WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY
"The team has so many contacts with foreign insurers and so many people with foreign languages that it is miles ahead of others."
Chambers and Partners (2014)
Suki primarily deals with group actions against U.K. based tour operators, or single party actions against defendants in foreign countries (often working with foreign agent lawyers).
His team currently handles in excess of 2000 clients, including a range of different cases against major U.K. tour operators. Some of the cases where large numbers of people have fallen ill on holiday are the largest of their kind ever pursued in the U.K. and have resulted in multi-million pound settlements. A current example is a group action of over 1000 clients who had fallen ill at the Bahia Principe Hotel in 2007.
These cases attract local and national press, radio and TV interest, and Suki has been interviewed and/or quoted in the national media on a number of occasions. Suki also regularly presents training and lecture programmes, and gives advice and support to clients affected by illness or an accident abroad by way of a group presentation.
These claims have a generic element which requires a high degree of proficiency and understanding on a range of tactical and logistical levels. The claims are based in negligence, breach of contract, misrepresentation and breach of statutory duty. A key understanding of all of these areas is essential to the successful prosecution of claims on behalf of the client.
This is litigation of the most challenging nature and regularly involves making new law or pushing the boundaries of existing law in order to make sure that the Courts recognise the extent of the effects upon the client. Most recently this can be seen in the light of challenges on costs capping and damages relating to pain, suffering and loss of amenity.
“Suki Chhokar is a well-regarded practitioner with expertise in complex cross-border group illness claims.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
Suki Chhokar is “first-class.”
Legal 500 2014
"incredibly sensible and switched on."
Chambers & Partners 2010
Suki Chhokar's forthright manner has won him a reputation as a "true litigator" who "pushes claims to the maximum." He has made his name on claims relating to large food poisoning incidents on board cruise liners.
Chambers & Partners 2008
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"We were very happy with the outcome of our case, especially as we were initially offered nothing from the Tour Operator. Irwin Mitchell were very professional throughout and we are very happy with the outcome."
Chris and Michael, Worksop