Chris McKinney

Partner - Personal injury

Brain injury

I am national head of the personal injury team at Shoosmiths. I qualified as a solicitor in 1984. I have been representing individuals with serious injury claims for more than 30 years and only act for clients who have suffered serious accidents that have had a major impact on their lives.
Chris McKinney

Brain injuries

I have a particular interest and specialism in brain injury claims and have won numerous £1m+ compensation claims for the victims of such accidents, and several multi-million pound claims.

However, I also specialise in serious injuries as a result of a catastrophic accident, such as a road traffic accident or cycling accident, as well as spinal injuries and amputations.

I support my clients and their families from the beginning to the end of their claim and I ensure that I remain contactable at all times.

Because I like to stay close to, and keep in touch with my clients before and after the case has concluded, the majority of my cases come from personal referrals from existing and former clients as well as other professionals.

I adopt a sensible, realistic and pragmatic approach in my dealings with other parties and will engage with them to ensure individual claims are progressed to early settlement.


I promote and maximise the recovery of the injured person as a priority by arranging suitable rehabilitation and other treatments such as counselling, reflexology, physiotherapy at times and locations convenient to them. You can see how I helped a client with their rehabilitation treatment in the video below. Even though it was an injury resulting in amputation, this video showcases the type of help that I am able to offer to my clients.

Rehabilitation related video

Financial situation

During the lifetime of the case, in order to meet the client's expenses, it is essential that I get them regular interim payments following a brain injury. Even though my client may have been in full time employment at the time of the accident, companies usually continue to pay their employees for the first six months immediately after the accident, but after that there is no obligation to pay them anything other than half pay for a further six months followed by no pay.


Rehabilitation clients 

'We know from his demeanour, his manner, the way he spoke to you as well, he treated you as a person rather than just a case. You know, he knew what you were going through. [...] Very methodical, black is black and white is white, there is no sort of grey area in between, which is brilliant for me because we knew where we stood all the way through the case.' - Wayne Smith, rehabilitation client

'Chris was amazing because, often is the people around the injured person that don't get any support. [My husband (the injured person)] got everything, everything he needed, Chris sorted it, he was brilliant! We... we were just there and, sometimes, just having Chris to talk to and say "Yeah! You know, you will be feeling that. That's fine." or "We could do this to help." and it helped the whole family. [My husband] is a different person. Don't know who he was before the accident, completely different. He is more chilled now, he is a bit more relaxed, he doesn't see everything as a fight. He is calmer and, once we finished the case, that was a huge change for him. He actually sat and said: "I quite like life now! This is OK.".' - Helen Smith, wife of a rehabilitation client

Chambers 2018

Christopher McKinney wins plaudits for his 'excellent professional integrity' and is known for his work in brain, spinal and amputee claims. According to his clients, 'he inspires confidence through his expertise and ability to manage cases in a way that gives the least stress possible'. He is able to totally understand clients ‘needs and how best to communicate them.

Legal 500 2018

Shoosmiths LLP’s ‘experienced and knowledgeable’ team provides ‘exceptional’ advice and ‘second-to-none expertise’ with a ‘personal touch’. Chris McKinney ‘instils confidence’. 


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