PETER CARSON
Consultant, Industrial Disease

After qualification, Peter spent the first 2 years in a legal aid practice in London and after two years began to specialise in claimant personal injury work, joining the London office of national trade union firm Rowley Ashworth in 1989.

After becoming a Partner at Rowley Ashworth in 1991, Peter moved to Leeds in 1994 to set up a Northern office of the firm where he remained partner in charge until 2009. In 2009 Rowley Ashworth merged with another national trade union firm Thompsons and he remained a Partner in the merged firm. Peter was Partner in charge of education and training for over 10 years, regularly lecturing on personal injury topics.  In 2013 he joined Russell Jones and Walker (now Slater and Gordon) as a consultant, leaving in June 2014 to work as a self employed consultant to a number law firms advising on personal injury claims.

Peter has spent 30 years working as a claimant PI lawyer undertaking the whole range of personal injury claims including all types industrial disease, work place and road traffic accidents. For the last 10 years of his career in private practice he has specialised in asbestos related and catastrophic injury claims. Peter’s highest settlement is £6.75 million.

He achieved the status of Fellow at APIL (although since leaving private practice he is no longer a member) and was recommended in Chambers directory as a leader in his field.

From 2001-2005 Peter sat as a Legal Chair on the Social Security Appeal tribunal and since 2005 – he has sat as a Deputy District Judge on the West Yorkshire Circuit.

Peter is a member of the Editorial Panel of the Judicial College publication Guidelines for the assessment of general damages which is sent to all Judges and is used by the profession in assessing the value of personal injury awards.

Professional memberships:

  • Law Society
  • Association of Deputy District Judges

Three words that describe Peter at work:

Incisive, approachable, committed

For fun:

Supporting West Ham United FC, cycling, walking and bridge