Joseph Bairstow

Joseph Bairstow
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2013 - University of Leeds, LLB (Hons)

2014 - BPP Law School Leeds · BPTC, Very Competent


2018 - Pupillage at Park Square Barristers, Leeds


2011 - University of Leeds, Junior Mooting Competition runner-up

2013 - University of Leeds, Senior Mooting Competition winner Major Scholarship Award, Inner Temple

2014 - BPP Law School Leeds, Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Award

Joseph has experience in claims arising from road traffic accidents in which fundamental dishonesty is pleaded. He is fully conversant with the law in relation to fundamental dishonest and s.57 Criminal Justice & Courts Act 2015. Joseph has represented both claimants and defendants in a range of cases involving low-speed impact, exaggerated personal injury and exaggerated credit hire claims.

Joseph undertook a predominantly criminal pupillage and having previously practised in criminal law, he is well-equipped to deal with issues of fraud in cross-examination and in submissions, enabling him to robustly defend such cases.

Credit Hire

Joseph also has extensive experience in credit hire claims, regularly representing both claimants and defendants on the small claims track and fast track. He has a good practical knowledge of this area of law and keeps up to date with all recent developments in case law. Joseph has had success for Claimant in pursuing impecuniosity arguments as well as having BHR evidence and intervention arguments dismissed. When representing defendants, he is capable in achieving the reverse of these outcomes. Having the experience and ability to represent all parties in this area has enabled Joseph to develop a comprehensive understanding of the relevant arguments and allows him to be better prepared to face the arguments made by opposing parties.

Contact Joseph’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