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David Callan
Call 1979
Specialisms: Administrative and Public, Personal Injury
David Callan CV
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Tel: 0191 232 1927


David Callan


Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

David is a vastly experienced personal injury practitioner, having advised and appeared in a wide variety of claims for claimants and defendants. He is regularly instructed in cases involving accidents at work, road traffic claims, industrial diseases, professional negligence, and stress at work, including bullying and harassment leading to personal injury. He has a special interest in personal injury related limitation cases and has lectured and conducted seminars on the subject. He is head of the personal injury group at Trinity Chambers.

Police & Prison Claims

David is one of the most experienced practitioners in claims against the police in the North-East and also advises frequently on all aspects of prison claims, including Judicial Review. He strongly believes this is an expanding area of work and welcomes the establishment of the Administrative Court in Leeds.


David has substanial Crown Court criminal advocacy experience. 


Gallon and others v Swan Hunter Shipbuilders [1995] CA One of the leading cases on answers to requests for further information in industrial disease cases.

Cummins and Others v The Chief Constable of Northumbria [2003] EWCA Civ 1184 CA – one of the leading cases on suspicion before arrest. 

D v South Tyneside Health Care NHS Trust [2004] PIQR P212 CA – duties of a psychiatric ward towards a detained mental health patient. 

Rodney Smith v University of Northumbria – one of the most notable and significant local cases involving harassment in the workplace.


Personal Injury Bar Association


David has lectured frequently on all aspects of personal injury practice and crime.


MA University of Edinburgh 
Blackstone Entrance Scholar, Middle Temple.


Fluent French (written and spoken).