Kevin Haven

Contact

01962 868161 / 020 7353 0711

Expertise

Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence

Kevin has over 20 years experience of clinical negligence claims predominantly acting for Claimants but is also instructed on behalf of Defendants.  He has a broad practice covering all the major categories of Clinical Negligence work undertaken in Chambers but with a particular interest in:

  • Dental/Maxillofacial Claims
  • Renal Work – with a detailed understanding of mitrofanoff surgery
  • Psychiatric Claims – particularly relating to adolescences

 

In the field of personal injury claim Kevin has dealt with a range of high value claims particularly dealing with motorcycle and maritime injury claims – including The European Gateway, Herald of Free Enterprise, Piper Alpha and St Malo Ferry.

He has also dealt with claims featured on “Holidays from Hell” arising from the school trip on MV Victoria which caught fire off the coast of Cyprus with over 250 children on board and the Turkish Beach Bus crash.

In addition he has also been in a number of large claims on behalf of children and young people with significant psychological and psychiatric injuries

Professional Negligence

Kevin has extensive experience of the insurance industry - Including negligent broking and underwriting

He was seconded to the Corporation of Lloyds in the 1980’s to work on the bylaws under the Lloyds Act and in the investigations into preferential underwriting   

He subsequently represented Brokers and Underwriters in E & O Claims specifically in the bloodstock industry including the claim relating to Shergar

He has also co-written the policy wording for a major Insurer’s yacht policy

 

In addition Kevin deals with professional negligence claims involving solicitors having been a solicitor between 1990 and 1995 during which time he was a partner in a London firm and subsequently head of litigation in the regional office of a large national firm

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Beyond qualifying as a mediator Kevin has further trained in workplace/employment mediation and in Advanced Mediation Skills.

Kevin will carry out mediations in his core practice areas of personal injury, clinical negligence and profession negligence.

In addition to Kevin’s main areas of practice he also has extensive practical experience which can assist in mediations relating to:

 

Business/Marine Industry

Having run a family businesses dealing with employment and financing issues and distributorships

  • Bloodstock syndicate disputes
  • Property development and contractual disputes arising during project management
  • Licenced trade disputes - Kevin holds a BIIAB personal licence and other qualifications relevent to licenced trade management
  • Yacht racing with knowledge of Yacht racing rules and the protest procedures
  • Managing yachting corporate events  
  • Yacht building / construction disputes

 

Education

Management and employment disputes arising in schools under special measures – admissions/exclusions

University Appeals process at board of governor level dealing with:

  • Students educational disputes/exclusions
  • Staff employment/disciplinary/redundancy disputes

Overview

Year of call: 1982
Appointments:
  • Governor University of Portsmouth 2003 to 2009 - Chair of Audit Committee 2006 to 2009
Areas of specialism:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Access and Direct Access
Qualifications:
  • BA (Hon) Law - University of Kent
  • LLM Admiralty & Shipping Law - University College, University of London
  • Dip IPL – Diploma in Intellectual Property Law - Queen Mary College, University of London
Professional associations:
  • Personal Injury Bar Association
  • Profession Negligence Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Member of the Society of Mediators
Professional activities:
  • Solicitor 1990 to 1995
  • Accredited Mediator (LSM)
  • CIArb
Outside Interests:
  • RYA Yachtmaster – former sailing instructor
  • Yacht racing - RORC and Fastnet
  • Founder of Manches Yacht Racing Cup 1990
  • Previously taught the law modules for the Professional Skipper course at the National Sailing Centre at Cowes