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Malcolm Underhill


Malcolm Underhill is a personal injury specialist, particularly focusing upon high value and complex cases, including serious and long term head injury, child abuse, fatalities, psychological injury and spinal injury.

Malcolm Underhill is a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and an accredited Brain Injury Specialist.

He regularly acts for clients in challenging cases.

Malcolm is listed as a leader in his field by Chambers UK legal directory 2018 and is the Co-ordinator for the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers Damages Special Interest Group. Malcolm has also completed an academic period of study to further develop knowledge of the physiology of the brain and the effects of injury, as well as rehabilitation. The Certificate in Brain Injury Studies was awarded by Headway, the brain injury charity, who ran the course in partnership with Northampton University

As an expert in the area of obtaining compensation for serious injuries, including child abuse and brain injuries Malcolm delivers training on The Law of Damages (through APIL) to other solicitors.

Case Highlights

  • Helen Shearer Evans (Executrix of the Estate of Malcolm Evans, Deceased) v (1) Windsor & Maidenhead Royal Borough Council (2) Charles Wilson Engineers Ltd [2011] EWHC 2096 (QB)
  • Douglas Peter William Taylor (suing by his Litigation Friend Sandra Dawn Olleranshaw) v (1) Henry Anthony Anderson (2) Taylor Brothers Plant Hire Ltd [2002] EWCA Civ 1680
  • Vimmerslev v Edwards (unreported, 2010)
  • Murphy v Bansal [2012] 
  • Dudney v Guaranteed Asphalt Ltd [2013] EWHC 2515 (QB)

Member: The Law Society Personal Injury Panel; Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives; Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute; Association of Child Abuse Lawyers; Education Law Association; Headway, the brain injury association; Personal Injury Solicitors List; and Accident Line.

Accreditations: Malcolm Underhill is an Accredited Brain Injury Specialist, as appointed by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Career General Insurance Claims Handler-Prudential Assurance Company Limited (1980-1986); Litigation Executive Prudential Assurance Company Limited (1986-1993); Solicitor Prince Evans (1993-1995); Solicitor and Partner Vizards (1995-2003); Joined IBB 2003.

Legal 500 in 2018 says:

"The 'excellent' personal injury team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) impresses with its 'attention to detail, client-focused approach, above-average commitment, decisive and timely communication and organisation', with special emphasis on brain and spinal injury, child abuse, chronic pain conditions, industrial diseases, psychological damage and product liability class actions. Partner Malcolm Underhill and senior solicitor Simon Pimlott, who both 'appear methodical, experienced and efficient, as well as having an empathic understanding of the client's situation', represented a claimant who suffered from severe brain and orthopaedic injuries as a passenger in a car accident".

Legal 500 in 2017 says:

The key lawyers are brain injury specialist Malcolm Underhill, who also gained considerable experience in matters involving child abuse." 

"For child abuse matters, Underhill is able to consult various psychologists and therapists for expert reports. One of his recent cases involved the representation of a claimant with mental health issues who had suffered abuse from a paedophile several decades ago, where Underhill undertook detailed research in order to identify possible defendants and insurers". 

"[Malcolm Underhill and Simon Pimlott] have an ‘above-average commitment and a high level of understanding of individual clients and their specific needs and expectations’. They are further recommended for being ‘professional, methodical and organised". 

Legal 500 in 2016 says:

"IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) has expertise in managing child abuse and brain injury cases. Malcolm Underhill is a key contact."

Legal 500 in 2015 says:

"The ‘very knowledgeable’ team at IBB (Iliffes Booth Bennett) is recommended for brain injury and child sexual abuse claims. Department head Malcolm Underhill ‘puts clients at ease’." 

Legal 500 in 2014 says:

"Malcolm Underhill heads IBB’s team, whose recent caseload includes head injury and child abuse matters."

Chambers in 2019 says:

"Malcolm Underhill is a highly experienced personal injury practitioner with a strong focus on cases that involve brain injury and child abuse. A client notes: 'He is a very personable, sympathetic professional that has helped us as a family feel comfortable during this troubling experience'."

Chambers in 2018 says:

"Malcolm Underhill is regarded as a leader in the field of brain injuries, in which he has long-standing experience. He also focuses on child abuse cases. Clients describe him as 'knowledgeable, always responsive and interested in what he does'.Another adds: 'I have nothing but praise for Malcolm and his team. He makes me feel completely safe in him handling my case'."

Chambers in 2017 says:

"Malcolm Underhill comes highly recommended for his experience in handling child abuse claims and brain injury cases. Interviewees describe him as "extremely knowledgeable in terms of acquired brain injury and the resulting impact and issues" while also noting that he is "very proactive" and "very approachable.""

Chambers in 2016 says:

"Department head Malcolm Underhill is seen by sources as 'passionate about getting the right result for his client'. He has expertise in historical child abuse, brain injury and industrial disease claims."

Chambers in 2015 says:

"Malcolm Underhill is described by interviewees as 'dedicated, hard-working and very able.' Another source notes that he is 'very professional, and very good at explaining things.' He has a deep knowledge of brain injury claims, and also has a good deal of experience in acting for claimants in abuse cases."

Chambers in 2014 says:

"Malcolm Underhill focuses on serious injury work, including head and spinal injury claims, and he also has extensive experience in cases dealing with child abuse. Sources describe him as 'very capable in his discipline, with a professional but very approachable and friendly attitude'."

Malcolm has also been listed in the Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers directory 2013. Click here to view his profile.


"I am so pleased that my family got you on board, you certainly seem to know what and how to deal with all this stuff so that will help my future prospects, I know you are acting in my best interests."

“Malcolm Underhill always gets the best possible result for his clients, understanding their needs and problems.”

Simon Edwards, counsel

“Malcolm is a friendly and approachable Solicitor, who offers an excellent level of service to myself and our client. He responds in a timely manner and communicates effectively. I would have no qualms about working with Malcolm on other cases, if the opportunity arose. It is a pleasure to work with him and I would whole heatedly recommend his service to others.”

Frances Hubbard

“I was a training/events organiser at the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). I have worked with Malcolm on several occasions over the years, as he has written, developed and presented a number of training events for APIL across the country. As well as being fun to work with Malcolm has attracted excellent feedback from the members and we have frequently had to re-run courses due to popular demand! Malcolm knows his subject matter inside out, he is articulate and approachable with a good sense of humour.” 

Tracey Allport, Case Manager/Occupational Therapist

“I provide brain injury case management services for clients of Malcolm. I regularly feedback and liaise with him regarding the clients. I have always found Malcolm to be a very good communicator, effective and highly skilled as a claimant Solicitor within the complex field of personal injury and brain injury. I have found Malcolm very supportive and always approachable.”

Nick Carter, Brain Injury Case Manager

“Malcolm Underhill is well respected for his work on head injury, child abuse, employers' liability and industrial disease cases.” 

Chambers and Partners

"Malcolm is a highly sought after expert in the PI field and can be relied upon entirely to deliver the very best value for his clients."

Linda Johnston, former Head of HR Operations, IBB Solicitors

"Dear Malcolm, I thank you and your team, from the bottom of my heart for handling this very sensitive case for me, with utmost care and personal touch."

Team Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Based Capital Court - Uxbridge Key dates Qualified 1992