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Carl Dray

Carl Dray

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1 South Quay
Victoria Quays
Sheffield
S2 5SY
United Kingdom
Languages English

Carl is a Partner in our Dispute Resolution group. Carl, and his team, defend a range of personal injury claims from high value seven figure sum catastrophic claims to smaller claims with either a strategic importance to set precedent for other claims or where there is a high risk of reputational damage to the client. He is an expert in group litigation and has been involved in many of the most high profile group actions in the UK. He has experience of product liability in the consumer and industrial sectors. He exclusively advises defendants in litigation. Carl has experience of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution as well as litigation in the High Court and Appellant courts in England and Wales.

Carl also defends corporates and their directors and other professionals in criminal investigations. He is familiar with providing risk evaluation, dealing with incidents, representing clients in their dealings with the HSE and representation at PACE interviews with the enforcing authorities and in conducting inquests and proceedings before criminal tribunals.

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"Quietly confident, steely and combative" and "gives clear and unambiguous advice."

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Relevant experience

  • Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) on defending a group action involving claims against the former British Coal Corporation arising out of alleged injuries to the knee by former mineworkers (estimated value £4bn).
  • BEIS/Coal Products Limited on claims for respiratory illness and cancers arising at various manufacturing plants across the UK. The case involves over 350 former workers and their families.
  • A major mining corporation on defending accident claims, including five fatalities.
  • Advising a number of international companies (commercial, infrastructure and financial services) on asbestos related disease claims arising out of exposure in the United Kingdom and abroad.
  • A major US corporation on industrial injuries and health and safety issues arising out of various industrial plants (power plants, aviation, plant and equipment hire and logistics and chemicals/plastics) operating in the United Kingdom.
  • Defending an international financial institution in claims relating to psychological injury and occupational stress.
  • Acting for large manufacturing clients on defending claims arising from the production of aggregates, minerals and the manufacture of associated products.
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Education

  • 1977 – B.A (Hons) Nottingham Trent
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4 December 2017
Risk Mat­ters: In­sur­ance Sec­tor Up­date (Winter 2017/18)
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In WM Mor­ris­ons Su­per­mar­ket PLC v Vari­ous Claimants [2020] UK­SC 12, the Su­preme Court has over­turned the Court of Ap­peal de­cision that an em­ploy­er can be vi­cari­ously li­able to mul­tiple claimants for a...
05 Mar 20
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28 Jan 20
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A re­cent Court of Justice of the European Uni­on (CJEU) de­cision in Decem­ber 2019 may give scope to chal­lenge the defin­i­tion and concept of the term “ac­ci­dent” with­in Chapter III - Art­icle 17 (1) of...
06 Dec 19
Court of Ap­peal cla­ri­fies ap­proach to find­ings of fact in noise-in­duced...
In Mack­en­zie v Al­coa Man­u­fac­tur­ing (GB) Ltd [2019] EW­CA Civ 2110, the Court of Ap­peal has cla­ri­fied the prop­er ap­proach to find­ings of fact in noise-in­duced hear­ing loss (NIHL) claims in cir­cum­stances...
15 Nov 19
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The Court of Ap­peal has ruled that a claimant can­not avoid the re­quire­ments of the Pre-Ac­tion Pro­tocol for Low Value Per­son­al In­jury (Em­ploy­ers’ Li­ab­il­ity and Pub­lic Li­ab­il­ity) Claims by seek­ing to...
23 Oct 19
QOCS pro­tec­tion at court's dis­cre­tion in mixed data breach claims
The Court of Ap­peal has con­firmed in An­drea Brown v (1) Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice of the Met­ro­pol­is (2) Chief Con­stable of Great­er Manchester [2019] EW­CA Civ 1724 that qual­i­fied one-way costs shift­ing (QOCS)...
09 Oct 19
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23 Jul 19
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