Darren Finlay

Year of call:



1993 - Keele University, BA (Hons) Law, Management Studies (Joint Honours) & Computer Science (First)

1994 - Inns of Court School of Law BVC


1992 - Wilde Sapte, New York

1993 - University of Oxford, Delegacy of Local Examinations

1994 - Head of Civil Team at Sovereign Chambers

2015 - Sovereign Chambers becomes Park Square Barristers

2015 - Head of Civil Team at Park Square Barristers


Local Accountability Board Governor - White Rose Academies Leeds


1991 - Joint Winner Keele University Knight & Sons Mooting Competition

1991 - Law Departmental Prize

1992 - University Principal Year Prize

Darren Finlay is the head of our civil team.

Darren handles cases for defendant insurers (including RTA, EL and PL, fraud, OL and disease work), as well as claimant personal injury (PI) work of all types and including deafness, vibration white finger (VWF), COPD and asbestos cases.

He appears at inquests and in Crown Court health & safety matters (defending companies for breach of regulations and mitigating at sentence hearings).

He provides advice, paper work and advocacy for road-traffic, public liability and employer’s liability fraud cases, and has successfully defended all types of case at trial: with a significant amount of insurer backed defendant/fraud work.

His work also extends to knowledge of company law, bankruptcy/insolvency, and health & safety matters, all of which can prove useful when advising in fraud cases.

Notable cases

  • Clayton v M&K Enterprises Ltd – successful defence of employers liability claim – a wheel came off a works van resulting in an accident – but the judge concluded the claimant took it off himself

Public Access

Darren Finlay may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.

Contact Darren’s clerks

Senior Clerk – Andy Reeves on 0113 213 5252

Talia Webster on 0113 202 8609

Joshua Duree on 0113 213 5246

Mike Alexander on 0113 2135268

Ben Ellison-Tope on 0113 2135207

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