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Meghann McTague

Call 2004

mmctague@2tg.co.uk

+44 (0)20 7822 1200

“…very thorough, competent and has an excellent manner with clients"

Chambers UK 2020

"…approaches each case with endless enthusiasm and energy which gives her the upper hand against any opponent”

Chambers UK 2020

“…has a pragmatic approach and strips a case down to the key issues underpinning it"

Chambers UK 2020

"...fantastic; very down-to-earth yet incredibly bright”

Legal 500 2020

"...has superb technical skills"

Chambers UK 2019

"...always efficient, friendly and pragmatic"

Chambers UK 2019

"...very thorough and possesses an admirable can-do attitude"

Chambers UK 2018

“...absolutely brilliant, extremely incisive and willing to assist”

Chambers UK 2018

"...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; and in Legal 500 for Travel Law (including Jurisdictional Issues).

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 in Legal 500 2020 for Travel Law (including Jurisdictional Issues).

It is said that She is fantastic; very down-to-earth yet incredibly bright.

“She’s very friendly and approachable.” “She has superb technical skills and provides very clear and structured advice. She is always efficient, friendly and pragmatic.”

Meghann is a barrister who is 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.
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.