Stuart is head of Osbornes’ award winning personal injury department and the firm’s managing partner.
Since joining Osbornes in 1994 Stuart has built a heavyweight injury litigation practice, specialising in brain and complex injury cases. He is “incredibly empathetic and very knowledgeable about traumatic brain injury” (Chambers UK, 2019).
In that time he has also grown the department into one of the UK’s leading PI teams, noted for its “exceptional service, great knowledge and understanding of the law, excellent client care and tactical nous” (Chambers UK, 2019), and now combines running both the department and the firm.
Stuart acted for a US litigation attorney in a personal injury damages claim arising out of a road accident in London. The Claimant sustained multiple complex pelvic fractures when a car reversed crushing her against wall. Expert evidence in pelvic surgery, psychiatry, uro-gynaecology, pain management and forensic accountancy demonstrated a significant future loss and the claim was settled at a round table meeting for £2.3m.
His client said: “I wanted to pass on my sincere thanks for the way you handled my case. Obviously the financial outcome was great and much better than originally anticipated, but your professionalism, obvious knowledge and experience and wise counsel has been hugely appreciated, and made a huge difference during a very difficult time”
Stuart represented a young man who suffered a severe brain injury in a road accident, which left him with significant cognitive impairment and the need for help to structure his day and to manage his affairs. The case on liability was hotly contested but was settled just before trial for £2m damages gross of contributory negligence. The award was administered by the Court of Protection to secure the long term care and support needed to help my client live independently.
Acted for victims of Oxshott rail crash and secured £1.1m in compensation payments for a US economist who was crushed in the train and suffered spinal injuries. High Court action settled at round table meeting shortly before trial.
Appointments and Memberships
Stuart was elected to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers’ National Executive Committee in 2007 and served for nine years, including three years as APIL’s elected company secretary.
Stuart was also a member of the Law Society’s policy making body the Law Society Council and its Civil Justice Committee from 2010 to 2013.
He is an approved solicitor for Headway – the brain injury association, and for the Brain Injury Group
He is a Fellow of APIL, as well as an appointed member of the Forum of Complex Injury Solicitors (FOCIS)
In 2019 Stuart was elected to the Trustee Board of the London Cycling Campaign.
What the Directories Say
Stuart has been recognised as a leading lawyer in the field of claimant personal injury in legal directories Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 every year since 2010. Here are a selection of quotes from those directories:
“A well-known personal injury litigator, pushing the firm into the spotlight.” “Really good at dealing with people who have suffered a serious injury.”
The ‘fantastic’ Stuart Kightley is a “very impressive, pragmatic and reasonable solicitor who always protects his clients interests…he represents claimants who have suffered serious injuries at work or on the road, with notable expertise in head injury claims.”
“Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team”
“Continues to strengthen his expertise in the serious and catastrophic injury field. Sources say he is “a font of knowledge who can cut to the chase quicker than most,” and “understands his clients’ problems and fights hard for them.”
“Stuart Kightley is a ‘very strong and able representative for clients’ interests’ and specialises in claims involving brain injury, cycling collisions, fatal accidents and construction site/workplace accidents, as well as being experienced in acting for foreign-based clients.’
When not at work Stuart will be running, walking or cycling far away