Miss Wendy Banks

Miss Wendy Banks

BA(Hons) Barrister Wolverhampton
Membership Status: Barrister - Full Member Called in 2019
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General Information

Qualified as both a Solicitor and Barrister, I am a highly experienced personal injury and commercial litigant with a passion for client service. I understand the constraints of legal practice that Solicitors work under. Having worked in client-facing roles for much of my legal career, I adopt a personable approach to building rapport, understanding what both the client and the solicitor wants and how I can assist them.

With almost twenty years of experience in Personal Injury Law, I have acted for both claimants and defendants in a wide range of fast track and multi-track personal injury cases including:
- Employers Liability & Industrial Disease
- Road Traffic claims
- Workplace injuries
- Public & Product Liability
- Personal Injury & Road Traffic claims with Fraud/Low Velocity Impact/Credit Hire
- Complex, £multi-million cases
- Catastrophic injuries as well as Claims Portal cases

Instructed by companies from large construction and consumer goods firms through to smaller organisations, I have successfully represented cases in many aspects of commercial law including:
- Contractual disputes
- Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Liquidation
- LPA Receivers
- Pursuit under guarantee
- Credit Agreements and Credit Hire
Now called to the Bar, as a Barrister with Clerksroom I thrive on the variety of cases I am instructed on and the challenge of successfully defending my clients in court. I regularly appear in County Courts as well as the Royal Courts of Justice, including the High Court. Using my client-facing, Solicitor background, I adopt a ‘plain English’ approach to speaking clearly and keeping arguments simple and succinct so that judges, clients and everyone understands the legal position.
When not in court, I like to play golf and am learning how to fly. I love travelling and speak French, Spanish, Italian and Russian.
For expert civil or commercial legal representation and advice please call 01823 247247 or visit www.clerksroom.com.

- Civil & Commercial Litigation
- Personal Injury claims
- Employer Liability, Employers’ Liability & Industrial Disease
- Road Traffic Accidents
- Contractual disputes
- Bankruptcy, Insolvency and LPA receivers
- Credit Agreements & Credit Hire
- Public Liability & Product Liability
- Landlord & Tenant, Housing & Disrepair

February 2020 – to present
Barrister I Lawyer I Personal Injury I Civil Dispute Resolution I Commercial Law I Contract Law
Clerksroom is an award-winning chambers which provides legal representation, advice and mediation at all Courts and Tribunals in England and Wales.
As a civil and commercial barrister, I accept instructions in a wide range of fast track and multi-track cases including:
• Personal Injury
With extensive experience as both a Solicitor and Barrister, I have acted for Claimants and Defendants in a huge variety of multi-track Personal Injury cases, including portal and catastrophic injuries and Holiday Sickness claims. I specialise in Industrial Disease and Employers’ Liability, as well as Personal Injury cases relating to Road Traffic, Public & Product Liability.
• Road Traffic Accidents
I act in Road Traffic cases both with and without Personal Injury, including Motorcycle Injuries and small claims hearings. I am instructed in Road Traffic Accident & Personal Injury cases with Fraud and Low Velocity Impact for both claimants and defendants and have dealt with Stage 3 and infant approval applications.
• Commercial Dispute resolution
Facing a contractual dispute, bankruptcy, insolvency, winding up petition or LPA receivers issue? I am instructed on a range of business issues including credit agreements, guarantees, and liquidation. I have successfully helped large companies to pursue payment for goods supplied under credit agreements and represented claimants in high-value credit hire litigation.
• Property / Landlord & Tenant
I have represented landlords, tenants and individuals in commercial and residential housing and disrepair disputes including mortgage possessions, mortgage applications, LPA receivers possession, possession involving trespassers, recovery of rent arrears, evictions, orders for sale and other matters.

For expert legal representation and advice in Personal Injury, Road Traffic, Commercial Law, Contract disputes and other legal cases please call 01823 247247 or email me at wendy.turner@clerksroom.com.

