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Meghann McTague

Call 2004

mmctague@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

"...very down to earth"

Chambers UK 2017

"Clients immediately warm to her as she has the ability to assimilate facts and give straightforward advice."

Chambers UK 2017

"She is feisty and prepared to argue difficult cases."

Chambers UK 2017

Practice Overview

Meghann is a personal injury barrister with particular expertise in travel and foreign claims.  She is a recommended junior in Chambers and Partners for Travel: International Personal Injury.

Meghann joined 2TG in September 2009, moving from chambers in Manchester where she enjoyed a busy, mixed common law practice. With a background of experience at both the Criminal Bar and in civil practice, she is an experienced and determined advocate who has appeared in front of a wide range of tribunals.

Before coming to the Bar, Meghann worked as a management consultant for clients in both the public and private sector and she brings a practical understanding of the needs of the commercial sector to her practice.

From 2006 to 2009 she was instructed by the Treasury Solicitor as Junior Counsel, led by Rory Phillips QC, on the Rosemary Nelson Inquiry based in both London and Belfast.

Personal Injury

Meghann is a specialist personal injury barrister.

Meghann regularly appears in front of Circuit Judges and District Judges in the County Court in the full spectrum of contested final and interim hearings on behalf of both claimants and defendants and in applications and other hearings in the High Court.

Meghann drafts pleadings, detailed schedules and robust counter-schedules of loss and advises on all levels of personal injury claims in all areas including: occupiers’ liability cases, employer’s liability cases, product liability cases and claims arising out of road traffic accidents (including the defence of fraudulent claims on behalf of insurers).   Meghann is very experienced in dealing with complex

recovery/contribution claims; in particular, those arising out of PFI agreements and she regularly represents local authorities in complex Highways Act claims.

Meghann has a pragmatic and tactical approach to advising on liability and quantum.  She has a wealth of experience of claims involving CRPS and complex psychiatric injuries.

She also has extensive experience of claims under the Motor Insurers’ Bureau Untraced and Uninsured Drivers’ Agreements including arbitrations under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement.

Meghann also has a particular interest in sports law in a personal injury context.

 

Recent/ongoing cases of note include:

 

High value occupiers’ liability claim involving CRPS and complex psychiatric injury.

High value claim under the Uninsured Drivers’ Agreement following major brain injury as a result of a head-on collision.

Recovery claim against producer for injury caused by defective medical equipment.

Arbitration under the Untraced Drivers’ Agreement involving complex issues as to medical causation.

Industrial disease claim by kitchen assistant employed by defendant local authority.

Fatal accident claim arising out of local authority’s failure under Highways Act 1980 to prevent flooding on the highway.

Skateboarding accident at a festival in Cornwall including a contribution claim against event organiser.

Travel

Meghann has extensive experience of dealing with travel and foreign claims including road traffic accidents, disease cases, fatal accidents and catastrophic injury cases.

Meghann has been a recommended junior in Chambers and Partners since 2015 for Travel: International Personal Injury and is said to be ‘eminently approachable and very thorough. In her written advice she explores all aspects and intricacies of the matter.’

Meghann is described by clients as being ‘down to earth, conscientious, and hard-working.” “She’s excellent as she recognises what clients require. She is robust when required and sensitive when required.’

“She is very down to earth and fights the right points in a case.” “Clients immediately warm to her as she has the ability to assimilate facts and give straightforward advice.” “She is feisty and prepared to argue difficult cases.”

Meghann has a wealth of experience of claims involving the Package Travel Regulations 1992, Montreal Convention and Athens Convention.   In addition to her broad range of experience of travel and foreign claims in the County Court and High Court, Meghann has also appeared in the Admiralty Court for claims under the Athens Convention.

Meghann has advised on a broad range of jurisdictional issues and questions of applicable law – examples of her experience and practice are as follows:

  • Dawkins v Carnival PLC [2011] EWCA Civ 1237
  • Fatal accident involving child in Greece – complex issues relating to jurisdiction and parallel criminal proceedings in Greece.
  • Fatal accident in Spain/France/England involving an alleged Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak.
  • Norovirus outbreak on board cruise ship.
  • Norovirus/bacterial infection at large hotel in Spain.
  • Fatal motorbike accident in Germany following a head-on collision.
  • Accident on board a yacht in Italy involving numerous defendants from different Member States.
  • Jet-ski accident in Barbados.
  • Skiing accident in France.
  • Scalding accident on board a flight from the Caribbean to the UK under the Montreal Convention.

Cases of note include:

 

Fatal accident in Spain/France/England involving an alleged Legionnaire’s Disease outbreak.

Fatal motorbike accident in Germany following a head-on collision.

Accident on board a yacht in Italy involving numerous defendants from different Member States.

Jet-ski accident in Barbados.

Skiing accident in France.

Road traffic accident in France.

Scalding accident on board a flight from the Caribbean to the UK under the Montreal Convention.

Meghann has a wealth of experience of claims involving the Package Travel Regulations 1992.

In addition to her broad range of personal injury experience in the County Court, Meghann has appeared in the Admiralty Court and has experience of drafting detailed defences to claims under the Athens Convention 1974.

Meghann regularly provides training and presents seminars in this key area of her practice, including across the country through MBL seminars.

Health & Safety and Regulatory

With a background in criminal, regulatory matters, Meghann has a wealth of experience of acting both for and against public bodies in all hearings from the Magistrates’ to the Crown Court. She has both prosecuted and defended in food hygiene cases, trading standards cases and environmental cases.

Meghann represents appellants and respondents in appeals against abatement notices in Statutory Nuisance cases pursuant to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, in particular odour abatement.

Meghann was involved in the case of R v EGS Ltd [2009] EWCA Crim 1942 (involving the prosecution’s appeal against the defendant’s successful submissions of no case to answer) which re-affirmed the approach of the House of Lords in R v Chargot (t/a Contract Services) Ltd [2008] UKHL 73.

In 2009 she was appointed to the Attorney General’s Unified List of Prosecuting Advocates.

Meghann has experience of a number of inquests including representing a construction company in a complex jury inquest.

Sport

This is a developing area of Meghann’s practice which benefits from her expertise in both personal injury and regulatory areas.

She has particular experience of dealing with a range of sports law cases in a personal injury context including those arising out of skiing accidents, water sports accidents and skateboarding accidents.

Prior to coming to the bar, Meghann spent two years working for a boutique management consultancy which dealt exclusively in sport and leisure. The consultancy’s clients included Sport England, the RFU, the FA, British Gymnastics and the ECB. Meghann specialised in facilities strategies and in so doing gained a valuable insight into the mechanics of the national governing bodies.

Together with this experience and Meghann’s background in criminal and regulatory work, she has a unique perspective on regulatory and disciplinary cases in sport.