Director – Barrister (Queen’s Counsel)
Gerard was called as a barrister in 1978 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 1999.
He is recognised as undertaking the most complex personal injury cases. Gerard represents clients with a whole range of injuries arising from medical malpractice, product defects or road traffic accidents.
Much of Gerard’s work is international in nature. He is regularly instructed to lead in cases all over England and Wales and has cases arising from accidents in Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Malta and elsewhere. Gerard also accepts instructions to act on behalf of those injured whilst visiting the UK and who will bring their claim in the English Courts.
Gerard has a close connection with US, as an active member of the American Bar Association since 1987. He qualified as an Attorney in New York in 1990 and was recently honoured with a Presidential Citation for his commitment to the Bar.
Gerard was named Personal Injury Silk of the Year in 2012. Chambers and Partners 2016 recognise him as a ‘Star Individual’ and ‘one of the very best personal injury barristers in the country’ who ‘on foreign cases is nothing short of excellent.’ He consistently acts in leading and high value cases on applicable law and has recently advised on Rome II and the liability implications in a major accident that occurred in Portugal.
Gerard was Lead Counsel for the Health Authority in the Shipman Inquiry. He has also been instructed in several other high profile inquests.
Having practiced in the traditional self-employed bar, Gerard decided it was time to try something new and has established an innovative Solicitor-Barrister entity. Gerard is the Co-Director of Gerard McDermott QC Ltd.
Gerard is into classic cars, good wine and going to the opera. He regularly posts on Twitter and has over 4,000 followers.