Previous Experience

Practising Pupillage I Personal Injury Law I High Court
Clock Chambers
October 2019 – January 2020
During my practising pupillage, I undertook all types of case work including drafting complex advices in respect of multi-track personal injury matters, several multi-track personal injury trials and a number of High Court matters.

Self Employed Advocate I Qualified Solicitor I Civil Law I Landlord & Tenant I Insolvency I Commercial Law
July 2019 – October 2019
As a self-employed advocate and qualified solicitor, I was instructed on a huge variety of civil matters including mortgage possessions, mortgage application, LPA receivers possession, possession involving trespassers, Landlord & Tenant issues both domestic and commercial, charging orders, orders for sale, third party debt orders, unlawful interference with goods, applications for penal notice, injunction applications, insolvency proceedings, winding up petitions, fast track trials on personal injury and commercial matters, small claims hearings involving road traffic accidents, commercial disputes and all other matters, interim applications etc.

Senior Solicitor I Personal Injury Claims I Road Traffic Accident I Employer Liability I Public Liability
Ward and Rider Solicitors
July 2018 - July 2019
As a Senior Solicitor, I dealt with all types of Claimant Personal Injury claims to include portal and catastrophic injuries and including Road Traffic Accident, Employer Liability, Public Liability and disease claims. I was instructed to deal with all Stage 3 and infant approval applications as well as applications to set aside judgment, applications to transfer proceedings, applications under CPR Part 35, applications to vary directions and trial dates, applications to adduce further evidence, applications for summary judgment, applications to strike out, applications for relief from sanctions, applications to debar evidence etc.

Senior Solicitor I Motor Claims
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Jun 2017 – July 2018
At DAC Beachcroft I dealt with motor claims and recovery on behalf of a large insurance company. AS a specialist in this area, I dealt with the more complex, high-value recovery claims which involved a higher level of advocacy, such as dealing with costs and case management conferences and budgeting, applications to set aside judgment, applications to transfer proceedings, applications under CPR Part 35, applications to vary directions and trial dates, applications to adduce further evidence, applications for summary judgment, applications to strike out, applications for relief from sanctions, applications to debar evidence etc. I also dealt with complex costs hearings, drafted all of my own pleadings and conducted my cases from beginning to end.

Senior Solicitor I Personal Injury Department I Multi-track cases
FBC Manby Bowdler LLP
Apr 2011 – Apr 2017
As a senior solicitor in the Personal Injury Department, my caseload consisted of all multi-track cases from £25,000 to £1,000,000 and those of lesser value but of a more complex nature, thus rendering the claim suitable for multi-track. I provided frequent training events and seminars on a variety of subjects including fraud and dishonesty and was actively involved in business development, marketing and PR.

Solicitor I Team Leader I Employer Liability & Public Liability Claims
Bollin Legal
Jun 2009 – Apr 2011
I supervised a legal team dealing with cases involving employer liability and public liability claims.

Team leader I Road Traffic Accident Department
Keoghs LLP
November 2007 – June 2009
As a Team Leader, I supervised three teams dealing with delegated authority Road Traffic Accident Defendant work, up to a value of £25K. My role involved very close supervision, signing of reports, reporting to insurer clients, budgetary control, appraising staff, allocation of resources, recruitment, discipline, marketing, drafting and agreeing SLAs, ensuring accurate reserving, bidding for work, managing KPI’s and training.

Solicitor I Commercial Disputes
Berrymans Lace Mawer/Connexion Partnership
November 2003 – November 2007
Dealing with Defendant Commercial Disputes, I managed a diverse caseload with approximately 65% fast track and the remaining being multi-track. I was actively involved in developing the Claimant arm of the practice as well as actively marketing the Defendant offering.

Trainee Solicitor I Personal Injury I Clinical Negligence
Thompsons Solicitors
March 2003 – November 2003
Completing my training contract, I dealt with a caseload of predominantly EL fast track Personal Injury matters with some Clinical Negligence claims.

