Philip Scarles


Philip Scarles

Solicitor - Health & Injury




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If you are seriously injured in an accident through no fault of your own, I will use my 30 years’ experience to build the strongest personal injury claim for you. I can advise and assist you through rehabilitation following injury, obtaining interim payments whenever possible. I will engage the most appropriate case manager and instruct the best experts for your case. If your work and career has been affected, I will build a case for you that claims all financial losses.

I am based in Sevenoaks, Kent but work throughout England and Wales. I receive referrals from solicitors who don’t undertake personal injury claims. I also take over ongoing cases where clients have become unhappy with the way their case is progressing.

I am a personal injury specialist acting for clients who have suffered life changing and catastrophic injuries. I conduct a wide range of cases, including:

  • Accidents abroad
  • Accidents at work
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Cycle accidents
  • Highways Act claims
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Road traffic accidents
  • Stress at work  
  • Brain injury
  • Chronic pain
  • Fatal accidents
  • Orthopaedic injury
  • Psychiatric injury
  • Spinal injury
  • Vestibular injury

Throughout the course of my career, I have seen time and again how destructive a serious accident can be – both for the injured person and their loved ones. Not only are there physical and psychological injuries, there are financial injuries too.

It is my duty to secure the support my clients’ need. Often this means guiding them through the rehabilitation phase. Given my long-standing role as a personal injury solicitor, I can advise which therapies are best suited to which injuries – including traumatic brain injuries. This ensures my clients have access to the right medical care going forward, expediting their recovery process and making their lives as comfortable as possible.

I am also acutely aware of the financial harm an accident can have. Many of my clients are unable to go back to work, or can only return in a reduced capacity. Sometimes their injuries mean that while they can resume their current role, the advancement of their career is no longer possible. This can result in a range of further damages, such as the loss of salary, pension, overtime and bonuses.

Where the injured person has sadly died, the relatives of the deceased often have a financial dependency and services dependency claim. These can be significant in value, and it is important to safeguard their future financial security. The same goes for accidents which happen abroad, where damages are often assessed according to the laws of the country where the accident occurred. 

When I act on behalf of injured persons, or the relatives of those who have died, I take all these factors into consideration. This allows me to assess the true impact the accident has had on their lives. I then use my legal expertise, and instruct the help of leading experts, to obtain justice for those who have been injured through no fault of their own.

I am also known for running cases which other solicitors do not want to take, perhaps because issues such as liability, contributory negligence and causation are in dispute. I use my skills as a personal injury solicitor to assess the prospects of success on an ongoing basis, and to achieve the best possible outcome for the client.

Awards, Accreditations and Memberships

  • Member of the Law Society's Personal Injury Panel since 1997

  • Accredited as a Senior Litigator of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

  • Recognised as a Super Lawyer for Personal Injury

  • Chambers Legal Directory 2016 says: ‘Philip Scarles of McMillan Williams is an "extremely knowledgeable" and "incredibly diligent" personal injury lawyer who maintains a broad practice acting for claimants who have suffered a wide range of serious injuries. Sources highlight his "really great attention to detail" as a particular strength.’

Recent Successes

  • B v R: £2.05 million plus £50,000 per year compensation secured for an aspiring Premier League footballer who was hit by a van while riding his scooter. He sustained serious orthopaedic injuries, developed chronic pain, severe PTSD, OCD and depression. His football career was cut short prematurely and he is now dependent on round-the-clock care. Read more about the case in Your Local Guardian.

  • K v S-L: £6.5 million compensation settlement obtained for a man who was travelling as a passenger in a car when the driver lost control. He was rendered a C5 tetraplegic, meaning he lost use of all four limbs. The other side argued there was contributory negligence on the basis that he was not wearing a seatbelt. The issue was settled at a joint settlement meeting the week before trial in my client’s favour.

  • S v R: £940,000 compensation settlement achieved for a senior local authority manager who was injured in a road traffic accident. He sustained serious orthopaedic injuries which prevented him from returning to work on a permanent basis. His settlement reflected his lost earnings, the lost opportunity of advancing his career, and the benefits that would have been associated with a promotion.

  • £823,000 plus £12,000 per year compensation for a university careers education manager hit by a car when a pedestrian.  He suffered a severe brain injury and was medically retired.

  • L v W: £850,000 compensation settlement obtained for a financial services professional and amateur cyclist who was hit by a coach while out cycling. He suffered a severe brain injury and requires ongoing rehabilitation.

  • S v A: £632,000 compensation settlement secured for an electrician who suffered a fall from height, during which he sustained lower limb injuries.

What My Clients Say

“I thank Philip Scarles, of MW Solicitors for his incredibly hard work. I found Philip to be a diligent, methodical and personable solicitor. He worked tirelessly on my personal injury claim where we managed to reach an amicable settlement with the opposing party. The settlement amount we managed to gain far exceeded the amount I had initially thought I could get. He was not only professional but also easy to work with and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him for any personal injury claim” Chim Noov.
“Our grateful thanks to you for a successful outcome. It has been a long journey and one we are still travelling along. Things can never be as they were, our lives are changed forever. Just wanted to thank you for your efforts in securing M’s future.” Client’s wife.
“I can say with all sincerity and confidence, that Philip Scarles is a highly professional, courteous and helpful solicitor. He saw my wife and I through a long period of stress and uncertainty. His willingness to listen to and understand our losses directly led to a successful outcome. Many thanks Philip. I have no hesitation in writing this review and would recommend Philip Scarles to anyone who finds themselves in need of such services.” Paul Burt.

What Experts Have Said

“I have found the case very interesting, as well as challenging, and let it be said, I do believe you did a terrific job in building up the case for your client. “ Dr Valentine, Consultant in Pain Medicine.

Media Coverage

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