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Gregor Woods

Partner

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
1-3 Charter Square
Sheffield
S1 4HS
United Kingdom
Languages English

Gregor Woods is a partner in our Insurance and Reinsurance Group team, based in Sheffield. He has over 28 years’ experience advising insurers, large corporates and public bodies in relation to the investigation and defence of personal injury claims.

Gregor joined CMS from Kennedys in 2021, where he was Head of their national Employers’ and Public Liability Group. He handles all types of personal injury claim, including disease, psychiatric injury and claims of utmost severity. For over 15 years Gregor has focused particularly on working closely with large corporate insureds to help them investigate incidents, capture evidence and improve claims defensibility, reducing claims cost. He recognises the value of close collaborative working between insurer, insured and lawyer to improve outcomes.  

Gregor regularly delivers training to insurers and insureds on relevant topics, including most recently: the employer’s duty of care during the pandemic, causation in relation to Covid infection, the changing landscape of employer/employee relations and vicarious liability. He collaborates with regulatory, employment and cyber risk specialists to provide wide-ranging advice on risk and crisis management to clients. The legal landscape is evolving rapidly, as are the needs and demands of insurer clients and their insureds. Gregor believes law firms to respond imaginatively, to develop and deliver innovative solutions to their clients’ legal problems and, by doing so, create and sustain long term client relationships. 

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Relevant experience

  • A production company in respect of a claim by an injured stunt performer seeking damages for life changing injury sustained when filming.
  • A construction company sued by Irish national who sustained multiple orthopaedic, internal and psychiatric injuries on a construction site in England. 
  • A landlord in respect of a claim for chronic pain following the collapse of a ceiling onto her. 
  • A construction company, one of five defendants sued by a construction worker who sustained catastrophic injuries when the platform he was working on collapsed.
  • A security company whose former employee developed mesothelioma in respect of alleged exposure with an earlier employer over 30 years previously. 
  • An entertainment company sued by a visitor who was flung from one of their rides and who, it was alleged, developed subtle brain injury as a consequence.
  • A roofing company sued by a contractor who fell through a rooflight some 15 metres, sustaining life-changing injuries.
  • A large corporate food catering company sued by a former senior executive who alleged she had developed disabling depression and anxiety as a consequence of stress at work.
  • A delivery company whose lorry ran over an elderly pedestrian resulting in the amputation of his leg.
  • A private emergency services company whose ambulance driver, responding to an emergency call, collided with a turning vehicle, a collision which resulted in multiple significant injuries to the driver and 3 passengers.
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Education

  • 1991 – LPC, College of Law, Chester.
  • 1990 – LLB (Hons) University of Lancaster, Lancaster.     
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