Sufiyan Rana

Sufiyan Rana

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1999

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“Approachable, eloquent and direct.” The Legal 500

Sufiyan specialises in Personal Injury. He acts for Claimants and Defendants. He is also an Accredited Mediator.

Sufiyan was previously a Solicitor Advocate, specialising in Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation and a part-time lecturer at MMU. He is currently a visiting Advocacy Tutor at MMU for the BPTC.

Away from Chambers, Sufiyan is a 1st Dan in Shotokan Karate and enjoys travelling, writing and cricket. He is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.

Memberships

  • PIBA
  • Inquest Lawyers Group

Expertise

  • Personal Injury

    Sufiyan has extensive experience of Personal Injury law particularly RTA, credit hire, PL, EL, LVI, NIHL, HAVS claims. He regularly advises on liability, quantum, evidence, procedure, and drafts pleadings, complex schedules, applications and statements, which he looks to turn around in 7 days. He has been led by Senior Counsel on a number of occasions and is comfortable dealing with serious brain and spinal injuries, complex conferences involving multiple experts and drafting detailed Part 35 questions. He is happy to provide pre-hearing advice and regularly conducts cost budgeting case management conferences (CCMC) applications for relief, specific disclosure, strike out, summary judgment, etc. He is also happy to provide training for solicitors having previously provided training on S.69 Enterprise Regulatory and Reform Act 2013, importance of witness statements, cost budgeting and update in litigation.

    Cases

    • As a Solicitor, acted for an employee in an action against his previous employer for negligence and/or breach of statutory duty, which resulted in Fibrosis Alveolitis. Negotiated settlement of £500,000.
    • As a Solicitor, acted for the Claimant following a serious road traffic accident in which the Defendant alleged that he allowed himself to be “carried”. Negotiated settlement of £250,000.
    • As a Solicitor, acted for the Claimant in an action against a public body for negligence resulting in severe and catastrophic injuries with quantum in excess of £5 million: Chong v Funafloat Ltd & BWB, 26 April 2012
    • As a Solicitor, acted for the Claimant following a road traffic accident. Negotiated settlement of £210,000 following a JSM.

    Recent notable cases

    • Re: CT – (2017) – On going

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant was a professional rugby league player who had to retire as a result of of spinal injuries caused following an unsafe training drill. The claim is for pain, suffering and loss of amenities and loss of earnings.

    • Re: JD – (2017) – On going

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. C developed arachnoditis following administration of an epidural.

    • Re: ASM (by his sister and litigation friend AK) (2017) – JSM resulting in a settlement of £3 million. Approved by His Honour Judge Platts sitting at Manchester CC

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant, a Polish national, sustained severe brain injury and polytrauma with traumatic subdural haematoma on the surface of the brain and traumatic subarachnoid haemorrhage in the brain cavities. There were complex skull and facial fractures and he developed hydrocephalus. In addition to the heads of losses which included pain, suffering and loss of amenities, employment, care, accommodation, therapies and medical review, transport, equipment, holidays and emergency treatment and Court of Protection costs, there were also cross jurisdictional issues (Regulation (EU) No 1215/2012 of the European Parliament and the Council of 12 December 2012, Article 53 Certificate of Enforceability) involving approval in UK and Poland. Following a JSM, the case settled for an increased £3 million on account of the revised discount rate.

    • Re: VL (by his litigation friend IS) v G & RSA – (2017)  – JSM resulting in a settlement of £530,000. Approved by His Honour Judge Gregory sitting in Walsall CC

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant, a Lithuanian national, suffered from compound facial, orbital and cranial fractures with a fracture of the transverse process of the C7 vertebra as well as a widespread comminuted fracture of the left frontal and temporal bones of the skull extending into the orbital margin and sphenoid wing. He suffered from a Dysexecutive syndrome and lacked capacity. Following a JSM, the case settled for £530,000.

    • Reader v Essex CC – (2016) – Southend CC – His Honour Judge Maloney QC

    The Claimant sustained serious hand injuries following a slip and trip on a pavement that was defective. Succeeded against a S.58 defence on the basis that the inspection had not been carried out effectively and the defect had not been spotted.

    • Meadows v La Tasca [2016] EW Misc B28 (CC) (16 June 2016) – (Reported Lawtel) – His Honour Judge Hodge QC sitting at Manchester CC

    At first instance, the Claimant’s claim was dismissed and found to be ‘fundamentally dishonest’ depriving her of protection under Qualified One Way Cost Shifting (QOCS) under CPR 44.13 and causing the costs order to be enforceable against her. The appeal succeed on the basis that the District Judge was wrong to have concluded the claim was fundamentally dishonest on account of the various inconsistencies and should have limited himself to finding the Claimant had failed to prove her claim. The Claimant was awarded costs.

