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Adrian Cormack

Partner, Head of Personal Injury Department

Medical Negligence

Personal Injury

Adrian qualified in 1991 and initially worked in a London firm specialising in Personal Injury.  He joined Coles Miller in 1993 and is Managing Partner and Head of the Personal Injury Department.

Adrian is highly renowned for his expertise in complex brain injury cases and Catastrophic Injuries.  He provides a gold standard level of service to all clients and his attention to detail is second to none.  Aside from substantive claims, Adrian sits on a number of personal injury trusts, ensuring that beneficiaries’ needs are met and that they will have a life-long income.  He has successfully pursued complex Personal Injury cases on a “no win no fee basis” and recovered damages of many millions of pounds for his clients.

Adrian is a Senior Litigator in the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). He sits on the Personal Injury Panel at Headway (the brain injury association) and was formerly the Chairman of Trustees for 15 years at Headway Dorset. He is an External Trustee on the Arts University Bournemouth Students' Union Trustee Board and was formerly on the Board of Governors of the AECC University College in Bournemouth. Adrian was also formerly a Governor at Oakdale Junior School and at Parkstone Grammar School.

Adrian is married with a daughter.  He is a keen follower of sport, most importantly Rugby, having played for London Welsh and then locally.

Career Highlights

Throughout the course of my legal career, I've won a significant number of high value settlements for clients who’ve suffered catastrophic injuries as a result of road traffic or workplace accidents as well as lifechanging illnesses as a result of medical negligence. My specialisms include spinal injuries, limb loss and brain injuries including birth trauma related injuries such a cerebral palsy. My involvement does not always end even after achieving settlement, as I often continue to support my clients through personal injury trusts.

Notable cases:

Represented a Claimant who suffered a brain injury during birth which caused a life long cognitive impairment. Settlement was achieved at £21 million. Coles Miller continue to assist the Claimant through a personal injury trust, ensuring the settlement sum maintains the ongoing needs and care regime of the Claimant.

Represented the Claimant, a lift engineer who was left paralysed after falling through the side of a glass lift. The case involved a tough liability dispute with multiple Defendants involved. Settlement was achieved at £3.4 million. Coles Miller helped establish a personal injury trust for the Claimant.

Represented the Claimant, a child, who suffered from neonatal hypoxic brain injury and epilepsy as a result of birth trauma. Settlement was achieved at £15 million. Coles Miller continue to assist the Claimant through a personal injury trust and have assisted the Claimant in purchasing property, making necessary adaptations, and maintaining an ongoing care regime.

Represented the Claimant, an experienced Solicitor, who was involved in a serious road traffic accident in 2018. The Claimant suffered significant injuries, including a subdural haematoma, several rib fractures and an oblique fracture through the left hip. The Claimant’s subdural haematoma was later classified as a moderate/severe traumatic brain injury. As a result of the extensive injuries, the Claimant was unable to return to their pre-accident employment. Evidence was obtained from experts in the field of Neurology, Neuropsychology, Neuropsychiatry, Orthopaedic Surgery, Care and Accountancy. Liability was eventually admitted, but the parties continued to litigate and engaged in a complex dispute over quantum. The case was scheduled for trial at the High Court in London, but settled shortly beforehand by way of a Joint Settlement Meeting. The matter settled for £1 million. Coles Miller continue to assist the Claimant in their rehabilitation through a personal injury trust.