Sufiyan Rana

Sufiyan Rana

Email: clerk@stjohnsbuildings.co.uk

Phone: 0161 214 1500

Year of call: 1999

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

Year of Call: 1999 (Lincolns Inn).

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 squash. He is fluent in Urdu and Punjabi.

Expertise

  • Personal Injury

    Sufiyan has extensive experience of Personal Injury law particularly RTA, credit hire, PL, EL, LVI, NIHL, and HAV claims. He regularly advises on liability, quantum, evidence, procedure, drafts pleadings, complex schedules, applications and statements, which he looks to turn around in seven 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, and has 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 CASES

    Malachowski v Dziarkowski (2016) – JSM resulting in a settlement of £2.8 million

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant, a Polish national, sustained serious head injuries following a road traffic accident, resulting in him being airlifted to a care facility in Poland. In addition to the heads of losses which included employment, care, accommodation, therapies and medical review, transport, equipment, holidays and emergency treatment and Court of Protection costs, there were also cross jurisdictional issues involving approval in UK and Poland. Following a JSM, the case settled for £2.8 million.

    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 defective had not been spotted.

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

    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 and 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 sustained serious injuries as a result of Defendant driving his car into him and his family. 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.

    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

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. The Claimant sustained serious head injuries following a head-on road traffic collision. 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

    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

    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).

    Lubianikovas v Gedminas & RSA – (2014)

    Led by Michael Redfern QC. Represented the Claimant in a claim for damages arising out of a road traffic accident resulting in serious head injuries. Claimant lacked capacity.

    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):

    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 having acted for Claimants and Defendants. He is very familiar with arguments relating to period, rate, need, impecuniosity, BHR surveys, 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, eg, 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.

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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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