Senior Partner and Head of Litigation Services
Area of Expertise
- Catastrophic injuries – adult/child brain and spinal cord injury
- Accidents abroad and cross jurisdiction claims
- Complex medical causation and intervening clinical negligence
- Fatal accident claims including Coroners Inquests
- Court of Protection
- Adult and child severe brain injuries
- Spinal cord injury
I am the firm's senior partner and head of personal injury. I also have overall responsibility for the firm’s litigation services division. I am regarded as one of the UK's leading catastrophic personal injury lawyers. Moore Blatch is ranked in band 1 for both personal injury and clinical negligence with both the leading independent directories Chambers UK and Legal 500.
I have two key areas of practice which I am passionate about - severe brain injury and spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injury cases are dealt with through the award winning Aspire law - www.aspirelaw.co.uk - a separate law firm I created with the leading spinal cord injury charity Aspire.
The severe life changing brain injury cases I handle through Moore Blatch are for both adults and children. I work closely with charities concerned with brain injury most notably Headway and the Child Brain Injury Trust. Over the course of my career I have dealt with a significant number of claims, many resulting in seven-figure settlements. My interest has always extended far beyond maximising compensation awards; one of my key priorities has been to enable the effective rehabilitation of my clients. I act for clients across the UK and internationally. I also have significant experience of acting in cases where the injury was sustained abroad.
My aim is to obtain interim payments wherever possible, to provide monies for my client and so that I can put rehabilitation, a care package and suitable accommodation in place at as early a stage as possible and ideally before my client even leaves a hospital. I am fortunate to have a dedicated team of lawyers who work alongside me and who have vast experience of succeeding in complex and high-value brain injury claims. We assemble a partner led team for every brain injury claim we handle. Each team deals only with a small number of cases at any one time, enabling them to provide a proactive and personal service, thereby achieving the best possible level of compensation in the shortest possible time.
As a team, we are dedicated to improving the quality of life of our clients.
My clients’ main concern is to secure fair compensation for what are serious life-changing injuries. They want the peace of mind of knowing that their future medical needs and care will be adequately covered. I also have many years of experience of dealing with clients who lack capacity to manage their own affairs; I am a Court of Protection approved Deputy.
I often initially see clients at major trauma centres, hospitals or rehabilitation centres throughout the country. I also see clients at their homes or if it is more convenient, I will arrange an appointment at an appropriate venue close to their home. I am also able to see clients at our offices in London, Richmond, Southampton and have access to meeting rooms in most major cities.
"Senior partner Damian Horan, who has 'exceptional professional knowledge, competence and compassion', represented a claimant who sustained severe brain, orthopaedic and facial injuries after being hit by a car when she was crossing the road via a pedestrian crossing." Legal 500
Chambers and Partners UK 2018
"A sympathetic and first rate claimant lawyer."
"Damian is hugely experienced, very commercially savvy and very sensible about everything you'd want a solicitor to be sensible about. He's the standout man. He has an excellent manner and is incredibly calm, which is helpful for clients going through distressing times. He gives off an air of complete reassurance and trust that they are in safe hands. Damian is good with defendant on the other side - he's quite effective, sensible and measured."
"He is effective and attentive, and offers very good client care. He conducts cases efficiently."
Damian Horan focuses his practice on catastrophic brain and spinal injuries as well as fatal accident claims. Interviewees praise his technical skills and approach, with clients, saying: "His preparation and analysis are to the highest standard. He maintains excellent client relationships and understands the issues well."
Chambers UK 2017
Damian Horan is respected by peers and clients for his strong track record in representing clients with catastrophic injuries. As one source notes, "he's always made sure that he's there to talk to. He explains everything I need to know, and he's such a nice person."
Chambers UK 2016
Moore Blatch LLP’s ‘thriving and dynamic’ team represents clients in expert-heavy proceedings. Damian Horan is ‘a remarkable innovator in litigation, who accepts and wins difficult cases’.
Legal 500 directory 2016
"Damian Horan is praised by commentators for his excellent judgement. He is a respected choice for high value brain and spinal injury claims"
Chambers UK 2015
Handles a range of cases including some of the firm's highest-value catastrophic injury cases. He is described as "very good - extremely experienced in dealing with clients with catastrophic injuries".
Chambers UK 2014
Moore Blatch has 'second-to-none' experience, and produces 'excellent work'. Damian Horan has 'experience of litigation at every level'.
Legal 500 2013
"From my experience, Moore Blatch have an excellent partner in Damian Horan, who is vastly experienced, very sensible and a safe pair of hands with life-changing injuries. He seems to have managed to make an awful lot of rain. He is a shrewd businessman who has an enormous amount of catastrophic work going through that firm. He has some able assistants now to help him with it. I’d say go to Damian; he’s the man. " Third party
"Damian also works for Aspire Law. Damian is a very capable, first-rate claimant solicitor. He has a good combination of knowing the way the law works in practice and being very good in communicating with clients. He has all of the qualities one would want in a solicitor dealing with catastrophically injured claimants: the ability to empathise with client, practical knowledge of way law works and the right approach to litigation. I’d regard him as first-rate solicitor, who I’d consider recommending to a friend. I’d put Damian in the ‘I really want him on my side’ box" Third party
"Damian Horan is an acknowledged specialist in the field of spinal cord injuries and someone who clearly cares enormously about those he represents." Third party
"Damian Horan is the top man."
"What got him into it was to make a difference. He is genuinely focused on the outcome for the client." Client
"Damian has a great deal of experience and he's actively involved in supporting people with injuries. He has excellent judgment and works very hard. He's committed to, and is effective with, the people he represents."
Independent third party
"He is exceptional. He has genuine personal interest in acting for spinal cord clients."
Independent third party
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