Trainee Solicitor I Personal Injury I Clinical Negligence
Hatch Brenner Solicitors
January 2002 – March 2003
Whilst on a training contract I assisted the Personal Injury Partner. Working under her supervision, I dealt with all types of personal injury and clinical negligence cases of a complex nature and of high value.

Paralegal I Commercial Dispute Department
Overburys Solicitors
April 1999 – January 2002
As a paralegal in the Commercial Dispute Department, I worked for one of the partners dealing with property disputes on a commercial and domestic basis. 

• French
• Spanish
• Italian
• Russian


Areas of Law

Miss Wendy Banks is happy to accept instructions as counsel who is:

  • Personal Injury
  • Credit Hire (Claimant)
  • Road Traffic
  • Credit Hire (Defendant Insurance)
  • Clinical Negligence
  • Costs
  • Employment
  • Inquests
  • Professional Negligence
  • Land & Property
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Consumer Contracts
  • Elder Law
  • Family Law
  • Land & Property

Outside of these key areas of law, Miss Wendy Banks is always willing to consider any enquiry requiring the experience or knowledge needed to help you or your client. Please call Wendy direct or the support team on 01823 247 247 if you would like to discuss any aspect of this profile.

Fees and Feedback


Details regarding our approach to fees can be found at the following link:  http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=514


Please see “profile” tab for a description of the legal services provided by this barrister.

We aim to complete and return all paperwork within 14 days (2 weeks) of receipt if no specific deadline is provided. We can work to much faster timescales if requested or we can agree a specific target date for each individual circumstance. We will always advise at the outset if counsel is unable to meet any deadline.

Each barrister has a standard hourly rate for their work. The individual hourly rate can be agreed when instructions are acknowledged if preferred. We welcome early discussion as to the suitability of a specific barrister for a specific case. The right barrister will have the relevant expertise to deal with the case but will not be too junior, or too senior depending on the complexities.

We aim to allocate all cases to the correct level of experience & seniority which we believe will prove most to be the most cost-effective solution for our clients.

If, due to urgency, we allocate paperwork to a more senior member of Clerksroom, we will charge the appropriate hourly rate for the work, not for the barrister. We welcome early discussion to ensure the correct fee is applied to the case at the outset.


All our barristers are regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and hold a current practising certificate, details can be found at the following link Barristers’ Register

Complaints information

If you are not satisfied with the service provided, you can make a complaint to Chambers. Information on the chambers’ complaints procedure is available at the following link: http://www.clerksroom.com/content-html?cid=416

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from my chambers, you can make a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman. You must contact the Legal Ombudsman either within 6 months following the conclusion of our handling your complaint, within 6 years from the date of the act/omission, or 3 years from the date that you should reasonably have known there were grounds for complaint (if the act/omission took place before the 6 October 2010 or was more than six years ago).

The Legal Ombudsman’s details are as follows:

Legal Ombudsman
PO Box 6806
Tel: 0300 555 0333
Email: enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk
Web: www.legalombudsman.org.uk

Privacy Notice

1.              This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

2.              The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.

3.              I, Miss Wendy Banks, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.

4.              It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

·   Advise on the prospects of litigation;

·   Advise on the value of your claim;

·   Representation at a court hearing;

·   Representation at trial;

·   Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5.              Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.              The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7.              If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8.              If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.              I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)                  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii)                Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii)               Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv)               Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v)                Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi)               Education and examining bodies; and

(vii)             Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.          In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11.          This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12.          I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13.          How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14.          Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i)                  The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii)                To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii)               For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv)               To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16.          The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17.          Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18.          Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19.          You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20.          You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21.          You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22.          Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23.          You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i)                  The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii)                You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii)               Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv)               The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v)                The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24.          You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25.          Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26.          I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. The I.T. systems used by Clerksroom are ISO27001 compliant.

Complaints or Queries

27.          If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: wendy.turner@clerksroom.com, or my clerks: mail@clerksroom telephone 01823 247 247.

28.          I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29.          You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to: https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/



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