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Krishma Patel

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Education

  • University of Leicester – First Class LLB Hons
  • Barbri International – Passed New York Bar Exam, pending admittance
  • Nottingham Law School – Bar Professional Training Course, Very Competent
  • Hong Kong Scholar, Middle Temple
  • Queen Mother’s Scholar, Middle Temple

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Areas of Work

  • Civil Litigation
General Profile

Krishma joined Chambers after completing a common law pupillage with a focus on personal injury and civil litigation under the supervision of Michael Armstrong. Since that time, she has practised predominantly in the field of personal injury and civil litigation and her practice continues to grow in respect of complexity and value. Additionally, Krishma has a busy paperwork practice and regularly advises on liability, quantum and procedural matters, as well as drafting pleadings.

Krishma took and successfully passed the New York Bar Examinations in 2015 and is due to be admitted as a New York Attorney in April 2019.

Before pupillage, Krishma worked as an adjudicator for the Financial Ombudsman Service in London. She was also awarded the Queen Mother's scholarship in 2011 and the Hong Kong Scholarship in 2013 by Middle Temple.

Krishma grew up in London and enjoys photography, travelling and cooking. She also enjoys travelling around the world to see wildlife in its natural habitat.

 

Civil litigation

Krishma is regularly instructed to appear in small claims, fast track and multi-track matters for personal injury cases. She is experienced in road traffic cases, employer's liability, occupier's liability and highways cases.

Krishma also has a busy credit hire practice, representing clients frequently in small claims and fast track matters.  She is able to confidently and articulately deal with the full range of issues frequently arising in credit hire cases, including enforceability, regulatory compliance, intervention and impecuniosity, in addition to the more straightforward issues of need, period and rate.

 

She regularly appears for both Claimants and Defendants in County Court proceedings, including stage 3 protocol hearings, infant approvals, disposals, costs and case management hearings and allocation hearings. She has experience with applications for pre-action disclosure, strike out, relief from sanctions, permission for further evidence and summary judgment, as well as other applications under the Civil Procedure Rules.

Krishma is proficient in drafting statements of case, including Particulars of Claim, Schedules of Loss, Defences and Pt 35 questions for fast track and multi-track personal injury matters. She also routinely advises on liability, quantum and causation.

Krishma is popular with solicitors and lay clients and is known for building a rapport and providing effective practical advice.

 

Inquests

Krishma has attended Pre Inquest Review Hearings and has appeared in a short inquest.

Immigration

Krishma has represented the Home Office at asylum appeals at the First Tier.

Family Police Disclosure Work

Krishma is regularly instructed to represent different Police Forces in respect of disclosure in and out of family proceedings. She is experienced in applications for public interest immunity, having appeared in the High Court of the Family Division on a number of occasions.

She was most recently involved in a substantial and complex Family High Court case throughout 2018, having represented the same Force throughout the proceedings in relation to disclosure.

Civil Police Work

Krishma has previously advised different Forces in relation to civil personal injury actions being brought against them. In respect of this, she has provided representation at Costs and Case Management hearings, Applications for further medical evidence and Third-Party Disclosure Applications. Additionally, she has experience drafting Defences - in relation to assault, false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and misfeasance in public office.

Aside from this, Krishma has also represented different Forces in obtaining civil orders in the Magistrates Courts - including closure orders, sexual harm prevention orders and violent behaviour orders.

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Year of call: 2012

Inn: Middle Temple

Area: Civil Litigation

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