    • Fisher & Others v Minhas (2016) – JSM resulting in a settlement in excess of £1.5 million

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant, a 36-year-old electrician, suffered brain contusion, comminuted fracture of left tibia and fibula with significant bone loss and major skin loss, ie extensive degloving over the anterior shin, closed abdominal injury including  laceration of the liver and minor splenic haematoma, soft tissue abddominal wall injury resulting in scarring and fracture of mid shaft of left humerus as a result of Defendant driving his car into him and his family. In addition to the main action, there was also a claim for psychiatric issues suffered by the wife, who did not suffer any physical injuries, and uncle, who arrived on the scene following the accident (secondary victim), dependency claim brought by the grandmother on account of the grandfather’s fatality, and two young children who witnessed this horrific accident. Damages consisted of past and future care, substantial loss of earnings, accommodation, equipment, therapies and transport. Following a JSM, all cases settled for more than £1.5 million.

    • Re: CS (A Minor) v Peterborough CC – (2016) – Preston CC – His Honour Judge Butler

    Represented the Claimant, a minor, in an action against local authority following an accident at school resulting in a fractured elbow. Succeeded in proving that Defendant was negligent.

    • Mahmood –v- Hussain & Aviva (2015)JSM resulting in a settlement of £1.25 million. Approved by HHJ Gosnell sitting at Bradford CC

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant underwent a forceful high impact and fairly major road traffic accident and suffered either minor direct blunt trauma to his head (coup injury) or, an acceleration deceleration injury causing trauma (contra coup injury). There was some brain trauma resulting in damage to subdural blood vessels and an acute subdural haematoma resulting from the accident on background of anti-coagulation. But for the accident, the brain haemorrhage would not have occured. Drafted complex statements and assisted in the preparation of the schedule. Following a JSM, the case settled £1.25 million.

    • Chinnock & Schumann v Veale Wasbrough & Rea [2015] EWCA Civ 441 Longmore LJ, Jackson LJ, Roth J

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. Claimant’s action against Defendant law firm and Barrister for Professional Negligence emanating from an underlying wrongful birth claim.

    • Moffatt –v – MOJ – (2015) -Lancaster CC – Recorder Beech

    Represented the Claimant in successfully recovering damages following an accident at work in which the Defendant was found to be in breach of Regulation 3 and 5 of the Management of Work Regulation 1993.

    • McIntosh v World – Central London CC (on appeal from Uxbridge CC) (2014) – His Honour Judge Mitchell sitting at Central London CC

    Claimant failed to exchange statements in time. Court refused relief and struck out claim on the basis that it was not a trivial breach and there was no good reason for it (Mitchell followed). Succeeded on appeal as District Judge had failed to consider all the circumstances (Denton followed).

    • Sahota –v- Khan & Co-op – Central London CC (2014)

    Represented the Claimant in which the Defendant had alleged a conspiracy and the involvement of a fraud ring. Drafted a lengthy reply and conducted CCMCC. Case listed for 3-day trial but settled in favour of the Claimant.

    • Shenton –v- Shenton (2014)

    Represented the Claimant in a crushing injury where she sustained a pelvic fracture and haematoma and seroma (Morel-Lavalle lesions to both hips and thighs). Drafted detailed statement and a lengthy schedule.

    • Chinnock & Schuman v Rea & Veale Vasborough [2013] EWHC 3730 (QB): Dingemans J

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. Claimant’s action against Defendant law firm and Barrister for Professional Negligence emanating from an underlying wrongful birth claim. Case heard by Court of Appeal in March 2015 (see above).

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  • Company and Commercial

    Credit Hire

    Sufiyan is well versed in this area and regularly acts for Claimants and Defendants.  He is very familiar with arguments relating to period, rate, need, impecuniosity, BHR, mitigation and consumer credit act terms for both regulated and non-regulated agreements, as well as if, and how, the absence of a particular term may affect its enforceability, e.g. Cancellation of contracts made in a consumer’s home or place of work regulation.

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  • Inquests

    Sufiyan has a growing practice in the field and is comfortable acting for interested persons at Pre-Inquest Reviews (PIR) and Inquests.

    Re: ALJ

    Represented the spouse of the deceased following a death at work before a jury.

    Re: JP

    Represented family of the deceased who died in custody thus engaging Article 2.

    Re: IH

    Represented a care home following the death of a patient

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  • Disease

    Disease Claims

    Sufiyan is highly experienced in disease cases and regularly advises on liability, causation and quantum. He regularly drafts pleadings, Part 35 questions for experts and is also acutely aware of issues regarding limitation, de minimis loss and quality of audiograms.

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  • ADR and Mediation

    Sufiyan is an accredited mediator.

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