  • "He's an absolute go-to person for complex liability disputes." Personal Injury

    Chambers & Partners (2019)
  • "He cuts to the chase and is able to identify the key issues in a case immediately." "Great with clients, puts people at ease and helps to make them feel comfortable in difficult circumstances." - Travel: International Personal Injury,

    Chambers & Partners (2019)
  • ‘Probably one of the best negotiators at the PI Bar; he is fearless and thinks outside of the box.’ - Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud

    The Legal 500 (2019)

Professional Memberships

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


  • 'An exceptional negotiator and advocate and a thoroughly nice human being. ’

    The Legal 500 (2022)
  • ‘An exceptional advocate who rises to the challenge however formidable or complex the case may be and invariably with great success.’

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • ‘Very strong client care and good instincts for tough cases.’ - Travel law (including jurisdictional issues)

    The Legal 500 (2021)
  • "He is a talented advocate with very good knowledge of catastrophic brain injury cases. He's also well liked by clients and is very personable."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • "He is a fantastic courtroom advocate."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • "He is very good on his feet and is always extremely well prepared - he is a force of nature in court. His written work is clear, concise and easy for clients to understand."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • "Very responsive and provides an excellent service for his clients."

    Chambers & Partners (2021)
  • 'A gifted advocate who is excellent at cross-examination and always one step ahead.’ - Personal Injury

    The Legal 500 (2020)
  • "He is absolutely fantastic with clients." - Travel: International Personal Injury,

    Chambers & Partners (2020)
  • "He's an absolute go-to person for complex liability disputes." Personal Injury

    Chambers & Partners (2019)
  • "He cuts to the chase and is able to identify the key issues in a case immediately." "Great with clients, puts people at ease and helps to make them feel comfortable in difficult circumstances." - Travel: International Personal Injury,

    Chambers & Partners (2019)
  • ‘Probably one of the best negotiators at the PI Bar; he is fearless and thinks outside of the box.’ - Personal Injury, Industrial Disease and Insurance Fraud

    The Legal 500 (2019)

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.

 

Ranked in tier 1 of the top Personal Injury silks, The Legal 500 2022.

Ranked in band 1 of the top Personal Injury silks, Chambers UK 2021

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

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ABC (BY OS) v XYZ (2020) (Leading Kane Simons): Acted for a claimant in a brain injury case for a man in his mid-fifties which settled for a lump sum of £2.65 million and an annual periodical payment of £275,000 – an assumed capitalised value in excess of £6 million.

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