"The team at Irwin Mitchell has a ‘pre-eminent reputation’ for travel personal injury work"

Legal 500 (2016)

Clive Garner

Clive has been head of our award winning International Travel Litigation Group since 1997 and for several years he has been recognised as a leader in his field. Clive has successfully acted in more than 150 group actions claims involving thousands of English citizens injured in incidents worldwide.

In several instances these cases have established legal precedents and resulting in record awards for clients. Clive has acted for a large number of clients winning substantial damages after coach crash claims in Spain, Gran Canaria, Italy, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Turkey, Morocco and Namibia, as well as the Delhi coach hijack.

He has also acted in numerous group action claims involving popular UK tour operators which established liability for legionnaires disease, salmonella, cryptosporidium, shigella, giardia, E-coli and other illnesses contracted abroad.

Clive has successfully acted in several group action claims relating to maritime and aviation disasters and for claimants of the September 11th tragedy and other terrorist incidents.

Clive has authored several articles and regularly contributes to text books on personal injury claims arising from incidents in the UK and aboard. Clive also lectures nationally and internationally in relation to serious injury claims and group action issues.


The “very impressive” Clive Garner is known for doing a "fantastic job on the claimant side," with “particular expertise in group claims.” 

Chambers & Partners 2015

Clive Garner is described as "one of those individuals that has a huge brain."

Chambers & Partners 2014

Clive Garner heads the department and is widely respected among peers. He is said to be "stratospherically amazing" and offers long-standing expertise in all manner of travel litigation.

Chambers & Partners 2012

"extremely capable and intelligent, with great forensic skills."

Legal 500 Directory 2011

"the godfather of claimant travel personal injury."

Chambers & Partners 2011

Clive Garner heads a large team at Irwin Mitchell LLP. The international travel litigation group has an enviable reputation; areas of growth include serious injury and fatal claims arising from road traffic, coach and aviation crashes and group action illness claims. He advised on the Bulgarian coach crash case, in which liability was established against TUI UK at trial on behalf of 24 claimants.

Legal 500 Directory 2010

"cutting-edge strategies, proven trial techniques and compassionate nature."

Chambers & Partners 2010

"one of the most experienced lawyers in this field and an incredibly formidable opponent."

Chambers & Partners 2009 

"Head of practice Clive Garner is championed by sources as a lawyer “at the very top of his game,” and whose involvement on behalf of [claimants] is seen as the “kiss of death for defendants.”  Garner has acted on securing millions of pounds in damages for illnesses and injuries suffered abroad in 90 mass class actions over the past year."

Chambers & Partners 2008


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